Emanuel’s talk on Networked science at the Asia Research Network’s summer seminar at Ashi no Ko in Japan

I presented a paper on Michael Nielsen’s new book: “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science” at the second annual summer seminar for young Asian researchers of the Asia Research Network. I have worked with the Asia Research Network informally for the last two years, but this was my first chance to see first-hand their work.

The Asia Research Network grew out of the collaboration between Professor Hara Masahiko at Riken (and Tokyo Institute of Technology) and Professor Haewon Lee of Hanyang University on nano materials. The joint research laboratory of Riken and Hanyang University in Seoul is the most significant example of sustained collaboration between Japan and Korea. Significantly, the Asia Research Network http://www.asianrn.org/ is growing rapidly and promises to be a platform for a new level of collaboration in Asia.

The Asia Research Network offers the following description of its intention on its website:

The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) of Japan and the Hanyang University of Korea, with the participation of other universities and government-funded research institutes in Korea, are planning to establish the Asian Research Network (ARN) with a view towards strengthening research and educational cooperation as well as tackling common challenges we face in Asia such as students’ avoidance of pursuing science and engineering as their academic career, decrease in the number of scientists and engineers due to the ever falling birth rate, and outflow of high caliber researchers to the Western hemisphere.

To date, the participating institutions on the Korean side include: Seoul National University, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, and Institute of Pasteur Korea. This initiative will zero in on the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology on the outset and expand the scope of research to the whole gamut of basic science and technology as it moves along. The current bilateral cooperation scheme of ARN between Korea and Japan will encompass other Asian partners include China, India, Singapore, and Vietnam in order to create a borderless and optimal research environment in the aforementioned areas. This framework will serve as a catalyst to share knowledge and experiences amongst researchers in the region and deepen our partnership in the years to come.

We are committed to fostering talented human resources, creating a research network in which researchers in the region share their knowledge and experiences, and establishing a future-oriented partnership to globalize our research capabilities. To this end, we will achieve excellence in all aspects of education, research, and development in the area of basic science and technology. We will make a substantial contribution to the betterment of the global community as well as the Asian society.

The young scholars from Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia and Thailand had many opportunities to form close relations and to engage in a discussion about the uses of technology and strategies for collaboration in seminars led by professors. Those relations, reinforced through these annual seminars, are essential to building long-term relations for future research.

Emanuel Pastreich (associate Professor at Kyung Hee University) Hara Masahiko (professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology) and Lee Haewon (professor at Hanyang University) pose during a hike with the members of the seminar.



My talk introduced new concepts concerning networked research and open science that are not well known in Asia.

Link to PPT of talk

Here the participants in the Asia Research Network gather after the seminar.

The Asia Research Network seminar brought together young researchers from China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Korea for a combination of academic exchange and informal conversation.

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