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The conference aims to highlight the opportunities offered by the European Research Council in terms of research collaborations and career opportunities for Japanese scientists. The conference takes place with the support of JSPS and JST that have kindly offered to co-host the event at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, one of the leading research universities in Japan.

To date, 32 Japanese scientists have won ERC research grants worth about 41 million Euros. Japanese scientists also work in the research teams of ERC funded Principal Investigators. In order to enhance the collaboration between Japanese scholars in ERC funded researchers, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) have signed agreements enabling Japanese scholars to conduct short-term study visit of ERC funded research teams. The ERC grants provide sufficient flexibility to allow international visits of the ERC supported Principal Investigator and/or members of their team, if this is necessary to meet the scientific objectives of the ERC grant. Collaborative possibilities that are created through the Implementing Arrangements of the ERC with the JSPS and the JST could benefit from this possibility in order to further enhance scientific cooperation between the EU and Japan.

We welcome university executives and administrators of Research University Consortium (RUC) Japan, and expect the attendance of early career and established scientists. Young scientists including doctoral students who want to join international collaboration between Japan and EU will benefit a lot from the information provided. Graduate students are also welcome.


Location: Kuramae Kaikan, Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo Tech Front, Building B, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0033


13:30-13-50 Opening remarks

  • Remarks by Dr Kazuya Masu, President of Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • Remarks by Mr Francesco Fini, Minister, Deputy Head of EU Delegation

  • Remarks by Dr Michinari Hamaguchi, President of Japan Science and Technology Agency

  • Remarks by Dr Susumu Satomi, President of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

  • Remarks Mr Toshiaki Kobayashi, Director, International Science Cooperation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

13:50-14:20 Presentation by Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of European Research Council (including Q&A Session)

14:20-14:35 Presentation by Dr Gediminas Ramanauskas, First Counsellor, Head of Science, Innovation, Digital, and Other EU Policies Section, EU Delegation

14:35-14:50 Testimonial by Professor Kazuya Koyama, a Japanese ERC grantee

14:50-15:05 Presentation by Mr Kazunori Higuchi, Head, Overseas Training Program Division, Human Resource Development Program Department, JSPS

15:05-15:20 Presentation by Mr Osamu Kobayashi, Director, Department of International Affairs, JST (TBC)  

15:20-15:35 Testimonial by Dr Takuya Terai, former JSPS fellow, Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Saitama University – Visiting Professor to TU Munich as part of the ERC Implementing Agreement with JSPS

15:35-15:45 Q&A Session

15:45-16:00 Break

16:00-17:20 Presentations on programmes to support EU-Japan Research Cooperation:

  • Finnish Innovation Fund (SITRA)
  • French National Agency for Research (ANR)
  • French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Leibniz Association

 17:20-17:35 Impact of the ERC on researchers’ careers, presentation on the results of a study by Dr. Theodore Papazoglou, Head of Unit, ERC Executive Agency

 17:35-17:50 Q&A Session

 17:50-18:00 Closing remarks by Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of ERC

 18:00-20:00 Networking reception

Hosts: The European Research Council, Delegation of the European Union to Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Co-organisers: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Supported by: National Institute of Natural Sciences