Leadership Symposium keynote talk by Dr. Haim B. Gunner, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst


We are honored to welcome Dr. Haim B. Gunner, professor emeritus of University of Massachusetts Amherst, a 98-year-old active researcher, as the keynote speaker at our event, Leadership Symposium.

He will be speaking about his life and his research in the science and biotech fields, and answer questions from the audience. His keynote talk will be from 9:00 p.m. We will be holding student presentations on various topics from 8:00 p.m. in breakout rooms on Zoom before the keynote talk. Participants may choose to attend either Part 1 (student presentations) or Part 2 (keynote talk by Dr. Gunner), or the entire event.


Date and time / Program

Friday, August 5, 2022, 8:00 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.(JST)

  • [Part 1] 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Student presentations (breakout room session)
  • [Part 2] 9:00 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.
    Keynote talk by Dr. Gunner


Online (Zoom)


Tokyo Tech students, faculty or staff, and the general public






Register to attend from the form on Google Forms below!

Leadership Symposium Registration Form | Google Forms


Participants may choose to join either Part 1 (student presentations) or Part 2 (keynote talk by Dr. Gunner) or the entire event.

Biography of Dr. Gunner

  • Born 1924 in Ottawa, Canada
  • BSA in bacteriology at Ontario Agricultural College
  • MSc in soil microbiology at the University of Manitoba
  • Helped found Kibbutz Sasa, a collective settlement in Israel
  • Established the UNESCO funded Regional Center for Arid Zone Research in Jeruselum
  • Doctoral degree at Cornell University where he performed groundbreaking research on the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, then devastating the banana groves of Guatemala
  • Completed post-doc at the Canada Department of Agriculture
  • Appointed Professor of Microbiology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he spearheaded the establishment of the Department of Environmental Sciences
  • Founded biotech companies EcoScience (later listed on NASDAQ) and EcoOrganics
  • Currently continuing his exploration of the interactions between microbes, plants, insects, and plant pathogens to harness these relationships, limiting pest species without stressing the environment, and Ecosystems Management Approach to crop production as Chief Scientist for the Performance Nutrition Division of LidoChem, Inc.

Leadership Symposium Flyer

Leadership Symposium Flyer


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Update : July 6, 2022