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The IROAST International Advisory Board Committee Meeting was held in the United Kingdom and Germany

Mar 17, 2023

For a week from March 5, 2023, Director Kazuki Takashima and his staff members visited the University of Birmingham (UK) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) to hold International Advisory Board Committee meetings for the International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST).

Prior to the International Advisory Board Committee meetings at the two universities, he visited JSPS London, where he received the latest information on academic research and higher education in the UK from Director Naoto Kobayashi and Deputy Director Koji Yasuhara, and exchanged opinions on the promotion of international joint research with the UK.

At the University of Birmingham, they met with Professor Paul Bowen (Professor, School of Metallurgy and Materials/ Visiting Professor at IROAST), who was appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board. After a presentation by Director Takashima on the efforts and achievements of IROAST, we exchanged opinions with Prof. Bowen, who praised IROAST for its top-level achievements within the university despite its limited number of researchers, and for its success in building an international collaborative research network. On the other hand, he expressed concern about the loss of opportunities for face-to-face international exchange due to the recent COVID-19 outbreaks and expressed hope that IROAST will provide young researchers with opportunities for international collaborative research through online and face-to-face exchanges in the future.

At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the participants visited Prof. Martin Dienwiebel (Heisenberg-Professor, Applied Nanotribology/ Visiting Professor at IROAST), who was also appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board. Prof. Dienwiebel proposed to deepen our collaboration by organizing a joint workshop. After the meeting with Prof. Dienwiebel, a seminar was held to introduce Prof. Takashima's research, which was also attended by his researchers and students.

In FY2022, we exchanged opinions with four members of the International Advisory Board. From FY2023, based on their suggestions and recommendations, we will work to launch new research support programs and work towards becoming a research organization that will lead the internationalization of the University based on the strengths of IROAST.


At JSPS London

 
At the University of Birmingham

   
At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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