UT Forum 2000 in Boston

Date: 24 Jan 2000
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A
Theme: Science + Technology + Arts
Attendees: Over 300
7 Japanese presenters
5 foreign presenters
Partner Institutions: MIT
JSPS (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science)


To present to the world the research developments and achievements of Japan, and to give a wider audience for the activities of the best researchers. To this end, the University of Tokyo in cooperation with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) opened this forum to act as a focus for activities of the University in the USA.

Taking advantage of this occasion, the University also worked towards establishing the foundations of an organized research network in the Boston region (US East Coast area) for University of Tokyo researchers and related individuals, a "University of Tokyo American Alumni Association".


Welcome address from University of Tokyo President Shigehiko Hasumi, JSPS Chairman Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, and MIT members.

Session 1 Science
13:20-13:50 Reiko Kuroda - Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Molecular Recognition, Biochemistry of Chirality)
13:50-14:20 Nobutaka Hirokawa - Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Medicine (Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Molecular Neurobiology)
14:20-14:50 Makoto Asashima - Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Biology, Animal Development)
14:50-15:20 Masatoshi Koshiba - Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo (Observatinal Neutrino Astrophysics)

Address from American participants

Session 2 Engineering
16:00-16:30 Hiroyuki Yoshikawa - Professor Emeritus and former President, University of Tokyo (Precision Machinery Engineering)
16:30-17:00 Tadao Ando - Professor, University of Tokyo, School of Engineering (Theory of Architectural Urban Design)
17:00-17:30 Yoichiro Kawguchi - Professor, University of Tokyo, Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (Computer Graphics)
18:00-19:00 Reception
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