RACC13 ChairFalk, Jim
Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne; Emeritus Professor, The University of Wollongong, Australia
Prof. Jim Falk is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wollongong. His research has focussed on science and technology in their social contexts with particular emphasis on issues associated with globalisation, climate change, technological change, nuclear technology and militarisation, and information technology in society. His most recent book is "Worlds in Transition: Evolving Governance Across a Stressed Planet", co-authored with Professor Joseph Camilleri. His most recent research focuses on issues associated with climate change, geoengineering, and the history and social and policy implications of concepts of time.
Chairman, Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum); Chairman, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., Japan
Hiroshi Komiyama, a prominent academic, scientist and engineer and leading authority in global sustainability, became Chairman of the Institute of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. in April 2009, after completing four-year presidency as the 28th President at the University of Tokyo. He obtained a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 2010, he founded the 'Platinum Society Network' to achieve a sustainable society that solves environmental, aging, educational and economic issues. In 2017, he received the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award (Knowledge Award) for his plan for solving social issues to create a better future for humanity, and acting as a driving force behind the effort to realize this vision, which he calls "Platinum Society". He was elected as the Chairman of the STS forum in March 2021.
Lee, Yuan Tseh
President Emeritus, Academia Sinica,Taiwan [Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1986]
Born in Taiwan in 1936, Yuan T. Lee received his B.S. degree from Taiwan U. in 1959 and Doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1965. He joined Prof. Dudley Herschbach at Harvard as a postdoc fellow in 1967. He had faculty appointments at U. of Chicago and UC Berkeley. He was University Professor and Principal Investigator at UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory before he became President of Academia Sinica (1994-2006). From 2011 to 2014, he served as President of the International Council for Science (ICSU). He has received numerous awards and honors, including 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, U.S. National Medal of Science, Faraday Medal, Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Medal, Othmer Gold Medal, Ettore Majorana-Erice-Science for Peace Prize, and Doctor Honoris Causa from 42 universities.