Trends and Opportunities for Long-Term Science Investment

Session 1: Trends and Opportunities for Long-Term Science Investment
Japan is launching a multiyear science research program (dubbed the “Moonshot”) to develop radical new technologies that help solve some of society’s most pressing challenges. Using technology in AI, robotics, quantum computing, and others, “Moonshot” will push the limits of existing research to tackle climate change, food insecurity, ultra-early disease prediction, and more. “Moonshot” joins a crowded field with the United States and the EU running similar programs, and so the emergence of this initiative provokes speculation. Is there opportunity for partnership to ensure more efficient and resource-conscious innovation? Will this new effort be able to overcome an ever-competitive international science arena and reap value that matches investment?

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In two separate livestreamed sessions, Carnegie will convene key thought leaders behind Japan’s “Moonshot” program, the National Science Foundation’s “10 Big Ideas” program, and other fields of science collaboration. Together they will explore the commonalities and subtle differences in priorities among their long-term programs, discuss past examples of effective international science cooperation, and predict important implications for the future.

Session 1: May 28, 9:00am-10:00am EDT (May 28, 22:00-23:00 in Tokyo)
Trends and Opportunities for Long-Term Science Investment

Presenter: Dr. Hiroaki Kitano (President and CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories and “Moonshot” Visionary Council member)

Panelists: Dr. Erwin Gianchandani (National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering); Koichi Akaishi (Vice Minister for Innovation, Japan Cabinet Office); and Mary Kavanagh (Minister-Counselor, Research & Innovation; EU Delegation to the US)

Moderator: Jim Schoff, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Session 2: May 28, 8:00pm-9:00pm EDT (May 29, 9:00-10:00 in Tokyo)
Examples of US-Japan Science Collaboration: High Energy Density Science and AI

Panelists: Dr. Patricia Falcone, Deputy Director, Science & Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Dr. Ryosuke Kodama (Director, ILE Osaka University); Dr. Dimitri Kusnesov (Deputy Undersecretary for Artificial Intelligence and Technology, DOE); and Seichi Shimasaki (Science Counselor, Japanese Embassy in the U.S.)

Moderator: Douglas Rake, President & CEO, Racke Strategies & Technologies Inc.

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About Jim Schoff
Schoff is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese technology innovation, and regional trade and security dynamics.

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