International Conference on Emerging Technologies to Combat COVID 19 Pandemic

01 December 2020
Guangzhou, China (Hybrid event) (Venue: Aloft Guangzhou University Park Hotel, Guangzhou, China)
Co-organisers

The International Conference on Emerging Technologies to Combat the Covid-19 Pandemic (1 December 2020, Guangzhou, China) was organized by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) jointly with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China and in collaboration with the Guangzhou University, China. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, arrangements were made for the international speakers and the participants to join the workshop through a virtual platform.

The conference provided a platform to deliberate on the role of science, technology and innovation (STI), and to share national, regional and global best practices on the use of emerging technologies to address the challenges of COVID-19. The conference facilitated increased understanding of participants on collaborative research and innovation, and international and regional technology cooperation related to emerging technologies. The conference had a strong focus on strategies to use fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies to address the challenges in the areas of healthcare, business, production, education and research and development, during- and post- COVID scenarios. One of the key items of the international conference was the launch of the new website of Asia-Pacific Regional Innovation Knowledge Network for 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies (APRIKNET-4IR). This knowledge network was created as an outcome of past APCTT event. The network and its website is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China, in close collaboration with APCTT. 

The International Conference brought together about 120 participants from APCTT’s Governing Council member States and other member States of ESCAP, including government officials, science, technology and innovation professionals, international experts, and representatives from the private sector.

Sixteenth Session of APCTT's Governing Council 2-3 December

From 02 December 2020 to 03 December 2020
Guangzhou
Co-organisers

The Sixteenth Session of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was held on 2-3 December 2020. Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China was the co-organizer for the session of Governing Council, along with APCTT. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, arrangements were made for the international delegates to join the session through a virtual platform.

The session was attended by eleven Governing Council member countries of APCTT - Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Uzbekistan. Representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines also attended the session as observer countries. 

The Governing Council session witnessed deliberations on following key agenda items: review of the activities of the Centre carried out during the reporting period December 2019 to November 2020; review of the technical, financial and administrative matters concerning the operations of APCTT; and deliberations of the programme of work for the Centre for 2021. During the session, the Centre also received proposals from the member States for joint work or organization of events to be conducted in 2021 in their countries.
 

Regional Workshop on New Paradigms of Innovation and Technology to Address the Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic

03 November 2020
The Republic of Uzbekistan (virtual event)
Co-organisers
Ministry of Innovative Development, Republic of Uzbekistan

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with the Ministry of Innovative Development, Republic of Uzbekistan organised a Regional Workshop on ‘New Paradigms of Innovation and Technology to Address the Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic’ on 3 November 2020 at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, arrangements were made for international speakers and participants to join the workshop through virtual platform.

The workshop deliberated on the role of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in accelerating progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in addressing the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers and experts from China, India, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, the Republic of Korea and Uzbekistan discussed strategies to use technologies, including emerging fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies, to address the challenges during- and post-COVID scenarios. The experts shared the national, regional and global experiences on innovation and use of emerging technologies to address the COVID-19 challenges, including those pertaining to the areas of healthcare, business, production, education and research and development. The workshop brought together 86 participants comprising government officials, research scientists, private sector representatives, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other relevant stakeholders related to innovation and technology transfer.

Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer - Renewable Energy Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation

From 24 September 2020 to 25 September 2020
Bangkok, Thailand (hybrid event)
Co-organisers
Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), Thailand
Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR)

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), Thailand and Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) organised regional workshop on ‘Technology Transfer - Renewable Energy Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation’. The workshop was organised on 24-25 September 2020 at Bangkok, Thailand and was held in hybrid mode i.e. international participants joined through a virtual platform.

The workshop brought together 83 participants comprising policy makers, government officials, scientists, private sector representatives, technology intermediaries and other stakeholders. The workshop deliberated on policies and strategies, institutional and financial mechanisms, and innovative business models for renewable energy technology transfer, adoption and deployment. Experts from India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Thailand as well as from ESCAP and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shared their perspectives and experiences pertaining to renewable energy technology transfer, adoption and deployment. The workshop contributed in promotion of regional cooperation for cross-border transfer, diffusion and deployment of renewable energy technologies. It also assisted in enhancing the knowledge and understanding on policies and strategies to promote renewable energy technologies for climate change mitigation.

International workshop on Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer

19 November 2020
Indonesia (virtual event)
Co-organisers
Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia organised international workshop on ‘Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer’ on 19 November 2020 at Jakarta, Indonesia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, arrangements were made for international speakers and participants to join the workshop through virtual platform.

The workshop deliberated on policy framework for intellectual property and technology transfer – global and national perspectives; intellectual property management tools, strategies and best practices; and collaborative research to enhance technology transfer through Science and Technology Parks. Experts from India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, and Thailand as well as from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) shared their perspectives and experiences related to intellectual property management, technology transfer and licensing. Case studies and best practices from different countries were also shared by the speakers. The workshop brought together over 100 participants comprising policy makers, representatives from government agencies, academia, R&D institutions and technology-based enterprises and other relevant stakeholders from Indonesia and several Asia-Pacific countries. 

International Conference on Circular Economy and Technology Transfer for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

23 September 2020
Bangkok, Thailand (hybrid event)
Co-organisers
Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), Thailand
Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR)

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), Thailand and Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) organised International Conference on ‘Circular Economy and Technology Transfer for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises’. The conference was organised on 23 September 2020 at Bangkok, Thailand and was held in hybrid mode i.e. international participants joined through a virtual platform.

The conference witnessed participation of over 70 participants comprising government officials, research scientists, private sector representatives, technology intermediaries, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other relevant stakeholders pertaining to bio-circular-green (BCG) economy and technology transfer. Experts from India, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam as well as from ESCAP shared their perspectives, views on policy options, experiences, case studies and best practices with the participants at the conference.  The experts deliberated on: circular and BCG economy concepts, practices and policy options; BCG innovations and best practices for SMEs; BCG technologies for sustainable development and strategies for their commercialization and adoption. The conference also facilitated regional cooperation among member countries to advance technology transfer for circular economy and identified strategies to empower SMEs to develop, adopt and adapt technologies for circular economy.