Conference Report: Gender Summit 10 Satellite Conference in Okinawa

Gender Summit 10 Satellite Conference in Okinawa:
Frontiers of Science in Asia Pacific

The Gender Summit 10 Satellite Conference in Okinawa was held at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University on May 29 – 30, 2017. The Conference was a satellite event to the Gender Summit 10 held on May 25-26, 2017 in Tokyo; and was organized by OIST, Kyushu University, University of the Ryukyus, and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Its purpose was to highlight the accomplishments of outstanding women researchers/ leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the Asia Pacific region and to serve as a networking forum for women in science from the region. The twelve universities that belong to the Women’s encouragement/ empowerment association in Kyushu (Qwea), participated as partners.

The Satellite Conference brought together 78 participants from across Japan and 11 foreign countries. The program consisted of scientific sessions including research/science talks by the invited speakers, 30 poster presentations, a panel discussion and a dinner talk on May 29, and optional tours on May 30.

The Organizers are happy to report that the Conference was a resounding success by all accounts. Participants learned the latest advances in a broad range of research areas, met accomplished women leaders representing the various countries in the Asia-Pacific region, had the opportunity to form a new network of colleagues, and most importantly, left the Conference reinvigorated, reenergized, and empowered. It is hoped that there will be many follow-up activities between and among the participants.

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