The STIG program is a fascinating initiative that bridges the gap between science and engineering and public policy. Having studied high-level science and engineering up to my master’s degrees and having switched to public policy for my doctoral studies, STIG was the ideal program to help me smooth out the transition. Thanks to a large variety of lectures provided by prominent academics and professional experts, I was able to understand the complex interactions between science and technology and public policy, and how they can fuel each other. Science needs appropriate policies to have an impact on the world and policy needs the tools of science to be designed appropriately. Understanding this symbiotic relationship is the main purpose of the STIG program.
In addition, during my studies at the University of Tokyo, including my time under the STIG program, I was working as a consultant for the Japanese government on space policy matters. Carefully selected STIG courses were critical in helping me succeed in my consulting job by providing me with concrete scientific tools for the design of sound policies and diplomatic strategies.
In fact, my deep interest for this field of science and technology policy prompted me to request to stay in STIG at the completion of my PhD, in order to continue related research and contribute to further spread the knowledge that I acquired thanks to the program. I am now proud to be part of the STIG faculty.