FPJ, IPJO, IFRJ-MFJ, RIETI, Kyoto University Seminar

Socio-Life Science Interdisciplinary Seminar: Stakes of COVID-19 vaccination


The world is currently going through a crisis unprecedented in its history. Not only is it a challenge for the life sciences community in search of new cures and a vaccine, but it is also disrupting many aspects of human society. Its health, economic, political, environmental and anthropological consequences will have a lasting impact on contemporary societies. However, the objective of this seminar is not only to examine the case of COVID-19, but to build on current debates, stimulated by the magnitude of the crisis, to propose an interdisciplinary reflection on the respective contributions of, on the one side, the humanities and social sciences, and on the other side, of life sciences, in the field of public health.

This seminar will also favor a comparative approach, in particular between Japan and France, concerning vaccination, from social science and life science perspectives. Indeed, an international comparison allows us to highlight social determinants in the way epidemics manifest themselves.


  • Time and Date: 4:00pm-7:00pm (Japan Standard Time),Saturday, July 3, 2021
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)
  • Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Capacity: 500
  • Hosts: General Foundation Fondation Pasteur Japon (FPJ) / The Institut Pasteur Japan Office (IPJO) / The French Institute for Research on Japan at the Maison Franco-Japonaise (IFRJ-MFJ) / Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) / Center for Genomic Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
  • Supports: The Embassy of France in Japan / The Institut Pasteur
  • Grant: Uehara Memorial Foundation
  • Contact: Ms. Takekawa, Conference Section
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Bernard THOMANN (Director, IFRJ-MFJ)

SHIMIZU Osamu (Representative Director, FPJ)

Lecture 1: "The global COVID-19 vaccine development and the current Institut Pasteur plan"

Christiane GERKE (Head of Vaccine Program, IP)

(talk 20 minutes, Q&A 10minutes --- idem for the other lectures)

Lecture 2: "Vaccination and the Japanese Economy"

FUJII Daisuke (RIETI Research Associate / Specially Appointed Lecturer, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo)

Lecture 3: "Vaccine hesitancy: perspectives from France"

Jeremy K. WARD (Charge de Recherche INSERM, CERMES3)


Lecture 4: "A Socio-Life Science Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic"

MATSUDA Fumihiko (Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University)

Panel discussion (40 minutes)


Anavaj SAKUNTABHAI (Director, IPJO / Specially Invited Professor, Kyoto University)

Closing remarks

YANO Makoto (Chairman, RIETI)

*Agenda is subject to change