Creating an Inclusive Society through whole-hearted Science and Education
This is the place where people could achieve their full potential without barriers, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST).
Founded in 1987, RCAST has practiced the integration of sciences and arts, in a wide range of research fields, including information, environment and energy, materials, chemical biomedicine, barrier-free studies, and social science. This is now the core driving force in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating an inclusive society. The level of research activities and collaboration with others has attracted people’s attention as it is one of the highest of its kind. As the first director of RCAST who is serving for two consecutive terms, my mission is to combine and leverage the elements of this enriched integration to produce the greatest results possible.
In my first term, ending with the 2018 academic year, RCAST launched the UTokyo-Research Alliance for Information and Life Sciences, where promising early career researchers has shined; the Co-creation Living Lab, the research center for exchange that has upgraded conventional collaboration between local governments and RCAST ; and the multidisciplinary Inclusive Design Lab, which aims to create environments and spaces where people with disabilities, seniors, children, and others can practice their full potential abilities.
In science and technology, we tend to work for a single optimal and standardized solution for a problem. However, none in the society exactly fits any one particular standard. An inclusive society is in need of diversified solutions, and we are asked whether or not we can contribute to society by creating diversified solutions. The key to these solutions will be found in sensitivity to the beauty of diversity, cultivated through art and design.
Art and design have already formed a part of RCAST's barrier-free studies, and there are some experts in RCAST. Moving forward, we will re-examine science and technology, including international collaborations with members of the art and design, so that the ideas for “world-class inclusive environment” will be created and implementation of these ideas to the society can be realized.
Ryohei KANZAKI, Director