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Online Seminar "ITP Network: Industry 4.0 & Society 5.0" on 18 August 2020

Online Seminar "ITP Network: Industry 4.0 & Society 5.0" on 18 August 2020

On 18 August, 2020, UNIDO will hold an online seminar “ITP Network: Industry 4.0 & Society 5.0” as one of digital series of the third edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (#GMIS2020).

Digital Series #8
ITP Network: Industry 4.0 & Society 5.0
Exploring the future of manufacturing and industries: Industry 4.0’s true potential in advancing the attainment of the SDGs and shaping Society 5.0

As an envisaged future society in the human evolution, Society 5.0 has been promoted in Japan since 2016, following from hunter-gatherer society (Society 1.0), agrarian society (Society 2.0), industrial society (Society 3.0) and information society (Society 4.0).

The Society 5.0 is conceptualised as “human society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space.” It is closely connected to the concept of Industry 4.0, characterised by technological advances, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics. Industry 4.0 is likely to change not only the way we work, but also the way we live.

Those spillover effects of Industry 4.0 technologies beyond manufacturing and industry are captured by the Japanese concept of Society 5.0. Both Industry 4.0, and Society 5.0 are closely aligned with the attainment of the UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The session will explore:

  • What are the major challenges and opportunities of future manufacturing and industries in the new industrial revolution?
  • Who benefits from the new industrial revolution and its emerging technologies and, who might be left behind?
  • How can we ensure inclusion of the most vulnerable to leave no one behind, while perusing the future manufacturing and industries with high and advanced technologies?
  • What are the lessons learnt from Society 5.0, that can be applied by a developed country like Japan with an aging society, to developing countries with a very different societal structure?


18 August (Tuesday), 2020 at 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (JST) / 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. (GMT) 


Italy  Champion ESOF2020 (Euroscience Open Forum) Trieste
 Prof. Stefano Fantoni
Japan  Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
 Associate Professor, Dr. Yusuke Kajihara
Germany  Department of Business Administration, John Cabot University Rome
 Assistant Professor of Applied Data Analytics, Dr. Alina Sorgner
China  CloudMinds
 Founder and CEO, Mr. Bill Huang
Russia  IIoT Cyber Security, Kaspersk
 Head of Business Development, Mr. Andrey Suvorov
UNIDO  Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agribusiness
 Managing Director, Mr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento
 Investment and Technology Promotion Division and Coordinator,
 Investment and Technology Promotion Offices Network
 Chief, Mr. Weixi Gong
 Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Tokyo
 Head, Mr. Yuko Yasunaga (Moderator) 


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