The MIRAI 2nd Workshop on Materials Science

Release date: 2018.06.06



The MIRAI 2nd Workshop on Materials Science was held at Kyushu University on 14-16 May, 2018. The 24 researchers from Sweden and Japan were nominated to give presentations on their current research during the 3-day workshop, where both poster session and oral presentation sessions were arranged. Also, they interacted with distinguished senior academics and enjoyed exchanging ideas and networking opportunities.

The MIRAI project aims to contribute to long-term collaborations and research excellence between Sweden and Japan through activities in research, education and innovation. The topic and focus of the project are within the broader context of Materials Science, Sustainability and Ageing. The project is specifically directed at researchers at an early stage of their career, to lead future joint activities in the two countries. The objective of the MIRAI workshops is to provide an exclusive opportunity for those who are nominated by the MIRAI member universities to discuss shared academic interests, to exchange ideas and to work toward joint research objectives. The 1st workshop took place in Lund on 17-19 October, 2017.

Kyushu University is one of the 15 MIRAI partner institutions and co-chairs the Materials Science Group.

This year, 2018, marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sweden in 1868. The workshop in Kyushu took place as a part of various anniversary events.

Also, as a part of commemorative events to mark the 150th anniversary, STINT, RJ, and VR have granted 1.7 MSEK to 12 projects. 2 of them are the new collaborations resulted from the participation in MIRAI Materials Science Workshop in Lund.

Applicants (Sweden) Main partner (Japan)
Name Institution University Name University
Gábor Méhes Department of Science and Technology LiU Tomohiro Shiraki Kyushu University
Piotr Matyba Department of Physics UmU Kazuhiro Ema Sophia University

The workshop participants were impressed with our new flagship campus and enjoyed a lab tour, including a visit to the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) and the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER). OPERA and I2CNER showcase Kyushu University’s state-of-the-art facilities, technologies and capabilities. Our relocation to the new flagship campus, Ito Campus, will be completed this fall.
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Photo1: Opening

Photo2: Chair, Professor Nobuo Kimizuka, Kyushu University

Photo 3: Group Photo

Photo 4: Keynote Speaker, Professor Atsushi Takahara, Kyushu University

Photo 5: Keynote Speaker, Professor Lars Samuelson, Lund University

Photo 7: Lab Tour @ OPERA

Photo 6: Poster Session


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