About Us

Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum is a global conference launched in 2004 by Koji Omi, former Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy. The forum has hosted every year a unique platform in Kyoto where world leaders, not only scientists but also academics, policymakers, business leaders and journalists from various different fields, meet to exchange opinions and create networks on global issues. In October 2013, the forum celebrated its 10th anniversary with about 1,100 opinion leaders, including 12 Nobel laureates, from nearly 100 countries and regions. STS forum is the largest science and technology conference in the world.

Date & Venue

Name The 11th Annual Meeting of Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum)
Date October 5, 6 and 7, 2014
Venue Kyoto International Conference Center
Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto , Japan  Map
Secretariat Registered NPO STS forum
Sanno Grand Bldg. 419, 2-14-2 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3519-3351 Fax: +81-3-3519-3352

*Invitation Only

Invited Participants’ Area

Message from the Founder and Chairman

Founder and Chairman Koji Omi

The rapid progress of science and technology has supported economic growth and enriched our quality of life on the one hand. But on the other hand, science and technology has brought about new environmental, ethical, and security problems.We call these the lights and shadows of science and technology. We must strengthen the lights, and control the shadows, of science and technology.

For that purpose, I felt it necessary not only for professional scientists but also policymakers, business executives, and media and other leaders to gather and discuss science and technology issues from the long-term perspective for sustainable development and prosperity for the future of humanity.

Science and technology issues affect all of us today. We must think of them as something that concerns us personally, not leaving them only to science and technology professionals.
These problems also cannot be solved by one or two countries alone, and therefore it is important for people from all over the world to gather and discuss the issues.

I wanted to bring together leaders from many different fields to contribute their perspectives on issues of science and technology in society today.

This is why I created the STS forum as a gathering for influential individuals in fields such as science and engineering, business, policy-making, and media to discuss the lights and shadows of science and technology.

I believe that participants of STS forum will benefit from lively exchange of opinions over the two-and-half-days conference in Kyoto.