Recently, the 10th Vietnam - Japan Scientific Exchange meeting (VJSE 2017) took place in Shibaura University, Tokyo, Japan. Vietnamese Students’ Association cooperated with Vietnamese scientists’ Network in Japan to organize the meeting. The central theme of the conference was: “Connecting People: Shaping the Future,” with a desire to emphasize the importance of community connection in future orientation.

 

VJSE meeting’s organizing board took commemorative photos with guests and speakers

Mr. Quoc Cuong Nguyen, Vietnamese Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Japan; Mr. Dai Duong Pham, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology; and Professor Masato Murakami, President of Shibaura Institute of Technology took part in the meeting. It attracted the participation of more than 230 scientists from the major cities, universities and key research centers in Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia. VJSE 2017 was an event in which the Vietnamese community of researchers and students in Japan had chances of meeting and connecting, thereby enhancing the studying cooperation in many fields. Gave a speech at the opening ceremony, the ambassador Quoc Cuong Nguyen especially heightened and expected young scientists to shape the country’s future as well as consolidate fraternal relations between Vietnam and Japan. At the plenary session, Deputy Minister Dai Duong Pham specified his determination and Vietnamese policies which aimed at changing comprehensively from an importing country to the one exporting technologies and services in the future. Therefore, Vietnam would be ready to wait in front for the fourth industrial revolution. The Deputy Minister highlighted the role of Vietnamese scientific community in foreign countries in the development of Vietnam’s science and technology. He also affirmed the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology in actions connecting important scientific communities as VJSE had been doing.

 

Deputy Minister Dai Duong Pham gave commemorative gifts to keynote speakers

Scientific reports at VJSE 2017 were classified into seven special reporting sessions: Information and Technology, Biomedical Technology, Applied Science, Micro/Nano Materials Science, Agriculture, Environment and Construction, Social Sciences and Humanities. Especially, the delegates took interest in some scientific reports written by professors such as Ho Tu Bao (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Susumu Sugiyama (Rítumeikan University), Craig Parsons (Yokohama University), Nobuhiko Sarukura (Osaka University), and Emiko Okazaki (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology). VJSE 2017’s success was a strong encouragement to young Vietnamese intellectual community in Japan. It is expected that Vietnam – Japan Science Exchange meeting will be held in the following years and become an important bridge between Vietnamese scientists’ community at home and in Japan.

 

Bui Viet Khoi (Japan)