October 03, 2014
The 13th JST Advisory Committee Meeting was held on Oct 3rd, 2014 in Kyoto. The JST Advisory Committee Meeting is a venue to obtain all manner of expertise from wide variety of external experts belonging to the private enterprises, universities, research institutes, governmental agencies, and etc.
Since JST has been making efforts to accelerate the globalization of its R&D programs as well as operations in recent years, we newly invited six experts from Singapore, Germany, Egypt, and the US to assimilate the global perspectives in this 13th meeting.
We picked up the ‘JST Action Plan 2014’, drew up in September, 2014, as a main agenda in the meeting. The ‘Entrepreneurship Support Program’, for example, is one of JST’s new enforcement in our Action Plan, and we received truly valuable comments, not only positive opinions but also a novel idea such as “Making up a culture where the Startups will come out is also important.”
The exchange of expertise in the past Advisory Committee Meetings has always been vibrant, yet it became even more enthusiastic by pertinent and unexemplified advisement and questions from experts from overseas. Since the whole concept of the Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) is now at a major turning point in many developed societies including Japan, this meeting was an enormous opportunity for JST to review our roles from the global perspectives.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Takemasa Miyoshi of RIKEN, researching the ‘Big Data Assimilation’ in JST CREST as well as Dr. Hidetoshi Katori of The University of Tokyo/RIKEN, researching the ‘Optical Lattice Clock’ in JST ERATO made presentations about their research activities and latest achievements, which took strong interest in external experts.
While Japan is aspiring to be the STI Nation, JST, with the ability to look down upon Japan’s STI, will actively utilize those beneficial suggestions and comments provided by both internal and external experts in this meeting to review our roles and operations and contribute to enhance the competitiveness and solve social challenges of Japan.