Symposia, Seminars, and Workshops

2017

March 28-29
An international seminar on the collaborative research into muon decay being carried out at the ETH Domain's Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), as well as other related research, was held at UTokyo. The participants, who included six graduate students from UTokyo and three from ETH Zürich, presented a report on the PSI summer program held in August 2016 and held discussions about future plans and developments in education.
January 19-20
The “ETH Zürich-The University of Tokyo Strategic Partnership Symposium on Science, Design, Manufacturing, and Information” was held at UTokyo. Researchers from both universities exchanged their opinions on the similarities and differences between their extremely diverse subject areas, which ranged from particle physics to architecture, and discussed the potential for interdisciplinary research.
After the opening address by UTokyo's Prof. Masashi Haneda, Executive Vice President responsible for International Affairs, Prof. Naoto Sekimura, Deputy Director of the Division of International Affairs, gave a speech on the strategic partnership initiative. Then, faculty members and graduate students from ETH Zürich and UTokyo presented and discussed their research in eight sessions, which included a poster session. The topics straddled particle physics, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, information science and technology, drug design, pharmaceutical processing, and architectural design.
The symposium was well attended by over 150 participants. Oral presentations were given by six professors, four researchers, and five graduate students from ETH Zürich and a total of 10 professors and graduate students from UTokyo, and there were 25 poster presentations. Researchers from the Swiss company F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. and two Japanese companies also gave oral presentations.
During the seven oral sessions, participants from both universities presented their respective research findings, and also exchanged information about the effects of the strategic partnership initiative. This led to fruitful discussions during the Q&A sessions that followed each presentation and the poster session held in the evening of the first day.
In concluding the symposium, Prof. Kaoru Yamanouchi, head of the executive committee, summarized the discussions and expressed his hope for a continued partnership with ETH Zürich.
ETH Zürich:
https://www.ethz.ch/en/the-eth-zurich/global/eth-global-news-events/2017/02/more-than-just-bows-and-business-cards.html
At the symposium

At the symposium

Symposium poster

Symposium poster

Before the symposium, on January 17, Prof. Matthias Kohler of the Department of Architecture (ETH Zürich) and Dr. Russel Loveridge of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication visited Associate Prof. Yusuke Obuchi's laboratory in the Department of Architecture (School of Engineering, UTokyo). Afterwards, they held a reception, to which they also invited Dr. Matthias Frey and Ms. Kyoko Suzuki, Head and Deputy Head, respectively, of the Science and Technology Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, and Prof. Kaoru Yamanouchi of the School of Science (UTokyo).
Prof. Kohler's group also visited two of Japan's leading general contractors and one heavy industry company before the symposium.
Science and Technology Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan:
http://www.stofficetokyo.ch/nccrdfab/

2016

November 9-10
Prof. Jörn Piel of the Department of Biology (ETH Zürich) was invited to UTokyo along with seven postdoctoral researchers and four doctoral students for the “ETHZ-UTokyo Joint Symposium of Frontier Chemistry”, which was organized by Prof. Hiroaki Suga of the Department of Chemistry (School of Science). Prof. Takeaki Ozawa of the Department of Chemistry, and researchers of all levels, from associate professors to doctoral students, took turns in presenting their work in interdisciplinary research fields. The symposium attracted almost 100 participants, including many researchers and students from UTokyo. A postdoctoral researcher from ETH Zürich who now works at the School of Science also took part in the event. The symposium generated lively discussions on a wide variety of fields, ranging from physical chemistry to chemical biology.
The reception, held on the evening of the 9th, was attended by two representatives from the Embassy of Switzerland, including the head of the Science and Technology Office, and provided participants with further opportunities for international networking.
Science and Technology Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan:
https://www.stofficetokyo.ch/joint-eth-zurich-tokyo-university-workshop/
At the symposium

At the symposium

Symposium poster

Symposium poster

October 16-20
“Physics of Fundamental Symmetries and Interactions” (PSI2016), an international workshop on particle physics, was held at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) of the ETH Domain. Eight students from UTokyo and six from ETH Zürich participated in the event. In addition to oral and poster presentations, the participants held lively discussions with researchers working in related fields. A report on the summer program held in August was also presented.
PSI2016

PSI2016

End of March
An international seminar on the collaborative research into muon decay being carried out at the ETH Domain's Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), as well as other related research, was held at UTokyo, with six participants from UTokyo and three from ETH Zürich. A report on last year's summer program was also presented.

2015

December 5
Associate Prof. Yusuke Obuchi of the Department of Architecture (School of Engineering, UTokyo) organized a symposium on the production of a pavilion that was achieved through industry-academia collaborations involving Associate Prof. Jun Sato's group in the Department of Architecture, Prof. Takeo Igarashi's group in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and Takenaka Corporation. Prof. Matthias Kohler of the Architecture and Digital Fabrication group (Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich) was invited as the keynote speaker.
Symposium poster

Symposium poster

November 12
Prof. Kaoru Yamanouchi, Vice Dean of the School of Science (UTokyo), and Ms. Mayuko Nakai of the Division of International Affairs attended a workshop on human resources systems for academic staff and researchers held at the Embassy of Switzerland. The workshop was also attended by Dr. Matthias Frey, Head of the Science and Technology Office of the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan; Dr. Thomas Eichenberger, Head of Faculty Affairs at ETH Z├╝rich; Mr. Boris Dongelmans, ETH representative in Japan; and Dr. Rahel Byland of ETH Global. They met and held discussions with representatives from other Japanese universities and organizations who also participated in the workshop.
Workshop at the embassy with Prof. Yamanouchi at center left

Workshop at the embassy with Prof. Yamanouchi at center left

February 19
Prof. Donald Hilvert, Head of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zürich), and Prof. Jeffrey Bode, Head of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, visited the School of Science (UTokyo) where they gave talks at the kick-off symposium.
Prof. Hilvert giving a lecture

Prof. Hilvert giving a lecture

Prof. Bode giving a lecture

Prof. Bode giving a lecture