１０月１日（土）にグランドプリンスホテル京都にて開催されたSTS forum Future Leaders’ Program「ノーベル賞受賞者との対話」に、北海道大学を代表して電子科学研究所所属のマルコ・ユスップ（Marko Jusup）テニュアトラック助教、先端生命科学研究院所属のダニエル・ルドルフ・キング（Daniel Rudolf King）テニュアトラック助教が参加しました。また、その記事と写真が北大時報１１月号に掲載されました。(2016.12.27)
Statement by Dr. Marko Jusup
Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum was founded in 2004 by Mr. Koji Omi, a distinguished Japanese politician. The aim of STS forum is to rethink and reexamine the progress of science and technology in a way that would foster further economic development, but avoid some of the side effects, such as environmental problems and bio-ethical concerns.
In an attempt to achieve its broad aim, STS forum attracts experts of various backgrounds, ranging from scientists (nine Nobel laureates in 2016) to businessmen to politicians. Such a variety brings together a uniquely wide spectrum of perspectives, thus transcending the confines of any single human endeavour. Accordingly, STS forum presents a true opportunity to address major challenges faced by stakeholders across the globe.
Topics at the 2016 annual meeting spanned multiple domains: bio-resource exploitation, energy policies, environmental problems, sustainable development, innovative technologies, and educational reforms. Beside its comprehensive nature, STS forum is unique for its peer meeting format. These meetings are held in parallel with main events and gather ministers, university presidents, representative of funding agencies, and prominent academics. What is truly fantastic is that everyone present has the opportunity to contribute to the discussions.
Statement by Dr.Daniel Rudolf King
I recently received the honor of being invited to participate in the Future Leaders Program of the Science and Technology in Society Forum, which was held in Kyoto, Japan. This was a unique opportunity, as I was able to meet and discuss with previous Nobel Prize winners, as well as meet other young people involved in research on Science and Technology from all over the world. Many topical discussions took place, on issues ranging from global climate change, to future energy resources, to how we can best help improve developing countries. It was very interesting to hear the opinions of the Nobel Prize winners, who were very willing to discuss their views on these topics, as well as provide us with advice for how we should adjust our goals in the future.
Beyond the Future Leaders Program, the meeting itself was unique, as it consisted of leaders from their corresponding fields giving speeches on their respective subjects, followed by round-table discussion from participants. This was then translated into a symposium conclusion, which was presented on the final day, discussing the outcomes of each symposium. This approach resulted in active debates from the audience, and I believe this was a good way to “brainstorm” new ideas in important research areas.
In conclusion, I am very happy that I was able to take part in this Forum. I hope in the future I will be invited back to participate, and I hope we can utilize this Forum as a way to increase international collaboration in science and technology.