Report of the Third PO Seminar Japan
| Schedule of Seminar Results|
|The Third Program Officers Seminar in Japan was held on 1 March at Nihon Kagaku Miraikan in Odaiba, Tokyo.|
This seminar was the final effort of the fiscal year 2004, and it was very significant sminar as the integration of the First and the Second PO Seminar Japan.
As the beginnig of the seminar, Dr. Nobuhiro Uchida, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Deputy Manager at 1st Research Promotion Division, Department of Research Promotion, Office of Basic Research Deputy Manager at Department of Planning and Evaluation, has explained the outlines of the program of Special Coordination Funds for the promotion of Science and Technology.
We have invited two lecturers from Canadian and Australian funding agencies.
Ms. Barbara Muir, Director of Information, Communications and Manufacturing Division, Research Partnerships Programs Directorate, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) presented "The Competitive Funding System and Program Officer System in Canada".
Then Dr. Stephen Walker of Australian Research Council (ARC), Executive Director of Engineering and Environmental Science presented "Administration of competitive research funding in Australia".
Next Dr. Kazuhiko Okuma, Institute for Policy Sciences(IPS), Head of Research Department, Chief researcher presented "Aspects of funding agencies from the point of the view of international comparison" as an investigation report.
The keynote speech, "Essential management and professional human resources at funding agencies" was presented by Dr. Rei Hirasawa, Institute for Policy Sciences (IPS), Executive board member, Professor emeritus at Tokyo University.
Panel discussion regarding "Nature of Japanese PD and PO system" was held for two hours.
Dr. Hiroo Imura, Former Member of Council of Science and Technology Policy (CSTP), Program Director for the Special Coordination Funds Promoting Science and Technology took a part of a chairman.
As panelists, people familiar with Japanese funding systems participated the discussion, such as Dr. Michio Oishi of Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Director of the Institute, Dr. Naoki Katsura of Vice-president of BRIAN/NARO, PD for BRAIN-Project (PROBRAIN), Dr. Koichi Kitazwa of Executive Director of JST, PD for JST Projects, Mr. Fumio Shiozawa of Cabinet Office, Minister's Secretariat Councilor, Mr. Masanari Takayama of Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry, Health Science Division, Minister's Secretariat, Dr. Rei Hirasawa of Professor emeritus at Tokyo University and Dr. Tasuku Honjo of Director of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Center for Science Systems participated.
In the discussion, exchanged views about PD and PO's actual condition and future efforts of each agencies and flexible usage of competitive reseach funding.
It was extremely important and conductive for Japanese PD and PO system in closing event of series of Program Officer Seminars in Japan.
We are very grateful for lecturers in these seminars, audiences and everybody who were in charged of organizing this seminar.