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Strategic Program for Building an Asian Science and Technology Community

The First Meeting of the ASIAHORCs (ASIAHORCs 2007)



To strengthen the scientific research network within Asia, it is desirable to establish a network among the region's research councils and funding institutions. This is because the network among these institutions has been relatively weak and less developed than such activities in western countries. Given this background, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and its counterpart institutions in the region will organize a series of meetings titled "ASIAHORCs (Asian Heads of Research Councils)." Their purpose will be to build and strengthen the network among the research councils and funding institutions that bear responsibility for advancing scientific research in the Asian region.

In the first meeting of ASIAHORCs ("ASIAHORCs 2007"), the heads or representatives of ten research councils and funding institutions in Asia will meet to exchange views and information on trends in science and technology policy, issues related to scientific research and society in each country, and challenges in expanding international collaboration. These candid discussions are expected to deepen mutual understanding. An exchange of views on a future vision of ASIAHORCs and the possibility of research collaboration among the members towards realizing it is expected to create an infrastructure upon which to build a future Asian S&T community.

ASIAHORCs is expected to serve as a platform for future research collaboration at an Asian community level.

The Date and the Venue

November 27 (Tue) to 30 (Fri), 2007
Westin Miyako Kyoto(Kyoto-City)


Country Participant Title & Institution
China Prof. Zuoyan Zhu Vice-President for International Cooperation
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Indonesia * Prof. Dr. Umar Anggara Jenie Chairman
Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI)
Japan Prof. Ono Motoyuki President
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Korea Dr. Seok-Sik Choi Chairman & CEO
Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF)
Malaysia Prof. Datuk Rafiah Salim President
Vice-Chancellors' Council of National Universities in Malaysia (VCC)
Philippines Dr. Estrella F. Alabastro Secretary
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
Singapore Ms. Yena Lim Managing Director
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Thailand Prof. Dr. Ahnond Bunyaratvej Secretary
National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT)
Vietnam ** Prof. Dr.Chan Van Minh Vice-President
Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)

*Indonesia was absent because the flight was canceled due to severe weather
**Mr. Nguyen Van Thuong, Senior Staff of International Relation Department represented Prof Chau Van Minh at the conference

As observers, representatives from following institutions will also participate in the ASIAHORCs 2007

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan
  • Ritsumeikan university, Japan
  • National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand
  • Ministry of Research, Science and Technology(MoRST), New Zealand


Please also refer the file for the latest agenda (PDF 145KB)

Please refer the file for the report and photos (PDF 349KB)


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