The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) is pleased to announce the election of Professor Akito Arima as President and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Professor Arima will take office on April 1st 2009 and succeeds eminent neuroscientist, Professor Masao Ito, who has presided over the major changes to the HFSP programs introduced in collaboration with the Secretary General, Professor Torsten Wiesel, since 2000.
Professor Arima is a prominent theoretical physicist, who has received many awards and prizes for his research into nuclear structure and he continues to be actively engaged in research in nuclear physics. In addition, with a strong commitment to policy in education and research he has served the scientific community in a number of policy and administrative roles. He was President of Tokyo University from 1989-1993 and President of The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) from 1993-1998. From 1998 to 1999 he was Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture and Minister of State for Science and Technology. Among his other current activities he plays an important role in supporting the public understanding of science as Chairman of the Japan Science Foundation. As Co-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the international graduate university, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST-PC) that is now under construction, he continues to advance science worldwide.
Professor Masao Ito comments “I am delighted that Professor Arima has agreed to take on the Presidency of the HFSPO. During his distinguished career he has dedicated himself to promoting research at the highest level as well as being concerned with science education and the public understanding of science. He brings a sound appreciation of the need for interdisciplinary approaches to scientific research, which is a hallmark of the HFSP.”
Professor Torsten Wiesel adds “I have come to know Professor Arima while serving with him as Co-Chair of the Board of the OIST-PC and have learned to appreciate his formidable qualities of leadership. Not only is he a man of great professional stature but also of broad culture, as is clearly shown by his acclaimed haiku poetry. It is a great pleasure to know that he will be steering the HFSPO in the coming years.”