The University of Queensland (UQ) has many partnerships with Japan across Universities, Industry and Government. The inaugural UQ-Japan Day will explore existing collaborations and new opportunities with a focus on engineering and science fields, to strengthen UQ’s engagement with Japan.

We invite you to join UQ-Japan Day and participate in workshops alongside experts from Osaka University, Waseda University and Kyushu University. Explore the current collaborations they have with UQ, listen to their expertise and share your ideas for future collaborations. 

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Photo displaying Mt Fuji.  

There will also be the opportunity for UQ students and staff to attend the in-person sessions on the pathways available for engagement including funding opportunities and how to make lasting connections with Industry and Government. 

Learn more in the program below and register to attend. 

AEST Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021 
AEST Time: 10.30am - 6pm 

JST Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021  
JST Time: 9.30 - 11.15am (research workshops only)


Program

Time Details
10.30 – 11am AEST
9.30 – 10am JST                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Welcome and opening remarks: 

Moderated by Professor Aleksandar Rakic, Associate Dean (External Engagement), Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, UQ

His Excellency Mr Shingo Yamagami, Ambassador of Japan to Australia
Professor Deborah Terry AO, President and Vice-Chancellor, UQ

11.15am – 12.15pm AEST 
10.15 – 11.15am JST

Enhancing UQ's existing engagement with Japan

Concurrent breakout research sessions.

 

Breakout session one

Topic: Quantum Information and Engineering Science

This workshop brings together researchers from Osaka University and the University of Queensland to introduce the multidisciplinary field Quantum Information and Engineering Science to both researchers and students. The science programmes in both universities will be discussed, as will the International Engineering Science Consortium. Staff and students should gain an understanding of the opportunities available through these networks for the development of collaborative research.

UQ:  Professor C.M. Wang, Transport and Main Roads Chair, Professor of Structural Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, UQ and Professor Warwick Bowen, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, UQ

Japan: Professor Genta Kawahara, Executive Vice-President, Osaka University and Professor Masahiro Kitagawa, Director, Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Biology, Osaka University

 

Breakout session two

Topic: Australia-Japan Strategic Research Alliance in Materials NanoTectonics

This session will discuss the Strategic Research Alliance developed between Australia and Japan through the Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) funding program. An initiative of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the ERATO funding program seeks to promote novel, unique, and transformative research in science and technology between Australia and Japan. Researchers from Waseda University, the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), JST and The University of Queensland will discuss the opportunities in industrial transformation and the exchange of knowledge, students and early career researchers available through the program.

UQ: Professor Yusuke Yamauchi, Senior Group Leader, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, UQ

Japan: Waseda University, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

 

Breakout session three

Topic: Advanced materials characterisation opportunities between UQ and Japan

This workshop brings together researchers from Kyushu University and the University of Queensland to introduce the cutting-edge facilities for materials analysis, including Electron Microscopy, to both researchers and students. Looking at case studies of successful collaborations between the two universities, the session aims to inspire staff and students to avail themselves of opportunities these networks provide for collaborative research.

UQ: Professor Kazuhiro Nogita, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, UQ and Professor Roger Wepf, Director, Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, UQ

Japan: Professor Syo Matsumura, Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University 

 

Register to attend the virtual morning sessions.

12.15pm AEST
11.15am JST 

End of virtual sessions

 

In person sessions for UQ students and staff

Register to attend the afternoon in-person sessions. 

1.30 – 3pm AEST

Session one:

Topic: Engaging with Japan: creating successful collaborations with Japanese partners in Industry, Government and Higher Education

The session brings together a panel of experts to explore how UQ staff can effectively engage with Japanese stakeholders across government, industry and the higher education sectors. The panel discussion will highlight opportunities to overcome barriers to engage in these sectors and attendees will learn from the panellist’s breadth of expertise and experience in building effective partnerships with these sectors in Japan.

Lead: Dr Monica Chien, Senior Lecturer, School of Business, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, UQ

Presenters:

Tak Adachi, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner, Japan, Trade and Investment Queensland

Tim Tout, Co-Founder and Managing Director, HummingByrd Inc., Co-Vice Chair, Technology, Innovation, Education and Research Committee of Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and Coordinator of UQ Alumni Global Connection in Japan

Cheryl Stanilewicz, Investment Lead, Agribusiness and Food Centre of Excellence, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Brisbane (former Trade Commissioner and Counsellor Tokyo)

Julie Yamamoto, Management Committee Member, Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce; Committee Member, Australian Japan Society - Qld; Principal Policy Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government

Susie Clowes, Project Manager, Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors Forum, International Relations and Multicultural Affairs, Lord Mayor's Administration and Engagement, Brisbane City Council (former Senior International Project Officer - Kobe Sister City)

Venue: Abel Smith Lecture Theatre (Building 23, Room 101), St Lucia Campus, UQ [MAP]

3 – 3.45pm AEST

Session two:

Topic: Australia and Japan funding opportunities

The session brings together presenters from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies who will provide an overview of funding opportunities to support research between Australia and Japan.

JST plays a central role in Japan’s Science and Technology Basic Plan. Based on science and technology targets issued by the government, JST funds strategic basic research, academia-industry collaboration and technology transfer, and in recent years promote international joint research and the fostering of next generation human resources. JST also provides information services supporting R&D activities.

The Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies (FAJS) was an initiative of the Australia-Japan Foundation (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). The FAJS uses its funding and networks as catalysts to encourage national and sector-wide cooperation of the kind that calls forward serious, transformative responses from Japan.  They support projects that are likely to attract interest and expanded financial support from the public and private sectors in Australia and Japan. 

There will also be an opportunity for participants to learn how to navigate the funding landscape from UQ’s Research Office.

Lead: Professor Yusuke Yamauchi, Senior Group Leader, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, UQ

Venue: Abel Smith Lecture Theatre (Building 23, Room 101), St Lucia Campus, UQ [MAP]

4.30 – 6pm AEST

Networking and refreshments

Venue: The Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), St Lucia Campus, UQ [MAP]

 

For more information about UQ-Japan Day

Ms Elizabeth Downes, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, UQ