Representatives from Kyoto University attended three events held by the Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives (RENKEI) in November 2018. Dr. Kayo Inaba, executive vie-president for gender equality, international affairs, and public relations attended the RENKEI Steering Committee Meeting, held at Kyusyu University in Fukuoka on November 26, and the Japan-UK Forum, held at the British Embassy in Tokyo on November 28. Prof. Yasuto Tachikawa, deputy executive vice-president for international affairs participated in the Japan-UK Forum and the RENKEI Researcher Workshop, held at Bellesalle Kudanshita in Tokyo on November 29–30.
At the RENKEI Steering Committee Meeting, the Steering Committee members discussed the network’s activities planned for the coming year. It was decided that the RENKEI Researcher Workshop will be held on December 2–4, 2019 and the next Steering Committee Meeting will be held on December 5, 2019, both at Newcastle University in the UK.
The Japan-UK Forum, held at the British Embassy in Tokyo featured presentations on the science and technology policies of Japan and the UK and on collaborative research between the two countries. Dr. Tatsuya Ito, a senior lecturer at the Kyoto University Hospital, delivered a presentation on his research collaboration with the University of Bristol.
The two-day RENKEI Researcher Workshop, held at Bellesalle Kudanshita in Tokyo provided the participating researchers with a rare opportunity to meet and interact with researchers in fields other than their own.