Activities

10/23/2017_SRA International 2017 Annual Meeting at Vancouver

The SRA (Society of Research Administrators) International 2017 Annual Meeting was held on October 14-18 in Vancouver, Canada. The main objective of the meeting was for the participants from all over the world to exchange experiences to improve their skills as research administrators. In the session titled “Collaboration with Japan”, JSPS WO delivered some presentations. Dr. Hirata introduced the JSPS and Mr. Takei presented JSPS international programs and activities. After that, some research administrators from Japanese universities (Hiroshima University, Dr. Miyokawa; Osaka University, Dr. Yao; NAIST, Dr. Miyake; Tohoku University, Dr. Seike) gave presentations about their activities, focusing on their collaboration with North American universities. JSPS WO received valuable comments …

African Centers of Excellence Funding Partner Workshop [Washington, DC]

On September 14-15, JSPS Washington Office participated in the second joint workshop between the World Bank and research funding agencies from all over the world such as US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Japan. Initiated last year, this workshop aims to explore opportunities for cooperation in supporting the research and higher education activities in Africa. Just as last year, Daisuke Mizoguchi, Director of JSPS Nairobi Research Station, also joined this event. On behalf of JSPS, Dr. Hirata delivered a presentation regarding JSPS programs associated with Africa.

The Japan-US Science Forum 2017 [Cambridge, MA]

Saturday, November 18, 2017 Room B103, Northwest Bldg., Harvard University The Japan- US Science Forum was first created in 2016. The event objective is “Changing the World through Japan’s Scientific Endeavors.” After experiencing unprecedented high economic growth in the post-war period and the “bubble economy” in the late 1980s, Japan today faces a host of challenges that are likely to test other developed countries in the near future. By developing solutions for aging societies, population decline, and energy issues, Japan is well positioned to offer the world innovative new ways to address shared challenges. Last year, we had the first seminar with a focus on rapidly aging society, as Japan …

Exhibit held at ICHL23 [San Antonio, TX]

JSPS Washington Office participated in ICHL23 (The 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics) held on July 31-August 4 in San Antonio, Texas. ICHL23 is the 23rd annual academic conference of International Society for Historical Linguistics (ISHL) for promoting study of historical linguistics. This conference was organized by Dr. Bridget Drinka, the president of ISHL, who is a former fellow of JSPS Invitational Fellowships. The conference invited close to 300 speakers from all over the world for many plenary lectures, workshops, panels and other sessions. All participants engaged in lively debates about historical linguistics throughout the conference. JSPS WO implemented PR activity on building scientific collaboration between Overseas and Japanese researchers. …

25/5/2017_JSPS Info Session Held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

JSPS Washington Office held an info session at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on May 25. At first, Dr. Kohji Hirata, JSPS Washington office director gave a brief introduction about JSPS. Afterwards, a presentation about JSPS fellowship programs targeted to the US researchers was introduced by JSPS Washington Office staff. This session was held with the cooperation of MIT-Japan Program (MISTI). 17 graduate students and researchers participated in this session. We had a lively Q&A discussion with the participants.

06/02/2017_NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo attended

JSPS Washington office staff attended the NAFSA annual conference “Expanding Community Strengthening Connections” held in Los Angeles, California from May 28 thru June 2. More than 9,000 professionals in the field of International education from more than 100 countries participated in training workshops, educational sessions, and networking opportunities. “Study in Japan” booth was located at the center of the exhibit hall decorated with full bloom of cherry blossoms. This year, “Study in Japan” consisted of 56 Exhibitors (51 universities + 5 institutions). It was the largest pavilion in NAFSA 2017. In the session “Data Driving Decisions: Identifying Trends and Opportunities in Diversification Markets”, presenters identified the recent changes of political …

04/08/2017_JMSA New York Life Science Forum Held

JSPS Washington Office co-hosted the Japan Medical Society of America (JMSA) New York Life Science Forum at NYU Langone Medical Center on April 8. After the opening speech by JMSA President Yuzuru Anzai , MD, FACOG (NYU School of Medicine), Dr. Kohji Hirata, JSPS Washington office director gave a brief introduction to JSPS programs including the JSPS Bridge Award, a new grant which provides research visit funding for U.S. based Japanese researchers to go to Japan. The audience enjoyed lectures given by 13 invited speakers. After the forum, a poster session was held and “JMSA Anzai Award” and “JSPS Washington Director Award” were given to the remarkable presentations. Attracting more …

2017 JSPS-NIH Forum held at NIH Bethesda Campus

The JSPS Washington Office and Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held the 2017 JSPS-NIH Forum on March 10 at NIH Bethesda Campus, Maryland. This forum featured special scientific lectures from Japanese Biomedical Researchers in the U.S. and additional presentations given by former/current JSPS-NIH Fellows. This forum focused on the fellows of the “JSPS Research Fellowship for Japanese Biomedical and Behavioral Researchers at NIH (KAITOKU-NIH)” and Japanese researchers in the Biomedical field. The forum started with opening remarks by Dr. Mitsuaki Nozaki, director, JSPS Washington Office; followed by Mr. Tomohiko Arai, Science Counselor, Embassy of Japan in the U.S.; then by Dr. Yoh-suke Mukouyama, Senior Investigator, …

02/17/2017_Exhibit held at AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

JSPS Washington Office participated in an exhibition of AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting held on February 17-19 in Boston, MA. Many groups presented their own exhibitions and attendees visited the event. JSPS WO aimed to promote our fellowship programs for Overseas Researchers. We implemented PR activity on building scientific collaboration between Overseas and Japanese researchers. We shared our booth with Japan Association of Communication for Science and Technology (JACST). The attendees were interested in our programs and made various inquiries.

02/18/2017_Public Science Lecture by Dr. Takaaki Kajita in Boston was held [Cambridge, MA]

A public science lecture was held on February 18th at the Tsai Auditorium, Center of Government and International Studies(CGIS)-South, Harvard University in Cambridge MA. Dr. Takaaki Kajita, Professor, University of Tokyo, and Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, and Awardee of Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 gave a lecture entitled “Sciences at a deep underground observatory in Kamioka”. This event was organized by Consulate-General of Japan in Boston and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS). In the lecture, Dr. Takaaki Kajita explained about the three types of neutrinos and how to observe them with the special detector called Kamiokande. He also explained the difficulty of constructing the …

03/10/2017_2017 JSPS-NIH Forum [Bethesda, MD]

The JSPS Washington Office and Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH hold the JSPS-NIH Forum on March 10, 2017 at Building 60“The Cloisters,” NIH Bethesda Campus, in Maryland. -Featuring special scientific lectures from Dr. Toshi Kawate (former NIH researcher), and Dr. Junko Murai (currently at NIH) with additional presentations from former/current JSPS-NIH Fellows (KAITOKU-NIH) , also introducing new JSPS-NIH fellows (KAITOKU-NIH), -The event encourages networking between the NIH researchers and JSPS-NIH Fellows. -RSVP by March 2, 2017 at https://goo.gl/forms/Ic4gFJuhCs1MGVoQ2 The RSVP will be closed when we reach capacity, since the space is limited.

02/18/2017_Public Science Lecture by Dr. Takaaki Kajita in Boston [Cambridge, MA]

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開催案内 第2回 研究留学推進セミナー@神戸大学(2017年3月4日開催)

The JSPS Washington Office (JSPS-WO), in collaboration with Kobe University and United Japanese researchers Around the world (UJA), holds a seminar on March 4th at Kobe University, to encourage research abroad. Three Japanese researchers engaged in planetary science, bio-medical research and mathematics will present their experience of research in the U.S.A. The speakers will also provide practical information about living conditions and life of accompanied family members.

JSPS Science Café: ”細胞の中のお掃除屋さん、オートファジーとは?” [Washington, DC]

JSPS Science café was held on December 9th at the JSPS Washington Office. Dr. Sho Suzuki, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cornell University gave a lecture entitled “What is autophagy? – the cleaner in the cell.” This event was held in honor of Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In the session, Dr. Suzuki spoke about Dr. Ohsumi’s award winning work on mechanism of autophagy. He explained the possibility of the relation between autophagy and particular illnesses and explained how it affects our immune system. Also Dr. Suzuki talked about his experiences when he was researching in Dr. Ohsumi’s …

Exhibit held at SC16 [Salt Lake City, UT]

JSPS Washington Office participated in an exhibition of SC16 Conference (The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis) held on November 14-16 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The aim of the conference was to attract new and diverse groups of HPC professionals and students each year with the goal of sparking new conversations, new connections, and new ideas. Many groups presented their own exhibitions and attendees visited the event. JSPS WO aimed to promote our fellowship programs for Overseas Researchers. We implemented PR activity on building scientific collaboration between Overseas and Japanese researchers. The attendees were interested in JSPS programs and made various inquiries.

The Japan-US Science Forum in Boston [Cambridge, MA]

The Japan-US Science Forum was held on November 12 at Harvard University in Cambridge MA. The event objective was “Changing the World through Japan’s Scientific Endeavors.” After experiencing unprecedented high economic growth in the post-war period and the “bubble economy” in the late 1980s, Japan today faces a host of challenges that are likely to test other developed countries in the near future. By developing solutions for aging societies, population decline, and energy issues, Japan is well positioned to offer the world innovative new ways to address shared challenges. Themed “Japan’s Rapidly Aging Society,” the forum started with opening remarks by Dr. Mitsuaki Nozaki, Director, JSPS Washington Office and Mr. …

A Joint Workshop of the World Bank and DC-Based Research Funding Councils [Washington, DC]

On November 3-4, JSPS Washington Office participated in a workshop held at German Research Foundation (DFG) Washington Office by the World Bank and a group of Research Funding Councils with offices in Washington DC to explore opportunities for collaboration on Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each participating organization gave a presentation about their activity in Sub-Saharan Africa and vibrant discussions were held among participants. Daisuke Mizoguchi, Director of JSPS Nairobi Research Station, also joined this event and reported the station’s latest activities in Africa.

JSPS Information Session Held at University of Notre Dame [South Bend, IN]

The JSPS Washington Office held an Information Session at The University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana on November 1. For the session, Prof. Sakaue Hirotaka, Associate Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Notre Dame served as the moderator. Dr. Nozaki, Director, JSPS Washington Office presented the overview of JSPS. And Mr. Iyozumi, International Program Associate, in the same office explained the details of JSPS Overseas Fellowship Programs. After that, two former fellows, Prof. Umesh Garg, Experimental Nuclear Physics, and Prof. Sheila Christopher, Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry presented their research experiences in Japan and encouraged the audience to apply for the JSPS programs. On the same day, …

Exhibit held at NIH International Opportunities Expo [Bethesda, MD]

JSPS Washington Office participated in the 10th International Opportunities Expo at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on October 20 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Expo is an opportunity for embassies, multinational companies, research organizations, academia, and industry to reach out to the Postdoctoral Community at the NIH. It is also open to the fellows from surrounding universities and organization. 23 groups presented their own exhibitions at the event. JSPS WO implemented PR activity on promoting JSPS fellowship for Overseas Researchers. During the Expo Mr. Iyozumi (International Program Associate, JSPS WO) gave an informational talk introducing the overview of JSPS and explaining the details of JSPS fellowship programs for Overseas Researchers. …

An Informal Meeting for Nakatani Rice Fellowship participants _ JSPS Washington Office [Washington, DC]

An Informal Meeting for Nakatani Rice Fellowship participants was held on September 19th at JSPS Washington Office. Japanese participants spend up to eight weeks in the U.S. from August to September. They have participated in language, cultural, and communication training and conducted a hands-on research internship at Rice University through the fellowship. They visited Washington, DC to learn more about science & technology policy in the US. JSPS Washington Office gave a lecture about the outline of JSPS organization and research support programs. The participants were interested in the programs, and deeply listened to explanations and asked various questions.

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