Strategic Basic Research Programs/ACCEL
The 2nd ACCEL Symposium—Top Scientists Tackling Social Innovation was held at SMBC Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo on March 9, 2018. The ACCEL is aimed at accelerating the world’s leading basic research devoted to the creation of innovation. About 200 participants from industries, governmental bodies, and universities gathered for the symposium. They shared the outcomes of research projects and the vision of the ACCEL program, in which Research Directors and Program Managers (PMs) work together toward turning top science into top innovation.
To begin, Yoshimasa Goto, Executive Director of JST, gave opening remarks. Following this, Keisuke Isogai, Director-General of the Research Promotion Bureau of MEXT, talked about his expectations for the ACCEL program as an innovation accelerator.
The symposium focused on the material research area and broached the following five research themes. (Each affiliation is as of March 9, 2018)
Research Director: Hiroshi Kitagawa, Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Program Manager: Akihiro Okabe, JST
Research Director: Yoshinobu Tsujii, Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
Program Manager: Kimihiro Matsukawa, JST
Research Director: Hideo Hosono, Professor, Laboratory for Materials and Structures, Institute of Innovative Research, and Director of Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Program Manager: Toshiharu Yokoyama, JST
Research Director: Susumu Noda, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
Program Manager: Shigenori Yagi, JST
Research Director: Susumu Kitagawa, Director of Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), and Distinguished Professor of Institute for Advanced Study, Kyoto University
Program Manager: Takaiku Yamamoto, JST
In the lecture portion of the Symposium, each Research Director presented R&D visions and research outcomes. Then, PMs introduced their implementation activities and developments of the projects for the next steps. In the following PM interview portion, PMs had a lively discussion on what is necessary for connecting research outcomes to social implementation, challenges in working as a PM, and how they will advance their research after the ACCEL program ends.
At the end of the symposium, Michiharu Nakamura, Counselor to the President at JST, and Yoichiro Matsumoto, Chair of the ACCEL R&D Management Committee, emphasized the objectives of the ACCEL program and remarked on how top science should be connected to the creation of innovation.