The 17th Annual Meeting of the STS forum goes Live online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, STS forum has decided to hold this year's 17th Annual Meeting Live ONLINE from a base studio in Kyoto. We will surely miss the scenes of face-to-face networking at the Kyoto International Conference Center this year, but we will do our best to offer a very stimulating, lively and unique platform in a virtual setting.

Taking into account different time zones around the world, we had to make some changes in the dates and time of the Annual Meeting Agenda in order to accommodate as many speakers and participants as possible. Please see the new tentative program below.



STS forum 2020 – 17th Annual Meeting
The Role of Science and Technology in the Post COVID-19 Era


New dates
October 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2020 (from Saturday to Tuesday)


[DAY 1] October 3, 2020 (Saturday)

  22:00-23:00 (UTC+9)       Opening Session 100: Science and Technology for the Future of Humankind
  23:15-24:15 (UTC+9)       Session 101: Sustainable Society
  24:30-25:30 (UTC+9)       Session 102: Science and Technology in COVID-19 Pandemic


[DAY 2] October 4, 2020 (Sunday)
  13:00-14:00 (UTC+9)       Session 200: Science and Technology Education for Society
  21:00-22:00 (UTC+9)       Session 201: Science and Technology in Business
  22:15-23:15 (UTC+9)       Session 202: Global Health: Lessons from New Coronavirus Crisis
  23:30-24:30 (UTC+9)       Session 203: Improving Preparedness for Pandemic Diseases: the Role of S&T


[DAY 3] October 5, 2020 (Monday)
   13:00-14:00 (UTC+9)       Session 300: Cooperation and Collaboration in Science and Technology
   21:00-22:00 (UTC+9)       Session 301: Global Governance of Information
   22:15-23:15 (UTC+9)       Session 302: Basic Science, Innovation and Policy
   23:30-24:30 (UTC+9)       Session 303: Shaping the Post COVID-19 Society


[DAY 4] October 6, 2020 (Tuesday)

  13:00-14:00 (UTC+9)       Session 400: Energy and Environment
  21:00-22:00 (UTC+9)       Session 401: Promoting Inclusive Participation in Science and Technology
  22:15-23:15 (UTC+9)       Session 402: AI and Society
  23:30-24:30 (UTC+9)       Closing Session 403


We truly look forward to welcoming you online for 2020.
Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact us by email at

We assure you that STS forum shall be physically back in Kyoto if the situation allows for 2021, and look forward to welcoming you in person to the next Annual Meeting. [Dates: October 3 to 5, 2021]

Thank you very much for your support of STS forum.

Getting to STS forum (NPO) Secretariat

By Tokyo Metro (Subway)

From Akasaka-Mitsuke Station on Marunouchi Line /Ginza Line
Take Exit 11 (1 minute on foot)
Take Exit 10 (3 minutes on foot)

From Nagatacho Station on Hanzomon Line/Yurakucho Line/Namboku Line
Take Exit 8 (5 minutes on foot)