2023 G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting in Sendai
１．Overview of the G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting in Sendai
The G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting in Sendai was held in Akiu area, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture from Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, 2023. The Meeting was chaired by Minister Takaichi, and bilateral meetings were held with the distinguished participants of the Meeting.
The main theme of the Meeting was "Realization of an open and evolutional research ecosystem based on trust." G7 members discussed directions of science and technology policy, and obtained a common understanding on 1)respect for freedom and inclusiveness in scientific research and promotion of open science, 2)promotion of trustworthy scientific research through research security and research integrity measures, and 3)international cooperation in science and technology to solve global issues.
As an outcome of this Meeting, a joint statement of “the G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Communique" was adopted.
・G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Communique（PDF format：524KB）
・G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Communique（Provisional Japanese Translation）（PDF format：1030KB）
２．Key points of the Joint Statement
（１）G7 Science and Technology Ministers affirmed their commitment to the shared values of democracy, rule of law, and respect for freedom and human rights, as well as the importance of diversity, including gender equality.
（２）In order to contribute to the creation of new knowledge, G7 Ministers need to cooperate in the expansion of open science with equitable dissemination of scientific knowledge and publicly funded research outputs.
（３）Further efforts are needed to raise awareness of the risks of unauthorized transfer of knowledge and technology and foreign interference in research and innovation, and to effectively apply mitigation measures as necessary.
（４）G7 Ministers promote international cooperation in outer space, the seas and the Ocean, research infrastructure, international mobility and circulation of human resources to solve global challenges.
Minister Takaichi held bilateral meetings with the following G7 Science and Technology Ministers attending the G7 Sendai Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting, where they confirmed the importance of collaboration in science and technology as well as in outer space, and exchanged views on strengthening cooperation:
（１）Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor, Canada (Wednesday, 10th May)
（２）George Freeman, Minister of State for Science, Research and Innovation, United Kingdom (Thursday, 11th May)
（３）Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Federal Minister of Education and Research, Germany (Friday, 12th May)
（４）Anna Maria Bernini, Minister of Universities and Research, Italy (Friday, 12th May)
（５）Sylvie Retailleau, Minister of Higher Education and Research, France (Saturday, 13th May)
Mona Nemer George Freeman
Bettina Stark-Watzinger Anna Maria Bernini
On Saturday 13th May, together with the G7 Science and Technology Ministers', Minister Takaichi visited the Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake: Sendai Arahama Elementary School and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University. In addition, on Sunday 14th May, they visited the Next Generation Synchrotron Radiation Facility "NanoTerasu" and attended a high-level meeting “Quantum Innovation for a Better Future”.
Sendai Arahama Elementary School IRIDeS, Tohoku University
NanoTerasu "Quantum Innovation for a Better Future"
G7 BEST PRACTICES FOR SECURE & OPEN RESEARCH (May 2023)（PDF format：280KB）
G7 Security and Integrity of the Global Research Ecosystem (SIGRE) Working Group