Reports by Exchange Students and Scholars

Kyoto University European Center provides latest information to students and researchers who are interested in study in Europe or in Japan. It also supports exchange researchers between Kyoto University and institutions in Europe.


AI DA – Young Researchers Exchange Program

The Kyoto University funding program AI DA (Ambitious Intelligence Dynamic Acceleration) was launched in 2017. The program supports young researchers from Kyoto University and enables short-term stays at research facilities in Germany. AI DA was initiated and is organized by the Kyoto University Research Administration Office and the Kyoto University European Center. For further information please click here (Japanese only).


Finding new forms of transportation — Jan-Dirk Schmöcker @ WU Vienna and TU Munich

In order to deepen his research on new forms of transportation, Associate Professor Jan-Dirk Schmöcker (Department of Urban Management, Graduate School of Engineering) visited Karlsruhe, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and Technical University of Munich (TUM). During his travel he exchanged ideas on how to extend existing research, discussed opportunities for bilateral funding and found students and researchers alike interested in joint research activities.

Developing more sophisticated “Body on a Chip” technology – Kenichiro KAMAI visits KIT and COS

Kenichiro Kamai, Associate Professor at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), met researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Center of Organismal studies (COS) Heidelberg in order to exchange ideas on the improvement of so called “Body on a Chip” technology and start a joint research project.

Using microstructures to develop new antibiotics – Kazuya TATSUMI visits KIT

Associate Professor Kazuya Tatsumi is researching heat transfer and micro fluid engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science, Kyoto University. He met with Prof. Jürgen Brandner (KIT) to exchange research results and evaluate possible outcomes of a joint research project, which might lead to the development of new antibiotics.


Fighting cancer with cell aging – Shoma ISHIKAWA visits CECAD

Young Researcher Ishikawa Shoma (Ph. D. student at Kyoto University) is researching cell aging as a defence mechanism against cancer at the Kyoto University . He visited the Cluster of Excellence – Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD) at Cologne University in order to build new networks and lay foundations for a long-term stay in Germany. In his report he tells us about his experience and how his ongoing and future research was influenced by this exchange.


Laying the foundation for revolutionary cancer treatment – Tsubasa WATANABE visits DKFZ

Dr. Watanabe Tsubasa (Assistant professor, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute) researched Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) until recently, but wants to contribute to the development of a cancer treatment that combines immunization and standard therapy. Visiting the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) he gained insight in groundbreaking research and laid a foundation for his research at Freiburg University. Additionally he met researchers of European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).


Researcher Exchange

“Internationalization of research by breaking through the seclusion of knowledge” by Prof. Tatsushi FUJIHARA

Before his return to Japan after spending 3 month at Heidelberg University we met Prof. Tatsushi Fujihara (Associate Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University) to talk about his experience while staying and lecturing in Heidelberg.


High class research and the experience of l’art de vivre in Bordeaux — Erasmus+ as a funding opportunity for research stays in Europe

Shimamoto Tomonari (School of Public Health, Kyoto University) participated in a symposium organized by Kyoto University and Bordeaux University in 2015, which lead to a joint research project in public health. By applying for the EU Erasmus+ program, he was given the chance deepen the collaboration between both universities and research at “Bordeaux Population Health” Research Center. While staying in Bordeaux, he not only experienced an inspiring and open research atmosphere, but also a new way of living in the heart of France.



An internship that opened the door for a bright future — M.A student Mizutani Shiroi @ KIT

Kyoto University Department of Nuclear Engineering 2nd year M.A. student specialized on Quantum and Beam Science Mizutani Shiori stayed at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for one an a half month to do an internship from February 19th to March 28th. Because the Kyoto University European Center supported her, we sat down to talk about her experience in Germany after her return to Kyoto.



My Return to Kyoto after the HeKKSaGOn internship

In March 2016, Timo Essig participated in a three weeks internship at Kyoto University within the framework of the HeKKSaGOn Internship Programme to experience Japanese university life and get in contact with Japanese researchers. In December 2018, he returned to Kyoto University as a Postdoc student to give a lecture at the “Research on Topology and Differential Geometry using Singularity Theory of Differentiable Maps” conference. In this article he talks about the development of his career after visiting Kyoto University, its influence on his future as well as his unforeseen but joyful return.



Impressions of HeKKSaGOn Internship Programme at Kyoto University

Until March 2016 the Ph.D. students Francesco Silvestri (Heidelberg University), Timo Essig (Heidelberg University) and Michael Färber (Karlsruhe Insitute for Technology, KIT) took part in an Internship Programme within the Framework of HeKKSaGOn. The Internship Programme aims to promote foreign language and different cultural studies for students of Kyoto University utilizing the HeKKSaGON Consortium by inviting German researchers among three universities in Germany to Kyoto University for several weeks.