SciREX Summer Camp 2022: Call for UTokyo delegates!

The Science for RE-designing Science, Technology Innovation Policy (SciREX) program was established in 2011, with its HUB at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and Core Centers at the University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, Osaka/Kyoto universities, and Kyushu University. Since then the program has since been promoting international standard research and training. It provides training in evidence-based policymaking for individuals who will lead the new research area of Science for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy; connect policy and research; and promote basic research in relevant fields. One of the program’s key activities is the annual Summer Camp where faculty members and students from SciREX member universities gather to share each university’s SciREX exercises, discuss the topic of the year, present the results of that discussion, and exchange information across a variety of academic fields. In 2022, Summer Camp will be held IN PERSON, as detailed below.

◆Summer Camp 2022 Theme: “Policy Making with Consideration of Diverse Values.”
Developments in information technology, globalization, increasingly aged society, and energy issues are challenging every society. We are now working to respond to major innovations and challenges that could change our way of lives. Policies that address these issues may have a major impact on people’s lifestyles, and it is becoming increasingly important that policymakers earn the trust and understanding of the public. The theme this year is a practical examination of means of formulating and implementing policies based on scientific evidence, while at the same time effectively communicating with stakeholders who have different values, viewpoints, and ways of thinking.

◆General Information

Date: September 2 (Fri)-4 (Sun), 2022
*Pre-training will be conducted online during August
Venue: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies 
*Important: We will switch to online implementation if the spread of the infection grows to a hazardous level.

Sponsors: Research and Development Bureau Research and Development Strategy Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT), SciREX Core Centers, SciREX Center

Planning and Management: SciREX Summer Camp 2022 Committee/CSTIPS @Kyushu University/SciREX Center and GiST @GRIPS

Participation Fee: Free (Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for program participants, if you are enrolled in the STIG program: Register at STIG program at any time!)

-[Orientation, group work, and interim & final presentations]
Simultaneous interpretation between Japanese and English will be provided.
-[Group Work]
There will be (1) Japanese language groups and (2) English language groups. A translation service between English and Japanese will be provided during interviews. *Applicants are asked to specify on the application form whether it is possible for them to join discussions in English. That information will be used for forming the groups.

Application: Students and faculty wishing to participate must submit the application form by Friday, 15 July 2022. Please indicate your preferred group theme, giving first, second and third choices.

Click here for your application!

The organising committee will try to organize a group based on your request, but please note that we may not be able to meet your request. Personal information such as e-mail addresses will be used to send you information about the summer camp and to contact you during the summer camp period. Please note that the information will be handled by the organising school, GRIPS, the joint organizing school, Kyushu University, and the Summer Camp Executive Committee.

◆Time Table

Regardless of the time slot, we ask that you take breaks and eat or drink as appropriate during the exhibition.

◆Themes for group work
When you complete your form for this summer camp, please select 3 themes from the following 10 (for Japanese speakers) + 3 (for English speakers) that you are interested in.
However, we will consider the content, scope, and discussion points of the themes based on the responses to the questionnaire responses that we receive as we recruit participants in the future. Please understand that the text below is an introduction to the outer edges of the themes and is not necessarily limited to the scope of this description, since discussion among the members will contribute.

1.Space Policy
Theme 1: Space technologies for the benefits of developing countries. What are the contributions of space technologies in ensuring sustainable development? Based on past successful examples, how to set up a domestic space program adapted to the realities of a developing country, rather than copying unadapted policies and practices adopted by leading space powers? Students would be provided with the cases of two or three countries and would be asked to propose a national space policy and a space development roadmap. In order to inform their decisions, they would be provided with detailed materials about past examples of more or less successful space programs in developing countries, to extract good and bad lessons (e.g. Indonesia, Vietnam, Chile, Philippines). Theme 2: Overcoming our societies’ over-reliance on space technologies. Space technologies are now tightly woven into the fabric of our societies and sustain most of critical national infrastructure. Any voluntary or involuntary disruption of the space infrastructure would lead to the collapse of financial, communication and transportation systems within hours, prompting the development of policies for space mission assurance. Students would be asked to assess our reliance on the space infrastructure, identify major areas of vulnerabilities and proposes policies to address them.

2.Citizen participation concept in policy making process
We are now facing significant challenges in STI policy. One of the most crucial points is knowing the actual policy making process and its problems in formulation and implementation. The policy making process is complex and challenging to understand by the actor outside the policy process. So if we can understand the process from the government’s point of view and analyze the problem, it will be one of the best ways to improve the policy process. Moreover, participation from citizens, people, or the social sector should be discussed more, for example, open or social innovation, to prepare for the different values in the current world. From two themes, both could be studied together as the actors in the policy making process. The discussion would be about their current role in the policy making process or how to improve their role in the policy making process.

3.Environmental Ethics
Commercial whaling is vital to the Japanese economy, but many catches have been made unsustainable for a long time, making whales endangered. Japan stopped commercial whaling after intense pressure from many countries, particularly the United States. The government altered its policy to increase the rights and acceptance of the program. It asked the global organization for permission to catch for research. The government attempted to send the message that it was working on studies for sustainable catching to return the commercial whaling. Japan changed its policy to stop many nuclear stations after the Fukushima accident and replace them with fossil fuels due to society’s decision. The topic will explore other views about issues of an atomic system for achieving environmental ethics. Japan’s forestry and timber trade policy showed the country’s focus on economic sustainability against environmental ethics. These three examples showed that the Japanese government tried to follow the environmental ethics roles and convinced the public opinion about their ability to achieve that. These three cases show that Japan still needs to focus on its issues and limitations to follow the global environmental ethics.

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