Biomimetics: Learning from Nature for an Innovative Future

23. Japanese-German Symposium

jointly organized by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Deutsche Gesellschaft der JSPS-Stipendiaten e.V. with kind support of Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Date: April 20–21, 2018

Venue: Senckenberg Biodiversität und Klima Forschunsgzentrum (SBIK-F), Frankfurt


Friday, April 20, 2018

13:30    Welcome Remarks
14:00    Introduction into the topic:
             Prof. Dr. Masatsugu Shimomura (Chitose Institute of Science and Technology)

Abstract Shimomura

Presentation Shimomura

Part 1: Historic Background
Convenor: Dr. Julia Krohmer (Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung)
14:30    “Johannes Justus Rein – A German Geographer in Japan”
             Dr. Matthias Koch (Koch Japan Consulting)

Abstract Koch

Presentation Koch

15:00    Q & A sessions

15:15    Group picture & coffee break

Part 2: Robots, AI, Automation
Convener: Dr. Matthias Hofmann (Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH)
15:45    “Vision in human and machine”
             Prof. Dr. Heiko Wersing (Honda Research Institute Europe)

Abstract Wersing

Presentation Wersing

16:15    “Lesson from Insects: Robustness Strategies for Bio-inspired Flying Robots”
             Prof. Dr. Hao Liu (Gradual School of Engineering, Chiba University)

Abstract Liu

Presentation Liu

16:45    Q & A sessions

17:15    Introduction of JSPS Programs
             Tomoko Deguchi (JSPS Office Bonn)

17:45    JSPS Alumni Club Award Ceremony
18:30    Dinner at Senckenberg Naturmuseum

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Part 3: Insects and Photonics
Convener: PD Dr. Thomas Berberich (Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum)
09:00    Wide Applications of the Mystery of a Brilliant Butterfly”
             Prof. Dr. Akira Saito (RIKEN (SPring-8 center), Osaka University)

Abstract Saito

Presentation Saito

09:30    “Bioinspired Surfaces for Solar Cells”
             Prof. Dr. Hendrik Hölscher (Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Abstract Hölscher

Presentation Hölscher

10:00    Q & A sessions

10:30    Coffee break

Part 4: Cells and Medicine
Convener: Prof. Dr. Olaf Karthaus (Chitose Institute of Science & Technology)
11:00    “Nanosuits, Imaging living organisms in the Scanning Electron Microscope”
             Prof. Dr. Takahiko Hariyama (School of Medicine, Hamamatsu University)

Abstract Hariyama

Presentation Hariyama

11:30    “Biomedical Lessons from Spiders and Axolotl”
             Dr. Sarah Strauß (Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, HMS)

Abstract Strauß

Presentation Strauß

12:00    Q & A sessions

12:30    Closing Remark

14:45   Lunch

For participants of General assembly of JSPS Club:
14:00    General assembly of JSPS-Club
16:00    go to city center
16:30    Guided tour

For others:
14:00    go to city center
14:30    Guided tour