DWIH Coffee Talk: The latest in research and innovation from Germany and Japan

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The DWIH Coffee Talk is a series of one-hour web talks in which experts from Japan and Germany discuss in a relaxed atmosphere important topics related to the fields of innovation and research in both countries.

DWIH Coffee Talk Special #10 (June 1, 2023): Sustainable Space – Resilient Earth

Unhindered access to space by promoting the safe and sustainable use of space is of utmost importance for Germany and Japan. Both countries are at the forefront of developing technologies to mitigate the space debris problem and are looking back on decades of close cooperation in the space domain.

Recording – Keynote presentations (English): https://youtu.be/xYQWve9ebOI
Recording – Panel discussion (English): https://youtu.be/-Zrk8zT2xXw
Recording – Keynote presentations (Japanese): https://youtu.be/fmkXnHGNdlY
Recording – Panel discussion (Japanese): https://youtu.be/jdp3S95M5Eg

For more information, please click here:  https://www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/space/

DWIH Coffee Talk #9 (May 16, 2022): Protecting Biodiversity through Science and Innovation

In the 9th DWIH Coffee Talk, three experts talked about current Japanese-German efforts in biodiversity research – by diving into the deep sea, monitoring bird movements or analysing habitat distribution and impacts of human activity.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/HRTMad0zxNY

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/YLLfuG_aUNI

Podcast (English) Anchor / Apple Podcast / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here:  https://www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/coffeetalk9/

DWIH Coffee Talk #8 (March 2, 2022): Tech Transfer: Taking your ideas, your research, or your startup overseas

Knowledge and ideas have become the key resources that the industrialized economies of the 21st century depend on. As governments around the globe are seeking to foster innovation to increase their competitiveness, seeking promising ideas abroad and attracting international startups – or in other words knowledge and technology transfer – have become increasingly important.

Both Germany and Japan are leading innovators, yet their governments are setting up programs and establishing structures both to market their research and innovation overseas and to attract international startups. What kind of hurdles need to be overcome to transfer promising ideas and technology overseas? What kind of support do startups require to go international, and what kind of support is available in Germany and Japan for innovators and entrepreneurs who want to expand into the other country? And why are Germany and Japan particularly attractive partners and destinations for each other?

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/IDv5x5QkAps

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/sO_oUMxljkI

Podcast (English) Anchor / Apple Podcast / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here:  https://www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/coffeetalk8/

DWIH Coffee Talk #7 (January 12, 2022): Germany’s next Science, Technology, and Innovation Policies

The new German government has presented ambitious goals in their coalition agreement to promote science, technology, and innovation (STI). In this DWIH Coffee Talk, German journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda (Freelance Journalist), Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Ando (Senior Staff Writer & Editorial Writer, NIKKEI), and moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD) provided an overview over the proposed plans, assessed their general potential and their relevance for Japan, and discussed common interests between Germany and Japan as well as starting points for joint political actions and initiatives.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/F8ZtnCNGriQ

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/_Khx73GvQs0

Podcast (English) Anchor / Apple Podcast / Spotify / Google Podcasts

Graphic Recording

For more information, please click here:  www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/coffeetalk7/

DWIH Coffee Talk #6 (December 6, 2021): The Ethics of AI

The sixth DWIH Coffee Talk focused on the ethics of AI. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD) was in discussion with Prof. Dr. Shoko Suzuki (Kyoto University / RIKEN) and Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid (University of Bamberg), together they set out to explore the ethical questions involved in the use of artificial intelligence and to examine how recent research can help us fathom the social, economic, as well as environmental impact and create guiding principles.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/ywtgBQsRbXE

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/Z6hFk77FCos

Podcast (English): Anchor / Apple PodcastSpotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here:  www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/coffeetalk6/

DWIH Coffee Talk #5 (October 4, 2021): Our Hydrogen Future

The DWIH Coffee Talk #5 took a close look at Germany’s and Japan’s national hydrogen strategies and at current hydrogen energy projects in both countries. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD Research and Studies) was in conversation with Prof. Dr. Christian Sattler (German Aerospace Center (DLR) / TU Dresden) and Prof. Dr. Tatsuya Kodama (Niigata University), together they examined the promises and challenges of a hydrogen-based future and opportunities for German-Japanese research and development collaboration.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/sBUN0bhgLXU

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/q5L-JoFj_PA

Podcast (English): Anchor / Apple Podcast / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here:  www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/2021-10-04-coffeetalk5/

DWIH Coffee Talk #4 (July 6, 2021): Neuroscience and AI: Human Learning, Memory, and Decision-Making

The DWIH Coffee Talk #4 took a closer look at the two-way relationship between neuroscience and AI. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) was in conversation with Dr. Nicolas Schuck (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) and Dr. Mingbo Cai (International Research Center for Neurointelligence at Tokyo University). Together they discussed the basic processes underlying learning, memory, and decision-making, how recent research in neuroscience can help improve AI systems, and whether artificial intelligence will be smarter than human intelligence at some point.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/ckXwFnuKChQ

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/Zgl–aB3Ns0

Podcast (English): Anchor / Apple Podcast / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk4

DWIH Coffee Talk #3 (May 11, 2021): Family Business in Changing Times

In the DWIH Coffee Talk #3, moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) met three experts on family business and economics in Germany and Japan – Dr. Sigrun Caspary of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU), Prof. Toshio Goto of the Japan University of Economics, and Prof. Masahiro Nagata of Reitaku University. Together they explored the role family companies play in the German and Japanese economies, how it is changing, and the potential the family business model holds for the future.

Recording  (English): https://youtu.be/DNAI_UJk8aI

Recording  (Japanese): https://youtu.be/EcnDZehvYro

Podcast (English):  Anchor / Apple Podcast / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk3

DWIH Coffee Talk #2 (April 6, 2021): The Future of Work: New Technologies and the Workplace

In the DWIH Coffee Talk #2, four joint German-Japanese research networks of the “Future of Work” campaign by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) presented the potential of new technologies that are changing the way we work and all other aspects of society. The virtual café was getting busy when moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) welcomed several members from the research networks to discuss the implications for manufacturing and production, small and medium size industries, and care for the elderly.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/odiMtXzT6p4

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/N70AkOO7Dt0

Podcast (English):  Anchor / Apple PodcastSpotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk2

DWIH Coffee Talk #1 (March 9, 2021): Japan's new Science, Technology, and Innovation Basic Plan - Opportunities for German Research

In the DWIH Coffee Talk #1, moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) was in conversation with Fumikazu Sato (Japanese Cabinet Office) and Dr. Lothar Mennicken (German Embassy Tokyo). Together they explored the goals of the new Basic Plan, the course it sets for the Japanese research landscape, and the potential it brings for joint German-Japanese research projects.

Recording (English): https://youtu.be/sNZUOQe3smQ

Recording (Japanese): https://youtu.be/UIJ5_7MXKzc

Podcast (English): Anchor / Apple Podcast / Spotify / Google Podcasts

For more information, please click here: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk1

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