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International theme for innovation forum

This year’s Pujiang Innovation Forum will get up close to entrepreneurs, highlight young innovators, explore futuristic visions, and go more international in the pursuit of integrated development.

The event, with the theme of “New Vision and New Future of Science and Technology Innovation,” will run from Friday to Sunday.

There will be an opening ceremony and plenary, four special sub-forums and 11 themed sub-forums. Guests will have in-depth discussions on hot topics such as how to turn brilliant ideas into profitable products, leading innovation projects such as the Human Microbiome Project and deeper cooperation in China’s Yangtze River Delta region and Belt and Road countries.

Aiming to be a scientific and technological version of Davos’ World Economic Forum, the forum is more international this year.

“Shanghai acts as a living room where global technologies are gathered and innovation ideas are exchanged, and the forum is at the center of this living room,” said Luo Dajing, deputy director of Shanghai Science and Technology Commission.

This year, it will be a citywide science extravaganza.

Besides the Dongjiao State Guest Hotel where the opening ceremony will be held, Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and hotels in the city’s innovation engine of Zhangjiang and smart manufacturing base of Lingang are also meeting venues.

This year’s forum has invited nearly 150 keynote speakers from 23 countries and regions.

Of them, scientists and scholars account for 46 percent, entrepreneurs 39 percent and the rest are government officials.

Notably, one-third are foreign guests. Big names include Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of the publishing company Springer Nature, owner of the world’s leading science journal Nature.

Heng Swee Keat, deputy prime minister and finance minister of Singapore, the forum’s country of honor, and Xu Jianpei, deputy director of the province of honor Hebei, will also attend the forum.

Foreign participants include Nirav Shah, a scholar from Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, Bernhard Mueller, a member of German Academy of Science and Engineering, and Ali Vahdat, chairman of Iran’s Innovation and Prosperity Fund.

The Chinese participants include renowned scientists such as Wang Jianyu, head of the Shanghai branch of Chinese Academy of Sciences, acclaimed scholars such as Wu Zhiqiang, vice president of Tongji University, and successful entrepreneurs such as Da Shengwei who was just honored at the city’s top science awards.


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