Prof Brendan Barrett
Brendan is a Professor in the Center for the Study of Co*Design at Osaka University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and holds visiting professorships at United Nations University, University of Tokyo, and RMIT University. He has spent a large part of his professional career with the United Nations based in Japan, first with UN Environment Programme – International Environmental Technology Centre, and then in various roles at the United Nations University in Tokyo culminating with UNU Head of Communications. He has written and taught extensively on national and local environmental policy-making, environmental impact assessment, sustainability science and science communication. He currently teaches courses on science communications at Osaka University and the UNU.
A/Prof Kei Kano
Kei KANO, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, Shiga University, the Director general of Social Dialogue Skills Laboratory (non-profit organization), and the Director of NISSAN Global Foundation.
He holds a B.S. in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, and both M.S. and Ph.D. in Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University. Dr. Kano’s research interests surround the evaluation of science communication activities and inclusive public engagement in science, technology and innovation policy. He has won awards such as the “Science Education on Scientific Viewpoint, Prize for Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan”(2017).
A/Prof Shishin Kawamoto
KAWAMOTO Shishin, PhD, taught and researched science communication at Tokyo Institute of Technology from 2007 to 2013, and is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University. He has also been the director of CoSTEP (Communication of Science and Technology Education and Research Program) since 2017. CoSTEP delivers science communication programs not only to Hokkaido University students but also to citizens. CoSTEP has produced more than 900 graduates since 2005, and Kawamoto was one of the first of these graduates. His original research field was developmental biology (regeneration). His current interests are dual-use research, transdisciplinary research and inscription.
Dr Mitsuru Kudo
Mitsuru Kudo, PhD, is an associate professor at the Center for the Study of Co* Design, Osaka University. Over the last ten years he has been working on several research projects on various topics in and around science communication, including science literacy, public participation, community engagement and science communication policy. He also teaches science communication in the Programme for Education and Research on Science and Technology in Public Sphere, a postgraduate certificate programme delivered at the Osaka University, and at other universities in Japan. He did his doctoral study at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, the Australian National University.