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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Event Information

October 19, 2022, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

OAG Hall (7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052) / Online
Organiser: DWIH Tokyo, OAG (German East Asiatic Society)

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

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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