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10 Jan 2018 Event: Resource Competition, Research Assessment and Institutional Affiliations in Academia


This event brought together researchers from Europe, the US and Japan to discuss recent work and to present the results of a JSPS funded project.
Venue/Date: Technical University Munich Academic Centre Raitenhaslach; 27-29 September 2017
Programme Link:

Posted by Dr Cornelia Lawson, University of Cambridge 

09 Jan 2018 The 3rd Toyama International Workshop on "Higgs as a Probe of New Physics" (HPNP2017)


Hosted by the Gofuku Campus of the University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan, 1-5 March 2017 (, embedding the 3rd RISE Collaboration Meeting "NonMinimalHiggs'' (, involving the Universities of Toyama (Japan, Prof Shinya Kanemura) and Southampton (UK, Prof Stefano Moretti).

Posted by Professor Stefano Moretti, University of Southampton.

03 Jan 2018 The 6th International Conference on Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry (ICHIC 2018)


Cardiff University, 1st to 4th July 2018.

Programme and Registration

07 Nov 2017 Mind in World: A History of Distributed Cognition

Distributed cognition means that the mind is not ‘brainbound’ but extends across brain, body and world. Our project examines evidence of distributed cognition from Classical Greece to Modernism in Europe. Now we want to look at Japan and Asia. Join Dr Miranda Anderson for the following lectures in Japan if you’re interested in:

 ・       distributed cognition

 ・       a history of distributed cognition in Europe

 ・       a future project on the history of distributed cognition in Japan and Asia 

For more information about this project please visit the following website: or contact to discuss further.


 1) Kyoto University

 Meeting room, 1st floor, Main Building of Faculty of Letters

 (No.8 of )

18:00-19:30, Friday 8 December 2017


2) Osaka University 

Room 31, 3rd floor, Main School House, Graduate School of Human Sciences 

( )

17:30-19:00, Monday 11 December 2017


3)Hosted by  University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)

Collaboration Room 2, Bldg. 18, Komaba I Campus of the University of Tokyo

18:00-19:30, Thursday 14 December 2017


[Lecture Tour Supported by a Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award and the Arts and Humanities Research Council]

Posted by Dr Miranda Anderson, University of Edinburgh 

07 Sep 2017 The World After Fukushima

3 days of screenings, Q+As, conferences and round-table discussions taking place at the University of Edinburgh on the nuclear disaster of 2011 and on the future of nuclear energy.

Please go to the following link for details of the full schedule:

Posted by Dr Fabien Arribert-Narce, University of Edinburgh 

11 Jul 2017 International Workshop on Reflective Transitions of Politics in Japanese Art


Examining the Atomization of Japan’s Socio-political Milieus through the Arts

Date: 24 August 2017

Venue: JSC 3.02, University of East Anglia

Keynote speaker: Professor Atsushi Miura

(The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)


For more information please contact the following organisers:

Organizers: Dr Eriko Tomizawa-Kay (

Dr Ra Mason (

Please look at the flyer of this event.

The workshop is free to attend and open to all. Registration is mandatory. Please register at the link below:

Posted by Dr Eriko Tomizawa Kay, University of East Anglia

07 Apr 2017 Disability Innovation Summit

13-14 July 2017, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London


Posted by Dr Catherine Holloway, University College London

23 Feb 2017 Recent Academic Accomplishments Posted by Dr Basil Athanasiadis


16 works by Dr Athanasiadis have been contracted for publication by United Music Publishing Limited, many of them featuring traditional Japanese instruments. More information can be found here:


The work Interrupted Dreams (2010) for sho and 20-string koto, will be performed on 2 April at Miller Theatre, Columbia University in New York by the internationally renowned artist Mayumi Miyata (shō) and Yumi Kurosawa (21-string koto).

More information can be found at the following links:

This work was composed and recorded during a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tokyo University of the Arts and Music (2010-2011) and its score has been published by United Music Publishing Limited.

29 Sep 2016 Kusabana-zu: exhibition of contemporary Nihonga in London

We cordially invite members of the JSPS alumni to the Private View of Kusabana-zu and drinks receptions, to take place on Friday October 7th at Pure and Applied Conservation Framing, 169 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW to the accompaniment of live Okinawan music.

Kusabana-zu features contemporary Nihonga painting with an emphasis on botanical art. The exhibition features ten leading Japanese Nihonga artists who follow this time-honoured Japanese painting technique, creating works using mineral pigments applied to washi hand-made paper.

We would also like to invite JSPS alumni to the exhibition talk and drinks reception, held at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on Monday, 10th October from 6-8pm. The talk features the participating artists, who demonstrate the art of creating washi and mineral pigments.

Posted by Dr Jane Alaszewska (Research Associate, SOAS and JSPS alumni)

Otgonbayar Tsogt (Curator, kusabana-zu and former MEXT scholar)

12 Sep 2016 The 2nd UK-Japan Workshop on Solar Fuels and CO2 Conversion

Solar energy as the most abundant energy source has a potential to meet increasing energy demands. However in order to achieve the potential, substantial scientific and technological challenges have to be solved. Multi-country collaboration is crucial to efficiently overcome the challenges. Japan and the UK, each have their special but complementary research strength in this area. Therefore following the 1st UK-Japan bilateral workshop on Solar Fuels in September 2014, the “2nd UK-Japan Workshop on Solar Fuels and CO2 Conversion “ was held at British Embassy in Tokyo on 23-24 June 2016.

This workshop was organised by Dr. Junwang Tang, University College London (UCL), Prof. Osamu Ishitani (Tokyo Institute of Tech), Prof. Akihiko Kudo (Tokyo university of Science ) and Dr Erwin Reisner (Cambridge), sponsored by the UK SFN, RSC, UK FCO and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. The workshop was intended to enable in depth communication and detailed discussion on the materials challenges and underlying fundamentals for solar driven water splitting and CO2 conversion. It was further expected that long term and solid collaborations would be strengthened and new collaborations be initiated between two the counties after the workshop.  

In the two day workshop, more than 50 invited researchers from both sides discussed the different approaches to solar fuel synthesis, including water splitting and CO2 conversion by photocatalysis, PV+ photocatalysis and PV+ electrolysis. The conclusions are these technologies are working in parallel and either can be practically applied if it is economically feasible. Furthermore, the possibilities for future funding and a detailed student exchange plan were discussed as well as other new collaborations being initiated after the face-to-face discussion that took place. Finally, the possibility of the next workshop was also discussed.

Posted by Dr Junwang Tang, UCL