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             14 November 2000


From 29 November to 1 December 2000, the United Nations University (UNU) will host an International Workshop on Social Sciences and Innovation. This event is the third in a series of four Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) International Workshops on the Future of Social Sciences. Its purpose is to examine issues related to the contributions of social sciences to technological and social innovations, and the impact of innovation on societal change.

This workshop is being organized by the UNU, the Institute of Innovation Research (IIR) of Hitotsubashi University (Japan), and OECD. Participants will discuss the roles of social sciences in the context of rapidly progressing innovation in the new millennium. Plenary session 1 (chaired by IIR Director Seiichiro Yonekura) will focus on "Promoting Innovation," and plenary session 2 (chaired by UNU Rector Hans van Ginkel) will consider "Innovation, Science and Society." Three working groups will meet to examine issues of technological innovation, social innovation, and the societal impacts of innovation. Workshop participants will include invited international experts and delegates from OECD member countries.

Professor Nathan Rosenberg of Stanford University will deliver the keynote address, entitled "Challenges to the Social Sciences in the New Millennium."

The keynote address, beginning at 4:00 p.m.on 29 November in the U Thant International Conference Hall (3rd floor of the UNU Centre) is open to the public. Admission is free, although advance registration is required. Simultaneous Japanese interpretation will be provided.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. A copy of the programme is attached. To reserve a place at the keynote address, or for more information, please contact the UNU Public Affairs Section or Institute of Innovation Research of Hitotsubashi University.

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For further information please contact:

The UNU Public Affairs Section
Tel. (03) 5467-1243, -1246
Fax (03) 3406-7346
or Institute of Innovation Research of Hitotsubashi University
Tel.: (042) 580-8411
Fax: (042) 580-8410




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