Pictured at the seminar are Dr. Emmet O’Reilly, Dr. Andy Stewart, Dr. Ning Liu and Dr. Christophe Silien from MSSI,
pictured below are the seminar delegates
A delegation of researchers from the Materials and Surface Science Institute and National University of Ireland Galway visited Japan from Monday June 27 for an academic seminar and individual collaborative meetings. The seminar, “Design and Characterization of Advanced Materials” was held over two days in the Embassy of Ireland to Japan in Tokyo on June 27 – 28. The seminar was funded through the SFI International Strategic Cooperation Award (ISCA) Japan programme.
Her Excellency Ms Anne Barrington, Ambassador of Ireland to Japan, opened the seminar by welcoming both the researchers who had travelled from Ireland, and their colleagues who had travelled from across Japan to Tokyo for the occasion. This was followed by a presentation by Mr Hideyuki Yamaguchi of the Japan Society of the Promotion of Science, on “Building Robust Japan-Ireland Cooperative Networks”. This marked the second week in succession for JSPS to attend an ISCA Japan event, after a delegation from JSPS London attended the “Ireland – Japan Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Meeting” held in Galway on June 22 – 23, 2016.
Eleven researchers from Japan joined the eight researchers attending from Ireland in presenting their research backgrounds and latest work. The seminar, with an attendance of over thirty in total, succeeded in creating an environment for the attendees to understand further their peers’ research capabilities and discuss potential collaboration.
Dr Ning Liu, from MSSI led the organisation of the seminar. Speaking on the day, Dr Liu said: “I’m very glad to see such a large contingent of researchers from Ireland and Japan here for this event. There has been a fantastic atmosphere of positivity and willingness to explore the collaborative potential between the two sides. It has been interesting to meet so many prominent researchers from Japan, and hear about their research and the research landscape in Japan.”
Also in attendance was Mr Joe Moore, ISCA Japan Coordinator. Commenting on the event, Mr Moore said: “It is quite a unique opportunity for all of the attendees. I’m very happy to see the Irish and Japanese researchers engaging so positively, and making plans for further bilateral visits and collaborative projects. I would also like to extend warm thanks to JSPS for their ongoing support, and to the Embassy of Ireland for their continued assistance in holding ISCA Japan events such as this one”.
In addition to the seminar, the Irish delegation was invited to a lab tour of RIKEN, Japan’s largest research institution. Many of the delegation also took time to visit new and existing collaborators in various parts of Japan.