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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 …

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