From 11 to 14 February, 2019, Dr. Teruo KISHI, Science and Technology advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visited Paris, France and Malaga, Spain. The summary of his visit is as follows.
1. the SIP Caravan
On the 11th, in Paris, “Symposium on the Science and Technology Policy toward Innovation of Japan and France” was held as a part of the SIP (strategic innovation promotion program) Caravan in collaboration with the Cabinet Office, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of Japan in France, as well as under cooperation of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of France (MESRI). In the Symposium, Dr. KISHI, Dr. Kazuhito HASHIMOTO; Council Member for Integrated Science Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Mr. Toshio TONOUCHI; Policy Planning Counsellor for Director General, Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, and Dr. Frédéric Ravel; General Directorate for Research and Innovation, MESRI, took the rostrum and introduced Science and Technology Innovation Policy of both Japan and France.
Subsequently, from Japan side, 10 research representatives in the SIP “Structural Materials for Innovation”, in which Dr. KISHI acts as Program Director (PD), have reported their research results as a good example of the implementation of Science and Technology Innovation Policy.
From France side, participants from various organizations joined the symposium including the Ministry of Higher Education Research, universities; Paris-Sud University and ENS Paris-Saclay University, research institutions; the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRC) and the French Aerospace Lab (ONERA) and companies; Airbus and Safran. In each session, participants had active questions and answers, and the session ended with a great success.
(Note) the SIP (Strategic Innovation Promotion Program) Caravan:
An attempt to publicize science and technology innovation projects in Japan , such as SIP, in order to lay the ground work for future international cooperation, as well as for the international dissemination of Japan’s research and development output, in the collaboration with the Cabinet Office.
Targeting the local relevant researchers and organizations involved in the field of science and technology as well as diplomacy, the Science and Technology Advisor makes a contribution to publicizing and networking via Japanese diplomatic missions overseas as part of his activity.
2. Transfiere 2019 (the European Forum on Science, Engineering and Innovation)
From 13 to 14 February, Dr. KISHI and several others from research institutions: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Medical Research and Development Organization (AMED) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), participated in the Transfiere 2019 (the European Meeting on Science Technology and Innovation) held in Malaga.
Dr. KISHI gave a lecture on Japan’s efforts for science and technology diplomacy and the trend of science and technology innovation policy. Attendees from the research institutes participated in a round table session with those from the National Research Agency and Center for the Development of Industrial Technology of Spain to exchange opinions on current status and future science and technology cooperation between Japan and Spain. In addition, Mr. Masahiro TAKEMURA, Associate Director of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), introduced an example of science and technology innovation of Japan, entitled “Structural Materials for Innovation”.