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UK-Japan Symposium on Structural Biology


18th-19th June 2024

Life Sciences Building, University of Liverpool

This symposium is supported by the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme and the objective is to bring together the UK and Japanese scientists who are engaged in developing and utilizing the frontier methods of structural biology. All major structural biology approaches (cryoEM, XFEL, Synchrotron and neutrons) will be covered and latest developments and future plans for UK-Japan partnership will be discussed.

Information on the symposium programme is available here

For any enquiries about this event including registration, please contact Professor Samar Hasnain:

Posted on 23 April 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

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 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

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