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Tokyo Forum 2021 Shaping the Future-Science and the Human Mind November 29, 2021

The University of Tokyo will be holding Tokyo Forum 2021 on Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3, 2021. Please see the following website for more details:


Tokyo Forum 2021 will focus on Science and the Human Mind. Science has shown remarkable development in recent years and has made our lives increasingly convenient and efficient, for example through the expansion of the internet or remote medical treatment using AI.


However, it is ironic that in some ways we feel more anxious as a result of this scientific development. The digital divide has widened. More people and information cross national boundaries, causing anxiety in local communities. Anxiety fuels exclusive nationalism in peoples minds. Competition between major powers intensifies, forcing countries in between to make difficult choices. Science has once again become a tool for international contention rather than a common good shared by the human race.


How can we develop science, and at the same time explain and cope with the new apprehension it causes in our minds? How can we promote science as a means for encouraging and uniting people on a global scale?  Please join us to investigate this multifaceted question from interdisciplinary perspectives.


Date: Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3 2021

Time: December 2 @ 06:00-09:00 (EST); 11:00-14:00 (GMT); 20:00 23:00 (JST) December 3 @ 06:00-09:40 (EST); 11:00-14:40 (GMT); 20:00 23:40 (JST)

Format: Online

Language: English (simultaneous interpretation in Japanese available)

Admission: Free

Registration: Required


Hosts: The University of Tokyo (Japan) and Chey Institute for Advanced Studies (Korea) Inquiries to:


Main Speakers:

KUMA Kengo (Architect, University Professor and Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo) Marvin Chun (Dean of Yale College, Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology; Neuroscience; Cognitive Science, Yale University) Michael Sandel (Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University Jacques Attali (Writer, Futurologist and President of the Positive Planet Foundation) FUJIGAKI Yuko (Executive Vice President and Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo) Naoko ISHII (Executive Vice President and Director, Center for Global Commons, The University of Tokyo)


About Tokyo Forum:

Tokyo Forum is an international conference series that the University of Tokyo created together with the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies of South Korea in 2019. More than 120 speakers from around the world gathered to vigorously discuss about political, economic, cultural, and environmental issues in the inaugural event.