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Science is deeply embedded in society at large. Our life in contemporary society, which is often called the “knowledge-based society,” is unthinkable without the support of high-level expertise mainly in science and technology. Conversely, today’s scientific research at universities, research institutes, and other organizations is not feasible without social infrastructures such as funding systems and understanding from local communities. That is why future scientists and professionals should now be highly trained not only in specialized research skills, but also in the capacity to understand both the social impact of science and the social infrastructure of scientific research.

To fulfil these needs, SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies) has pursued education and research to nurture leading scientists and highly specialized professionals with both outstanding expertise and broad perspectives. To foster such “broad perspectives,” SOKENDAI is performing teaching and research activities in “Science and Society” which examine the social dimensions of scientific research. This “Science and Society” education originated in the School of Advanced Sciences in Hayama and has started to be extended, as the “Science and Society” Program, to all SOKENDAI students.

This program is run by the faculty members in charge of `science and society’ education at the school of Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI.

Kenji Ito(Associate Professor)
History of Science and Technology. Science, Technology and Society.

Kaori Iida(Associate Professor)
History of Science and Technology (History of Biology)

Nozomi Mizushima(Assistant Professor)
Science, Technology and Society. Gender Studies of Science and Technology.

Yukinori Onishi(Assistant Professor)
Philosophy of Science.