Greeting from the JSDB president
I have been appointed chairman for the 2nd term. First of all, I would like to introduce the policy for this term.
The Key factor we settled for the1st term was "creating the pyramidal structure" and the aim was to lead all the JSDB members to globalize and spread a strong recognition of the JSDB itself. New year's greeting from the last year : http://www.jsdb.jp/message/p08.html
Therefore, the program was constructed to give presentations in English and had the flat structure to encourage all the JSDB members to join in a friendly manner since the annual meeting held at Shimane, Japan 2013
Our committees had discussed to construct the program to exchange speakers for the joint annual meetings to give opportunity for the young (called "future leaders" in this site) members to present in English.
The context and the style of the annual meeting have dramatically shifted from symposium based to the (verbal) presentation based. I sincerely hope that this change would gain the understandings from many JSDB members and all members to participate aggressively to exploit opportunity. I also hope that the graduate students may live through hardship by experiencing the meeting in English as they will be writing research papers in English. This will be a good practice for them as they will be writing research papers at least once every year when they become PI (i.e. principal investigators).
Enhancing the academic level of all the JSDB members, especially the young members, is continued to be a priority issue since the last term. Our aim is putting all the preparation set in the 1st term to move into action.
Securing the sufficient core research time for researchers will be the next challenge. Currently, many researchers are finding difficulty to making time for their core research as they are often occupied with miscellaneous duties received from parent organizations (i.e. University and Labs, etc.) and others such as committees. Furthermore, extra jobs are created by the society which would steal so much time from researchers. This is just like putting the cart before the horse!
We would like to send the important message that reducing the amount of time spent on such duties would benefit the society itself.
When I was appointed as the executive head, my lab was not functioning at all for 2 years as everybody in the lab were swamped with endless administrative work. I decided employed the administrative staff for conference & meeting operations in order to secure time for the research.
We have improved the operation of DGD Journals operated (hosted/ sponsored) by the Society. Before the improvement, the active professor was a head of the journal dealing with all the related work such as collecting and editing submissions. It is not too much to say that the journal was operated and completed by the professor alone at the sacrifice of his/ her precious time.
We have tenaciously tried to negotiate Wiley-Blackwell to increase the budget for editorial work in order to construct the structure for Harukazu Nakamura, Editor -in- Chief, to focus entirely on editorial work after retirement.
I would very much appreciate all the great efforts that Dr. Nakamura invested towards the journal and without the hard work, IF 2could not be reached. Our aim for this term is the Journal to reach IF 3!
Increased budget would benefit active professors to reduce the administrative workloads and could be used to create CPP (i.e. career path program) for young scientists.
Moreover, the whole system related to the annual meeting can be simplified and reduce the amount of work by promoting IT. When I served as the leader of the annual meeting held at Fukuoka, a major restructuring of IT was implemented and succeeded accordingly. By applying this system to other meetings and conferences, it would reduce the cost and time of the administrative work such as creation of abstract papers. Our aim is to create the patterned workflow and this could be applied for upcoming events.
I am willing to change and reform with the new Board members to encourage effective use of time for every researchers. I would like to respond to the high expectation of the members and all the researchers around the world!
The JSDB president