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Pre-Departure Seminar(Report)

The Pre-Departure Seminar for the JSPS Summer Programme awardees, Postdoctoral Fellowship awardees and Short-term Programme awardees was held on 28/05/2009. The seminar started with opening remarks from the Director Prof. Yuko Furukawa. The seminar also consisted of the following presentations and was well attended. An introduction to JSPS London was given by Takeshi Sekiguchi, Deputy Director of JSPS London, followed by JSPS Activities and International Collaborations by Ms. Naoko Yamaoka and Ms. Yu Yonehara, JSPS Tokyo Head Office. Then, Ms. Magdalena Powell and Dr. Andrew Quantock spoke about their research experiences in Japan. Their presentations gave lots of useful information on working practises in a Japanese research environment as well as daily life in Japan.
Also, Dr. Hans Hagen, Mr. Neil Cantwell and Mr. Steve McEnally gave presentation about further funding opportunities.

1. Opening Remarks
Prof. Yuko Furukawa, Director, JSPS London
2. Self-introduction by each participant
3. Introduction to JSPS London
Mr. Takeshi Sekiguchi, Deputy Director, JSPS London
4. JSPS Activities and International Collaborations
Ms. Naoko Yamaoka and Ms. Yu Yonehara, JSPS Tokyo Head Office
5. Research Experience in Japan
Ms. Magdalena Powell, JSPS Summer Programme Fellow, 2008
6. Research Environment in Japanese and UK institutions
Dr. Andrew Quantock, JSPS London Alumni Association Regional Manager(Wales)
7. The Royal Society Exchanges and Collaborations with Japan
Dr. Hans Hagen, Senior Manager, International Grants, The Royal Society
8. The Japan Foundation's Funding Opportunities for Research Visits to Japan
Mr. Neil Cantwell, Programme Officer, The Japan Foundation
9. The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation's Science Programmes in Japan
Mr. Stephen McEnally, Chief Executive, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
10. Questions and Discussion

presentation by Ms. Powell
Presentation by Ms. Powell
presentation by Dr. Quantock
Presentation by Dr. Quantock

After the pre-departure seminar,UK-JSPS Alumni Association held an alumni evening for exchanging information.
Dr. Martyn Kingsbury, UK-JSPS Alumni Chairman made an opening speech and gave an introduction to the Alumni Association.

Introduction to The UK-JSPS Alumni Association / Dr. Martyn Kingsbury

group photo

Finally, JSPS London would like to wish all of our new Fellows a successful research trip to Japan.

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