HOPE Meetings

10th HOPE Meeting Overview

Date: Monday, 12 March – Thursday 15, March 2018
Main Venue: Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu (Yokohama, Japan)
Subject Fields: Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine and Related Fields
Organizer: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)


10th HOPE Meeting was attended by 108 doctoral students and young researchers from 21* Asia-Pacific and African countries and regions.

*Participants’ countries/areas
Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey

Lectures, Group Discussions and Poster Sessions

The seven Nobel Laureates and one invited speaker were invited to the 10th HOPE Meeting.

Makoto Kobayashi Nobel Laureate in Physics 2008
J. Georg Bednorz Nobel Laureate in Physics 1987
Takaaki Kajita Nobel Laureate in Physics 2015
K. Barry Sharpless Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2001
Ada Yonath Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2009
J. Fraser Stoddart Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2016
Tim Hunt Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2001
Gunnar Öquist Former Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Professor Emeritus, Umeå University, Sweden

<Dr. Kajita>

<Dr. Yonath>

Young scientists who participated in this HOPE Meeting enjoyed the interaction and discussion with Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scientist pioneering the frontiers of knowledge. In the group discussion sessions which were consisted of about 20 participants at each discussion group, participants conversed with the eminent lecturers about their research activities, future career paths and other topics of interest to them.

<Dr. Bednorz>

<Dr. Hunt>

Furthermore, the participants talked about their own research at “Flash Talks” and during the poster sessions so that they could share their current research with each other.

●Flash Talks on Poster Abstracts
One-minute oral presentations on poster abstracts were delivered by each participant during the HOPE Meeting.

●Poster Sessions
The posters prepared by the participants were displayed at the lobby of the main hall. Each participant was assigned to deliver a presentation in front of his/her poster during the three turns of poster sessions. Five participants who had achieved outstanding excellence were given the “Best Poster Award”, and among them, one was given the highest “HOPE Award”.

Activities of the Participants

108 participants from Asia-Pacific Africa regions were divided into 11 teams in the HOPE Meeting. On the last day of the meeting, teams comprising multinational and interdisciplinary members delivered excellent presentations. At the closing ceremony, 2 teams were awarded the “Best Team Presentation Award” and “Unique Presentation Award” presented by Dr. Kobayashi, the Chair of the 10th HOPE Meeting.

In addition, the participants visited Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) for the research facility visit on the last day of the HOPE Meeting.

Also, the participants deepen the understanding of Japanese tradition and refined their perspectives of culture by trying their hand at Tea Ceremony and Japanese Calligraphy, enjoying the performance with traditional Japanese musical instruments, and taking a trip to visit cultural sites, Kamakura district.

Nobel Prize Dialogue Tokyo 2018

All participants of the HOPE Meeting attended the Nobel Prize Dialogue Tokyo 2018 on the first day of the program. They actively joined the event by asking questions at the Q&A sessions after the lectures and a panel discussion on “The Future of Food ”, and thus contributed to the symposium. The formal reception of Nobel Prize Dialogue Tokyo 2018 and the 10th HOPE Meeting was jointly held in the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado in the evening.