Yarime, Masaru, "Promoting Science, Technology, and Innovation for Grand Challenges/Societal Challenges: Implications for the Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan," Second Discussion Meeting on the Science for Redesigning Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciREX), Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, May 31 (2014).
In a request from the Board of the Council for Social Sciences of the , I provided my expert evaluation of a research proposal submitted for Research Talent 2014. It is always a rewarding experience to review an excellent research proposal.
Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability Innovation through Stakeholder Collaboration," Keynote Speech, Second Collaborative Congress between Academic Societies on Sustainability and Project Management Systems, organized by the International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M) in collaboration with the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (SCEJ) and the Development Engineering Society of Japan (DESJ), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Tokyo, June 16 (2012).
The International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M), in collaboration with the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (SCEJ) and the Development Engineering Society of Japan (DESJ), organized the on Saturday, June 16 at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Koganei, Tokyo. I made the following keynote speech:
Yarime, Masaru, "Sustainability and the Management of Technology: Social Innovation through a Collaboration Platform between Academia, Industry, and the Public Sector" (in Japanese), Satoshi Yoshida, Shoji Takeichi, Junichi Tomita, Robert Phaal, Yu Morishita, and Masaru Yarime, eds., Management of Technology (MOT): Fundamentals and Applications, Tokyo: Rikohtosho, 217-228 (2012).
Since 2013 I have been serving as Chair on the , receiving support from Trust Sixty Foundation. With the secretariat established at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, this working group is facilitating discussions on theoretical as well as practical dimensions of natural capital at different levels and their implications for corporate strategy, public policy, and institutional design with leading researchers and experts in academia, industry, and government. We expect to make proposals for promoting better understanding of the concept of natural capital and its implementation in various sectors in society.
On Thursday, February 13 I also had a discussion with Mr. Brewster McCracken, President and CEO of , a smart grid research and commercialization consortium headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin. Through collaboration with the City of Austin, Austin Energy, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Technology Incubator, Environmental Defense Fund, and the University of Texas at Austin, this research and development organization has been focusing on developing and testing new technology, business model and customer behavior surrounding advanced energy management systems with member companies in industry.
The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, which is jointly organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative have launched the process for the . As a member of the Technical Working Group on GHG Risk Management, I participated in the kick-off meeting to develop a practical conceptual framework to help financial institutions and investors better understand, assess and manage potential financial risk associated with carbon assets.
I gave a special lecture on theories and practices of sustainability innovation on Saturday, November 30 at the of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.
Yarime, Masaru, "Theories and Practices of Sustainability Innovation," Special Lecture, Business Creation and Management for Environmental Industries, Education Program for Field-Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors in Asia and Africa (FOLENS), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, November 30 (2013).
Abstract : While research portfolios have been extensively used as a heuristic for managing R&D with tangible economic benefits, they remain ill-defined in the wider science policy context, when research is aimed at achieving societal outcomes. We therefore analyze the uses of the term “research portfolio”, using analogies derived from the financial sector, but arguing for a new conception of public research portfolios. In particular, we insist on making connections to research landscapes, considering levels of diversity in research, focusing on interactions between projects, and adopting a broader interpretation of risk and returns of public research. Illustrating our proposals with bibliometric data and mapping techniques applied to avian influenza research, we argue that these new foundations can lead to tangible benefits for public sector research, fostering inclusivity, allowing for “alternative” portfolios to be considered, as well as promoting cost-effectiveness and transparency. Most importantly, we believe that our robust, yet basic, foundations for research portfolios can facilitate public deliberation and lead to the development of new science policy tools.
The complete version of our paper proposing a new framework to incorporate environmental risk into sovereign credit risk analysis has been published in the . It was based on a project with my colleagues at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva, United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP-FI), and Global Footprint Network in Geneva, Switzerland.
Yarime, Masaru, "Science, Technology, and Innovation for Addressing Societal Challenges: The Role of University in Collaboration with Stakeholders," Research Seminar for the Project on Strategic Governance and the Management of Academia, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan, May 22 (2014).