The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT) and several WPI Institutes, including the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), represented the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) at the 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, USA from February 14-18.
Founded in Philadelphia in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and is the publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS is open to all and currently serves around 10 million people throughout its 261 affiliated societies and academies of science. AAAS is a non-profit organization that fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.
Each year, the AAAS Annual Meeting brings together a diverse group of attendees, including scientists, parents and children, and national and international media. The meeting, which hosts as many as 11,000 participants, promotes effective communication among policymakers, researchers, and the public. The 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting offered a blend of more than 160 symposia, lectures, and specialized seminars, as well as poster presentations and an exhibition hall. Although AAAS is in its 165th year, the 2013 meeting is actually the 179th AAAS Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting theme was “The Beauty and Benefits of Science.”
The WPI Institutes and MEXT hosted the WPI booth as part of the Japan pavilion, which was organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Over the course of the three day exhibition during the meeting, participants ranging from scientists to administrators to lawmakers visited the Japan pavilion.
On February 15, the WPI program, RIKEN, and the University of Tsukuba held a workshop with the theme; “Japan: Your next carrier destination.” In the workshop, Mr. Mitsuyuki Ueda, Director, WPI / Office for Promotion of Basic Research, Basic Research Promotion Division, Research Promotion Bureau, MEXT, outlined the WPI program and described exciting career opportunities in Japan for foreign researchers.
The next AAAS Annual Meeting is scheduled for February 2014 in Chicago.
> Tohoku University Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR)
> Kyushu University International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER)