Science, technology and innovation policy

Strategic approaches for future transitions: How to improve effective collaborations in policymaking?



 25 April 2022  Virtual workshop



The challenges of achieving digital and environmentally sustainable transitions are complex, with governments required to deliver effective STI policies. These transitions cut across traditional policy and institutional boundaries, which place an emphasis on more integrated, coherent cross-governmental policies that can generate new transition trajectories. Moreover, the societal impacts of these transitions demand wider participation and would benefit from including civil society voices. This demands increased collaboration within policy communities and the wider ecosystem for perspectives and collective buy-in, as well as STI policies that are orientated towards the future to identify emerging issues and opportunities. This TIP workshop explored how collaborative efforts can be used to deliver effective policies for future transitions. 


Session 1: Integrated STI policies for transitions (12h45-13h50)

This panel will be made up of policy experts and will explore how collaborative policymaking environments within administrations can be set up in order to produce more coherent policies across policy domains to tackle cross-cutting issues and overarching transition goals, which is set out among the core items in the CSTP’s S&T Policy 2025 project.

Keynote address on “Whole-of-government approaches in STI policymaking” provided by Professor Motoko Kotani, the Executive Vice President for Research, Tohoku University, Japan and President-elect of the International Science Council who will exchange on the Japanese experience of designing collaborative governance approaches in view of cross-governmental responsibilities for the environmental sustainability and digital transitions.


Session 2. Fostering civil-society participation (14h25-15h30)

Stakeholders’ buy in is critical to achieve transitional change with the active involvement and endorsement of civil society particularly important in building trust and overcoming resistance to change. This session will focus on how to increase civil society engagement in STI policy via participative dialogues. The panel will be made up of stakeholders and use cases which promote civil-society policy participation.


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