December 9, 2004
Japanese-German Science, Technology and Academic
Cooperation and Exchanges
1. Japanese-German Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation
The 19th Japanese-German Joint Committee, a government consultation between Japan and Germany based on the Japanese-German Agreement on Cooperation in the field of Science and Technology concluded in 1974, will be held in Japan in 2005 during "Germany in Japan 2005/2006". Under the Joint Committee, four panels (experts groups) for the areas of marine science and technology, environmental protection technology, biology and medicine, and information have been established. In addition, cooperative activities such as information exchange, meetings among experts and joint researches in broad areas, are conducted in the wide-ranging fields including high-energy physics, earth science, space research and development, transportation technology, and material technology. Also in the next committee meeting, further development of the cooperation in those fields is expected.
2. Promotion of Academic Exchanges through the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
(1) JSPS Core-to-Core Program
The large-scale international exchange program was launched in FY 2003 by the JSPS. The HOPE Project, which is the first project adopted in the program and is to study the primate origins of human evolution through the observation of chimpanzees, is under way at Kyoto University, Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology of Germany, and Harvard University. (Six out of twelve adopted projects in total are joint programs with foreign research institutions, including Germany.)
JSPS Core-to-Core Program
In order to strengthen the cooperative relations in the advanced areas between Japan and research institutions in the world, the program supports comprehensive research exchange conducted by the universities and research institutions in Japan and other foreign countries in advanced in science, such as joint studies, joint seminars and research exchange among young researchers.
(2) Starting of the Japanese-German Frontiers of Science (JGFoS) Symposium Series
The Series is jointly hosted by the JSPS and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Sixty young talented Japanese and German researchers from six areas - biochemistry, earth science, mathematics, medicine, physics and social science - will participate in the symposiums. It is expected that the symposiums will contribute to developing new academic areas and leaders for the next generation through cross-disciplinary discussions among young researchers of cutting-edge science areas. The first symposium will be held in Mainz in January 2005, and the second at Shonan Village Center in November 2005 as parts of the "Germany in Japan 2005/2006" programs.
(3) Increase of the number of fellowships for the young German researchers
Under JSPS Pre- and Post Doctoral Fellowships for the young American and European researchers, the number for the German fellowships researchers will be increased to 30 in 2005 from 20 in 2004, which will promote mobility of the young researchers between Japan and Germany.
(4) Alumni Meeting of JSPS German Fellows in Japan (Follow-up for the JSPS Post Doctoral Fellowships)
Alumni meetings of the former fellows of the JSPS are established in many countries in the world. JSPS Alumni Club in Germany (established in 1995. members are about 110) will hold an alumni symposium in September 2005 which marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the association.
3. Workshop sponsored by DAAD
The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD), which supports students and researchers studying in and outside Germany and international academic exchange, held a workshop to strengthen Japanese-German academic relations in Tokyo on December 6, 2004, with cooperation of the JSPS.
(*Details of the projects of the JSPS are available at http://www.jsps.go.jp)
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