Aims and Goals
The founding members of the 186th Committee originally started as the so-called Radiation Physics Group in 2008. The motivation to establish the Group was the absence of a platform to bringing together people from the academic, governmental and industrial sectors to exchange of knowledge on radiation science. The importance of radiation science had been rapidly increasing over those years in such fields as medicine, security, and basic research. The Group provided an environment for its members, who were active researchers and organizers in the fields such as application of radiation, measurement and devices development across the academic and industrial sectors, to discuss topics of interest and identify issues. Generally speaking, there was less communication among researchers in fields of materials, radiation detectors and radiation measurement equipment. Accordingly, these activities led to the encouragement of collaboration among the researchers from the mentioned fields.
The activities of the Group have produced important results over recent years, including planning collaborative R&D between various research institutions. National projects of joint research carried out through industry-academia collaboration were also launched. As radiation science had spread over a wide spectrum of application fields including medicine, security and fundamental research, a need to enhance and expand cooperation between industry and academia activities had emerged. Therefore, a coordinating institution needed to be established. Then, conditions prevailing in Japan, connected with public demand for radiation detection, stimulated the members of the Group to carry out their activities under the auspices of a JSPS University-Industry Cooperative Research Committee. Those members included researchers from Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Tohoku, Kyushu, Hokkaido and other universities, who possessed plenty of knowledge related to radiation science including radiation measurement on one hand, and radiation generation on the other.
Based on this expressed interest, the Group members carefully discussed applying to JSPS to get committee status, while seeking interest from colleagues in industry. As a result, virtually all of the members agreed to apply. Accordingly, an application was submitted to establish the Committee on Radiation Science and Its Applications.
For the time being, the aim of this Committee will be to ascertain the current state of radiation science “applications,” particularly with regard to radiation generation methods and radiation measurement devices and to identify future issues. Through collaboration among the academic, industrial and governmental sectors, the Committee will work to invigorate research related to radiation science and promote international joint research while contributing to the advancement of radiation science and technology and to fostering and further promoting science and industry in the fields of material, device and detector technology.
The Committee will address a broad scope of technologies related to radiation science; for the time being, however, it will give priority to two points: (i) The development of radiation measurement techniques using solids, liquids and gases, and (ii) radiation generation methods using accelerators and other devices. For the point (i), the Committee will focus on elucidating the interaction between radiation and substances, and subsequently on development of highly efficient measurement technologies and on acceleration of the development of detection elements. Regarding the direction of research related to point (ii), there is an urgent need to develop more efficient and smaller radiation detectors in line with market expansion for medical and security applications. Because the technology in this field is on a particularly high level in Europe and the US, where deemed appropriate, the Committee would like to acquire information from researchers in these countries. With Japan’s achievements in solid-state detection devices widely recognized internationally, the Committee would like to use its related interpersonal networks to also build international collaborations.
By fusing industry and academia and strengthening relations between relevant technological fields, the Committee will perform as an all-star Japanese team—one that contributes greatly to the advancement and application of radiation science, while strengthening the competitiveness of Japan in this emerging area.
April 2012 to March 2017 (First term, Five Years)
Membership Composition (As of Apr.2017)
Total membership: 64