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Building Collaborative Relationships Between Researchers in Scotland and Japan, Friday 15th March 2024 (8:00 to 10:40 am UK time, online)


The purpose of this online session is to enhance academic exchanges between Scottish and Japanese universities. There will be presentations that explain about the funding opportunities of JSPS and its partner agencies in Scotland. There will also be talks and discussion with Japanese Universities on opportunities to collaborate and from JSPS Alumni and Japanese researchers on their experiences of working in Japan and Scotland. Networking time will be included to make important connections. This event is free to join and is organised between JSPS London and the University of Strathclyde.

For more information about the event programme and to register, please go the agenda below:


*Please note the deadline to register is 8th March 2024. 

Posted on 14 February 2024

2nd UK-Japan Symposium on Advanced Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells


24th January 2024, University of Hull

This symposium is supported by the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme and by the University of Hull, UK as well as the International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University, Japan.

The event will showcase the latest scientific advancements in hydrogen conversion technologies and it will address challenges hindering widespread deployment, bringing together world-leading researchers from the UK and Japan. The focus of the talks will be on developing, synthesising, and characterising novel, high-performance, and cost-effective materials, with a specific emphasis on catalysts and membrane electrolytes—the key cost-drivers for hydrogen fuel cell and electrolyser technologies. This symposium is timely as it aligns with Japan's and the UK's intensive plans to transition to net-zero economy within the next 30 years.

The symposium is organised by Dr Mohammed Ismail (University of Hull), Prof Masamichi Nishihara (Kyushu University) and Dr Stephen Lyth (University of Strathclyde). 

This event is free to attend. To register please go to the following link:

Deadline for event registration is 21st January 2024.

Posted on 29 December 2023

Sustainable Enhancement of Plant Productivity with Precision Genomics (SEP3G)


Date: 18th-19th December, 2023

Venue: Royal Holloway, University of London

This symposium is supported by the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme and the purpose is to harness the power of cutting-edge genetic, genomics and biotechnology to improve the growth, yield, and overall sustainability of plant-based agriculture. This event will serve as a critical platform joining academia and industry representatives with different, albeit complementary backgrounds and level of experience from the UK, Europe and Japan, and it will be a catalyst for the exchange of ideas, collaboration, and the acceleration of scientific endeavours.


Information on the symposium programme and registration are available at the following link:


Places are limited, they will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and registration will close when the maximum number of participants is reached. It is important for the organising committee to collect information on participation numbers in advance both for catering purposes and to organise the networking session. In person presence will maximize the chance to interact and collaborate. Entry will not be permitted without registration.


For any enquiries about this event please contact Professor Alessandra Devoto:

Posted on 16 November 2023

JSPS London Pre Departure Seminar and Evening Reception


13:00-19:00, Friday 10th November 2023, JSPS London (by invitation only). 

Presentations from this event:

Preparing for your Research Trip

Dr Yumiko Myoken, Deputy Director, JSPS London

JSPS Programmes and after your Fellowship

Ms Ayah Nagi, International Programme Associate, JSPS London

Latest Activities of the UK and Ireland JSPS Alumni Association

Dr John Brazier, Associate Member of the Alumni Executive Committee (University of Reading)

Funding opportunities from other Japanese organisations:

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation's Funding Programmes for Research in Japan

Ms Susan Meehan, Scholarships and Grants Officer

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation's Funding Programmes for Research in Japan

Ms Miki Takahashi, International Programme Associate, JSPS London

Posted on 09 November 2023

The 8th University of Cambridge and University of Tokyo Joint Symposium: Trusted Research and International Research Collaboration


Tuesday 26th September 2023, 9:00 to 12:10 GMT/ 17:00 to 20:10 JST

International research collaboration is key to tackling and navigating contemporary global challenges, such as climate change, global health and sustainable development. Emerging geopolitical tensions and uncertainties have posed challenges for researchers to engage in international collaboration safely and securely. There is an increasing need to minimise risks associated with operating within a global research and innovation ecosystem while maximising the opportunities. In this session, keynote speakers from the University of Cambridge, The University of Tokyo, UKRI and JSPS (the Director of JSPS London, Professor Naoto Kobayashi), will discuss trusted research, responsible research and innovation, ways of collaboration and opportunities for UK-Japan research collaboration. The aim is to raise awareness of trusted research and discuss how to minimise risks and maximise opportunities for international research collaboration amid emerging geopolitical tensions.

The seminar will be held both in-person and online. For more information and to register please visit:

Posted on 14 September 2023

JSPS Funding Programme Information Event (online)


Thursday 15th June 2023, 15:00 to 16:00 (UK time)

This event will include short presentations that cover multilateral, bilateral project funding and individual fellowship opportunities available from doctoral student to professorial level, covering all research fields to collaborate with researchers in Japan. There will also be presentations from JSPS alumni members about their recent and long term research experiences with Japan and the opportunity to ask questions and discuss prospective applications with JSPS London staff.

To register, please use the following link:

Registration closes on 14th June.

Posted on 13 June 2023

JSPS Event: Direct reactions and nuclear spectroscopy with hydrogen targets


31st July to 4th August 2023

Hilton Hotel, York

This symposium is supported by the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme and the following topics will be covered:

  • Shell migration at N=32, 34 around Ca
  • Island of inversion at N=40
  • Shell structure around 78Ni
  • Collectivity from Zn to Zr
  • Shell evolution towards 28O
  • Multi-neutron systems (4n)
  • Clustering and halo nuclei
  • Quasi-free reaction mechanism
  • Development of new detection devices

For details about the event programme and registration please go to:

For further enquiries please contact:

Posted on 09 June 2023

JSPS Event: Contourites and Ocean Hazards: Slope Instability and Tsunami Genesis


June 2nd 2023

The Lyell Centre, Heriot Watt University

A special seminar supported by the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme will be held in association with the 4th Deep Water Circulation Research Conference (4DWC). Topics presented at the 4DWC at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt University (24-26th May 2023) will be reprised for discussion at this seminar. The seminar will be held both in-person and online. We look to promote scientific advance in this important area of environmental science and to foster Japan-UK research collaboration.

Facilitated by Professor Dorrik Stow (Heriot Watt, Edinburgh) and Dr Naohisa Nishida (Gakugei Tokyo University, Japan)

For enrolment, in-person and online participation, and further information, please contact: or

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Posted on 09 May 2023

JSPS London Pre Departure Seminar and Evening Reception


Friday 21st April 2023, JSPS London (by invitation only). 

Main presentations from this event:

JSPS Overview and JSPS Summer Programme 2023

From Ms Natsuki Ito and Mr Takeshi Kiyota, Overseas Fellowship Division, JSPS Tokyo

Preparing for your Research Trip to Japan

From Mr Koji Yasuhara, Deputy Director, JSPS London

Posted on 05 April 2023

John S. Fossey Memorial Symposium


A Celebration of Organic Synthesis, Catalysis, Supramolecular Chemistry and Molecular Sensing

29th - 30th March 2023

School of Chemistry, The University of Birmingham, UK

The meeting is being held to commemorate the passing of Professor John S. Fossey, the previous Chair of the JSPS Alumni Association of the UK and Ireland, which will see leading scientists from across the globe come together to celebrate the areas of science that Professor Fossey was most passionate about. For a full list of speakers and current information please see the conference website.


Fees provide full access to all talks and poster sessions, a digital abstract booklet, refreshments between sessions on both days, with an evening reception on the 29th March and lunch on the 30th.

When registering please indicate if you would like to present a poster.

Online registration page:


Registration Fees and Deadlines

Poster abstract submission deadline: 24/02/2023

Early-bird fee: £30 per person (registration before 05/03/2023)

Full-fee: £50 per person (registration closes: 20/03/2023)


For enquiries, further information and questions please email


Organising Committee: Dr William Brittain (Durham University), Dr Liam Cox (University of Birmingham), Dr Paul Davies (University of Birmingham), Dr Richard Grainger (University of Birmingham), Professor Tony James (University of Bath), Dr Daniel Payne (The Open University, UK)

Sponsors: JSPS, Syngenta, Sygnature Discovery, Teledyne ISCO, Manchester Organics, Fluorochem, Asynt, Tetrahedron Chemistry, Merck, RSC


Posted on 14 February 2023