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Tohoku Leading Women’s Jump Up Project for 2013

 
 
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) chose our Tohoku Women’s Hurdling Project as one of the projects to be carried out under the fiscal 2006 Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science and Technology, which was allocated for “development of models to support women researchers.” To facilitate the implementation of this project, Tohoku University established the Office for Women Researchers.
 
For the three years to fiscal 2008, the Office for Women Researchers promoted the development of female scientists in the fields of natural science, providing support and improving systems to help female scientists overcome various hurdles that can serve as obstacles to the development of their careers. During this period, all graduate schools and research institutes, including those that formerly had no female faculty members, hired women, and the percentage of female faculty members as well as the number of women in newly hired faculty positions increased. In the areas of science/engineering and agricultural science, however, the percentage of female faculty members remained at 1.9% and 2.7%, respectively. These results highlighted the need to step up our efforts, significantly increase the percentage of women researchers, and continue to nurture women researchers.
 
Tohoku University applied for MEXT’s fiscal 2009 program to accelerate reform in the area of training for female researchers under its Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, and our Tohoku Leading Women’s Jump Up Project for 2013 was adopted. The project aims to nurture “female researchers at Tohoku University to be independent, collaborative, future-oriented scientific pioneers,” qualifying as world research leaders encompassing a wide range of disciplines, by hiring 30 additional outstanding female faculty members in science, engineering and agricultural science over five years and boosting their ability and position.
 
Following MEXT’s adoption of the project, Tohoku University enhanced the Office for Women Researchers in fiscal 2009 in order to carry out two projects, the Tohoku Women’s Hurdling Project and the abovementioned Tohoku Leading Women’s Jump Up Project for 2013. The Office will continue to proactively support and nurture female researchers, and is thankful for the extensive cooperation it has received in regard to this project.
 
Under the Tohoku Leading Women’s Jump Up Project for 2013, we will carry out three programs to nurture world-leading researchers, build new networks, and establish research styles.
 

Target Graduate Schools and Research Institutes: Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science, Information Sciences, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Institutes for Materials Research, Institute of Fluid Science, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Research Center for Neutrino Science, Research Center for Electron Photon Science

1.Nurturing world-leading researchers

 
Nurturing world-leading researchersWe appoint Sawayanagi Fellows and school/institute mentors, and establish systems to provide female faculty members with guidance and advice on both their research and their career. In order to support women researchers to venture into diverse, complex, cross-disciplinary sciences in the 21st century, we organize seminars lectured by Sawayanagi Fellows and distinguished professors to improve cross-disciplinary integration, organization and research management, and practical research skills.
 

Multi-mentor system

From among all female professors, whether they are involved in the arts of the sciences, the President of Tohoku University appoints people who can be role models in terms of both character and scholarship as Sawayanagi Fellows to help women researchers. Additionally, we assign school/institute mentors, who fully understand trends in a specific field of research, to provide advice and guidance on a day-to-day basis to newly hired female researchers.
 

Special symposium

We hold symposium to outline the details of this project, and promote the development of women researchers. We also invite other institutions selected for this program to introduce their initiatives and exchange opinions to accelerate the development of women researchers.
 

Special seminars

To help women researchers improve their abilities and skills, we organize the following seminars:
 
●Seminars to improve cross-disciplinary integration
Cross-session seminars by distinguished professors, interdisciplinary lectures by Tohoku University International Advanced Research and Education Organization, seminars by Sawayanagi Fellows, seminars by external lecturers, etc.
 
●Seminars to improve organization/research management
Seminar on management theory of research development by the Management Science and Technology course of the School of Engineering, seminars by the Advanced Technology Management School, seminars by external lecturers, etc.
 
●Seminars to improve practical research skills

2.Building new networks

 
Building new networksWe have built a WEB-based network system to develop a community of women researchers in all schools and institutes, allowing them to share useful information and aggressively disseminate research results. This program will hopefully lead to the establishment of a research system in which women researchers can take initiatives in research. Meanwhile, we also explore next-generation cross-disciplinary research by taking advantage of the nature of universities facilitating inter-school cooperation within the Tohoku University and cooperating with the Global COE Program.
 
Building a WEB-based network system: sharing information and disseminating research results

・Providing information of related seminars

・Introducing Tohoku University’s women researchers via websites and leaflets

・Setting up project bulletin boards and WEB calendar

 
Building cross-disciplinary human networks within Tohoku University

・Cooperation with different disciplines, such as medicine, dentistry and arts, within Tohoku University

・ GCOE program: Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality in the Age of Globalization (Project leader: Prof. Miyoko Tsujimura)

3.Supporting establishment of research styles

 
Supporting establishment of research stylesWe will organize seminars and workshops to provide information on existing support systems and the use of various consulting services, as well as raise men’s awareness, as well as women’s, of gender equality. This program supports women researchers to establish their research styles by resolving discrepancies between women researchers’ ideal research styles and proven styles, and helps improve their skills to manage research projects in light of increasing diversity.
 
Organizing seminars and workshops

・Providing information on internal/external support systems

・Cooperating with Gender Equality Promotion Committee

・Cooperating with fathers’ networks in the Sendai/Miyagi area

 
Introducing consulting services

・Student consulting service

・Consulting service by the Gender Equality Promotion Committee

・Career Development Counseling Room, Innovative Leaders Platform (ILP)

 
Staff Support System

・Allocating supporting staff to faculty members who need to take care of their small children

(in collaboration with the Tohoku Women’s Hurdling Project)

 

Subsidizing skills improvement

Inviting applications for subsidies provided by Tohoku University for skills improvement in fiscal 2011
 
The Tohoku Leading Women’s Jump Up Project for 2013 aims to nurture “female researchers at Tohoku University to be independent, collaborative, future-oriented scientific pioneers,” qualifying as world-leading researchers encompassing a wide range of disciplines. As part of this project, we subsidize the cost of participation in international/domestic conferences and joint projects, or of proofreading papers, in order to encourage women researchers to improve their research skills.
 
Outline of the subsidies
Applicant eligibility
To be eligible to apply, you must be a female faculty member (associate professor, assistant professor, or lecturer) and taking the initiative in research activities as a member of the target schools/institutes of the Tohoku Leading Women’s Jump Up Project for 2013. Eligibility is limited to those employed within the standard number of staff, in principle.
 

Note:

- If you are not sure whether you are employed within the standard number of staff or not, please contact the responsible administrative section of your school/institute before submitting your application.

- Recipients of the Start-Up Research Fund are not eligible to apply.

 
Target Graduate Schools and Research Institutes:
Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science, Information Sciences, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Institutes for Materials Research, Institute of Fluid Science, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Research Center for Neutrino Science, Research Center for Electron Photon Science
 
Amount of subsidies

(1) Participation fees and travel expenses associated with participation in international conferences, international symposium, international academic conferences, and international joint research projects held outside of Japan in fiscal 2010: up to 500,000 yen; subject to reduction depending on the assessment

(2) Participation fees and travel expenses associated with international conferences, symposium, academic conferences, and workshops, which contribute to the improvement of the participant’s skills, held in Japan in fiscal 2010: up to 200,000 yen; subject to reduction depending on the assessment

(3) For this fiscal year, we will accept applications under four deadlines (end of June, end of September, end of December and February 15).

 
Use of subsidies

(1) Participation fees (including registration fees) and travel expenses associated with international conferences, international symposium, international academic conferences, and international joint research projects held outside of Japan. Costs for proofreading papers for related academic conferences and the like may also be covered.

(2) Participation fees and travel expenses associated with international conferences, symposium, academic conferences, and workshops, which contribute to the improvement of the participant’s skills, held in Japan. Costs for proofreading papers for related academic conferences and the like may also be covered.