Advancing BRIDGE (better research, innovation and development for gender equality) through cooperation between universities, industry and society

About this video

Dr Watanabe explains the path taken in Japan to advance gender equality in science and how the 10th Gender Summit – Asia Pacific in Tokyo in 2017 has helped propel these efforts, including the Call to Action issued by JST to mobilize multi-stakeholder efforts for successful implementation of SDGs by adopting the Tokyo Recommendations agreed on at GS10 under name BRIDGE, or Better Research and innovation for Gender Equality. “BRIDGE” is also a metaphor for transferring gender knowledge into SDGs, and for interconnecting gender with other human characteristics to provide a fuller picture of human diversity (Equality 2.0).

About the presenter

Miyoko O. Watanabe

Executive Director and Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness; Chair, Gender Summit 10 Asia-Pacific

Dr. Miyoko O. Watanabe serves at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as Executive Director and Director of Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness. She has a long experience of research in semiconductor physics at Toshiba R&D Center in Japan, and she conducted her physics research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University, Canada, from 1986 to 1988 and as a Visiting Researcher at Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory at the University of Birmingham, U.K., in 1997. Returning to Toshiba, she served there at different positions, including that of Executive Quality Leader at Innovation Division in the headquarters.

She has also been Council Member of Science Council of Japan (SCJ) since 2011, and Vice-president of SCJ in charge of science and society since October 2017. She worked as Chair of Committee on Comprehensive and Synthetic Engineering in SCJ from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Watanabe has been a member of Specialist Committee on Priority Policy in Council for Gender Equality of Cabinet Office of Japan since 2014. She was the chair of both Science Agora in 2015 and 2016 and Gender Summit 10 in Tokyo in 2017. She was also appointed STEM girls ambassador by Cabinet office in June, 2018, and has been active to promote STEM girls activity.


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