Satoru OhtakeSatoru OhtakeProject Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives
Adjunct Fellow (Policy Studies and SDGs) of Center for R&D Strategy, JST.
Satoru OHTAKE joined science and technology administration in the Government of Japan in 1984, just after graduating the Graduate School of University of Tokyo where he was conferred Master Degree of Science in high energy physics. In his public service career in science administrations, he engaged in the policy planning and R&D management; establishment of Government’s Science and Technology Basic Plans (in 1996, 2001 and 2011), establishing and running research programs and projects in photonics, mathematical science and engaging International Human Frontier Science Program in Strasbourg in France between 1990 and 1992. He used to work in international collaborations, both bilateral and multilateral programs like OECD Global Science Forum, Group of Earth Observation (GEO) as the Japanese Executive and Belmont Forum as a co-chair. He worked as a Japanese negotiator for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project (ITER) from 2001 to 2005. He experienced several senior posts like Deputy Director-General of R&D Bureau of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Agency, Senior Executive Director of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Executive Research Fellow of Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office. Now he is serving as Adjunct Fellow (Policy Studies and SDGs) of Center for R&D Strategy, JST. His major interest is deepening the relation between science and society through economic and social aspect, scientific advice to policy making, science communication and public engagement. He occasionally gives lectures on science, technology and innovation policy in Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Shinshu University, etc.