JSPS HOPE Fellow
Tongjai Chookajorn Advanced Metallurgy Laboratory RU: Metal Research UnitOrganization MTEC
JSPS HOPE Fellow
Award given by: Organization Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Prof. Makoto Kobayashi
10th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates
12-15 March 2018 Venue: Yokohama, Japan
Background and Significance of Research
To advance science and technology within the Asia-Pacific and Africa region, it will be necessary to foster talented young researchers having wide perspectives that transcend individual disciplines and lofty values derived from the region’s inherent cultures. To foster such researchers, HOPE Meetings have been organized by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science since 2008. The title “HOPE” signifies the promise held for young scientists and optimism for a bright science and technology future in the Asia-Pacific and Africa region. HOPE Meetings give opportunities for excellent doctoral students and young researchers selected from countries/areas in the region to engage in interdisciplinary discussions with Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scientists. Their programs include dialogue with distinguished scientists pioneering the frontiers of knowledge; exchanges among the participants themselves, who live under the same roof for one week; and cultural lectures and activities. (Excerpted from HOPE Meeting objectives: https://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-hope/index.html)
In 2018, the 10th HOPE meeting was held in Yokohama, Japan and attended by 8 Nobel Laureates, 15 scientists from Japan, as well as 106 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers selected as HOPE fellows from countries in the Asia-Pacific and Africa region, namely Australia, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippe Bangkok, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
The 10th HOPE meeting consists of lectures from 8 Nobel Laureates and 1 expert scientist, group discussions with Nobel Laureates, Flash Talks (HOPE fellows talk about their research within 1 minute), and poster sessions. During group discussions, poster sessions, and even during meals, HOPE fellows get to discuss with Nobel Laureates and other attendees on their experiences regarding various aspects of science and research careers. They were also given the opportunity to attend the Nobel Prize Dialogue Tokyo 2018, hosted by Nobel Media and JSPS.