RACC14 ChairFalk, Jim
Professorial Fellow, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne; Emeritus Professor, School for Humanities and Social Inquiry, The University of Wollongong, Australia
Prof. Jim Falk is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne, a Senior Fellow in Melbourne Climate Futures, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wollongong. He is also Chair of the Regional Action on Climate Change International Advisory Committee (RACC-IAC) associated with the STS Forum. 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 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.