(Upload 5.4.2004)


The Chemical Society of Japan

The Tokyo C6 Meeting
May 13 - 15, 2004

Chairman: Prof. Makoto Misono, President for 2004, CSJ
C6 Executive Committee Chair: Prof. Shoichi Kusumoto, Osaka University

1. Place
Chemistry Hall (CSJ Building) 1-5 Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8307, Japan

2. Schedule
May 13, Thu6:00 pm - 9:00 pmReception & Dinner at the Hotel
May 14, Fri9:00 am - noonSession 1
noon - 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Session 2
7:00 pm - 8:30 pmDinner at the Hotel
May 15, Sat9:00 am - noonSession 3
noon - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmWrap-up meeting
3:00 pm - 7:00 pmTour

3. Discussion Program
Session 1
1) Keynote Lecture chaired by CSJ (40 min)
An overview of the state of the art of chemistry and chemical technology (expansion, merger, and creation of disciplines; increasing roles in the society and for the environment; etc.), will be provided by Prof. Misono, President of CSJ, together with the activities of CSJ, and the outline of each topic is to be discussed in the following sessions.

2) Introduction of Participating Societies (50 min)
Self-introduction of each society and delegates. Comments on the Keynote Lecture will also be accepted.

3) Topic 1. Breadth of Chemistry chaired by ACS (90 min)
Recent years major activities of members, especially of those working in non-academic fields, seem to be moving rapidly from traditional chemistry to interdisciplinary areas. Chemists and chemical engineers in the latter areas in Japan are apt to participate in more specialized learned society rather than the chemical society, probably because those boutique-like societies pay to them more satisfactorily. It is important for us to exchange views and current information widely about expected functions of chemical societies and effective services to their members. (The CSJ personnel in charge: Prof. Isao Shimizu, Waseda University)

Session 2 1) Topic 2. Career Development and Accreditation of Chemistschaired by RSC ( 90 min)
The current trend of chemistry education at higher education institutions will be presented from each participant. The education system of professional chemists and chemical engineers will also be discussed with reference to the roles of the chemical societies. Establishment of international accreditation system for the chemists and the chemical engineers working for the industry will be proposed. (The CSJ personnel in charge: Prof. Takashi Ito, Yokohama National University)

2) Topic 3. Primary and Secondary Education chaired by KNCV (90 min)
Primary and secondary education forms a firm basis for education/research at higher stages. One of the key issues may be helping girls and boys to keep up a fascination for natural science throughout their school life. To trigger a mutual understanding on this aspect, and hopefully to improve and internationally harmonize primary and secondary education in chemistry, discussion will be made, based on such information supplied by each country, as i) the preparation/amendment process for curriculum and textbook contents, ii) off-school dissemination of chemical knowledge/practice, and iii) the stance of each society toward the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), among others. (The CSJ personnel in charge: Prof. Tadashi Watanabe, University of Tokyo)

Session 3
1) Topic 4. International Relation
- chaired by GDCh (90 min)
In this session we will discuss the future prospects of international cooperation in education and research of chemistry among the C6 countries. The specific subjects include i) promotion of internationally-cooperative education programs, ii) active exchanges of students and young researchers, iii) development of the access to share information on scientific activities in each society, and iv) relation between the chemical societies and the existing global/regional organizations such as IUPAC and FACS, and their national adhering organizations. Each society is encouraged to provide us with the data in advance regarding the above topics in order to facilitate fruitful discussion. (The CSJ personnel in charge: Prof. Kazuyuki Tatsumi, Nagoya University)

2) Topic 5. Collaboration with Developing Countries chaired by SFC (90 min)
C6 countries have great experience in chemical industry, environmental pollution, education in chemistry, and so on. Such experience is useful for developing countries. The collaboration of C6 countries with developing countries will be discussed. (The CSJ personnel in charge: Prof. Tamotsu Takahashi, Hokkaido Univ.

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