Tohoku University selected for FY 2016 Initiative for Realizing Diversity in the Research Environment (Distinctive Features Type)

Tohoku University’s Morinomiyako Project for Empowering Women in Research was selected for the FY 2016 Initiative for Realizing Diversity in the Research Environment (Distinctive Features Type), under the MEXT Science and Technology Human Resource Development Support Program. Morinomiyako Project seeks to increase diversity in research environments as a means of promoting the further creation of outstanding research achievements. To accomplish this mission, it supports efforts for building research environments that help female researchers to balance their work with life events, developing their research skills, and actively promoting them to senior positions.

Morinomiyako Project for Empowering Women in
Research is promoting diversity in research environments through
the following six actions.

 

Features of the Morinomiyako Project

This project builds up a system for increasing research achievements by female researchers and nurturing female leaders through diverse efforts tailored to every career stage.

Female Researcher Empowerment Task Force (ETF)

The Morinomiyako Project’s efforts for promoting diversity in research environments are spearheaded by the Female Researcher Empowerment Task Force (ETF), currently chaired by Noriko Osumi, Vice President for Public Relations and Promotion of Diversity. The ETF works side by side with TUMUG and the Tohoku University Committee of Gender Equality to advance the project toward its goals.

 

ETF member

Chair: Noriko Osumi(Vice President for Public Relations and Promotion of Diversity, Director of TUMUG, Professor, Graduate School of Medicine)
Mami Tanaka(Special Advisor to the President on Promotion of Diversity, Vice Director of TUMUG, Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering)
Mitsuru Haga(Special Advisor to the President on Promotion of Diversity, Vice Director of TUMUG, Professor, Institute for Excellence in Higher Education)
Fumi Nagatsugi(Vice Director of TUMUG, Professor, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Material)
Izumi Saita(Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Letters)
Michihiko Nakamura(Professor, Graduate School of Science)
Akira Kawasaki(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering)
Fusao Itoh(Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science)
Hotoshi Murakami(Professor, Graduate School of Information Sciences)
Yuiko Fujimura(Specially Appointed Lecturer, TUMUG)
Fumi Seto(Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, TUMUG)
Hitoshi Saito(Director, General Affairs and Planning Department)
Kunihiko Narita(Director, Human Resources and Planning Department)

External Advisory Board

This panel of external advisors was established to gather neutral, expert advice on the adequacy and progress tracking of the Morinomiyako Project and other Tohoku University initiatives for promoting gender equality.

Ryoko Takahashi (Deputy Director, Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office)
Hideo Yamada (Attorney at Law, Yamada & Ozaki Law Office)
Megumi Umeda (Manager-Diversity Partner, IBM Japan, Human Resources)
Kyoko Sato (Secretary general, Japan Center for Economic Research)
Hiroko Tsukamura (Vice-Trustee, Director, Professor, Gender Equality Office, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University)
Mizuo Maeda (Chief Scientist, Director of Bioengineering Laboratory, RIKEN)
Emiko Munakata (Representative Director, NPO Equal Net Sendai)
Takashi Kashima (Chair and Executive Director, Japan Association for the Advancement of Working Women)