Tsukuba Conference 2019 was held from October 2nd to 4th at Tsukuba Congress Center. The purpose of the Tsukuba Conference was to bring together future shapers beyond all borders to facilitate discussion among them. It provided them with the opportunity to express their vision of the future and to meet their collaborators. University of Tsukuba participated in the conference as one of the member institutions and contributed to its success.
At the opening ceremony on October 2nd, President Nagata gave a welcome address as the chair of the Tsukuba Conference Organizing Committee. Dr. Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Chairperson of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation and a member of Governing Council of the university gave an illuminating keynote speech. Dr. Yoichi Ochiai, an associate professor of Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, had a casual talk session with the audience.
Special plenary with Nobel laureates was held on October 3rd. Dr. Leo Esaki, President of the Science and Technology Promotion Foundation of Ibaraki and a former president of the University of Tsukuba, who received Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973, and Dr. Makoto Kobayashi, Professor Emeritus of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization and a member of Governing Council of the university, who received Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008, had discussions about “What is really needed for young scientists to be successful in their career?” with other Nobel laureates and young researchers.
On October 3rd, two main sessions were held based on the main theme of the conference, “How do science, technology and innovation contribute to achieving Society 5.0 and SDGs?”
Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai, CEO of CYBERDYNE Inc. and Executive Research Director of Center for Cybernics Research at University of Tsukuba had a presentation and panel discussion with other speakers in one of the main sessions, “Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Shaping the Next Society.”
During the Tsukuba Conference, our faculty members organized sessions below:
At the closing ceremony on October 4th, President Nagata gave a concluding speech as a chair of the Tsukuba Conference Organizing Committee, and stated that the next Tsukuba Conference will be held in 2021. Four representatives read out Tsukuba Declaration on behalf of all the participants at the end of the ceremony.
President Nagata giving a welcome address at the opening ceremony
Keynote by Dr. Kobayashi
Dr. Ochiai's talk session
Presentation by Dr. Esaki
Dr. Kobayashi at the panel discussion
President Nagata giving a concluding speech at the closing ceremony
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