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OU Symposium: Initiative for Realizing Diversity in the Research Environment Begins in Osaka — Toward a Society in Which All Women Shine

2021-10-5 (Tue) 13:30 -

After being selected to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s (MEXT) "Initiative for Realizing Diversity in the Diversity Research Environment (Collaboration Type)” in 2016, Osaka University signed a joint declaration with the National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN) and Daikin Industries Ltd. to further strengthen development of female researchers. In this project, the university, together with 30 collaborating companies and research institutions, has made efforts to raise and support female researchers and spread its drive to promote diversity around the community.

In the final year of this project, in order to look back on the progress over the last 6 years, Osaka University will hold OU Symposium: Initiative for Realizing Diversity in the Research Environment Begins in Osaka — Toward a Society in Which All Women Shine.

In keynote speeches, individuals who achieved diversity in environment to revitalize their organizations will speak about:

(a) the state of diversity in the Kansai region and Japan,

(b) what we, both as organizations and as a society, should do, with a global perspective, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and

(c) proposals for achieving diversity in research environment.

In addition, these speakers and female students will talk about the achievements of this project. Regarding what has been done to promote women’s activities in particular, they will also speak about their own experiences from their own unique viewpoints to consider the journey to realizing diversity in the research environment.

We hope to see you there.

Symposium Overview

Date and time: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – 13:30~16:35

Format: Online (Zoom Webinar)

Capacity: 500 (Advance registration required, applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis)

Participation fee: Free

How to Apply:

Register for the webinar by clicking on the link below.

You'll receive a confirmation email with a unique link to join the session.

*If you require special accommodations to participate in this symposium, please contact us by Tuesday, September 14 using the contact information provided below.


The program and flyer for this symposium can be found here.

Guest greetings

  • HIMIYA Naoki (Deputy Director-General, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
  • AIZAWA Masuo (Adviser/Management and Administration, Department for Promoting Science and Technology System Reform, Japan Science and Technology Agency/Professor Emeritus and Former President, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Keynote speeches  

  • "Head for the Future with Diversity at Proassist Ltd.,"IKOMA Kyoko (CEO, Proassist Ltd./Co-chairperson (Representative Director), Kansai Association of Corporate Executives)
  • "Diversity is Our Strength -- Let’s Realize a Society in Which We Leave No One Behind (LNOB), the Central Promise of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," NEMOTO Kaoru (Director, United Nations Information Centre Tokyo)

Presentations by Participating Institutions: Workplace Diversity—Accomplishments and Future Prospects

  • NISHIO Shojiro (President, National University Corporation Osaka University)
  • YONEDA Yoshihiro (Director General, National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition)
  • TAKENAKA Naofumi (Senior Executive Office, Daikin Industries, Ltd.)

Presentations on Successful Examples of Development of Female Researchers through Industry-University-Government Collaboration

(1) Cross Appointment

  • IMAI Yumiko (Project Leader, Laboratory of Regulation of Intractable Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition)
  • KOUNO Maori (Group Leader, Safe Microorganism Evaluation Office, Product Assessment Laboratory, Mandom Corporation)

(2) Female Leader Development Program

  • KATO Yoriko (Assistant Director, Kashiwara Area MDRG, Biomedical Research Laboratory, Product Development Headquarters, Saraya Co., Ltd.)
  • ICHIKAWA Eri (2nd year, Master’s Program, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University)

(3) Career Development Support Program for Employees on Childcare Leave 

  • VALENTINE Cindy (Deputy Director, Diagnostic Drug Research Group, Research Division, Biomedical Project Department, Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd.)

(4) Support for Joint Research with Female Leaders

  • YASUMOTO Chiaki (IAQ Technology Group, Technology Innovation Center, Daikin Industries, Ltd.)


Sponsor: National University Corporation Osaka University

Co-sponsors: National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition; Daikin Industries, Ltd.

With support from: Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (tentative); Kansai Association of Corporate Executives; Kansai Economic Federation; Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

*For more information, please visit the webpage for the Center for Gender Equality Promotion.


Center for Gender Equality Promotion, Osaka University

E-mail: gecenter-gea(at) (Please replace (at) with @ when contacting this address.)

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