Call-out for the RENKEI Researcher Online Workshop – Health 2021

RENKEI, the Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives, would like to invite researchers from all fields to participate in the first RENKEI researcher workshop on the topic of health. The workshop is being organised by Nagoya University, and will be held online on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 June. Participants should have interest/expertise in at least one of the workshop subthemes listed below. There is no participation fee. The workshop will take place in English.

The online workshop will be held on two consecutive days, focusing on three sub-themes of health:

  • Patient safety
  • Medicine and informatics
  • Ageing

【RENKEI Researcher Online Workshop “Exploring Japan-UK Research Collaborations in Health”】
Date:Wednesday, June 23, 9:00 – 11:00 UK time/17:00 – 19:00 Japan time
          Thursday, June 24, 9:00 – 11:05 UK time/ 17:00 – 19:05 Japan time
Who:Students, Faculty and staff members
Registration deadline:Monday, May 31


Workshop Purpose and Outcomes: RENKEI members selected “health” as one of two priority areas for creating new joint research initiatives between members, based on its designation as a key strategic area of science and technology collaborations between Japan and the UK when the prime ministers of both countries met in September 2017. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on international travel, the first health workshop is being held later than initially planned; however, this unprecedented situation has underlined the need for international research collaboration in areas related to health.

As this is the first RENKEI workshop in the area of health, and given the time constraints of an online workshop, the main aims of the workshop will be for RENKEI members to learn more about each other’s research expertise and interests in the areas of health, and to identify potential for collaborative research. In order to encourage the latter aim, three seed funding grants (of around GBP 5,000 each – amount to be confirmed) will be available, one for each sub-theme. Workshop participants are encouraged to develop collaborative research proposals after the workshops and apply for one of these grants. Details of the grants will be explained at the workshop.

Please see the draft workshop programme, for more details.

Background: RENKEI (Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives) is a partnership of 6 Japan and 6 UK research intensive universities, with the British Council acting as its secretariat. The member universities aim to strengthen the knowledge exchange and research collaboration between Japan and the UK. RENKEI provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers from leading universities in Japan and the UK to tackle key global challenges. RENKEI members have selected “climate change” and “health” as the consortium’s two priority areas.