We’re delighted to announce that Dr. Yuko Harayama, Professor Emeritus at Tohoku University, Japan will give the closing keynote at the NISO Plus 2023 conference. Her talk is scheduled for February 16, 9.00pm Eastern Time/ February 17, 11.00am Japan Standard Time.

Dr. Harayama has had a long and distinguished career. She is currently the co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Japanese Association for the Advancement of Science (JAAS), and also serves as a researcher representative on the ORCID Board (through December 2022).

Dr. Harayama holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics, both from the University of Geneva. In 2011, she received the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, and in 2014 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. She is an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and a Foundation Fellow of the International Science Council.

Until March 2022, Dr. Harayama was RIKEN’s Executive Director for international affairs, promotion of young researchers, and diversity. Prior to joining RIKEN, she served in the Cabinet Office of Japan as an Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), and at the OECD as Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI). Dr. Harayama was Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University for 10 years. Before that, she was a Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in Japan and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Geneva.

“We are honored that Dr. Harayama has agreed to give the closing keynote address at our conference,” said Todd Carpenter, NISO’s Executive Director. “The breadth and depth of her experience give her a unique perspective on research and research policy, both in Japan and globally. As we drive to make the conference more international in scope, we very much look forward to hearing her speak at NISO Plus.”

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