Bordeaux - Tokyo joint workshop
The University of Bordeaux and the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) of the University of Tokyo organized the first joint workshop on micro and nano-technologies for neuroscience, chemical engineering and material characterization. It was held in Tokyo from the 12th to the 14th of December 2018.
The main objective of this workshop was to strengthen existing collaborations between the two universities, and to launch new projects in different fields, thus reinforcing the strong partnership between Tokyo and Bordeaux. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is currently being signed.
Officially opened by Professor Fujii, Vice-President of External Relations for the University of Tokyo, and Professor Kishi, Director General of the IIS (consult website), the workshop proposed presentations, poster sessions, laboratory visits and social events. A total of 85 researchers participated in the workshop with the University of Bordeaux represented by Professor Laurent Servant, Vice-President for International Networks along with 8 researchers.
Over the past years, the University of Bordeaux has established numerous connections with Japanese universities, resulting in the creation of double degrees, such as with Kyoto University and the University of Tsukuba. In 2016 and 2017, talks to develop collaboration were initiated during the visits of the President and Vice-President of the University of Bordeaux to Tokyo when they met with the Vice-President of the University of Tokyo and the Director General of the IIS. Since then, relations have further strengthened thanks to recent exchanges of researchers and students, joint publications and applications for shared grants.
The workshop was labeled an official event in honor of the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese relations and was supported by the French Embassy and the UMI CNRS LIMMS (Laboratory for Integrated Micro Mechatronic Systems). It will take place again next year in Bordeaux with a delegation of researchers from the IIS of the University of Tokyo. And the future holds other plans for reinforced collaboration - such as the possibility of a joint laboratory in neurosciences and technologies for neuroscience, that would be supported by the CNRS LIMMS laboratory and based in Bordeaux.