Laying the groundwork for a research environment that promotes diversity

  • The Office of Diversity Promotion was established on December 1, 2016.
  • Research funding was provided as a form of support for researchers returning to work after an extended leave of absence
  • Nursing care support guidebook compiled on available programs and services.
  • Survey on major life event support needs of women researchers at the Yokohama and Kobe branches made with a questionnaire and interviews.
  • “RIKEN Long Term Care Guidebook” published (Japanese/English)

Enhancing the research capabilities of women

  • Research funding was provided as a form of support to outstanding women researchers
  • Support was provided to women researchers in the form of payment for the editing of papers to be submitted to international academic journals.
  • Survey on research support needs of women researchers at the Yokohama and Kobe branches made with a questionnaire and interviews.
  • “RIKEN female researchers at the forefront of science 2016 –striving for diversity in the research environment- (Introducing Role Models)” published (English)

Hiring and appointment of women to high-level management positions

  • Deliberations are currently underway, based on objective data analyses, with the objective of setting numerical targets by field, position, and rank for the hire and promotion of women researchers.
  • A kick-off symposium on “Promoting Diversity for Maximizing Research Outcomes” was held to mark the opening of the Office of Diversity Promotion. (February 23, 2017)
  • A booklet was compiled introducing role models of women researchers.
  • Two e-learning program contents on diversity in the workplace were created for management and general personnel.