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(Feb 8) HIRAKU International Symposium “Global Trends in Researcher Development”

We are pleased to announce that the subject international symposium will be held as a part of the consortium, “Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users (HIRAKU)” under the “Building of Consortia for the Development of Human Resources in Science and Technology (Program for Developing Next Generation Researchers)” implemented by MEXT.

HIRAKU has established a sustainable framework for outstanding young researchers to be developed and provided with future opportunities to lead the next generation. Through this, we aim to raise our regional competitiveness for future innovation mainly in the Chugoku-Shikoku Region.

In this symposium, we will present the global trends in young researcher development, together with our HIRAKU footprints for the past 5 years and discuss predictions for the future researcher development.


Friday, February 8, 2019; 13:00-


Hiroshima University Satake Memorial Hall (Higashi-Hiroshima campus)
 (1-2-2, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima)




Please register from here (due Monday, February 4, 2019) 


13:00 Opening Ceremony
Professor Mistuo Ochi, President, Hiroshima University
Akira Kusume, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, MEXT

13:10-15:10 <The 1st Session> Keynote Lectures
#01 “Enabling the Next Generation”
Yuko Harayama, Ph. D.
Professor Emeritus of Tohoku University
Former Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan

#02 “NSF Funding and Training Opportunities to Support Future Scientists”
Kellina M Craig-Henderson, Ph. D.
Deputy Assistant Director, U.S. National Science Foundation, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Former Director for NSF's Tokyo Regional Office

#03 “Creating an environment for researchers to flourish”
Janet Metcalfe, Ph.D.
Head of Vitae, the United Kingdom

#04 “PhDs and Postdocs in Australia-developing a new generation of graduate researchers”
Alastair McEwan, Ph.D.
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Queensland, Australia
Executive Committee Member at Australian Council of Graduate Research

15:20-16:45 <The 2nd Session> Looking back on the last 5 years in HIRAKU
“Overview of HIRAKU footprints for the past 5 years”
Professor Misako Aida, Executive and Vice President, Hiroshima University

“Challenge to the Future by Tenure Track Researchers”
Mai Matsumoto, Assistant Professor, Hiroshima University
Yuki Hara, Assistant Professor, Yamaguchi University
Fuminori Tanihara, Appointed Assistant Professor, Tokushima University

“Long-Term Internship to explore the Future”
Presentations by HIRAKU Long-Term Internship Program participants

“HIRAKU 3MT Competition”
Presentations by HIRAKU 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition Winners

16:45-17:30 <The 3rd Session> Panel Discussion “What's required for Young Researcher Development”
Panel discussion by the keynote presenters. Review the outcome of the respective practices and try to identify the future requirements to further promote young researcher development in Japan.

17:30 Closing Remarks
Professor Takuya Sasaki, Executive and Vice President, Tokushima University

Kindly note that the cocktail reception will be held after the symposium.
Venue: La Boheme, Faculty Club 1F, Hiroshima University
Fee: JPY4,000 (JPY2,500 for students)

[Contacts for Inquiries]
HIRAKU Operating Council Office, Global Career Design Center, Hiroshima University (Young Researcher Development)

E-mail: hiraku*hiroshima-u.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)