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.
Launched in 2010 as a research conference for the University of Tsukuba’s Human Biology Program (HBP), TGSW was reborn in 2013 as a university-wide symposium when the University celebrated its 40th anniversary. Now in its 7th year, TGSW 2016, the largest and most comprehensive TGSW so far with 42 sessions, have attracted speakers from 113 research institutes in 33 countries, and over 1,500 visitors. Since 2015, TGSW has been issuing “TSUKUBA Declaration” as a mark of solidarity of scientists gathered in Tsukuba.