Event Reports

Recaps, photos and links to presentations at past DWIH Tokyo events.

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Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2019

For the fourth consecutive year, a local edition of Falling Walls Lab, a global science communication contest for highly motivated young students and researchers, was co-organised by the German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) and EURAXESS Japan. The 2019 edition of Falling Walls Lab Tokyo was hosted on June 13th by the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), a research institute within Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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AI Accountability and Autonomous Car Driving

On February 8, 2019 afternoon the two universities organized the German-Japanese Workshop on AI Ethics and Autonomous Car Driving at University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, supported by DWIH Tokyo and State of Bavaria - Japan Office. This interdisciplinary workshop on ethics of AI attracted 70 interested audience from academia (science, engineering, economy, law, philosophy and religion) and industry from Japan, Germany and also France.

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First German-Japanese Nanotechnology Commercialisation Workshop

On January 30, 2019, at the occasion of the nano tech exhibition 2019 in Tokyo, the German Nanotechnology Cluster together with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) conducted a workshop to facilitate networking between business and research representatives from Germany and Japan in the field of nanotechnology.

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1st Japanese-German-French DWIH Symposium on Artificial Intelligence

On November 21–22 2018, the German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) conducted the ‘Artificial Intelligence–International Research and Applications: 1st Japanese-German-French Symposium’. With a remarkable lineup of 65 distinguished speakers and over 350 participants from all three countries the symposium provided a forum for vibrant discussions on one of the most important topics of our time!

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Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2018

Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2018, jointly organized by the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) and EURAXESS Japan, was hosted by The University of Tokyo on May 12th, 2018. The format of a by now internationally well-established science communication contest was originally developed by the German Falling Walls Foundation in Berlin. In Tokyo the Falling Walls Lab was conducted for the third time.

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German-Japanese Symposium “Regional Innovation and Cluster Collaborations”

On September 20th 2017 the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH) held the German-Japanese Symposium “Regional Innovation and Cluster Collaborations” to further strengthen awareness of the opportunities and possibilities presented by international cooperation between the clusters. The event was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Projektträger Jülich (Project Management Jülich; PtJ).

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Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2017

The Falling Walls Labs Tokyo 2017 took place in the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) on May 27. The internationally oriented science communication contest has been held for the second time in Tokyo and was jointly organized by the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) and EURAXESS Japan.

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Symposium on Industry 4.0: Powering Smart Manufacturing - the TU9 Alliance of German Institutes of Technology

On October 26 2016 leading researchers from different German technical universities presented recent findings and proven practices regarding the digitalization of production processes also referred to as Industry 4.0. The event was jointly organized by the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH) and the TU9 German Institutes of Technology and received additional support from the Industrial Value Chain Initiative as well as from the German Embassy in Tokyo. Altogether 200 or so representatives from indusry, academia and politics attended the symposium to deepen their understanding and exchange views on issues such as smart, connected products, digital infrastructure, integrated production systems and human-robot-interaction.

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Announcement of the German Innovation Award 2016 Winners

On July 7, 2016 the winners of the German Innovation Award (GIA) “Gottfried Wagener Prize 2016” were announced during a festive ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. The GIA was established in 2008 by the German Chamber of Commerce in Japan and technology-focused German companies to promote cross-sector collaboration between industry and science while fostering the creation of new and the expansion of existing German-Japanese research networks.

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Strategy aimed at the internationalisation of science and research

The Federal Minister for Education and Research Professor Johanna Wanka visited the Mita Campus of the Keio University in Tokyo on May 18, 2016. At Keio University Professor Wanka met with the president of university, Professor Atsushi Seike, gave a speech on the "Internationalization of Science and Research in Germany", which was followed by a Q&A session, and attended a poster session on German-Japanese cluster co-operations. The visit was jointly organized by the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo, the Keio University and the German Embassy in Tokyo.

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German-Japanese Special Presentation: Applications of Advanced Automotive Research in Leading German Companies

The DWIH Tokyo organized a special presentation on how German auto-makers are applying advanced automotive research at the Tokyo University of Technology on December 2, 2015. The event attracted an audience of around 80 people, mainly researchers and students, but also from related fields in business, media and government. Through the presentations and the Q&A sessions, the event was a forum to discuss how some automotive companies see the opportunities and challenges of the future automobile.

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"Automated, Autonomous and Driverless" : German-Japanese Symposium on Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Driving

Will the human driver become superfluous? This was the question that engaged the German–Japanese Symposium on Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Driving: Perspectives from German and Japanese Industry and Academia, at Mita Campus, Keio University on November 15th 2017.

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Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2016

The first Falling Walls Lab Tokyo, an internationally oriented science communication contest, was held on August 29, 2016. The event was jointly organized by the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH) and EURAXESS Links Japan.

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Colloquium of the University of Tübingen and the DWIH Tokyo

DWIH Tokyo was host to a presentation by a visiting delegation from the University of Tübingen on October 27, 2015. The high-ranking delegation was visiting Japan and China on a World Research Tour, bringing together researchers from quantum science and personalized medicine together with partners and alumni of the University from other research areas. Within the delegation’s short and packed itinerary, DWIH Tokyo arranged a special evening presentation with specially-invited guests, creating a strong platform for the university to establish and build in its contacts in Japan.

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Round Table Discussion on Advanced Manufacturing (Industry 4.0)

On September 17, 2015 at its premises within the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, DWIH Tokyo hosted a round-table discussion on behalf of the German Federal government advisory panel the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation – EFI).

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German Innovation Award 2015

During a festive award ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Tokyo, awards were presented to the winners of the German Innovation Award – Gottfried Wagener Prize 2015 on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. The award, organized by the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo and the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan was made in four categories. The winners are Prof. Dr. Shinichi Komaba, Tokyo University of Science, in the area of Mobility, Dr. Hossein Sepehri-Amin, National Institute for Materials Science, together with team member Dr. Takahiro Akiya, National Institute for Materials Science, in the area of Materials, Prof. Dr. Takuro Ideguchi, The University of Tokyo, in the area of Life Sciences and Dr. Yoshitaka Tateyama, National Institute for Materials Science, with team member Dr. Keitaro Sodeyama, Kyoto University, in the area of Energy & Industry.

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German-Japanese Symposium on Technological and Educational Resources on the Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities

The German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) held the German-Japanese Symposium on Technological and Educational Resources on the Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities together with the University of Fukui, the Technical University of Dresden and the Japanese-German Center Berlin on April 21st, 2015. Around 170 participants from industry and science discussed the newest technical innovations, developments and trends and presented new technologies and strategies for the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.

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German-Japanese conference on the role of universities in the future

What can and should be the role of universities in Japan and Germany in the future? Around 250 experts met on the invitation of the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the University of Tokyo in Tokyo on October 8th 2014 to discuss this issue.

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6th German Innovation Award Ceremony in Tokyo

During a festive award ceremony at Palace Hotel Tokyo, the winners of the German Innovation Award - Gottfried Wagener Prize 2014 were announced on June 18th.

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German Innovation Award 2013

On Tuesday, June 18, five Japanese scientists were awarded the Gottfried Wagener Prize 2013, also known as the German Innovation Award. The award is supported by ten global German companies with research activities in Japan. It focuses on application-oriented research in the fields of Environment & Energy, Healthcare and Safety & Security. 91 scientists from 39 Japanese universities had participated in the competition. The award includes 9 million yen in prize-money as well as fellowships for overseas research stays.

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German Innovation Award 2012

On June 19th 2012 five Japanese researchers were invited to the German Embassy in Tokyo to be awarded the 4th Gottfried Wagener Prize, also known as the German Innovation Award. The award is supported by ten major German technology companies and research organizations and aims at fostering both countries` industry-academia cooperation. It focuses on application-oriented research in the fields of Environment & Energy, Healthcare, and Safety & Security. Eighty-three scientists from 34 Japanese universities had participated in the competition, which awards prize money amounting to 9 million yen as well as fellowships for overseas research stays.

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German Nanotechnology in Japan – DWIH Tokyo Exhibition Opening. Federal President Speaks at the University of Tsukuba

The German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) opened an exhibition presenting German nanotechnology research in Japan on the 25th October 2011.

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German-Japanese Workshop “Nanomaterials for Energy Applications”

On 25th October 2011 the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo, together with the Center for Nanointegration of the University Duisburg-Essen (CeNIDE), University Tsukuba and Tsukuba Innovation Arena (TIA) jointly organized the workshop "Nanomaterials for Energy Applications". Almost 100 researchers from both countries attended the event.

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Chemistry Nobel Laureates Shared Stage to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, the leading journal in chemistry, celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2011. On this occasion, a successful high-level symposium was held in Tokyo on June 20th 2011 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The event was jointly organized by the journal's owner society, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo), the German Research Foundation (DFG) as associated partner of the Research in Germany initiative (RiG) and the publishers Wiley-VCH.

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German Innovation Award Presented to Young Japanese Scientists

German companies are strengthening their ties with Japanese academia. Launched in 2008 by twelve technology-focused German enterprises and the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, the German Innovation Award supports young scientists in Japan. The five winners of the Gottfried Wagener Prize 2010 have been announced on May 12th.

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