How We Can Learn from Nature

27th Japanese-German Symposium

jointly organized by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Deutsche Gesellschaft der JSPS-Stipendiaten e.V. 

Date: May 24-25, 2024
Venue: Raum 'Aula' in Haus der Wissenschaft (3F), Pockelsstr. 11, 38106 Braunschweig


Friday, May 24, 2024

11:00Experience reports on research stays in Japan with opportunity for networking (without registration)
12:00 Registration in the foyer
13:00Welcome Remarks
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Menkhaus (Chairman, German JSPS Alumni Association)
Consul General Shinsuke Toda (Consulate General of Japan)
Prof. Dr. Peter Hecker (Vice President for Research, TU Braunschweig)
Dr. Tobias Braunsberger (President, DJG Braunschweig)
13:45The Eulenburg Mission in 1861 as a prelude to friendly and scientific relations between Germany and Japan
Siegwart Graf zu Eulenburg und Hertefeld
Abstract Graf zu Eulenburg und Hertefeld (83 KB)

Part 1: Learning from Animals and Plants: Biomimetics in Engineering
Convener: Dr. Matthias Hofmann (JSPS Club Board Member)
14:30Biomimetic Studies on Flying and Swimming Animals
Prof. Dr. Hiroto Tanaka (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Abstract Tanaka (58 KB)
15:00Reduction of Frictional Drag at Liquid-solid Interfaces Inspired by the Water Fern Salvinia Molesta
Prof. Dr. Albert Baars (Hochschule Bremen)
Abstract Baars (37 KB)
15:30Q&A session
15:45Group picture in front of the building  & Coffee break in the foyer

Part 2: Learning from Earth
Convener: Dr. Niklas Kolbe (RWTH Aachen)
16:30Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Humanity and Nature
Prof. Dr. Makoto Taniguchi (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Abstract Taniguchi (62 KB)
17:00Marine Biological Forecast - Untapping the Potential of Species-Environment Relationships
Dr. Anna Katharina Miesner (Hamburg University)
Abstract Miesner (86 KB)
17:30Q&A session
17:45Introduction of JSPS Programs
Jun Yano (JSPS Bonn Office)
Transport: Public transport or walk to restaurant
19:00Dinner at restaurant “Lord Helmchen” (only for JSPS alumni and invited guests)
JSPS Alumni Club Award Ceremony 2024

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Part 3: Learning from the Human Body: Biosignals and Biomechanics
Convener: Christiane Luthardt (TU Braunschweig)
09:00A Map in the Brain: Neural Representation and Individual Differences
Prof. Dr. Natsue Yoshimura (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Abstract Yoshimura (32 KB)
09:30Multiscale/Multifield Experiments and Modelling in Biomechanics – From the Single Cells to the Whole Organs
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Böl (TU Braunschweig)
Abstract Böl (145 KB)
10:00Q&A session
10:15Coffee break in the foyer

Part 4: Learning from Society
Convener: Prof. Dr. Katja Kölkebeck (JSPS Club Board Member)
11:00How and Why are Human Infants so Good at Learning their Native Language(s)?
Prof. Dr. Sho Tsuji (The University of Tokyo)
Abstract Tsuji (65 KB)
11:30Energy Landscapes of the Future
Prof. Dr. Nicole Karafyllis (TU Braunschweig)
Abstract Karafyllis (110 KB)
12:00Q&A session
12:15Closing Remarks
Prof. Dr. Masahiko Hayashi (JSPS Bonn Office)

For participants of General assembly of JSPS Club:
14:00General assembly of JSPS Club, in the Aula
Transport: Public transport
16:45Guided tour (in German)

For others:
Transport: Public transport
14:30Guided tour (in English)


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