Tsukuba Global Science Week 2016

~Innovation and Collaboration among Industry, Government and University~

1. Purpose

As the pace of globalization continues unabated, we have come to witness a range of “global issues” – climate change and global warming, biodiversity, world hunger and poverty, environmental degradation, food security, human trafficking, terrorism, etc. – that call for worldwide collaboration of scientists for solutions. Tsukuba Global Science Week (TGSW) was conceived and launched as a platform for sharing the latest research results, carrying out transdisciplinary conversations, and providing an impetus for action to deal with such intractable problems.

With the University of Tsukuba as its principal host, TGSW is held annually in Tsukuba Science City – Japan’s largest science city and a global hub for science and technology. The construction of the City had begun in the late 1960s as a major national project to establish a hub for research institutes and other organizations, both newly created and transplanted from Tokyo to carry out world-class research. Tsukuba Science City is now a proud host of over 30% of the country’s research institutes and related organizations with more than 20,000 researchers from all over the world, engaged in cutting-edge research ranging from next-generation cancer therapy, innovative medicine, natural energy, robotics to nanotechnology, among others.

The scope of TGSW is indeed broad and far-reaching. By bringing together internationally renowned researchers, and aspiring young researchers and students based in Tsukuba and much beyond, it covers a whole variety of topics, promoting lively exchanges, regardless of borders and disciplines. It also serves as an ideal international networking opportunity for transdisciplinary, trans-organizational and trans-border collaborations.

2. Schedule

Dates: September 17- 19, 2016
Venue: Tsukuba International Congress Center (Ibaraki, Japan)

3. Background

Started in 2012 as a Human Biology Program (HBP) event organized by the University of Tsukuba’s Faculty of Medicine, TGSW was reborn in 2013 as a university-wide event to coincide with the University’s 40th anniversary celebrations. With about 100 presenters from 30 institutions representing 11 countries, sessions were offered in the arts, sports science, humanities and social sciences, information science, education, chemistry, life sciences, together with medicine – which attracted 600 visitors. Last year (2015) was the largest TGSW held so far with a total of 34 sessions, about 200 presenters from 90 institutions representing 25 countries, and 1,200 visitors came. The event culminated with the announcement of the "TSUKUBA Declaration” (available on the TGSW2015 website).

4. Main Theme: Innovation and Collaboration among Industry, Government and University

Traditionally, research universities had enjoyed extensive institutional autonomy. With the advent of the global society, however, an external climate surrounding universities have undergone radical changes. They are now hard-pressed to discharge greater corporate social responsibility, secure external funding, and strengthen international reputation to be globally competitive. All these shifts have led universities to seek collaborations with industry and government research institutes, and bring about innovations otherwise inconceivable.

While sessions dealing with a whole array of topics will be offered as in previous years, we designate “Innovation and Collaboration among Industry, Government and University” as a special focus for TGSW2016. We will offer several sessions designed specifically to deal with that theme, where experts from industry, government, and academia are invited to discuss open innovation, next-generation urban transport, entrepreneurship education, crowdfunding, etc.