Main Theme: Science, Technology and Innovation Policies and Management in Achieving the Circular Economy

Hanoi, December 8th, 2022

Under the permission of The Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation (VISTI) and South-East Asian Conference on Science Technology and Innovation Policy and Management (SEAC-STIPM) will organize a scientific conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Policies and Initiatives for Sustainable Development with the main theme of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies and Management in Achieving the Circular Economy in Hanoi in December 8th, 2022. We would like to invite you to be a part of the conference and submit your papers for review.

The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended. The circular economy will apply at the micro level (production, company, consumer), medium level (eco-industrial park), and macro level (city, region, national and transnational) aiming to realize sustainable development, that is, to create environmental quality, economic development and social justice, for the benefit of present and future generations. Like other regions, policy makers, researchers, and practitioners in Southeast Asia are very much interested in achieving the circular economy. Nonetheless, we lack concrete understanding of effective policies and firms’ technology/innovation strategies in achieving the circular economy. Therefore, we hope that this conference will partially fill in the gap.

In Vietnam, a number of economic models in line with the circular economy have been formed since the 80s such as the garden-pond-barn (VAC) model, which is an ecological and agricultural sustainability model where the components in the system are closely related to each other. Although incomplete and applied mainly on a small scale of households or cooperatives, this model has shown initial economic benefits in terms of resource utilization and reduction of environmental impacts due to the harmful effects of wastes. In recent years, many initiatives on sustainable corporate governance and promotion of the circular economy to respond to climate change, strengthening the public-private partnership model are being proposed and gradually implemented. Some outstanding programs such as the program of collecting and recycling waste of a group of businesses at a number of large enterprises such as Heineken Vietnam, Unilever Vietnam have been implemented. However, to achieve success for the transformation of Vietnam’s economy towards the model of the circular economy, it is necessary to have the cooperation of the state, businesses, scientists and the community.

The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Create a scientific forum for researchers, policy makers, businesses, social organizations of Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries to meet, exchange and learn experiences on science, technology and innovation policies, management strategies, and initiatives for sustainable development with this year’s special attention on achieving the circular economy,
  • Draw lessons from successful experiences, propose recommendations to develop and implement science, technology, and innovation policies and management strategies for sustainable development goals,
  • Build and expand the network of researchers, policy makers, and practitioners of Science, Technology, and Innovation policies and management for sustainable development in the Southeast Asian region,
  • Create an annual forum to share research results and review the latest issues on science, technology, and innovation policies for sustainable development.

STI Policies and Management in Achieving the Circular Economy is the main theme of this conference. Examples of issues under this main theme are as follows:

  • STI policies for inclusive and green growth, sustainable Bio Economy, and the circular economy.
  • STI policies for food, water, and energy security
  • Strengthening STI capacity and governance for the circular economy
  • Building ecosystem for entrepreneurs and innovation systems for circular economy
  • Firms’ technology/innovation strategies supporting the circular economy

Papers for three other subthemes are also welcome, but are not limited to:

Innovative Initiatives for Creating SDGs

  • Private, Public, People Partnerships to Promote Innovation for SDGs
  • Realizing the full potential of local and indigenous knowledge, and homegrown innovations for the achievement of the SDGs
  • Start-up and Entrepreneurship (including for SME) toward SDGs-related Global Business
  • Conducive Ecosystem for innovation towards SDGs’ grand challenges

Technology and R&D Management in the context of defragmentation of global/regional production networks

  • Firms’ technology/innovation strategies under the context of defragmentation of global/regional production networks
  • Appropriate STI policies under the context of defragmentation of global/regional production networks
  • Innovative financing for R&D and innovation
  • Managing human capital in the era of Industry 4.0

Regional Response to Post Covid-19 Pandemic

  • Changes in R&D and Innovation Management during and after the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Economic Recovery and STI policies during and after the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Regional and global research cooperation and partnership during and after the Covid-19 pandemic


Authors of best papers will be invited to present their works at the International Conference. In addition, accepted papers after peer-reviewed process will be published in Conference proceedings with ISBN code. The selected papers could also be selected for consideration for publishing in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals after the conference.


  • 01/7/2022: Call for Papers
  • 15/8/2022: Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
  • 30/8/2022: Announcement of Accepted Abstracts
  • 30/10/2022: Deadline for Full Papers
  • 15/11/2022: Registration for conference participation
  • 08/12/2022: Conference