Thursday, April 12, 2007

Meeting wth Prof. Dr. Jones, 12. Apr. 2007.

Here is the report of meeting wth Prof. Dr. Jones, 12. Apr. 2007.

Prof. Dr. Edward A, Jones, invited program coordinator of Fulbright Memorial Foundation in Japan, is working actually for the program coordination for the exchange of Science communication between Japan and United States. He has installed his office at Information Society Research Instutite at Tama University and his office is entitled Research Development Organization MTP (Master Teacher Program).

He demonstrates his program of Science Communication already launched in US and in Japan, which is to link the platform of Museum - School (University also) cascade network. In japanese side, this network consists of Sendai, Nara and Hiroshima area's sub-structure, the highschool teachers and many students, kids have joined there.

This trial has already gotten a reputated recognition to the people of professional activity of Science Communication, namely, the manager class of National Science Musium of Ueno (Kahaku), National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Nihon Kagaku Mirai-kan).

This time, he has exposed his colloque of this trail project at GLOCOM Conference, "Public Communication to Create Social Knowlege on Science and Sustainablity (*)". He has ucceedingly
gave me a contact message concerning my expose at GLOCOM "The Science Communication Project in Japan - Scienc and Society, an approach of Interdisciplinary Research "

We have discussed on these projects, which apparrently exhibite a mutual complementary aspect of the approach to the social knowledge of science and it's sustainablity and creativity. One way to construct the exchange scheme of science communication of Museu-Educaiton between US-Japan, and another way to reconstruct the social debate by connecting the steakholder of science communication and interdisciplinary research. We are very much satified to find ourselves capable to help each other.

Prof. Dr. Jones is expressing now his interest to enlarge this circle of communication with the help of NPO Science Communication Japan (**), partly to promote his project in next steps, and partly to have a chance to access to the Japanese national program of Science Communication with the budget aid.

(*) Here is an announced resume of his exposed colloque, held 22. Februrary 2007.

Reporter : Shingo Hamada

Int'l Univ. of Japan-GLOCOM Seminar on February 22

"Public Communication to Create Social Knowlege on Science and Sustainablity"


Increasing global environmental concerns are creating a demand for global responses through treaty regimes and other accommodations. Highly publicized issues, such as global warming, fisheries depletion, whaling, nuclear energy, air and water quality are all being pushed to the fore as problems requiring immediate attention. Japan has been the subject of high levels of criticism in this regard and often has been ineffective in responding to it.

Part of the reason for this lies in the lack of public understanding of the scientific issues involved both in Japan and in other countries. A greater public understanding of both science and the ways in which research results are interpreted is essential for effective policy making and effective international relations. This can be hard to come by given that the publics in developed countries often feel overwhelmed by a deluge of competing claims and counter-claims.

The National Science Foundation in the United States has proposed that museums and other informal science centers can help to remedy this situation by devoting more resources to increasing public understanding of science. The Japan Society for Organizational Learning and the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program have adopted this concept in creating communities of practice that will develop "social knowledge cascades."

These activities bring together museums, universities, schools, government agencies, NPOs and others in a process of communication and community building organized around specific thematic events. These events or "cascades" involve a combination of online and offline activities designed to draw attention to, stimulate discussions about and provide learning opportunities regarding a specific topic area.

To date, 185 pairs of schools and affiliated institutions in the United States and Japan have participated in developing this process on a binational basis. It has also provided a basic model for the implementation of UNESCO's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The ultimate result should be a "network of practice" linking communities of practice in a process of global creation.

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