October 5, 2015
JST and DFG co-organized the 6th Funding Agency Presidents’ Meeting (FAPM) on October 5, 2015 in Kyoto. The FAPM was first held in 2010 with the aim to provide an opportunity for representatives of funding agencies (FAs) from around the world to gather to discuss common interests and concerns, thereby facilitating and enhancing networking and cooperation among them.
This year’s meeting was co-chaired by DFG Vice-President Frank Allgöwer and JST President Michinari Hamaguchi. Thirty-one representatives of FAs from 22 different countries and 1 international organization had a lively discussion on “Diversity as strength in research and innovation”.
Participants exchanged their views on multiple aspects of ‘Diversity in Research’ including not only HR issues related to gender equality or career stages, but also challenges in fusion of diversified research fields, collaboration with users or citizens, and promotion of outreach activities.