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International Symposium for Responsible Research and Innovation

2013-12-16 (Mon) 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

In recent years social responsibility of experts and scientific communities have been questioned in response to research misconduct, bioethics and the Great East Japan Earthquake. The sole pursuit of such responsibility may, however, suffocate scientists and engineers and hinder sound development of research and innovation. It may be necessary to conduct future-oriented analysis and practice for research and innovation by open dialogue and collaboration between various stakeholders and citizens. For this Arizona State University has just established the Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI).

This symposium will invite some leading researchers for responsible research and innovation from the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. As a counterpart, Japanese researchers and practitioners make some presentations on the current status of research misconduct and biomedical ethics. This theme should be the first-ever in Japan, and taking this opportunity we do hope that interdisciplinary research and practice will develop through new connections and collaborations between researchers and stakeholders.

Time and Date: 13.30-17.30, Monday, December 16, 2013

Venue: Icho Kaikan, Osaka University (Icho Kaikan is #11 on the map.)

Hosted by Department of Biomedical Ethics and Public Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University

Co-hosted by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Genome Science”

Supported by Program for Education and Research on Science and Technology in Public Sphere (STiPS)


  • 13:30-13:35 -- Opening
  • 13:35-13:40 -- Opening Remarks by Masao Ikeda (Vice President, Osaka University)
  • 13:40-14:20 -- Presentation 1: Erik Fisher (Associate Professor, Arizona State University), Socio-Technical Collaboration in Science: Building Capacities for Responsible Innovation
  • 14:20-14:50 -- Presentation 2: Torsten Fleischer (Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe)
  • 14:50-15:00 -- Break
  • 15:00-15:30 -- Presentation 3: Sally Randles (Senior Research Fellow, MIoIR, University of Manchester), Institutionalising Responsible Research and Innovation: The University Context
  • 15:30-15:45 -- Presentation 4: TBA
  • 15:45-16:00 -- Presentation 5: Kazuto Kato (Department of Biomedical Ethics and Public Policy) Responsible Conduct of Research in Biomedical Sciences
  • 16:00-16:15 -- Presentation 6: Hideyuki Hirakawa (Center for the Study of Communication Design)
  • 16:15-16:25 -- Break
  • 16:25-17:25 -- Panel Discussion
  • 17:25-17:30 -- Closing Remarks

Simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Registration by email is requested. Send an email with your name and affiliation(s) to biosoc★ Please replace ★ with @.

Date: 2013-12-16 (Mon) 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Organizer: Biomedical Ethics and Public Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
Venue: Hankyu Electric & Sanwa Bank HALL, 3F, Icho Kaikan, Toyonaka campus
Registration: Registration by email is required. Send an email to the address provided above.

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