Science Advice Workshop
13 June 2022 08.00 – 11.00 AM UTC
Science advice has become more important than the every before due to the experience of the global pandemic. In this workshop, participants will discuss the difficulties and risks of scientific advice, as well as the possibilities and future directions, with mentors who have experience as science advisors and in-depth knowledge of scientific advice.
Aiming to build a social system that promotes citizen science
15 June 2022 08.00 – 09.30 AM UTC
Citizen science is a scientific activity conducted by the general public and is expanding worldwide.
In Japan, however, development of a social system that promotes the creation of methodologies and an environment for researchers to formulate research plans, conduct research, and disseminate research results in cooperation with the public and policy makers is still ongoing. The Young Academy of Japan has compiled a list of issues that need to be resolved in the implementation of Citizen Science in Japan compared to other countries, and has made recommendations.
In this symposium, we will introduce the recommendations issued by the Young Academy of Japan in 2020 and the trends in Japan in response to the recommendations, as well as the unique efforts of the “Citizen Science Research Center” established at Fukuoka University. In addition, GYA members will add case studies from overseas and discuss the significance and challenges of Citizen Science, especially for the achievement of the SDGs. Through these presentations, we will explore Citizen Science in depth as a device that enables science to support society in various situations, and discuss the construction of a social system to promote it.
Universities in Society: To be a public platform for realizing a sustainable and inclusive society
15 June 2022 10.00 – 11.30 AM UTC
Universities are the only public places that can strongly connect the ever-evolving academia to society. In this plenary session, we will consider the rebalancing of “reason” and “sensitivity,” constantly updating our thinking, and consider the university as a place that connects with the public. In particular, we will hear from Juichi Yamagiwa, the former President of the Science Council of Japan, on the theme of strengthening the connection between academia and society through dialogue, and Oriza Hirata, President of a university that links education, art, and culture to the community through dialogue, from the Ito campus, Kyushu University, which was designed with consideration for sustainability and inclusion of the local environment. Through the topic of the case study of the campus, we will discuss the role of academia and universities in the SDGs and post-SDGs era.
Find your inner sensibility and experience creativity - Harmonizing Reason with Sensibility with Science Fiction prototyping
16 June 2022 08.00 – 09.30 AM UTC
In order to update the creativity necessary for researchers, SF prototyping methods will be used to draw out the latent sensibility in participants and experience creativity in small group interactions. The goal is to gain an intuitive understanding of the implications of the overall theme, “Harmonising Reason with Sensibility.” The secondary objective is to awaken sensibility before discussing the theme analytically and logically in the plenary session 2 that follows.
How much creativity is valued in your area of science?
16 June 2022 10.00 – 11.30 AM UTC
How are scientists perceived by society? How does it vary from country to country and field to field? How can scientists contribute more to society? To address these questions, this plenary session will present the results of a primary analysis of a survey of GYA members and alumni, which will be followed by a discussion based on the topics presented by the speakers from different fields and professions.