date October 31 and November 1, 2016

Kyoto-Swiss Symposium

General Info


The 1st Swiss-Kyoto Symposium was held in November 2013 in cooperation between Kyoto University, ETH Zurich (ETHZ), the University of Zurich (UZH), and EPF Lausanne (EPFL). The event was a precursor to the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan in 2014. The topics of its academic sessions spanned such diverse fields as philosophy, biology, energy, economics, and regenerative medicine. Through sharing advanced knowledge in those fields, the symposium facilitated the launch of joint research teams focused on strategically addressing issues of common concern to both Japan and Switzerland.

Three years have now passed since that first symposium, and while we continue to benefit from the advancement of science and technology, our information-oriented and global society continues to give rise to new problems, and we face a reality in which the number of issues that we must address is increasing. In view of that situation, Kyoto University and the University of Zurich are organizing the 2nd Swiss-Kyoto Symposium as an effort to combine the of knowledge and advanced research expertise of Japan and Switzerland to promote collaboration and exchange in academic fields with the potential to contribute to the welfare of global society.


30 October – 1 November, 2016


“Center of Innovation Building” in Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University


1. Healthy Aging
2. Primate Morphology and Behavior
3. Plants in Changing Environments: Systems in Action
4. Digital Society and Big Data Era
5. Investigations into the Disciplines of Japanese and East Asian Art Histories:Exchanges between Japan and Europe, wit h a Focus on Switzerland
6. Regenerative Medicine for Cardiac and Neural Diseases


The organizers of the Kyoto – Swiss Symposium 2016 would like to express their profound gratitude to the faculty, staff, and students of the two participating institutions for their tremendous efforts and dedication towards making the symposium possible.

We hope that this symposium will be a significant step in advancing academic cooperation between Switzerland and Japan, and we humbly ask for your continued support and collaboration in the future.

University of Zürich
Kyoto University