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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

Looking at Shakespeare from the non-Anglophone World



The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon


Thursday 2nd February 2023 (15:00-16:30)

This event is supported by the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme and is hosted by researchers at The Shakespeare Institute, which is part of the University of Birmingham, and is located in Stratford-upon-Avon. This event will feature academics from Waseda University, Japan, who will be speaking about Shakespeare in translation and adaptation outside of the anglophone world.

Schedule and registration:

Cost: Free

Posted on 21 January 2023

UK-Japan Genome Stability Symposium


This event is supported by the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme and is hosted by scientists from the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, University of Sussex with scientists from Tokyo, Kyoto and Mishima Universities.
With research partners from other UK institutions, they will discuss their latest research on genome stability and DNA damage response over two days and explore possibilities for collaboration.

Date: 09:00–17:00 Thursday, 19th January 2023 and 09:00 to 17:00 Friday, 20th January 2023 

Venue: Genome Damage and Stability Centre, University of Sussex, Fulton Campus


Cost: Free

Registration: please e mail Dr Helfrid Hochegger:

Posted on 20 December 2022

JSPS London Symposium: Non-Equilibrium Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Fluctuations: From Fundamentals to the Next Generation of Microscopic Thermal Machines


With the next technological revolution underway in the quantum world, there is now an increasing need to develop thermal devices such as heat engines or refrigerators that operate on small length and energy scales. To uncover the fundamental principles that govern such microscopic machines and to realize them in experiments, a whole breadth of challenges must be overcome. Key topics in this context include the nature of non-equilibrium thermal and quantum fluctuations, non-Markovian time evolution laws, collective effects in many-body systems as well as the role of strong coupling and finite reservoirs. This Symposium brings together researchers from Japan, Europe, and the University of Nottingham, who work in stochastic and quantum thermodynamics, cold-atom physics, and wider areas of quantum many-body physics. Its overarching aim is to find new avenues towards understanding the complex interplay between the dynamics, thermodynamics, and fluctuations of classical and quantum systems out of equilibrium and thus to help paving the way for the next generation of microscopic thermal machines. Besides the scheduled 30-min talks, the program leaves ample time for discussions and to build new connections between Japan, the UK and Europe.

Location: De Vere Orchard hotel, Nottingham

Date(s): Monday 12th (09:00) - Thursday 15th December 2022 (13:30)

Event Webpage:

Contact: Please e-mail Dr Kay Brandner:

Posted on 07 December 2022

The Social World of Butoh Dance: Screening an Unseen Performance from the 1970s


This event is supported by the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme and includes two days of talks and a screening of Shiokubi (1975) – a performance created by butoh dancer Bishop Yamada, overseen by Tatsumi Hijikata. This performance marks the founding of Yamada’s own dance company Hoppo Butoh Ha in Tsuruoka (Yamagata). The performance was shot as part of a video project known as the VIC (Video Information Center), which includes 1,200 tapes of performances, exhibitions, and events from the 1970s and 1980s. Those involved in the project were not only interested in documenting the performance of Shiokubi itself, but the whole world around the performance: from arrival at the venue, to final rehearsal, to afterparty. Researchers attending this event will have the chance to watch these additional materials, as well as situating the film within the context of the VIC archive and the Tatsumi Hijikata Archive, both held at Keio University Art Center.

Further details about the event:

Date: 10:00–18:00 Saturday, December 17, 2022 and 10:00–15:00 Sunday, December 18, 2022 

Venue: Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens’ College, Silver Street, Cambridge, CB39ET 


Cost: Free and open to all

Booking: Booking is not required but if attending all day on the Saturday the organisers would appreciate an indication of numbers via registering through the following Eventbrite link:


Meals are not provided.             

Rail strikes are planned for the weekend of this event, so please check routes before travelling. 

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Envisioning of liquid consumption of digitalised arts: Innovation, creativeness, and transformation of nature and art assets


09:00 to 13:30 UK time, Monday 6th December, 2021.

This event is hosted by Bournemouth University and supported by JSPS London. This webinar will be held through zoom and is free to attend.

If you would like to participate in this event, please contact below.

Outline of Event, Programme and Registration Information 

Posted on 10 November 2021

1st UK-Japan Symposium on Advanced Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells


08:30 to 13:30 UK time, Thursday 9th December, 2021.

This event is hosted by University of Sheffield and supported by JSPS London. This webinar will be held through zoom and is free to attend.

Outline of Event, Programme and Registration Information 

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UK-Japan Webinar: A Multimodal, Translational Approach to Clarify the Role of Microglial Dysfunction in Schizophrenia


9:00 to 11:00 am UK time, Wednesday 17th February, 2021.

This event is hosted by King’s College London and supported by JSPS London. This webinar will be held through zoom and is free to attend.

Outline of Event, Programme and Registration Information 

Event Report 

Posted on 30 January 2021

[JSPS Webinar] COVID-19: the impact on mental health and the fight back using the supercomputer

Time and Date: Thursday 17th December 2020, 10:00-11:00 AM (UK time)
Talks include pioneering research from Professor Makoto Tsubokura based at Kobe University and the RIKEN Centre for Computational Research, on visualising the dispersion of droplets containing viruses using supercomputer simulations. 
Details about the full event programme and how to register attendance (which must be done by 15th December), can be found from the following link:
This zoom webinar is being organised by the JSPS Stockholm center and JSPS Alumni based in Norway and is free to attend. 

Posted on 03 December 2020

International Symposium on Tumour Biology (on-line)


This symposium is being organised by the Nano Life Science Institute of Kanazawa University. 


26th November 2020: 07:40 - 19:30 Japan Time/ 25th November 2020: 22:40 - 10:30 (26th November) UK Time

27th November 2020: 10:00 - 12:05 Japan Time/ 1:00 - 3:05 UK Time

Symposium Website:

Registration Form:

Posted on 18 November 2020