The Japan- US Science Forum 2017 in Boston, November 18, 2017 at Harvard Northwest Building

Last Year Seminar

Event title: The Japan- US Science Forum 2017 in Boston ~Changing the World through Japan's Scientific Endeavors~
Host: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Consulate General of Japan
Support: United Japanese researchers Abroad (UJA), Branchfood and the Harvard Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Time and Date: 1:00 - 6:30pm on Saturday, November 18, 2017
Venue: Northwest Building, Harvard University (52 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA)
Purpose of the event:
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Consulate General of Japan co-host the annual forum series with topics which are challenges to the mankind and have a global implication or value to consider. Last year, we chose ”Aging Society” as the topic.
This year’s topic is “Food Science for the future: Health, Supply, and Culture”. The theme has many aspects in the food area and we would like to take a holistic approach to the issue, considering issues like food science, the social science of food, food safety, food security, the stable food supply, etc.
For this purpose, we would like to invite speakers from scientific and sociological background, as well as possibly from the food industry and others.
MC: Kenneth Oye, Professor, MIT Political Science


1:00 - 1:20pm      Opening
                             Remarks from JSPS Director and Consul General of Japan in Boston
                             Mark Elliott, Vice Provost of Internatioal Affairs, Harvard University
                             Takao Hensch, Professor, Department of Molecular and
                             Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Sustainable Food Supply

1:20 - 2:05pm      Policy Recommendations for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
                             Kazuhito Yamashita, Research Director, Canon Institute for
                             Global Studies
2:05 - 2:35pm      Plant Diversity and Physiology for Efficient and
                            Sustainable Agricultural Production:
                            USA, Japan, and Global Perspectives
                            Anowar Islam, Associate Professor of Forage Agroecology,
                            University of Wyoming
2:35 - 3:05pm     Break and Poster Session 1

Food Safety, Healthy Life and Food Culture

3:05 - 3:35pm     Chemical Safety in Today’s Global Market
                            Motoko Mukai, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science,
                            Cornell University
3:35 - 4:20pm      Food Science for Healthcare and Public Health
                            Laurent Adamowicz, Founder and President, EChO 
                            (Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation)
4:20 - 5:05pm     Washoku: Traditional Japanese Cuisine and Culinary
                            Heritage from the perspective of a healthy diet
                            Theodore C. Bestor, Director, the Reischauer Institute of
                            Japanese Studies, Harvard University
5:05 - 5:50pm     Panel discussion: Policy Challenge in Food
                            Lauren Abda, Founder, Branchfood
                           Hauke Kite-Powell, Research Specialist,
                           Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
                           Preston Estep III, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer,
                           Veritas Genetics
                           Hiroshi Ishii, Associate Director, MIT Media Lab
                           Paul Berkman, Professor of Science Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
                           Kenneth Oye, Professor, MIT Political Science
                           Rokuichiro Michii, Consul General,
                           Consulate-General of Japan in Boston  
5:50 - 6:20pm    Break and Poster Session 2
6:20 - 6:30pm    Award Ceremony
Please RSVP at HERE.