Matilda Ernkrans to visit Japan with focus on climate and environment
Minister for Higher Education and Research Matilda Ernkrans will travel to Japan today, 4 October. Her programme will include a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and holding the opening address at the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum on Sunday. The majority of the visit will take place in Kyoto and Tokyo, and the political focus will be on the climate and the environment.
Japan is a prominent research nation, and for many years Sweden has had a great deal of exchange with higher education institutions and companies, particularly on sustainability. In addition to following up on contacts with higher education institutions and companies, Ms Ernkrans will be a keynote speaker at a major international research policy conference.
“My task is to convey the importance of free research. We need to take joint responsibility to ensure that research reaches more people – quite simply, we must be better at spreading and communicating it to the public, to counter ‘fact resistance’ in various contexts. As a representative pf a feminist government, I also want to contribute to boosting Japanese women students and researchers,” says Ms Ernkrans.
The STS forum is an annual meeting gathering leaders in research, business, public authorities, media and policy for cross-border discussions on research and innovation.
Excerpts from the programme
Saturday 5 October
11.30 Speech at the EU-Japan Science Policy Forum, Kyoto
Sunday 6 October
08.00 Breakfast with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kyoto
11.00 Speech at the opening of the STS forum, Kyoto
12.00 Round-table discussions on international cooperation and challenging research and development, Kyoto
15.30 Meeting with Thai Minister for Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Suvit Maesincee, Kyoto
16.00 Meeting with Japanese Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Koichi Hagiuda, Kyoto
Monday 7 October
08.00 Meeting with AstraZeneca, Kyoto Century Hotel, Kyoto
10.00 Visit to the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, Kyoto
12.00 Meeting with women students and researchers at Kyoto University, Kyoto
Tuesday 8 October
08.00 Breakfast with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Tokyo
10.00 Visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), Tokyo
13.30 Visit to Tokyo University, Tokyo
Wednesday 9 October
10.00 Visit to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba