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The 1st Bristol–Kyoto Symposium

Office of Society-Academic Collaboration for Innovation (SACI) at Kyoto University

Office of Society-Academic Collaboration for Innovation (SACI) at Kyoto University

The National Composites Centre

The National Composites Centre

19 December 2012

Kyoto University and University of Bristol are aiming to develop joint research activities and plan sustainable interactions at this 1st Bristol –Kyoto Symposium

The purpose of this 1st Bristol -Kyoto Symposium is to develop new relationships, to move existing collaborations to a deeper understanding and to build new collaborative research opportunities and activities. We aim over these two days to develop joint research activities and plan sustainable interactions.

Then University of Bristol is delighted to welcome over 90 delegates from Kyoto and pleased that more than 150 will be participating from Bristol including members of academic, research and professional staff, research students, research funders and sponsors and partners from the public and private sectors.

Relationship Background

Over the last 4 years a strategic relationship has been growing between Kyoto University and University of Bristol as both universities engaged with the challenges of internationalisation and the opportunities it might offer their top quality research activities.

The relationship is built on a number of informal collaborations but formal links started around research commercialisation in 2008 resulting in a Memorandum of Understanding between the division of Research and Enterprise Development at University of Bristol and Kyoto University’s Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation (SACI).

A series of workshops in specific areas have subsequently been held in both Bristol and Kyoto (including in Communications Engineering; Translational Medicine; Natural Hazards and Disaster Prevention). These have led to active links between University of Bristol’s Severnside Alliance for Strategic Research (SARTRE, now prosecuted through the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research) and between the Cabot Institute and complementary organisations at Kyoto.

The collective strength of this activity resulted in an institutional Memorandum of Understanding between KU and UoB signed in 2011. This signalled an intention to work together at an institutional level across a wide range of disciplines, and was the catalyst to develop a major joint symposium to explore and develop collaborative research.

The award of a grant from EPSRC, under their Building Global Engagements in Research programme and concurrent investment from both Universities, has enabled a further step in the relationship by funding a series of visits to Kyoto and, in part, this symposium.