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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.


13:30-13-45    Opening remarks

  • Remarks by the host Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Remarks by Dr Patricia Flor, EU Ambassador to Japan
  • Introductory remarks by Japan Science and Technology Agency

13:45-14:15     Presentation by Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of European Research Council (including Q&A Session)

14:15-14:30    Presentation by the Delegation of the European Union to Japan

14:30-14:45    Testimonial by a Japanese ERC grantee Naoko Mizuno (TBC)

14:45-15:00    Presentation by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to support EU-Japan Research Cooperation, including the collaboration with ERC

15:00-15:10    Presentation by the Japan Science and Technology Agency on collaboration with ERC

15:10-15:25    Testimonial by a JSPS fellow visiting an ERC team (TBC)

15:25-15:40    Q&A Session

15:45-15:55    Break

15:55-16:55    Presentations on programmes to support EU-Japan Research Cooperation:

  • Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Other research funding agencies in Europe (TBC)

16:55-17:10    Impact of the ERC on researchers’ careers, presentation on the results of a study by Dr. Theodore Papazoglou, Head of Unit, ERC Executive Agency

17:10-17:30    Roundtable discussion

17:30-17:50    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