The Shanghai Institute for Science of Science (hereinafter referred to as the Institute for Science of Science) is one of China’s earliest soft science research institutes established in January 1980. The Institute for Science of Science is a public welfare institution of scientific research with serving decision-making on innovation as the tenet, sticking to demand guidance, problem guidance and application guidance, focusing on fields such as science, technology and innovation strategies, public policies and industrial technology innovation, combining soft science and hard science, integrating research and consulting, and dedicated to building a high-level professional platform-type science, technology and innovation think tank with special characteristics.
It is a leader in a number of important research fields. It has gained and accumulated advantages in leadership science, science and technology statistics, science and technology annals, technology foresight, science popularization and other fields. It is an important founder of China’s leadership science research, an important pioneer in the building of China’s science and technology statistics system, an important advocate of compilation of Chinese local science and technology annals, and an important forerunner of China’s technology foresight research.
It is a supporter for a number of major science and technology decisions. It has undertaken research on major strategic plans such as Shanghai’s Medium- and Long-term Science and Technology Plan, Shanghai’s Twelfth Five-Year Plan on Science and Technology Development and Thirteenth Five-Year Plan on Science and Technology Innovation and Development; carried out important research on areas such as functions of urban innovation, reform of the science and technology system and forms of innovative services, providing important support for the government’s science decisions.
It is an active builder of soft science research networks. It has established cooperative relationships with related soft science research institutes in countries and regions such as America, Europe, Japan and South Korea as well as related research institutes in Taiwan region carried out strategic cooperation and collaborative research with soft science research institutes in provinces and municipalities such as Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui; establi shed close cooperative relationships with Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, East China Normal University, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Jiefang Daily and related districts and counties to jointly build Shanghai’s platform of cooperation in soft science research.
It is accelerating the building of a high-level professional platform-type science, technology and innovation think tank with special characteristics. In the face of new strategic development opportunities, it focuses on Shanghai’s major need to build a science, technology and innovation center with global influence, makes efforts to push forward core competence building, management innovation, platform building and brand shaping, and keeps strengthening the building of the talent team and enhancing service and decision-making capabilities to realize development dr iven by “the three engines” of carrying out high-quality research as support, serving the government’s decisions on science, technology and innovation and serving various innovators’ development.
- Vision: going towards the world based in Shanghai and facing China, and building a high-level professional platform-type science, technology and innovation think tank with special characteristics
- Moto of the institute: studying the phenomena of nature to gain knowledge, aiding the government and benefiting the people
- Core values: soberness, pragmatism, innovation, action
- Research culture: sticking to demand guidance, problem guidance and application guidance, doing research with emotion, thought and depth