The International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF), managed by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, is part of the UK government’s commitments to prioritise strategic international science partnerships.

In May 2023, RENKEI hosted the 'RENKEI Seminar: ISPF - accelerating Japan-UK scientific collaboration' to introduce this new research funding programme to university representatives in Japan and the UK. Together with researchers from RENKEI member universities of both countries, we discussed the opportunities and potential for UK-Japan scientific and technological research collaboration and human resource development that the ISPF could create.
The archive recording of the seminar can be viewed from the top of this page.

The RENKEI consortium’s rich experience in bringing key players in Japan and the UK together and initiating research collaborations puts it in a unique position to discuss and propose the possibilities of the newly launched ISPF. We have created a short video in which members of the RENKEI network share their ideas for the opportunities this new programme brings.

RENKEI seminar: ISPF - accelerating Japan-UK scientific collaboration

Date/time: Thursday 18 May 2023 17:00-18:00 JST
Venue: Keio University, G-Lab / online
Organised by: RENKEI (Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiative)
Cooperation by: Keio University

Prof. Motoko Kotani / Executive Vice President for Research, Tohoku University
Prof. Motohiro Tsuchiya / Vice-President for Global Engagement and Information Technology, Keio University
Prof. Deborah Riby / Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Research Students, Durham University
Prof. Patrick Degenaar / Professor of Neuroprosthetics, Newcastle University
Dr. Elisa Miles / Research Funding Development Manager: International, RENKEI Coordinator (Moderator)

At the seminar, we shared a joint statement by RENKEI member universities titled 'UK-Japan collaboration in the age of ISPF'. The statement sets out RENKEI universities' hopes towards the ISPF to create further opportunities to promote international scientific research collaboration between the UK and Japan. 

This joint statement was presented by the Japan-UK Co-Chairs of RENKEI (Executive Vice President Toshiya Ueki of Tohoku University and Dr Spencer Hazel of Newcastle University) to George Freeman MP (UK Minister of State in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology), when the minister visited Japan to attend the G7 Science and Technology Ministers meeting in Sendai.

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