Kyoto University will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2022, and throughout its history as an academic institution of higher education, it has upheld a commitment to research across all the major academic domains. This has taken place through developing a multidisciplinary academic culture based upon free dialogue that predates the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*. Any important contribution to the SDGs and future societies beyond them requires the development and creation of those that foster “places of learning” where a diverse mix of students, faculty/staff members, researchers and research administrators can fashion new ideas and flexible academic systems within a dynamic environment.
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At present global society faces an array of complex existential issues: environmental degradation, the scarcity of resources, climate change, and the rise of global pandemics. New situations and conditions urgently demand that experts provide swift scientifically backed solutions and modes of action to respond to the exigencies of our times. Historically, universities and academic publishers have been responsible for cycles of specialized knowledge production. Yet now, there is a need to go beyond conventional cycles that have maintained fragmented specialized fields and open up new paths of academic research and publishing attuned to the demands of rapid change. Forging new relationships and alliances between universities and academic publishers can encourage young researchers to take up the challenge of original research activities and help create sources of wisdom that push academic research in new directions.
To foster the dialogue, Kyoto University and Springer Nature will host a roundtable discussion entitled “Academic challenges and opportunities for early career researchers approaching SDGs” in which Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature, will participate. This will be an opportunity for young researchers at Kyoto University to share the challenges they confront producing relevant original academic research that at times can be ‘disruptive,’ but passionately challenge existing paradigms, redefine social agendas, and respond to the demands of our times.
*SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals are the 17 Goals for sustainable development, ratified by the 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015, for delivery by 2030.
Philip has received a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering; MSc in Astrophysics; PhD and postdoctoral research in Upper Atmospheric Physics. Former: Physical Sciences Editor, Nature; Founding Editor, Physics World. 1995-2018 Editor-in-Chief, Nature and Nature Publishing Group, since 2018 Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature. Philip has worked with UK government, the EU and the US National Institutes of Health on science and its impacts in society. Former Trustee, Cancer Research UK. Founding Trustee and former Chair, MQ: transforming mental health. Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society. Elected Fellow, Institute of Physics. Philip has been awarded knighthood 2015.
Mario Lopez is a researcher at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 2009. His research interests include the Humanosphere Potentiality Index (HPI), which addresses the coexistence of environmental sustainability and the welfare of human beings, as well as the transnational flow of nurses and care workers from the Asia Pacific region to others in response to the demand for such workers in super-aging societies. He has contributed to international academic journals, particularly on the subject of migrant workers in Japan. He has been involved in the Visual Documentary Project, which aims to supplement academic research on Southeast Asia and to build bridges between filmmakers and researchers working in the region. He is currently a member of the Japan-ASEAN platform for transdisciplinary research.
Kono Yasuyuki joined the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in 1987. Since then, he has engaged in research on natural resources management, rural livelihood studies, and human-nature interactions in Southeast Asia. Together with colleagues in other disciplines, he is also advocating a new research field, “sustainable humanosphere studies,” which considers the state of science and society based on their relationship with our natural environments. He is currently the head of a large-scale international program, Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP), in which he promotes interdisciplinary studies and transdisciplinary activities with colleagues in ASEAN countries. He has also served as Vice President for international strategy since 2018.
Antoine Bocquet is Vice President Institutional Sales, Japan, Southeast Asia and Oceania for Springer Nature, based in Tokyo, and has over 20 years’ experience in the academic publishing industry in the Asia-Pacific. He also holds the position of Managing Director of the Springer Nature companies in Japan. He is responsible for all Institutional sales in the regions of Japan, Southeast Asia and Oceania, and during his career has led publishing programs in Asia, founded a medical communications business in Japan and been a book commissioning editor. An Australian by birth, Tony holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo (Physics) and is a graduate of Griffith University in Brisbane. He has lived permanently in Japan since 1994.