Leaders from different fields, sectors, generations, and nationalities are invited as speakers , and the vision of Science Agora celebrating the tenth anniversary this year is shared with an audience.
*Simultaneous translation (Japanese and English)
Dame Anne Glover
Dame Anne Glover, Professor, The University of Aberdeen
Professor Dame Anne Glover received her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from University of Cambridge. She has pursued a career in scientific research at Aberdeen University. She was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011), and the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2015). She is currently Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen.
Hiroshi Amano, Director, Professor, Center for Integrated Research of Future
Electronics, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability at Nagoya University Hiroshi Amano received his Ph.D. from Nagoya University in 1989. He was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Prof. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources". Currently, he is Director, Professor, Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability at Nagoya University.
Tateo Arimoto, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Tateo Arimoto has been involved with the Japanese government's science and technology policymaking after studying physical chemistry at Kyoto University. He has served as Executive Research Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Institute of the Cabinet office, Director General of Science & Technology Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Education and Science, and Principal Fellow of the Center for R&D Strategy at the Japan Science and Technology Agency.
Yuichiro Anzai, President, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Yuichiro Anzai is well known for his pioneering work on learning by doing and human-robot interaction in the fields of cognitive and computer sciences. He served as the president of Keio University, the chair of the Central Council for Education, the chair of the Association of Pacific-Rim Universities, and others. Currently he is Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT), a member of the Council for Science and Technology, and the chair of the reform for connecting high-school and university education.
Kazuo Iwano, Principal Fellow, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency （JST)
Kazuo Iwano joined IBM Japan in 1975 after graduating the University of Tokyo with Mathematics major. He acquired his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1987. He had been in charge of various roles in Research and emerging technology such as Director of Tokyo Research Laboratory, VP, Emerging Business (Cloud Computing and Smarter Cities). He is currently Principal Fellow of JST since October 2012. His research interest includes combinatorial optimization, cloud computing, and Cyber Physical Systems.
Kazuo Kyuma, Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office of Japan
Kazuo Kyuma received his Ph.D. in engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has since taken part in research and development at Mitsubishi Electric including optical fiber sensors, optical neurochips, and image processing systems. He has also served as Technology Research Institute Director and Vice President representative executive officer at Mitsubishi Electric.