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: Haus der Wissenschaft, Pockelsstr. 11 (2F), 38106 Braunschweig


Friday, May 24, 2024

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)
• Presidium TU Braunschweig
Dr. Tobias Braunsberger (Präsident, 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

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)
15:00Reduction of Frictional Drag at Liquid-solid Interfaces Inspired by the Water Fern Salvinia Molesta
Prof. Dr. Albert Baars (Hochschule Bremen)
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)
Dr. Anna Katharina Miesner (Hamburg University)
17:30Q&A session
17:45Introduction of JSPS Programs
Eri Anno (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)
09:30Multiscale/Multifield Experiments and Modelling in Biomechanics – From the Single Cells to the Whole Organs
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Böl (TU Braunschweig)
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)
11:30Energy Landscapes of the Future
Prof. Dr. Nicole Karafyllis (TU Braunschweig)
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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