G7 Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting

Japan advocated the Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting at the time of the Toyako Summit in 2008, and the First Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting was held in Okinawa. The Science and Technology Ministers’ Meeting this time will be held in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, from May 15 through 17.
It is formally called “G7 Science and Technology Ministers’ meeting in Tsukuba, Ibaraki,” in which six agendas are scheduled.

Global Health
Global Health: Health Care and Science Technology
~Promotion of Active Aging in an Aging Society and Promotion of Research and Development for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), etc.~
Gender and Human Resource
Development for STI
Gender and Human Resource Development for STI: Human Resource Development for Science and Technology Innovation (STI) for the Next Generation
~Toward the Expansion of Female Employees’ Active Roles and the Human Resources for the Next Generation~
Future of the Seas and Oceans
Future of the Seas and Oceans
~Toward the Protection of the Marine Environment based on Scientific Knowledge and Sustainable Ocean Utilization~
Clean Energy
Development of Innovative Energy Technology
~Promotion of Initiatives for the Development and Introduction of Innovative Technologies with Consideration of 2050~
Inclusive Innovation
Creation of Socially Inclusive and Sustainable Innovations
~In Pursuit of Economic Growth Coexisting with a Society without Disparities~
Open Science
The Dawn of a New Era of Science
~The Dissemination of New Styles of Research and Knowledge Discovery, Sharing, and Utilization~

Among the above agendas, discussions of ③ and ④ will also serve as a follow-up to last year’s G7 Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting, which was held in Berlin, Germany.

Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Prefecture, is Japan’s largest research and development center.

There are 29 government-based research and education institutions, including the University of Tsukuba and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and approximately 300 private research institutes and enterprises in Tsukuba, where approximately 20,000 researchers are conducting cutting-edge research.
It can be said that Tsukuba is a place appropriate for the Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting, because it is an area that integrates cutting-edge science technologies in a wide range of fields, including robot technology, space technology, and medical and nanotechnology.