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Nikkei Womenomics Forum: "Establishing a Diverse Research Environment and the Future of Female Researchers" held


On Monday, May 29, Osaka University participated as a special cooperating institute in the Nikkei Womenomics Forum entitled "Establishing a Diverse Research Environment and the Future of Female Researchers - Aiming for the First Female Nobel Prize Winner in Japan."

Three hundred and fifty individuals including high school students from high schools designated as Super Science High Schools, as well as representatives from corporations, universities, and local municipalities, attended the forum at the Osaka International Convention Center (Grand Cube Osaka). This forum was held to explore just why the percentage of female researchers in Japan is so low, and how we can realize an environment in which female researchers can thrive. The forum began with a keynote speech by President SUZUKI Miyuki of Cisco Systems entitled "Developing Human Resources through Work Style Diversification."


In the panel discussion entitled "Establishing a Diverse Research Environment and the Future of Female Researchers," collaborative researchers involved with development of sleep environments: Professor KATOH Takafumi of the Graduate School of Dentistry, and Dr. YASUMOTO Chiaki of Daikin Corporation, took the stage. Dr. Yasumoto, who took her position as Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Engineering this year as part of "Industry-University Cross Appointment," pioneered by Osaka University, commented on the merits of this system, saying, "The introduction of this system has given way to a number of different research styles."


At the social gathering following the event, YAMASHITA Erika (1st year, doctoral program, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences) gave an enjoyable speech filled with her cheerfulness and unique sense of humor that shine through even when her everyday research activities get tough.


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