Diversity in Science – How to promote Inclusion & Empowerment in Japan

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Innovation thrives on diversity. Which questions we ask in science and how we address them is heavily influenced by our personal and social background. Engaging people from different backgrounds – such as gender, nationality or age – is important to broaden the scope of questions and generate new insights.

Japan faces great challenges when it comes to diversity: In the Gender Gap Report Japan ranks last among the G7, a scientific career has become unattractive for many young researchers, and during the pandemic the number of international students dropped to a minimum due to closed borders. However, as the government is carefully beginning to re-open borders and discusses new financial support for PhD students, times could be changing.

What can universities do to promote inclusion and empowerment to create an environment where diversity and innovation truly thrive? This question will be addressed in a panel discussion organized by DWIH Tokyo and OAG on Oct 19.

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Informationen zur Veranstaltung

19. Oktober 2022, 18:00 bis 20:30 Uhr

OAG Hall (7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052) / Online
Veranstalter: DWIH Tokyo, OAG (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens)

Title: Panel Discussion: „Diversity in Science – How to promote Inclusion & Empowerment in Japan” in the context of the Exhibition „Faszination Wissenschaft”
Date: October 19, 18:00-20:30 (JST) / 11:00-13:30 (CEST)
Language: English (with Japanese interpretation)
Live stream: on the DWIH Tokyo Youtube Channel
Participants: <100

Tentative Program:
17:30 Registration

18:00-18:10 Welcome

  • Axel Karpenstein, Director, DAAD Regional Office Tokyo
  • Stefan Speidel, Exhibition Organiser, OAG

18:10-18:30 Keynote: Prof. Dr. Kaori Hayashi, Executive Vice President “Diversity and Global Affairs“, The University of Tokyo

Kaori Hayashi is Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. She is Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo in charge of global and diversity affairs, as well as Director of the B’AI Global Forum, which was set up within the Institute for AI and Beyond at the University of Tokyo. She is a contributor and columnist for a variety of media including Asahi Shimbun, one of the largest national dailies in Japan. She was a visiting scholar at Northwestern University in 2016, hosted by the Abe Fellowship at the Social Science Research Council. Her most recent English publications include “The Silent Public in a Liberal State: Challenges for Japan’s Journalism in the Age of the Internet” in The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism. Japan and the World Order. Edited by Yoichi Funabashi and G. John Ikenberry. Brookings Institution Press, 2020, 325-358; “Gendered power relations in the digital age: An analysis of Japanese women’s media choice and use within a global context” in Feminist Media Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2021.1998183.

18:30-19:30 Panel Discussion
– Chair: Dr. Nora Kottmann, Principal Researcher and Head of Research Group “Methods and Methodologies”, German Institute for Japanese Studies
– Prof. Dr. Yuko Harayama, former Executive Director at RIKEN in charge of international affairs, promotion of young researchers, and diversity
– Prof. Dr. Kaori Hayashi, Executive Vice President “Diversity and Global Affairs“, The University of Tokyo
– Axel Karpenstein, Director, DAAD Regional Office Tokyo
– Herlinde Koelbl, Photographer & Artist, Creator of the project “Faszination Wissenschaft”
– Dr. Nami Sakai, Chief Scientist, Director of Star and Planet Formation Laboratory RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research

19:30-20:30 Reception

[Keynote]

Prof. Dr. Kaori Hayashi, Executive Vice President “Diversity and Global Affairs“, The University of Tokyo
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[Chair]

Dr. Nora Kottmann, Principal Researcher and Head of Research Group “Methods and Methodologies”, German Institute for Japanese Studies

 

 

 


[Guests]

Prof. Dr. Yuko Harayama, former Executive Director at RIKEN in charge of international affairs, promotion of young researchers, and diversity

 

 


Prof. Dr. Kaori Hayashi, Executive Vice President “Diversity and Global Affairs“, The University of Tokyo

 

 

 


Axel Karpenstein, Director DAAD Regional Office Tokyo

 

 

 


Herlinde Koelbl, Photographer & Artist, Creator of the project “Faszination Wissenschaft”

 

 

 


Dr. Nami Sakai, Chief Scientist, Director of Star and Planet Formation Laboratory RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research

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