The International Academic Forum

IAFOR
The International Academic Forum.jpg
AbbreviationIAFOR
Formation2009
TypeThink tank
HeadquartersNagoya, Japan
Chairman and CEO
Dr Joseph Haldane
Websitewww.iafor.org

Overview

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is an NGO based in Japan. It is a nonprofit research organization, conference organiser and publisher, “dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational interaction and academic research”.[1]

In 2017, IAFOR established a research centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), a graduate school of Osaka University, Japan.[2]

IAFOR holds interdisciplinary academic events in partnership with universities and academic societies in different countries around the world. It also holds more policy-oriented events in collaboration with governments, international organisations, foundations and NGOs, and makes much of the content generated at these events available through its Open Access publications, audiovisual media repositories and online research archive.[3] It is the publisher of the Scopus indexed journals, the IAFOR Journal of Education and the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship.

Since the holding of its first conference in October 2009, The Asian Conference on Education (ACE2009),[4] under the theme of "Global Problems, Local Solutions", IAFOR has held more than 200 events on three continents.[5]

Organisation

Dr Joseph Haldane, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR, co-moderates a roundtable session on Innovators and Investors at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Dr Joseph Haldane is the Founder and current Chairman and CEO of IAFOR.[6] The President of IAFOR and Chairman of the International Academic Advisory Board[7] is Professor Steve Cornwell.[6] Professor Cornwell succeeded the late Professor Stuart D. B. Picken (1942-2016), who served as the first Chairman of IAFOR in 2009, until his death in 2016.

Structure

IAFOR comprises three entities:

IAFOR Research Centre

The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) was set up in 2017 at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), at Japan's Osaka University, to facilitate international and interdisciplinary research projects with the involvement of graduate students. The main focus is to nurture and capacity build students and young researchers for careers in think tanks, international organisations and policy-oriented research institutes by encouraging them to take part in international conferences, write proposals for and be part of international research projects.

The IAFOR Research Centre is Co-Directed by His Excellency Dr Toshiya Hoshino, current Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations,[10] Professor Haruko Satoh, Professor Virgil Hawkins, and Dr Joseph Haldane.[11]

Current research projects include those on the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative,[12] the Innovation and Value Initiative, and the “Korea and Japan in the evolving US-China relations” project sponsored by the Korea Foundation.

IAFOR Research Archive

The IAFOR Research Archive is an online Open Access repository containing research presented at IAFOR’s conferences.

Conferences and Events

Dr Bernard Charnwut Chan, Executive Council Member of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, gives the opening remarks at The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research (CHER) in Hong Kong.
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), gives a Keynote Presentation at The European Conference on Education (ECE) in Brighton, UK.

IAFOR holds interdisciplinary academic events over three continents in partnership with universities and academic societies, as well as other more public policy oriented events in collaboration with organisations in both the private and public sector.

University and Academic Society Collaborations

Since 2009, over 30,000 academics have attended an IAFOR conference.[13] As of 2020, IAFOR has hosted conferences in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto (Japan), London and Brighton (UK), Barcelona (Spain), New York, Virginia, Rhode Island and Hawaii (USA), Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR), Singapore, and Dubai (UAE).[5]

Recent university and academic society collaborations include the “U.S.–Japan–Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship” with the East-West Center and Osaka University;[14] the “Design for Ageing: East meets West” research project with The Bartlett at University College London;[15] and the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) in Nagoya, Japan, in partnership with Nagoya University;[16] and The Asia-Pacific Conference on Security & International Relations 2016 (APSec), "Fearful Futures: Peace and Security in Asia" in partnership with the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), and at Osaka University.[17] The APSec2016 Keynote Speaker was Ambassador Yukio Satoh, President of the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA).

Since 2018, Lingnan University, the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) and IAFOR have co-hosted The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research (CHER) at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, which, from 2019, has been held alongside The Asian Conference on the Liberal Arts (ACLA).[18][19]

In 2020, IAFOR co-hosted the Association for Asian Studies annual conference, AAS-in-ASIA 2020[20] in Kobe, Japan.

Public and Private Sector Collaborations

In addition to its international academic conferences, IAFOR has collaborated on a number of projects in both the public and private sector.

Recent public sector collaborations include the Kansai Resilience Forum, The IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit (GIVS) and the Third Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Kansai Resilience Forum

The Kansai Resilience Forum closed with a Keynote Presentation by Pritzker Prize winning architect, Tadao Ando (center), who emphasised the link between art, architecture and resilience.

Held at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe, Japan, the Kansai Resilience Forum was organised by IAFOR in collaboration with the Government of Japan, Osaka University, and Kobe University, with The Wall Street Journal as the official Media Partner.[21][22] The Keynote Speaker at the event was Pritzker Prize winning architect, Tadao Ando. Other speakers included Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor of The Times, and Yuki Matsuoka, Head of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Office in Japan. The Forum received coverage in both the domestic and international press.[23][24][25][26][27][28]

The IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit

Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi speaking at The IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit (GIVS) in Tokyo, Japan.

IAFOR held the first Global Innovation & Value Summit (GIVS) in Tokyo in September 2018, as a forum to understand “Innovation within both local and global contexts, the mindset that drives Innovation within organisations, communities and countries, and the value outcomes that grow out of these efforts”.[29] GIVS brought together Japanese business leaders to consider and contextualise questions of innovation and value with a focus on innovation ecosystems in the global, regional and local ecosystem of Japan.[30]

Supported by The Wall Street Journal, Edelman, Harper Collins, J. Walter Thompson, ACCJ, and the Doshisha Business School, the Summit featured Keynote Presentations by Yoshimasa Hayashi, the former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology & Member of the House of Councillors, Japan; Motoko Imada, CEO & Founder, INFOBAHN Inc.; Oki Matsumoto, Managing Director & Chairman, Monex Group; Yuzaburo Mogi, Honorary Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, Kikkoman Corporation, Japan; and Dr Sachio Semmoto, Chairman, RENOVA, Inc.

United Nations STI Forum

In 2018, IAFOR collaborated with the United Nations in the hosting of a special session at the Third Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum 2018) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Official Meeting was co-moderated by IAFOR Chairman and CEO, Dr Joseph Haldane,[31] and the Chair of the meeting was Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency Dr Toshiya Hoshino.

Publications

Journals

IAFOR publishes a number of peer-reviewed academic journals, all of which are Open Access and available online.[32] Authors are not required to pay submission or publication charges of any kind. DOIs are assigned to each published journal issue and article via Crossref. Both the IAFOR Journal of Education and the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship are indexed in Scopus.

Conference Proceedings

IAFOR Conference Proceedings[33] are published in the IAFOR Research Archive, an online Open Access repository containing research presented at IAFOR’s conferences.

THINK

THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR's interdisciplinary online magazine. THINK publishes articles from notable authors and academics covering a wide range of themes designed to appeal to and provide a platform for the global academic community.

Other Media

IAFOR has a video archive that contains recordings of keynote presentations and interviews filmed at IAFOR conferences.[34] It has also produced video projects for several NGOs, including the HOPE International Development Agency, and the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education in the Philippines. “The Greatest Gift” (2016) is a documentary filmed on location in the Philippines, and made as part of a fundraising effort to create scholarships for the Pamulaan Center. The documentary concentrates on the ambitions and challenges of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) of the Philippines, and their struggle to achieve equity in education.

Awards

IAFOR runs three arts awards, each aiming to promote and nurture activity in their respective media.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

Filipino photojournalist, Ezra Acayan
Speaking at The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS) in Tokyo, Japan, Filipino photojournalist Ezra Acayan, Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award,[35] takes questions from the audience during an interview moderated by Professor Donald Hall of the University of Rochester, USA.

Launched in 2015, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is an international photography contest that seeks to support the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists through mentorship, equipment and monetary rewards for winners.[36][37][38] The Award is judged by a panel of leading professionals in the fields of documentary photography and photojournalism, including its Founding Judge, Dr Paul Lowe.[39] Guest judges have included Ed Kashi, Simon Roberts, Simon Norfolk, Emma Bowkett, Monica Allende, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Maria Teresa Salvati, Ziyah Gafić, Poulomi Basu and Jenny Matthews.[40] The Creative Director of the Award is Thaddeus Pope.

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award has been supported by World Press Photo, British Journal of Photography, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), RMIT University, The Centre for Documentary Practice, and the Medill School of Journalism.

IAFOR Documentary Film Award

Brent E. Huffman receives the 2015 IDFA Honorary Award for "Saving Mes Aynak"
Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Brent E. Huffman (pictured left), receives the 2015 IDFA Honorary Award for "Saving Mes Aynak" from IAFOR Chairman and CEO, Dr Joseph Haldane at The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia) in Kobe, Japan.

Currently on hiatus, the IAFOR Documentary Film Award (IDFA) is an open competition that seeks to inspire activity in the medium and reward both professional and emerging documentary filmmakers. The Founding Judge of the IAFOR Documentary Film Award is award-winning documentary producer, Professor Gary E. Swanson. The 2015 IDFA Honorary Award was won by "Saving Mes Aynak" directed by Brent E. Huffman.

IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award

Co-founded in 2010 by His Excellency Dr Drago Štambuk, then Croatian Ambassador to Japan, the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award is an open competition for haiku written in the English language. Supported by the Haiku International Association and the World Haiku Association, the award aims to grow the international exposure, activity and appeal of the poetry form beyond its roots in Japan.

Partners

IAFOR is associated with and supported by a number of prominent universities and institutions, which help to shape, promote and develop IAFOR's events.[41] Current partners include:

Asia

Australasia

Europe

Americas

Event Partners

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