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JSPS Quarterly No. 34, Winter 2010 (518 KB)

Symposium to Kick Off Japan-Germany Treaty Commemorative Events

On 13-14 September, JSPS and the German JSPS Club held an academic symposium in cooperation with the National Institute of Informatics (NII). Themed “Transport and Mobility – Challenges for the Future,” it kicked off a series of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1861 Japan-Prussia Treaty of Friendship and Commerce. Venued in the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, the symposium provided a platform for leading-edge researchers from the two countries to introduce their work with an eye to strengthening colleagial ties and promoting Japanese-German research collaboration.

The symposium opened with remarks from JSPS president Prof. Motoyuki Ono, German JSPS Club chair Prof. Dr. Heinrich Menkhaus, Mr. Peter Rondorf, Minister, German Embassy in Tokyo, and Mr. Takahumi Goda, director-general, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. They were followed by sessions on the topics “Transportation” and “Knowledge-Sharing for Solving Worldwide Social Problems.” Some 150 people participated in these sessions, in which alumni club members, who had performed joint research under JSPS programs, other German researchers, and Japanese researchers reported on the current state of cutting-edge research in the topic fields. Expanding the parameters of their discourse to future prospects and vistas in the subject fields, they drafted a proposal on Japanese-German collaboration in those directions.

The event concluded with remarks by NII director general Dr. Masao Sakauchi, followed by an observation visit for the German researchers of the Institute’s facilities.

Research Cooperation Division Ⅱ/Overseas Fellowship Division