Professor Theodor Berchem , President, Würzburg
Dr. Manfred Osten, Secretary General, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Professor Uwe Czarnezki ,Chair, the JSPS German Fellow's Alumni
Professor Yasuo Tanaka, Director, JSPS Liaison Office, Bonn
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am both pleased and honored to be able to
say a few words of greeting on behalf of the Japan Society for
the Promotion of Science at the opening of this symposium here
I wish to begin by extending our sincere appreciation
to all the speakers and participants who have taken time out of
your busy schedules to join us in this symposium.
JSPS carries out scientific exchange programs
with a great many countries around the world. Among them, we have
achieved a very high level of success in our programs with Germany,
especially through our partnerships with the Alexander von Humboldt
Foundation, DAAD, DFG and Max-Planck Society.
JSPS Bonn liaison office was established for
the purpose of promoting even further scientific exchange between
Japan and Germany. Since 1996, the office has, in collaboration
with the German JSPS alumni association, organized this series
of symposia to advance scientific exchange between our two countries.
Held this time on the theme "Science and Society,"
this symposium is the eighth in the series. For it, we have assembled
an outstanding group of speakers, each of whom is a leader with
an astute knowledge in his area of specialization. I feel privileged
that we will be able to partake of their views and insights. Indeed,
this symposium offers an excellent opportunity to advance the
dialogue on this important theme by addressing it from a variety
I would like to take this opportunity at the
opening of the symposium to extend our sincere appreciation to
Professor Uwe Czarnezki and the other members of the JSPS Club
for their cooperation. Our thanks also go to the staff of the
Humboldt Foundation, as well as to Dr. Yasuo Tanaka and his staff
at our Bonn Office.
Finally, I would like to touch upon the relationship
between the city of Würzburg and Japan. It was here that
Philipp Franz von Siebold was born. In the early 19th
century, toward the end of Japan's feudal period, Siebold voyaged
twice to Nagasaki. During his stays, he introduced Western medicine
and contributed greatly to the cultivation of modern science in
Japan. I find it only fitting that this symposium on "science
and society" should be held here in Siebold's birthplace. Indeed,
I am moved by the flow of history that has brought us to this
new milestone in scientific exchange between Germany and Japan
at the turn the 21st century.
I wish you all the utmost of success in your
activities at this symposium.