Activities of JSPS Alumni Association in AUSTRALIA
The Australia JSPS Alumni Association (or “JSPSAAA” for short) was founded in Australia in 2017 by former fellows supported by the Australian Academy of Science and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) as the 18th authorized JSPS alumni association in the world.
Activities in FY2018
- On 1-2 November, the JSPS Alumni Association in Australia (JSPSAAA) held its second annual Science Symposium at RMIT University in Melbourne. The Science Symposium began with welcoming remarks offered by outgoing JSPSAAA President Dr. Graziella Caprarelli and EnSuRe’s then acting-Director A./Prof. Graeme Allinson, followed by an entertaining talk on Japan-Australia relationships by the Consul-General of Japan in Melbourne, Mr Kazuyoshi Matsunaga.
- Plenary talks were delivered by Prof. David Vaux (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research), “From humans to mice to worms, a new way to treat leukaemia,” and one of the Australian Academy of Science’s 2018 ‘Superstars of STEM,’ Dr. Tien Huynh (RMIT University), who spoke on “The future of environmental sustainability.”
- During this 2-day symposium, approximately 20 speakers spoke about their cutting-edge research activities, many of which involved Australia-Japan collaborations, including in such fields as medical science, mathematics, ecology, chemistry, and space science. The participants enjoyed the symposium as a fruitful opportunity to interact with each other and form collegial ties and networks.
- JSPSAAA’s annual general meeting was held in conjunction with the symposium, during which time a new Executive Committee was voted into office. In 2019, the JSPSAAA seeks to become more outwardly focussed on engagement with its members through regional and national meetings, and with industry.
- The JSPSAAA also seeks to improve its relations with other JSPS Alumni Associations and learn from their history to improve its own activities.
JSPSAAA AGM and Joint Symposium “Research, Innovation and Industry Engagement in Japan and Australia” (RMIT University, 1-2 November, 2018)