The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum

Annual Meeting 2014
October 5 - 7


STATEMENT 2014 (STS forum 11th Annual Meeting)

H.I.H. Crown Prince of Japan

We had the honor of the presence of H.I.H. Crown Prince of Japan at the Closing Plenary Session of the 11th Annual Meeting of Science and Technology in Society forum on October 7, 2014 in Kyoto. It was the fourth time for His Imperial Highness to attend STS forum since its establishment in 2004. In his address, His Imperial Highness said, “I appreciate the significance of the lively discussions over the last 10 years on various issues related to the so-called "lights" and "shadows" of science and technology, as well as sustainability for the future of humanity. I would like to express my deep respect for all the efforts made by those dedicated to this forum.” Prior to this closing session, His Imperial Highness attended the final plenary session and listened to key Messages from eight Concurrent Sessions as an attendant.

Honorary Chairman of Science and Technology in Society forum

Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe assumed the position of Honorary Chairman of Science and Technology in Society forum.This was announced by Koji Omi, Founder and Chairman, at the Opening Plenary Session of the 11th Annual Meeting on October 5, 2014 in Kyoto. In his speech, after the announcement, the premier said, “I hope this new title has no term limit because it is honorary.” It was the fourth time Mr. Abe has participated in the forum. “I have never failed to make it while in office. It is because I admire Chairman Omi, and all of you pushing innovation forward. It is also because innovation holds the key for Japan to grow, and for the entire world to tackle some of the hardest issues,” he proclaimed.

What’s happening around the STS forum?

What’s happening around the STS forum?

Following is a summary of major activities of the STS forum, with the Chairman Koji Omi as its pivot.

STS forum is commended by the Japanese Government

August 4, 2014 --- STS forum is rewarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its long and outstanding achievements in international fields which contributed to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries through science and technology.  Mr. Koji Omi, Founder and Chairman of STSforum, was given the commendation certificate by the Foreign Minister Mr. Fumio Kishida at Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo.

The Foreign Minister's Commendation
The Foreign Minister’s Commendation

Mr. Koji Omi, Founder and Chairman of STS forum, receives the
commendation from the Foreign Minister Mr. Fumio Kishida

The Chairman received an honorary doctorate from INRS University

June 10, 2014 --- STS forum’s Founder and Chairman Koji Omi was awarded an honorary degree from INRS University (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) in Montreal, Canada. “INRS would like to honour Mr. Koji Omi,” writes Mr. Daniel Coderre, Rector of the university, “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research advocacy and the promotion of science and technology in the service of humanity.”

It was the third honorary degree for the Chairman after those from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Oct. 2013 and from the University of York in Jan. 2014.

The Chairman attended the Chief Scientists and Opinion Leaders Meeting

June 10, 2014 --- Chairman Omi participated in the first Chief Scientists and Opinion Leaders Meeting, part of the 20thannual Conference of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. On this occasion, the Chairman had a bilateral meeting with Mr. Gill Remillard, Founding Chairman of the Conference of Montreal (The International Economic Forum of the Americas).

ASEAN – Japan Workshop in Singapore

May 16, 2014 --- STS forum, in collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), held a workshop on Innovation, Science and Technology Cooperation between ASEAN and Japan, in Singapore. It was the first of its kind. With the participation of some 70 experts and opinion leaders, including Chairman of A*STAR Mr. Chuan Poh Lim, Science Advisor to Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, and President of AIST Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, the workshop was concluded with great success. All decided to hold the workshop annually and it will take place in Malaysia next year.

Special Presentation for Ambassadors in Tokyo

May 9, 2014 --- Every spring, we hold a presentation meeting for ambassadors in Japan to gain their understanding and support of the STS forum. This year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-hosted the presentation meeting for the 2014 STSforum at their auditorium. Some 130 people participated including ambassadors and their representatives from 90 countries.

Council Meeting in London

April 16, 2014 --- A Council Meeting of STS forum was held at The Royal Society in London, U.K. This was the second Council Meeting this year after the one in Washington D.C. on Jan. 14. Forty-one participants, including representatives of the council members, actively exchanged their opinions mainly about the program of the Eleventh Annual Meeting in October.

MOU with The Royal Society

April 16, 2014 --- Aiming to promote concrete cooperation in science, technology and innovation, STS forum and The Royal Society signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in London.

Workshop in London

April 15, 2014 --- In collaboration with the Royal Society, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) London, the STS forum held an “Innovation, Science and Technology Workshop in London” at Carlton House Terrace of The Royal Society in London. Eighty participants engaged in vigorous discussions on issues such as roles of global leaders for innovative environmental programs and competitiveness. Among them were: Sir Paul Nurse, President of Royal Society and a Nobel laureate, Dr. Michiharu Nakamura, President of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Prof. Richard Parker, Director of Research & Technology of Rolls-Royce, and Dr. Pascal Columbani, Chairman of the Board of Valeo S.A..

BioVision Alexandria 2014

April 7, 2014 --- Chairman Koji Omi gave a speech at BioVision Alexandria 2014, the seventh international biennial conference in Egypt, chaired by Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of Library of Alexandria and former Vice President of the World Bank. During his trip to Middle East, Chairman Omi met H.E. Nizar Mahommad Al Asani, CEO of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, who gained a better understanding of the work of STS forum. Chairman Omi also had a productive dialogue with Dr. Omar Bin Abdul Muniem Al Zawawi, Special Advisor for External Liaison to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, in Oman.

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