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NISTH’s focus is on impact. We aim to realize real and positive change in the world by the unusual combinations of Sciences, Technology, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to tackle complex problems.

We engage in team science where scientists, scholars, professionals, government, NGOs and the public work on shared goals. This will shorten the chain from scientific finding or technological innovation to adoption and consequently translating to real world impact.

We imagine a time period of 20 years from 2020 to find solutions to the global challenges that the society is facing today. NISTH brings together key actors, thinkers and leaders to execute change for the benefit of humanity.


Launched in 11 March 2019, the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence to deeply understand the social context of science and technological innovation and its consequences for humanity. NISTH focuses on three immediate themes: (1) responsible innovation, (2) governance and leadership in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and (3) emerging urban Asia.