Kyoto University European Center presenting its promotion of researchers’ mobility and joint research support @ EARMA 2018

Kyoto University European Center participated in the 24th annual conference of European Association for Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) held in Brussels from April 16 to 18, 2018.

Focusing on Europe–Japan collaboration, the EARMA session “Globalization and Competitiveness as a Challenge for RMAs: Views from Europe and Japan” was collaboratively arranged by University of Amsterdam, Rotterdam Erasmus University, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kyoto University, Kobe University, Osaka University, Waseda University and Hiroshima University (Cooperation). At this session, Kyoto University European Center presented Kyoto University’s efforts in promoting researchers’ mobility and Japanese-Europe joint research support as an example of which issues and challenges Japanese university liaison offices face in Europe.

In the following panel discussion and Q&A session about 50 participants actively discussed approaches to encourage internationalization between Japan and Europe. Many suggestions on how to foster collaboration with Japan were made, including sharing information and knowledge for enhancing researchers’ mobility.

A main topic at EARMA was the future of the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (FP). Running from 2014 to 2020 the current FP8 called “Horizon 2020” will be followed by FP9 on which many lectures and reports at the conference focused. While still in development, the “pillars” of future frameworks were already announced:

  • Open Science (open access to scientific research and sharing of resources)
  • Global Challenges (health, resilience, security, digital industry, climate change, food production and resource sustainability)
  • Open Innovation (transfer of knowledge and technology between researchers, governments and industry)

While Europe’s academic policies as a whole are at a turning point, overseas offices of Japanese universities like the Kyoto University European Center will become even more important to resolve common issues challenges between Japan and Europe.

 24th EARMA Conference Venue    Opening ceremony
URA Mr. Suzuki Tamaki holding his
   Panel discussion following the presentation