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NewsThree Departments Collaborated to Host the 2017 International Symposium Toward the Future of Advanced Research at Shizuoka University

02/01/17

 Three departments that drive research and education for doctoral students at Shizuoka University—the Research Institute of Electronics, the Research Institute of Green Science and Technology, and the Graduate School of Science and Technology—held this international symposium for two days: February 27, 2017 at the Shizuoka Campus and March 8 at the Hamamatsu Campus. This is the third year that the symposium was held, this time with a common theme of "training researchers who will carry the burden of globalization and of the next generation with a vision for the future of research at Shizuoka University," and as a part of the Graduate School of Science and Technology's program for "cultivating young international human resources in interdisciplinary fields." The symposium was a means to promote interaction among researchers of all ages, whether from Shizuoka University or not, with the goals of promoting international collaborative research, developing human resources and building systems for this development, and improving the research capacity of Shizuoka University.

 Signing ceremony for MOA pertaining to DDP with Gadjah Mada University; from left: Professor Kazuhiko Hara, dean of the Graduate School of Science and Technology; Professor Siti Subandiyah, director of the Biotechnology Research Institute at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia.
The international symposium held at the Shizuoka campus on Monday, February 27, 2017, enjoyed the participation of 103 members of the faculty and students from Shizuoka University, including Vice President of Research and Society-Industry-Academia Collaborations Masakazu Kimura, Director of the Research Institute of Green Science and Technology Enoch Y. Park, and Dean of the Graduate School of Science and Technology Kazuhiko Hara. Twenty-five researchers and students from six countries (Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Poland, and China) and nine institutions (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Gadjah Mada University, University of Indonesia, Ma Chung University, Pusan National University, Kyungpook National University, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Lodz University of Technology, and Zhejiang University) were also invited to attend. At the symposium, we held signing ceremonies for the MOA pertaining to DDP and the MTA, both with Gadjah Mada University, and there were promises of further exchanges in the future. Research presentations from international researchers and those from Shizuoka University were held in the three fields of Greenbio, Environment and Energy, and Nanobio, all of which led to lively discussions. Fifty-seven students presented posters in the four fields of Energy and Environment, Food Science, Green Science, and Nanobiotechnology. Students and researchers from all over the world were able to exchange ideas through interactions with many other people outside of their research fields.
 During the international symposium held at the Hamamatsu campus on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, attendees heard invited lectures on research fields mainly focused on Imaging, Nanomaterials, and Information Science, which were given by Associate Professor Atsushi Nakazawa (Kyoto University), Dr. Hiromi Yatsuda (JRC Nihon Musen), Dr. Adisorn Tuantranont (Thailand Organic and Printed Electronics Innovation Center), and Professor Kestutis Staliunas (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). Lively debate ensued. A total of 74 attendees were from Shizuoka University, including faculty, students, post-docs, and non-affiliated attendees. They were joined by Vice President of Research and Society-Industry-Academia Collaborations and Trustee Masakazu Kimura, Directory of the Research Institute of Electronics Hidenori Mimura, and Dean of the Graduate School of Science and Technology Kazuhiko Hara. There were also 17 presentations from young researchers and students, in which they presented their daily research results.

 Over the course of two days at both campuses, the symposium promoted lively interactions between researchers and students and provided an excellent opportunity to further enhance the international research capacity of Shizuoka University. The Research Institute of Electronics, the Research Institute of Green Science and Technology, and the Graduate School of Science and Technology promised to further promote international collaborative research, driven by international education and research at Shizuoka University, and to promote and develop training for researchers who will bear the burdens of strengthening the university's research capacity, globalization, and the next generation.


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