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3 December 2014
EU-Japan cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI): JEUPISTE project consortium meeting held in Turin

Photo Participants at the JEUPISTE Consortium meeting

The FP7 project, “Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and TEchnology (JEUPISTE) is engaged in various activities to reinforce Europe-Japan cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI), including contribution to STI policy dialogues, information services, organisation of seminars, workshops and training courses. The 3rd JEUPISTE Consortium meeting was held in Turin (Italy) on 14 November, taking the opportunity of the second Innovation Workshop organised the day before. All the partners and members of the Advisory Board gathered and a thorough review of the project activities during the past year was made. The consortium also discussed future actions and refocusing of activities in line with the recommendations from the review that took place in May 2014, with the objective to contribute to further enhancing EU-Japan STI cooperation.

 

6 October 2014
EU–Japan cyberspace dialogue and space dialogue and forum, Tokyo

The EU and Japan held their first dialogue on cyber security in Tokyo on 6 October. The meeting focused on how to address the growing challenges to maintaining a safe, open and secure cyberspace; and how to protect human rights online. The two sides considered the norms, rules and principles to be applied in cyberspace, and discussed cooperation on tackling cybercrime. On 7 October, the first official EU–Japan space dialogue co-chaired by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European External Action Service (EEAS) took place in Tokyo. The following day, the ‘EU–Japan space policy forum’ brought together representatives of Japanese ministries and agencies, the EU Delegation, the European Commission (Enterprise and Industry DG), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, the Japanese and European industrial and research communities, to explore opportunities for closer cooperation in the areas of: Earth observation, satellite navigation applications and services, space transportation and space security.

Contact: Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology – EU Delegation in Japan

 

5 October 2014
Science and technology for society (STS) forum, Kyoto

Photo of the meeting Meeting with Sadayuki Tsuchiya, Deputy Minister at Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

On 5 October, Director-General Robert-Jan Smits participated in the 11th Science and Technology for Society (STS) forum in Kyoto. During a plenary session on R&I, he highlighted Horizon 2020’s novelties in addressing societal challenges, linking R&I (notably its support to SMEs) and doubling the budget on frontier research. He also emphasised the openness of Horizon 2020 to international participation. He finally stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation on the framework conditions for conducting research. During his visit to Kyoto, Robert-Jan Smits participated in various bilateral meetings. He exchanged views on implementing STI policies with the executive members of the Council for Science Technology and Innovation of Japan who are preparing Japan’s fifth science and technology (S&T) basic plan. Together with Deputy Minister Tsuchiya of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), they explored ways to enhance EU– Japan R&I cooperation and how to increase participation of Japanese researchers in Horizon 2020. Finally, together with ERC President Bourguignon and Professor Anzai, President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, they discussed potential synergies between Japan’s fundamental research programmes and Horizon 2020, notably with the ERC.

More information: STS Forum

Contact: Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology – EU Delegation in Japan

 

4 October 2014
Fifth EU–Japan policy forum ‘Science 2.0: Science in transition’, Kyoto

Photo from the conference 5th EU-Japan Policy Forum, International Conference Center, Kyoto

This year’s forum concerned the emergent topic of ‘Science 2.0’, whereby the norms and practices are giving way to a new way of doing science as a result of new computing power, social and professional networks, big-data, globalisation, and a culture of sharing. At the event, Director-General Robert-Jan Smits, together with Yuko Harayama from Japan’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, gave policy briefs on their first-hand experiences of recent developments in their respective science, technology and innovation (STI) policies. They were joined by around 40 other high-level policy-making participants, funding agency leaders, academics and industrial representatives from Europe and Japan. Together they discussed the issues associated with the evolution of the scientific enterprise, such as how research should be evaluated, how research practices and the implications of ‘Science 2.0’ differ across scientific fields, open access to data and publications, ethical issues and privacy, new alternative funding streams, the increasing importance of science for citizens, the role of public engagement, and how such framework conditions have become an area of research cooperation in their own right.

Contact: Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology – EU Delegation in Japan

 

Policy Dialogue

Recognising science, technology and innovation as key drivers for economic competitiveness, growth and employment, EU-Japan cooperation in this field has a huge potential for finding solutions to meet societal challenges such as secure energy supply, sustainable development and rapidly ageing populations.

In March 2011, the Agreement between the European Community and the Government of Japan on cooperation in science and technology (S&T) entered into force.

The first meeting of the Joint S&T Committee related to the S&T agreement in June 2011 in Tokyo, provided a new impetus to S&T policy dialogue. It allowed both sides to take stock of the state of cooperation, identify roadblocks, and agree on a first joint EU-Japan S&T Road Map for 2011-2013.

At the EU-Japan Summit in May 2014, the leaders expressed the aim for a "new strategic partnership in research and innovation".

The roadmap for cooperation between the EU and Japan (attached to the Report on the Implementation of the Strategy for International Cooperation from September 2014) provides an overview of what are considered to be the medium term priorities for future cooperation, reflecting the current state of agreement in the EU-Japan policy dialogue. The following areas are considered to be priority areas for future cooperation with Japan:

  • Critical raw materials
  • Transport research including aviation
  • ICT

In addition to these three ‘flagship’ priorities, cooperation is also ongoing in a number of other areas, including energy (non-nuclear), space research and innovation, health, security research and Euratom. Ocean research and robotics are other areas with potential for increased cooperation.

 

Projects

  • In September 2013, a new BILAT project, Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology (JEUPISTE) was launched. For 3 years, JEUPISTE will further enhance the level of Europe-Japan cooperation with richer activities, including contribution to the EU-Japan STI policy dialogues, implementation of bilateral information services, active network building through academic/innovation workshops, operation of help desk and organisation of training courses. The JEUPISTE project aims at promoting EU-Japan cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) through supports to policy dialogues, deployment of bilateral information services, organisation of networking events focusing on specific technologies and/or societal challenges, operation of help desk services and contribution to the development of human resources for collaborative projects.
  • EUrope-Japan opening of LIMMS aims to reinforce research collaboration between Europe and Japan to tackle new challenges in micro and nano technologies. The strategy consists in opening the activity of an international laboratory, the Laboratory for Integrated Micro Mechatronic Systems (LIMMS), located in Tokyo, to European partners. The scientific challenge of EUJO-LIMMS is to push the frontiers of micro and nano systems technology in capitalising the complementary expertise of UT and European partners. The hosted European researchers will develop joint projects for new applications in flexible electronics, optics, nanotechnology, molecular and cellular bio-engineering. At mid-project a call will be organised to expend the collaboration to European researchers from other Member States or Associated Countries. The proposals will be stimulated by an open workshop in Europe and the new partner will be selected by the EUJO-LIMMS consortium.
  • Connecting and Coordinating European Research and Technology Development with Japan (CONCERT-Japan) is an ERA-NET initiative to coordinate, network and enhance S&T cooperation of the European countries with Japan through developing a concerted cooperation approach. To that end, specific features of this ERA-NET action include the definition of common elements in present cooperation, identification of priorities and models for future cooperation, implementation of a pilot joint funding activity and development of a durable programmatic approach for the future.
  • BILAT in Japan (J-BILAT) has as main objective to explore this potential and enhance EU-Japan cooperation in research and innovation by effectively informing the S&T research community in Japan about the EU programmes and funding instruments, thus promoting participation of EU-Japan joint projects in the FP 7.

 

 

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Contacts

European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Anne Haglund Morrissey
Policy Officer - R&I Relations with Japan
Unit RTD C1 - Policy Coordination, EFTA and Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia and Pacific
Tel: (+32) 229 80062
Email:
Anne.HAGLUND-MORRISSEY@ec.europa.eu
Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology
Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0047, Japan
Telephone: (+81) 3 5422 6001
Fax: (+81) 3 5420 5544
Email:
Leonidas.karapiperis@eeas.europa.eu