HeKKSaGOn Network of Universities


The HeKKSaGOn network was founded in 2010 as an alliance between six universities in Germany and Japan consisting of the following partners:

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Heidelberg University

Kyoto University

Karlsruhe Institute
of Technology (KIT)
Tohoku University University of Göttingen Osaka University


HeKKSaGOn network aims at contributing to the welfare both of our countries and of the world at large. In order to achieve its objectives, the German-Japanese consortium has agreed to concentrate on the following activities:

  • to set up research groups on specific aspects related to the priority areas.
  • to involve extra-university research institutions and industrial partners in research projects.
  • to cooperate in the training of young researchers and to develop joint programs for graduate / doctoral students.
  • to promote the mobility of academic staff, young researchers and students within in the consortium.
  • to cooperate as a consortium in competing for funding from national and international agencies.
  • to disseminate research results and make them available to the public for innovation and application.

The 5th presidential conference held at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).

Signing Ceremony for future collaboration projects 2016

Mission Statement


In consideration of

  • the traditionally good relations between Japan and Germany and
  • the long-lasting successful collaboration between research institutions of the two countries

and remaining of the conviction

  • that all major global problems can only be solved by international cooperation in research and by the open and free exchange of knowledge and research results,
  • that changes in one part of the world have effects in other parts,
  • that it is the responsibility of the scientifically and technologically advanced nations to find solutions not only for their own countries but on a global scope
  • that universities should provide education and training to students and young researchers which prepare them for the demands and challenges of a globalized world.

six leading research universities from Japan and Germany decided in July 2010 to establish a bi-national network in order to intensify their cooperation in research and teaching in areas of high importance for the welfare of their societies and mankind as a whole.


​For the full version of the Mission Statment please click here.


Working Groups & Projects

  1. Life and Natural Science Fusion
  2. Coordination Chemistry for Energy Conversion, Catalysis and Nanotechnology
  3. Social Sciences and Humanities
  4. Disaster Risk and Response: Scientific and Technological Issues
  5. Dynamic Imaging for Physical, Chemical and Biological Interests
  6. Robotics: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century
  7. Japanese-German Neuroscience Research Network Focusing on Psychosis, Affective Disorders and Related Traits
  8. Mathematics at the Interface of Science and Technology toward Innovation – Seeds in Mathematics versus Needs outside Mathematics
  9. Data Science


Seasonal Schools

The HeKKSaGOn Seasonal School enables young scholars from each HeKKSaGOn university to participate in theoretical lectures, methodological workshops or applied fieldwork. It is a continuous effort to create interdisciplinary partnerships and bring together researchers from various disciplines. Its aim is to inspire, motivate, and encourage talented students from Germany and Japan.

HeKKSaGOn Winter School 2016

Participants of the HeKKSaGOn Winter School 2016

Data Science Soirée

In 2017 the new work group “Data Science” was founded. With regard to bring together researchers from different fields of expertise and  invigorate interdisciplinary partnerships meetings are continually  held to support networking and the exchange of ideas as well as research results. The first meeting was organized by Kyoto University on November 11th, 2017.

Further Information

For more detailed information on the HeKKSaGOn Network of Universities please visit the following link.