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Initiated in 2008 and jointly organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Municipal Government of Shanghai, the "Pujiang Innovation Forum" has been successfully held eight times, attracting nearly 700 high-ranking government officials, well-known scholars and senior executive from academic and business circles. Their in-depth discussion on hotspot issues about innovation both at home and abroad produced a number of valuable opinions for economic development and innovation.

On the previous forum held in 2015, Premier Li Keqiang and Premier Netanyahu of Israel respectively sent congratulatory letters to the Forum. 137 speakers from 15 countries and regions include Israel, USA, Canada, Finland, UK, Switzerland, France, Spain, Turkey, Korea, Singapore, India and China made presentations. The Forum has attracted more than 3000 delegates and become a shining business card for international exchange and cooperation in technology innovation.

To further the partnership in science and technology with other countries, the forum created in 2012 the Guest of Honor Country mechanism. Topics such as enterprises, industries, regions, policies, future science and culture, international innovation development trends and prospects generated in-depth discussion. As the country of honor of the 2015 event, Israel sent a large delegation of 108 representatives, include Mr. Silvan Shalom, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Israel, head of the delegation, Mr. Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy of the State of Israel, Mr. Matan Vilnai, Israeli ambassador to China?and several Israeli high-ranking politicians, academic experts, and senior business executives. They participated in many science and technology exchange activities.

With its increasing social influence, the forum has caught extensive media attention. It formed alliance with Shanghai Media Group (SMG), Xinhua News Agency and Sina, and received full coverage on CCTV, Science and Technology Daily, JIefang Daily, China Daily, Global Times, Nature, MIT's , UK and many other professional media agencies at home and abroad through forms of guest interviews, special reports, column comments and interesting sidelights.