(March 19, Online Event) Join us for the HIRAKU-Global International Symposium


HIRAKU-Global International Symposium
"Breaking Borders: The World is Limitless"


Friday, March 19, 2021
(online, via Zoom)


The HIRAKU-Global Program will hold its very first International Symposium as an online event on Friday, March 19th, 2021. The HIRAKU-Global International Symposium, "Breaking Borders: The World is Limitless" has been developed with the aim of empowering the next generation of world-class researchers with the knowledge and tools needed for them to maximize and reach their potential.

Please click the above image to view the Symposium flyer PDF.

To view the concise profiles of the Panelists, please click here.

Date & Time

Friday, March 19, 2021 09:00 – 12:00 (Japan Standard Time)

Registration to Join the Audience

Registrations to join the audience for the Symposium have officially closed. Thank you to those who registered for the event.

For those who registered, you should have already received an e-mail from the HIRAKU-Global Office detailing the Zoom access information for the Symposium (and Online Gathering if applicable). If you haven’t received such an e-mail, please contact the Office via e-mail from the information listed below as soon as possible.


Lecture Series and Panel Talk to Empower the Next Generation of World-Class Researchers

09:00 Opening Session

  • Opening Remarks
    Mitsuo OCHI, M.D., Ph.D., President of Hiroshima University
  • Guest Speech
    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
  • Outline of the HIRAKU-Global Program
    Misako AIDA, Ph.D., Executive Advisor to the President, Hiroshima University

09:15 Session Ⅰ - Visionary Empowerment Lecture for Researchers

  • “Secrets of Scientific Success: The VW Lesson and Honing Critical Skills”
    Robert W. MAHLEY, M.D., Ph.D., President Emeritus and Founder, Gladstone Institutes, USA
  • Q&A Session

09:40 Session Ⅱ - Professional Empowerment Lectures for Researchers and Organizations

  •   Early-Career Researcher Development in Australia”
    Alastair G. McEWAN, Ph.D., Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Training),
    The University of Queensland, Australia
  •  Early-Career Researcher Development in Europe”
    Jeremy P. BRADSHAW, DPhil, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International & Doctoral),
    University of Bath, UK
  • Q&A Session
  • Break

10:30 Session Ⅲ – Visionary Pitch and Panel Talk

  • 3 Minute Visionary Pitch by the HIRAKU-Global Faculty Members (1st Cohort)
  • Panel Talk:
    ・Problem Statement and Advice for World-Class Researcher Development
    Yuko HARAYAMA, Ph.D., Executive Director, RIKEN
    Takashi TODA, Ph.D., Specially Appointed Professor, Hiroshima University

     ・“Challenges faced by early career researchers in a global world, and some proposed solutions”
    Moderator: Jorge N. TENDEIRO, Ph.D., Program Manager of the HIRAKU-Global Program

11:45 Closing Session

  • Closing Remarks
    Shinichi TATE, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Hiroshima University

*An online gathering, which will allow the audience members to interact with the Symposium Panelists will be held at the conclusion of the Symposium.


"Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users Driving Global Impact (HIRAKU-Global)"
under the "Strategic Professional Development Program for Young Researchers"
by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Inquiries/Contact Details

HIRAKU-Global Office
Office of Research and Academia-Government-Community Collaboration, Hiroshima University
E-mail: hiraku-global*office.hiroshima-u.ac.jp  (replace * with @)