2007年03月01日

Greetings

Greetings



I would like to greet you as head of the program, メInternational Workshop on ヤWomen and Science / Technologyユ Network in Asiaモ funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Toyota Foundation.
I am very glad to have been able to invite active researchers from Korea, the Republic China, Taiwan, Indonesia, India and Japan.
Last year I had an opportunity to attend the Joint OECD-French government international workshop on women in scientific careers. I was the only delegate from Asia. The delegates from Europe and US lamented the lack of information on women in S&T in Asia.
However, I also had been busy studying EC and US policies with respect to women in S&T and had little knowledge about the Asian situation of women in S&T. After coming back from France, I began to plan this workshop as a first step to broadening understanding of this issue. The EC and US have a special interest in the mainstream trends in two of BRICs countries.
Generally speaking, the EC and US share the problems of a low birthrate and a graying society. However, in Asia, the issues to be considered are not uniform. Japan is the fastest graying country in the world, and Korea is worrying about the rapidity of being an aged society, but most Asian countries are rich in young people.
Variation such as this may threaten to prevent us from building a common foundation for discussion, but an old Chinese proverb tells us "even the road of a thousand leagues begins with one step."
Last year, just a week after the OECD workshop, an International Workshop on Asian Women in Physics was held in Pohang, Korea, sponsored by the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics. Professor Youngah Park kindly invited me to join the workshop, which was very instructive for me because I had a plan to hold a workshop in Japan the following year. I appreciate Professor Parkユs efforts as a forerunner in this area in Asia.
Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to Chubu university for offering the convenient place of our conference.
I hope every participant finds this workshop to be of value.
Thank you very much for listening.

Mariko OGAWA
この記事へのコメント
コメントを書く
お名前:

メールアドレス:

ホームページアドレス:

コメント:

この記事へのトラックバックURL
http://blog.sakura.ne.jp/tb/3502891

この記事へのトラックバック