This is my second term as the President. I pray that the COVID-19 pandemic will end as soon as possible, and our Society will be able to return to normal activities.
The last year was a year of searching for new forms of activities of the Society amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The most affected by the pandemic were Autumn Meetings and Annual Meetings. Starting from the Annual Meeting in spring 2020, in-person meetings have been canceled five times already. Although online format has its merits, I believe that many members are conscious that there are results that can be achieved only through face-to-face discussions. And I cannot tell you how sorry I am for those students who left school with no experience of a real conference. Every time, with a strong determination to hold events on site, we took various measures like sophisticated program preparation combined with online tools. However, because of the late lifting of COVID-19 pre-emergency measures etc., all meetings were eventually held online. And I hope again that this year will be the year.
We are also working on a number of plans for "post-COVID" activities of the Society. These include making possible online participation in the biannual meetings even in normal times, inviting participants from abroad there, holding all the JPS committee meetings online when possible, making available online participation in outreach activities of every kind, more aggressive publicity of the JPS activities and physics research in general towards people of the world, establishing a remote work system for the secretariat staff, and so on. We are determined to not just view this crisis as a misfortune, but, on the contrary, to make use of this experience, and to make continuous efforts toward better activities and operation of the Society.
I think that your support will be needed in many aspects and I hope for your cooperation.
Professor S. Tajima's career is as follows:
|1977||Bachelor of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo|
|1979||Research Student, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie|
|1981||Research Student, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo|
|1988||Doctor of Engineering, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo|
|1982||Technical assistant, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo|
|1987||Assistant, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo|
|1989||Deputy director, The third Laboratory, SRL, International Superconductivity Technology Center|
|1995||Director, The second Laboratory, SRL, International Superconductivity Technology Center|
|2004||Professor, Department of Physics, Osaka University|
|2011-2017||Member of Science Council of Japan|
|2017||Dean, Science, Osaka University|
|2020||Professor Emeritus, Osaka University|
For JPS, she served as Director from September 2006 to August 2008, Vice President/President Elect from April 2020 to March 2021.
Professor Tajima's major research fields are Condensed matter physics, especially High temperature superconductivity and Experimental study of Optical characteristics.