Below are some impressions from the 2nd day programs of the GYA’s International Conference of Young Scientists “Harmonising Reason with Sensibility: Regenerating science for an inclusive and sustainable future”.
In the Panel session “Aiming to build a social system that promotes citizen science,”
Ryoji Noritake (CEO, Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute) moderated the session.
GYA alumni member Masaki Nakamura (Osaka University Japan) provided opening and closing remarks.
GYA member Akihiro Kishimura (Kyushu University, Japan) shared information of the “Recommendation 2020” prepared by the Young Academy of Japan.
Asami Our (Fukuoka University) then introduced the unique regional activities of the Fukuoka University Citizen Science Research Center.
Lissette Lorenz (Cornell University) shared the example of a bottom-up approach and pointed out the role and importance of scientists in the community.
After the presentations, participants discussed the definition of scientists, research ethics issues of citizen science, mutual trust between scientists and the general public, and an effective pathway to promote citizen science.
In the Plenary Session “Universities in Society: To be a public platform for realizing a sustainable and inclusive society,” Anindita Bhadra (Past GYA Co-Chair, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata) moderated the session.
Juichi Yamagiwa (Director-General, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature) shared information on the current situation of Japanese universities and his opinion on the future direction.
Oriza Hirata (President, Professional College of Arts and Tourism) provided a video message emphasizing the importance of dialogue for empathy.
Takeru Sakai (Kyushu University) shared his experience of regional campus development.
Connie Nshemereirwe (Past GYA Co-Chair, independent science and policy facilitator) shared information on current situations in Africa.
In the panel discussion portion, Michael Saliba (GYA Co-Chair, University of Stuttgart) also provided his viewpoint.
The then discussed questions raised by the audience, such as issues of university ranking, the concept of “open for all” university, the role of universities in the MOOK era, the difference in the situation between developed and developing countries, and so on.
Below are some images from the second day of the Conference.