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Metrics Workshop 2019 was held at NSF, hosted by the Belmont Forum. The purpose of the workshop was to review and give advice about immediate and long-term monetary and non-monetary transdisciplinary metrics, including those associated with open data requirements. JST made a contribution by giving an example of transdisciplinary research in a presentation of one of the Future Earth projects supported by RISTEX.
Two outputs are expected from the workshop: one is a multi-authored peer review document for publication in a relevant journal; the other is a recommendations document targeted towards transdisciplinary support organizations outlining best practices for capturing added value of transdisciplinary approaches.
JST attends Science Olympiad 2019
The Science Olympiad National Tournament (SONT) 2019 was held at Cornell University. Eight students of Japan's Kaiyo Academy, the winning team of the 8th Annual Japan High School Science Championships, were awarded a trip to the US to participate in the SONT. Kaiyo Academy students took part in four events as a Global Ambassador Team with the support of the Department for Promotion of Science Education of JST. The Japan team placed 7th in Fermi questions and 9th in Forensics.
JST attends Science Olympiad 2019
JST set up a meeting in both cities of Boston and Raleigh to discuss funding programs in Japan with Japanese researchers including PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and researchers in companies. Representatives of the JSPS Washington Office and AMED Washington Office joined the meetings.
We also had interviews with Japanese researchers who are managing their laboratories as independent PIs, at both Duke University and North Carolina State University, and understood more about the US university research environment and what kind of challenges they are facing in terms of sustainable management of their laboratories.
JST discusses funding programs in Japan with Japanese researchers
The 8th Global Research Council (GRC) Annual Meeting was held in São Paulo, Brazil for 3 days from May 1 to May 3. This GRC was co-hosted by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET).
JST Executive Director Ms. Shirokizawa gave a presentation at the meeting of the GRC Asia & Pacific region with topics: 1) Creating systems for fair application review and project assessment; 2) Fostering early career researchers. She also made a presentation about JST contributions to the SDGs at the pre-meeting event a day before the GRC.
JST attends Global Research Council 2019
JST had its own booth at Montgomery College for the 30th annual Rockville Science Day. We introduced the therapeutic robot baby seal "PARO". We also handed out.jst.s educational science magazine Science Window.
JST booth at Rockville Science Day 2019
JST participated in this event and jointly ran a booth named "SAKURA SCIENCE" with the following organizations as exhibitors (in alphabetical order):
  • Central Japan Railway Company (JR-CENTRAL)
  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA)
  • National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
  • NEC Corporation of America (NECAM)
  • New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
  • Washington Innovation Network (WIN)
JST introduced the therapeutic robotPARO and Ambiguous Objects as a research outcome from CREST. Also we handed out.jst.s educational science magazinesScience Window'English edition..
The 59th Sakura Matsuri 2019 - Japanese Street Festival
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi attended the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting scientific session Competitive Advantage: Protecting the Balance in Africa, Asia and Europe and made a presentation titled "Scientific Cooperation and the 'Asian Union'". Dr. Hamaguchi also gave a speech titled "From Recovery to Growth - Our Lesson from Disasters" at the plenary session Responding Faster and Smarter to New Problems.
JST President speaks at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi visited with Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Discussions were fruitful for both JST and NSF, the future seeming ripe with collaboration opportunities.
JST President speaks at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting
Six institutions - JST, NIED, RIKEN, JAXA, JAMSTEC, NARO - cooperated to hold a joint booth exhibit during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting. At the booth we introduced project results for each of the six institutions and our specific efforts towards achieving SDGs using videos, pamphlets, etc.
JST and 5 Reseaerch Organisations' Joint Booth at AAAS2019
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi visited with U.S. Department of Energy's Under Secretary of Energy for Science Mr. Paul Dabbar in Washington, D.C.. Active discussions took place on areas of common interest including science and energy and the possibility of future collaborations.
At the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit held in Boston, JST's Department of Intellectual Property Managament exhibited eight patented technologies and samples close to our organization since the time of filing, and one patented technology of Kwansei Gakuin University. JST with one trainee from Kwansei Gakuin University conducted technical explanations and introduced our organization to visitors.
Presentation at 2018 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibi image