Asia has been a dominant player not only in science, technology, and innovation but also in linking different cultures of the world. It aligns with the ongoing Asia-wide cooperation schemes that emphasize knowledge and experiences sharing and joint efforts to promote knowledge-based and learning economies such as ASEAN Plus Three (Japan, China, and South Korea), ASEAN-Japan Free Trade Area, and Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD). To achieve this aspiration, a group of Asian scholars from Thailand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and Vietnam with strong support from GLOBELICS held the first international conference on Asian innovation systems in Bangkok on 1-2 April 2004. About 150 professionals who participated in the conference agreed to organize the ASIALICS conference annually, publish a journal and book in the Asian innovation system and clusters, and explore possibilities of joint research and training in this field. Asian Journal of Technology Innovation was created in 2004 on the occasion of the conference.

After the first conference in Bangkok in 2004

Consecutive Asialics Conferences have been held as follows:
  • 2005, 17-20 April(Jeju Island, Korea) the 2nd Asialics Conference

    Organized jointly by Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) and Korea Society of Innovation Management and Economics (KOSIME) on “Innovation Policy and Management in Changing Asia.” About 120 professional people participated, and 60 papers were presented at the conference.
  • 2006, 16-19 April(Shanghai, China) the 3rd Asialics Conference

    Organized by Tongji University on the theme “From Imitation to Innovation: Asia Meets Global Challenges.”
  • 2007, 22-24 July(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) the 4th Asialics Conference

    Organized by University of Malaya on the theme “Making Innovation Work for Society: Experiences from Asia.”
  • 2008, 2-4 April(Bangalore, India) the 5th Asialics Conference

    Organized by Indian Institute of Management (IIM Bangalore) on the theme “From Manufacturing to Services: Changing Role of Innovation System.”
  • 2009, 6-7 July(Hong Kong, China) the 6th Asialics Conference

    Organized by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on the theme “Linkages in Innovation Systems: Global and Local Perspectives.”
  • 2010, 15-17 April(Taipei, Taiwan) the 7th Asialics Conference

    Organized by Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER) on “Global Recession and Reform of Innovation Systems in Asia.” In the organization committee meeting, the Charter of ASIALICS was discussed and passed to implement for formalizing the network. According to the Charter, the secretariat is located at the head office in the home country of the Chairman. The first Chairman elected was Dr. Mai Ha at NISTPASS.
  • 2011, 7-9 April(Hanoi, Vietnam) the 8th Asialics Conference

    Organized by National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPASS), Vietnam on the theme “Innovation for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Resilience in Asia.” Professor Velasco Aida at De La Salle University, Philippines was elected as the next Chairman of ASIALICS for May 2011-October 2012.
  • 2012, 4-5 October(Manila, Philippines) the 9th Asialics Conference

    Organized by De La Salle University on the theme “Innovation and Appropriate Technology for the Development and Inclusive Growth of Asian SMEs.” Professor Patarapong Intarakumnerd at GRIPS, Japan was elected as the next Chairman of ASIALICS for October 2012-September 2013.
  • 2013, 19-21 September(Tokyo, Japan) 10th Asialics Conference

    Organized by National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan on “The Roles of Public Research Institutes and Universities in Asia’s Innovation Systems.” Professor Kong-Rae Lee at DGIST (Daegu-Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology), Korea was elected as the next Chairman of ASIALICS for October 2013-September 2014. ASIALICS Korea, a country-level legal entity of ASIALICS, was also formed and approved by the central government of Korea.
  • 2014, 25-27 September(Daegu, Korea) 11th Asialics Conference

    Organized jointly by ASIALICS Korea and Society of Innovation Management and Economics (KOSIME) on “Convergence, Innovation and Creative Economy.” The venue of the conference is the new DGIST campus (Daegu-Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology) in Daegu.
  • 2015, 15-17 September(Yogyakarta, Indonesia) 12th ASIALICS Conference

    Organized by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), in cooperation with Ministry Research Technology and Higher Education Indonesia and Veteran University Yogyakarta on “Innovation Driven Natural Resource-Based Industry.”
  • 2016, 3-4 October(Bangkok. Thailand) 13th Asialics Conference on “Area-based Innovation in Asia.”

    Area-based Innovation in Asia System is an emerging concept beyond the classical industrial cluster and traditional regional innovation system”. The theme focuses on how space can induce innovation activities concerning mega-infrastructure, city development, and linkages with local communities. The National Innovation Agency organized the conference.
  • 2017, 29-31 August(Tehran, Iran) 14th Asialics Conference

    Organized by the Iranian Association for Management of Technology-IRAMOT, on “Technological learning, innovation, and catching-up in the context of international collaborations.”
  • 2018, 25-26 August(Hangzhou, China) 15th Asialics and Cicalics Conference on “Innovation and Growth Strategy in the Connected World.”

    It was jointly organized by School of Management Zhejiang University and National Institute for Innovation Management.
  • 2019, 26-27 July(Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea) 16th Asialics Conference on “Innovation in Asia-Pacific in the Era of Smart Technology.

    It was organized by cooperating with Global Network for the Economics of Learning Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS)