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A big discussion of "Cultivation of researchers and merit-based institute"; 45 participants debated actively in the 39th Colloquium on June 2nd / 「研究者育成と成果主義の研究機関」大討論会:6月2日第39回コロキアムで45人が白熱議論

posted Jun 3, 2014, 12:54 AM by 田中千秋   [ updated Jun 15, 2014, 4:31 PM by 倉田早織 ]

We held a debate session with the theme of "cultivation of researchers and merit-based institutes" and participants talked about "Dr. Obokata's case". We had the honor to invite a young researcher from Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Mr. Hisao Inoue of the freelance journalist, and Mr. Takeshi Nemoto from Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. We could hear valuable opinions about "Dr. Obokata's
case" from each position of them.

Prof. Kawata presided this debate session as a moderator and 45 participants, which included teaching staffs(professors, associate professors, assistant professors etc.), companies, lab workers and students, exchanged their opinions actively. They debate about keywords like "Nature", "mass media", "national government", "MEXT", "copy & paste", "people on the Internet", "ethics education", "collaboration research", "fix-term researcher", "fix-term research institute", "female of 30 years old", "the ethical doctrine that human beings is fundamentally good against scientists", "reproducibility".

While a number of precarious postdoctoral have been "made" by the project of MEXT to produce ten thousands postdoctoral, they are also screened through accomplishments. There were some opinions that this social system made situations that researchers were doubted to fake the result of research, and actually some researchers did fake.

Prof. Kawata closed the session with pointing out the necessity of reforming system. A good example is Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Germany, which is gave assurance of autonomy by financial support from national government, states and private sectors.

We could find some feedbacks after the event. And one opinion from them said he was wondering the influence of Japanese nationality to this matter, what would happen if this matter had happened in United States. In another opinion, he said they should change the screening system in some areas  other people have difficulties to find someone's dishonesty. We are so pleased to have many feedbacks that said they could enjoy this colloquium to hear various thoughts or they wanted much more time to debate in questionnaire after the colloquium.

We thank all of you for participation.

June 3rd, 2014 Saori Kurata, Photonics Center





2014年6月3日 フォトニクスセンター 倉田 早織