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Moonshot International Symposium

December 17, 2019

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) , along with Japanese government, and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), will hold Moonshot International Symposium on December 17th and 18th, 2019, for the purpose to discuss the management of Moonshot research and development system and Moonshot Goals candidates.


Symposium Name:

Moonshot international Symposium

Date and Time:

December 17th, 2019 (Tuesday) 9:30am to 5:50pm

December 18th, 2019 (Tuesday) 9:00am to 5:35pm


Bellesalle Tokyo Nihonbashi (7-1, Nihonbashi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan)

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English(English to Japanese simultaneous interpretation for audience is provided)


Free of charge (Advanced registration is required)


Cabinet Office,Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology,Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry,Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST),
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization(NEDO)


The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization(NARO),
Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development(AMED)


Program shown here is at present and will be updated as required

12/ 17 (Tue.)

Time Contents
8:30 - 9:20 Registration
9:30 - 10:50 Opening and Keynotes
9:30 - 9:40 Opening and Welcome Remarks
・Mr. TAKEMOTO Naokazu Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Government of Japan (GOJ)
・Dr. HAMAGUCHI Michinari President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
9:40 - 10:00 Outline of the MoonshotR&D Program and Purpose of the Symposium
・Dr. KOBAYASHI Yoshimitsu Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), GOJ, and Chair of the Visionary Council of the Moonshot R&D Program
10:00 - 10:10 Expectation of E.U. - Japan Cooperation in Moonshot Research
・Mr. Carlos Moedas (video message) Former Commissioner for Research and Innovation, European Commission (EC)
・Ms. Mariya Gabriel (video message) Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, EC
10:10 - 10:30 Expectation of U.S. - Japan Cooperation in Moonshot Research
・Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier (message) Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), United States of America (USA)
・Dr. Chris Fall Director, Office of Science, Department of Energy (DOE), USA
10:30 - 10:50 Keynote Speech
・Mr. SON Masayoshi Chairman and CEO, SoftBank Group Corp
10:50 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:50 Special Session
11:10 - 11:30 Moonshot Lecture
・Dr. Eric Astro Teller (video link) Captain of Moonshots, X
11:30 - 11:45 Keynote Speech
・Dr. SHIRAISHI Takashi Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto
11:45 - 11:50 Presentation
・Dr. KYUMA Kazuo President, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Former Executive Member of CSTI
11:50 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 15:20 Plenary Session 1 :
Innovative Management of Moonshot Research
13:00 - 13:20 Keynote Speech
・Ms. Anousheh Ansari CEO, XPRIZE Foundation (XPRIZE)
13:20 - 13:35 Presentation
・Mr. Maurice Conti CEO, Applied Intelligence
13:35 - 13:50 Presentation
・Mr. Adam D’Angelo CEO, Quora, Former CTO, Facebook, and Program Advisor, INNO-vation Program
13:50 - 15:20 Discussion
・Dr. UEYAMA Takahiro [moderator] Executive Member of CSTI
・Dr. HAMAGUCHI Michinari JST
・Dr. Chris Fall DOE
・Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher Deputy Director-General, Reserch and Innovation, EC
・Ms. Anousheh Ansari XPRIZE
・Mr. Maurice Conti Applied Intelligence
・Mr. Adam D’Angelo Quora and INNO - vation Program
・Mr. AKAISHI Koichi Vice Minister for Innovation, Cabinet Secretariat, GOJ
15:20 - 15:40 Break
15:40 - 17:25 Plenary Session 2 :
Areas and Visions for Setting Moonshot Goals
15:40 - 15:45 The Mission of Horizon Europe
・Mr. Pascal Lamy (video message) Chair of Ocean Mission Board for Horizon Europe, and Former Commissioner for Trade, EC
15:45 - 16:00 Presentation
・Dr. Jacob Taylor Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science, OSTP, USA
16:00 - 16:20 Presentation
・Dr. KITANO Hiroaki Member of the Visionary Council, and President and CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL)
16:20 - 17:25 Discussion
・Dr. KITANO Hiroaki [moderator] Visionary Council and Sony CSL
・Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher EC
・Dr. Jacob Taylor OSTP
・Dr. Rebecca Lynn Keiser Head, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
・Dr. Danny Soon Executive Director of Health and Biomedical Cluster, Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore
・Mr. David Locke Director, Prize Operations, XPRIZE
・Dr. YAMAJI Kenji Senior Vice President, Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), and Chair of WG4
・Mr. ANDO Kiyoshi Editorial Writer / Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
17:25 - 17:30 Break
17:30 - 17:50 Closing of the Plenary Sessions
17:30 - 17:45 Wrap Up
・Dr. UEYAMA Takahiro CSTI
・Dr. KITANO Hiroaki Visionary Council and Sony CSL
17:45 - 17:50 Closing Remarks
・Mr. ISHIZUKA Hiroaki Chairman, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

12/ 18 (Wed.)Working Group Discussion

Time Contents
8:20-8:50 Registration
9:00-9:30O pening, Outline of the Moonshot R & D Program, Summary of the Plenary Sessions (JointSession - simultaneous delivery to each meeting room)
9:00-9:05 Welcome Remarks
・Mr. TAIRA Masaaki State Minister of Cabinet Office
9:05-9:20 Outline of the Moonshot R&D Program
・Mr. MATSUO Hiroki Director-General, Cabinet Office (CAO)
9:20-9:30 Summary of the Plenary Sessions and Logistics
・Dr. KASAI Yasuko Senior Researcher, CAO
9:30-16:00 Working Group Discussion on the Moonshot Goals (Thematic Sessions)
Discussion / Lunch / Break / Discussion
16:00-17:25 Wrap Up: Presentations on the Moonshot Goals by the Chairs of the WGs (Joint Session)
16:00-16:10 WG 1:Expanding human potential for a society where everyone can pursue their dreams
16:10-16:20 WG 2:Realizing a human life that "continues to improve both physically and psychologically" through complete understanding of biological functions such as the nervous system and related tissues
16:20-16:30 WG 3:Expanding frontiers through co-evolution of AI and robots
16:30-16:40 WG 4:Sustainable resources circulation for global environment
16:40-16:50 WG 5:Innovation for future agriculture –satisfying both food production and environmental conservation
16:50-17:00 WG 6:Creating innovative non-traditional sciences and technologies based on quantum and related phenomena
17:00-17:10 WG 7:Cross sectional issue
17:10-17:25 Recommended Moonshot Goals by the WGs
・Mr.SATO Fumikazu Deputy Director General, CAO
17:25-17:35 Closing Remarks (Joint Session)
17:25-17:30 ・Dr.HAMAGUCHI Michinari President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
17:30-17:35 ・Mr.ISHIZUKA Hiroaki Chairman, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

WG4: Sustainable resources circulation for global environment

12/ 18 (Wed.) 9:40~15:30

PDF Initiative Report(2.5MB)

● Chair: YAMAJI Kenji, Senior Vice President, Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology
for the Earth (RITE)

● Sub-chair: INABA Atsushi, Professor, Department of Environmental Chemistry and Chemical Engineering,
School of Advanced Engineering, Kogakuin University

Time Contents Profile & Presentation material
9:40-12:00 Introductory & Keynote
9:40-10:00 Introductory
PDF Profile(50KB)
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10:00-10:30 Keynote: NREL: Transforming Energy through Innovation
・Martin Keller, Laboratory Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
PDF Profile(66KB)
PDF Presentation material(15.0MB)
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10:30-11:00 Keynote: Science and Research for climate/energy policies and a circular economy
・Christian Thiel, Head of Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit, Joint Research Centre-European Commission
PDF Profile(46KB)
PDF Presentation material(3.5MB)
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11:00-11:30 Keynote: Accelerating Innovation in CO2 removal
・Gregory Nemet, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PDF Profile(55KB)
PDF Presentation material(2.8MB)
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11:30-11:50 Keynote: How to evaluate technologies?
・INABA Atsushi, Kougakuin University
PDF Profile(42KB)
PDF Presentation material(2.8MB)
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11:50-12:00 Summary
12:00-13:15 Break -
Potential Technology Session
13:15-13:20 Introductory
・INABA Atsushi, Kougakuin University
13:20-13:40 Special Presentation: Synthetic Biology: the 21st C game-changing technology for Earth and beyond
・Lynn J. Rothschild, Sr. Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
PDF Profile(86KB)
PDF Presentation material(76.5MB)
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13:40-13:55 Presentation:
Direct Air Capture (DAC): CO2-Selective Absorbents in Air
・INAGAKI Fuyuhiko, Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kobe Gakuin University
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13:55-14:10 Presentation: Carbon recycling technologies based on microbial electrochemistry
・KATO Souichiro, Senior Researcher, Bioproduction Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
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14:10-14:25 Presentation:  Can biodegradable plastics solve the problems caused by plastic debrics leaking into sea?
・KASUYA Ken-ichi, Division of Molecular Science, Faculty of Science and Technology,
Gunma University
PDF Profile(39KB)
PDF Presentation material(6.8MB)
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14:25-15:25 Panel Discussion (*Moderator)
*INABA Atsushi, Kougakuin University
・Martin Keller, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
・Christian Thiel, Joint Research Centre-European Commission
・Gregory Nemet, University of Wisconsin-Madison
・Lynn J. Rothschild, NASA Ames Research Center
・INAGAKI Fuyuhiko, Kobe Gakuin University
・KATO Souichiro, AIST
・KASUYA Ken-ichi, Gunma University
15:25-15:30 Summary
・INABA Atsushi, Kougakuin University


Advanced registration is required for participation to the Moonshot International Symposium (Fee is free of charge9 Please make your registration from following web site.

  • Registration was closed on November 20th, 2019.


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