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At the 3rd trilateral symposium on Artificial Intelligence (AI), stakeholders from academia, industry and policy-making will discuss measures to tackle planetary challenges that humankind is facing in the Anthropocene and share their visions for realizing a sustainable society.

Following the 1st and 2nd trilateral symposia in 2018 and 2020, which welcomed over 150 distinguished speakers and 1,300 participants, the 3rd symposium in Tokyo will feature plenary and parallel sessions on various current AI topics and provide networking opportunities to further promote trilateral collaboration.

 Information on the 1st symposium

 Information on the 2nd symposium

Welcome messages by

Mr. Hiroki Matsuo

Vice – Minister / Secretary General for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee

President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker

Director General, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Mr. Vito Cecere

Director for Research and Academic Relations Policy, Department for Culture and Communications, German Federal Foreign Office

Ms. Claire Giry

Director General of Research and Innovation, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research

Safety and hygiene measures

In holding the event, the organizers will follow the COVID19 regulations and guidelines of the government and municipality. In order to host the event safely, the organizers request the following from participants:

  • Measure your temperature at home in advance and refrain from participating in the event if you have any symptoms such as a fever or a cold.
  • Measure your temperature and disinfect your hands with alcohol when entering the venue. Refrain from participating in the event if you have a fever of 37.5 degrees or higher.
  • Always wear a mask except while eating and drinking. Observe proper coughing etiquette.
  • Do not use or bring in items that may cause dangerous situations such as fire, ignition and explosion.

* These measures may change depending on the current situation. Please check the website for updated information before the symposium.

Checklist for holding the event (Tokyo Metropolitan Government form)

Joint statement of the 3rd Japanese-German-French AI symposium
-AI for Planetary Challenges in the Anthropocene-

The 3rd Japanese-German-French AI symposium “AI for Planetary Challenges in the Anthropocene”, organized by the AI Japan R&D Network, the German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) and the Embassy of France in Japan, was held onsite in Tokyo for the first time in four years since the 1st Symposium in 2018. Hundreds of stakeholders from academia, industry, policymaking, and other sectors have come together from our three countries to discuss how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help solve the planetary challenges that humankind is facing in the Anthropocene. This was the very theme adopted in the joint statement announced at the closing of the 2nd Trilateral Symposium in 2020. Artificial Intelligence plays a key role in numerous fields and areas, which were addressed in 12 plenary and parallel sessions during these two days,

Dealing with AI and planetary challenges is a continuous endeavour. By holding three trilateral symposia under the initiatives of Germany (2018), France (2020), and Japan (2022), an abundance of expertise and human networks have accumulated to jointly tackle these questions. Building on these assets, more specific, focused collaboration schemes between the three countries can be initiated easily in the future. Joint research projects and targeted workshops on an individual or group level shall be implemented to quickly design and transfer AI technologies into society. To this end, the partners agree to meet in the coming months to define the issues that will be approached in their subsequent efforts.

Tokyo, October 28, 2022

AI Japan R&D Network
German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo)
Embassy of France in Japan

Joint Statement of the 2nd edition

Released on the occasion of the 2nd French-German-Japanese Symposium on AI (November 2020)

Joint statement of French, German and Japanese participants on AI collaboration aimed at tackling planetary-scale problems in the Anthropocene

The 2nd French-German-Japanese Symposium, organised by the Embassy of France to Japan, DWIH Tokyo, and AI Japan R&D Network, brought together stakeholders from academia, industry, government and civil society from the three participating countries in virtual space to discuss the subject of "Human-centric Artificial Intelligence”. This human-centric approach was the central message of the first joint statement of 2018, and as a shared value of the three countries, the importance of human-AI collaboration was discussed in this event with respect to various topics such as health, agriculture, risk prevention, education, and democracy. Humanity is currently facing planetary-scale challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and community fragmentation.

In preparation for our third symposium in 2022, we will address the issues we face in the Anthropocene, the epoch in which humanity is having a profound impact on the planet, including its ecosystems, from a broader perspective that includes not only humans and AI technologies, but also the environment we live in. The three countries of France, Germany, and Japan, which share the same values and social challenges, will be at the core of these efforts, and will invite other regions and countries to exchange ideas on how AI can help to solve these challenges, not for a single nation or company alone, but for the benefit of all of humanity and our planet itself.

Laval Virtual World, November 20, 2020

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