date February 18 to 19, 2021

The 4th Kyoto-Bordeaux Symposium 2021

Basic Info


2021/02/18 16:30-20:00 (JA/JST), 8:30-12:00 (FR/CEST)








Free of charge


Applications must be submitted using the online application form (URL below) by 17:00 on 15 Feb 2021 (Deadline: Monday 15 February 2021 17:00(JA/JST)).

Application Form


In October 2019, Kyoto University and the University of Bordeaux concluded a Strategic Partnership Agreement to build on the close academic collaboration that has been cultivated by the two the two institutions since 2002. Under the leadership of the two universities’ presidents, the strategic partnership aims to develop interdisciplinary research collaboration and promote human resource mobility in an expanded range of academic fields. The strategic partnership focuses on three areas in which the universities’ researchers have been actively collaborating: energy science, medicine, and African area studies. The 4th Kyoto-Bordeaux International Symposium aims to serve as platform for researchers in those three areas to exchange thoughts and ideas on the future of Africa.

The 21st century is the century of Africa. Africa’s population, which currently accounts for 17% of the global population, is expected to reach approximately 40% of the global population by the end of the century. Forging links with diverse peoples in Africa, learning from them, and working together towards a prosperous future is vital for human society. This symposium will explore the potential of trilateral human capital development collaboration between France, Japan, and Africa

Kyoto University has a long history of African studies, particularly in the areas of anthropology and ecology, and several social sciences graduates from the University of Bordeaux and the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies (Science Po) currently hold high-level positions in Africa. This is a result of the efforts made by those universities to promote human resources development in cooperation with African universities, and both institutions can leverage those achievements in their collaborative efforts under the strategic partnership. This symposium will provide an opportunity for researchers to discuss the significance of such human capital development efforts from diverse perspectives.


Day 1 Plenary session (Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021)

*Please note that Keynote Speech 2 has been changed to “STI in Africa: Tools and Partnership Opportunities,” by Mr. Jean Albergel, director of the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)

MC of Day 1 Amélie SAUNOIS, International Partnerships Officer UB

JP (JST) FR (CEST) Session
16:30-16:50 8:30-8:50
Opening Ceremony
  • Opening Address
    Dr. Manuel Tunon de Lara, President of University of Bordeaux
    Dr. Nagahiro Minato, President of Kyoto University
  • Special Adress
    Mr. Jules Irrmann, Consul General of France in Kyoto
    Dr. Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of Centre Nationalde la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
16:50-17:00 8:50-9:00
Annex to the MOU on Strategic partnership Signing Ceremony
17:00-17:05 9:00-9:05
Photo Session
17:05-17:15 9:05-9:15
Objective of the Symposium
Prof. Masayoshi SHIGETA (Kyoto University)
17:15-17:35 9:15-9:35
Keynote Lecture 1
“JICA’s contribution to Human Capital in Africa, and our expectation for collaboration with universities”
Ms. Junko MASUDA, Japan International CooperationAgency (JICA)
17:35-17:55 9:35-9:55
Keynote Lecture 2
“STI in Africa, tools and partnership opportunities”
Mr. Jean ALBERGEL, Director of the IRD Expertise andConsultancy Mission, IRD (the French National ResearchInstitute for Sustainable Development)
17:55-18:05 9:55-10:05
18:05-18:15 10:05-10:15
Panel Discussion I: “Current Activities and Future Plans”
Chair: (Dr. Philippe Moretto, Vice President for Research, University of Bordeaux)
  1. Current activities and future plan at UB
    Prof. Tanguy Bernard, University of Bordeaux (African studies specialist)
18:15-18:25 10:15-10:25
  1. Current activities and future plan at Kyoto University
    Prof. Haruo Kawamoto, Professor, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University
18:25-18:35 10:25-10:35
  1. Future Prospects of International Exchange Programs and Japan-Africa Cooperation
    Mr. Kuniaki SATO, Representative from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
18:35-18:45 10:35-10:45
  1. Support and funding tools to develop and reinforce France Japan scientific collaborations
    Dr. Myriam BARATIN, Attaché for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in Japan
18:45-19:00 10:45-11:00
19:00-19:10 11:00-11:10
19:10-19:20 11:10-11:20
Panel Discussion II: “Toward Successful Trilateral Collaboration”
Chair: (Prof. Motoki TAKAHASHI, Kyoto University)
  1. Role of the African Diplomatic Corps in Japan (ADC) and how it can facilitate trilateral cooperation
    H. E. Mr. Ahmed Araita Ali, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti in Japan
19:20-19:30 11:20-11:30
  1. Leveraging International Collaboration to Promote Africa’s Higher Education Transformative Role for Inclusive Growthand Sustainable development
    Ms. Hendrina Doroba, Manager, Education and Skills Development, African Development Bank Abidjan
19:30-19:40 11:30-11:40
  1. Leveraging Precision Medicine and Mobile Technology tocontrol Non-Communicable Diseases in Africa
    Prof. Mayowa Ojo OWOLABI, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
19:40-19:55 11:40-11:55
19:55-20:00 11:55-12:00
Closing Remarks
Prof. Stéphanie Debette, Vice President for External Relations, University of Bordeaux

Day 2 (Friday, Feb. 19, 2021)

Three parallel sessions on energy science, medicine, and African area studies
Please note that the day 2 program is only open to eligible researchers.

JP (JST) FR (CEST) Session
16:30-19:30 8:30-11:30
Parallel Session
  1. Energy science
  2. Medicine
  3. African area study
19:30-19:35 11:30-11:35
19:35-19:55 11:35-11:55
Wrap-up session
19:55-20:00 11:55-12:00
Closing Remarks
Prof. Yasuyuki Kono, Vice President for international strategy, Kyoto University


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