Interview with the president HAMAGUCHI
Dr. HAMAGUCHI Michinari, the new President of JST, who assumed the office this past autumn spoke about close collaboration with universities, promotion of policies and development of personnel in the information age, revitalization after the earthquake and disaster risk reduction, and diversity in the workforce and new value.
Interview with Dr. Keisuke Yonehara, DANDRITE-Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience, Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University
(May 16, 2016)
“I always feel that nothing can start if you do not first place yourself in that environment and pursue the path that you believe is a good one, instead of blindly following those around you. If collaboration and joint research are necessary to this process, then I would like to readily and aggressively incorporate them.”
STS forum activities in Europe
(Paris and Brussels, May 3 and 4, 2016)
Dr. Hamaguchi (JST President), Mr. Okimura (Counselor of the President), Dr. Ichioka (Senior STI Cooperation Strategist, Office of International Strategy OIS) , Ms. Hashimoto (Chief, OIS) and Mr. Yamamura (Chief, Dept. of Industry-Academic Development) attended the Council Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum held at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France.
A workshop titled “Adapting to the Changing World Through Science, Technology and Innovation” was organized by STOA, STS forum and JETRO and held at European Parliament, Brussels on May 4th. President Hamaguchi gave a presentation in the session “Open Science in an Open World.”
The JST delegation also visited IMEC (Institut Mémoires de l'édition contemporaine) in Leuven, Belgium, in order to further understand state-of-the-art research trends in industry-academic collaboration.
Science Africa Conference & Workshop
(Bonn, April 25 to 29, 2016)
The Science Africa Conference & Workshop was held in Bonn, Germany on April 25th to 29th 2016, organised by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) in close cooperation with South Africa’s NRF (National Research Foundation) and the SGCI (Science Granting Councils Initiative). Mr. Yakuwa (Dept. of Innovation Research) presented an overview on JST’s activities and explained the framework of JST Strategic Basic Research Programs as well as its research management processes during the two-day conference. At the subsequent three-day workshop, Mr. Ohama (Director, Office of International Strategy, Dept. of Strategic Planning and Management) introduced JST’s basic review criteria and activities of CRDS (Center for Research and Development Strategy) , an affiliated institution of JST.
Belmont Forum Steering Committee Meeting in Austria
(Vienna, April 20, 2016)
The Steering Committee (SC) meeting of Belmont Forum was held in Vienna, Austria on April 20, 2016 during the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016 (April 17 to 22). Both events took place at the same location. The Belmont Forum has set up a booth for the first time and exhibited its activities.
Steering Committee members from six countries gathered to review previous and ongoing activities and discuss future plans. JST was represented by Ms. Shirokizawa (Executive Director) and Mr. Tsuda (Director of RISTEX).
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