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December 6~7, 2012,
in Sendai, Japan

Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC)

The Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) was held on the 6th and 7th of December 2012 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. It was co-hosted by JST and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), for the purpose of summarizing the opinions of the region in preparation for the 2nd Summit of the Global Research Council* to be held in Berlin in May 2013, where discussion on "research integrity" and "open and shared access to scientific information” will be held.

Proactive discussion took place on both themes in the meeting, which was attended by 16 funding organizations from 11 countries including the co-hosts. In the ”Open and shared access to scientific information" (OA) session chaired by JST, participants agreed that each funding organization is expected to select suitable approach(s) according to their specific situation and to make efforts for OA promotion. Furthermore, based upon this shared recognition, participants exchanged views on pressing issues to be solved and actions to be taken by each organization.

The outcome of this meeting and those of the other regional meetings will be summarized by the Global Summit International Steering Committee and presented at the 2nd Summit of the Global Research Council in May 2013.

* Global Research Council:
The Global Research Council is a virtual organization comprising roughly 50 heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world, and was established on the initiative of Dr. Subra Suresh, president of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Shared challenges are discussed at the annual Global Summit.

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