Lord Martin Rees and Dr Julius Weitzdörfer attended the 14th Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum) in Kyoto, Japan. STS forum, a non-profit organization established in 2004, aims to provide a platform for world leaders in the fields of policy making, academia and industries to gather and discuss how to deal with science and technology issues from a long-term perspective, for the future of humankind. It was opened by the Japanese Prime Minister and closed by the Japanese Crown Prince.
Lord Rees spoke on the climate change panel. Dr Weitzdörfer was invited to the STS Forum as a “Future Leader” to meet 15 nobel laureates. He was one of 137 young individuals from academia, industry, and public sectors from 38 countries invited to get “the opportunity to exchange views with Nobel Laureates and discuss how they can contribute to the improvement of the world through science and technology."
They also met with representatives of Kyoto University's Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS) to explore opportunities for CSER and GSAIS to collaborate in the near future.