A lunch meeting for young researchers
“Researchers who want to walk their own path, and their respective work-life balances”
Date: Monday, December 18 2017
Venue: Toyama campus 33 in Conference Room 10 on the 16th floor
Toyoda Maho (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences)
Tanabe Shunsuke (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences)
Master of Ceremony:Kusayanagi Chihaya (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences)
We asked two teachers who have experienced finding employment, getting married, having children, and who are currently raising their children, about the various matters they anticipate in life as a researcher. We hope it was an opportunity to go beyond their respective research fields and think together about problems.
A lunch meeting for young researchers (in conjunction with the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and with the assistance of the Career Center) was held for the first time in two years at the Toyama campus. It was designed to transcend the area of one’s research, and think about careers and create networks. It was attended by 29 people from a wide range, from undergraduate students to teaching staff.
Two teachers explained their experience in coming to grips with their research, career, personal life, and especially child-raising and other aspects of family life, which was followed by a general question-and-answer session and discussion. The participants raised questions on various topics, including the problems, doubts and worries when choosing a career in research. These concerns include family and personal life such as childbirth, child-raising, looking after parents and grandparents, and relationship with one’s spouse, as well as the compromises with research and career (work–life balance), concerns about their research, and the difficulties of health care in a research-centered life. The tough conditions as well as diversity and depth of problems facing young researchers quickly emerged during the discussion. We hope this will help us go beyond our respective research areas and generations in order to share and think about our problems.
Kusayanagi Chihaya (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences)
（by SANKAKU NEWS No.19）