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Members and Committees

Members

Science Council of Japan (SCJ) consists of 210 Council Members and some 2,000 Members, elected as representatives of the approximately 840,000 scientists nationwide. SCJ conducts activities from a universal perspective and a comprehensive and multifaceted point of view, taking advantage of the fact that SCJ is comprised of scientists from a broad-range of fields spanning over humanities, social sciences, life sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

Council Members

210 Council Members are selected and recommended from amongst scientists with excellent accomplishments in their research or achievements, and are appointed by the Prime Minister. Their term of membership is six years, and half of the Council Members are newly appointed every three years.

Members

Approximately 2,000 Members perform in cooperation with Council Members. They are selected and recommended from amongst scientists with excellent accomplishments in their research or achievements, and are appointed by SCJ President. In principle, their term of membership is six years.

President and Vice Presidents

SCJ President is elected by way of an internal vote amongst SCJ Council Members. The three Vice-Presidents are nominated from among Council Members by the President with approval of the General Assembly. Their term of office are three years, however they may be reelected and reappointed.

Committees

General Assembly

The General Assembly is composed of Council Members and is the highest decision-making body. It basically meets twice a year (April and October).

Sections

Council Members are grouped into three Sections. Each Section has one Chairperson, one Vice-Chairperson and two Secretaries.

  • Section I: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Section II: Life Sciences
  • Section III: Physical Sciences and Engineering

Executive Board

The Executive Board normally meets every month to deliberate on matters relating to the operation of SCJ. It consists of the President, three Vice-Presidents, and the Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons and Secretaries of each Section. It is able to establish auxiliary committees if required for the execution of its duties.

Administrative Committees for Operation

Four Administrative Committees for Operation have been established for the organizational management of SCJ.

  • Committee for Member Nomination
  • Committee for Scientific Community
  • Committee for Science and Society
  • Committee for International Affairs

Specialty Committees

All of the field of specialty over humanities, social sciences, life sciences, natural sciences and engineering are divided into 30 academic disciplines, and 30 Committees Based on Fields of Specialties deliberate on various issues in each field.

Issue-Centered Committees

Issue-Centered Committees are established for a certain period of time to deliberate on issues of importance, which our society is currently faced with. They prepare recommendations as summaries of the pertinent opinions of the scientific community in a timely manner.


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