Int Ctr Mat Nanoarchitecton MANA, National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) - Japan

Mervyn J Miles (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

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BGER Visit to MANA, NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan

NSQI was showcased at the meetings held over two days in Tsukuba at the National Institute for Material Sciences (NIMS) and International Center for Material Nanotarchiectonics (MANA), a World Premier Institute.The visit culminated in a half day “NSQI-MANA Symposium,” which a good sampling of the researchers at NIMS. Prof. Masa Aono, the director of MANA, and his colleagues indicated a clear intention to establish a tangible connection with NSQI. Discussions considered research collaborations, joint workshops, exchanges of graduate students and post-docs, and other similar activities. An MOU has been drafted between MANA and NSQI and it is planned to sign this agreement when Aono visits Bristol in the Autumn of 2013. Prof. Susumu Kitagawa – Associate Director Institute for Integrated Cell-Materials Science (iCeMS) – a World Premier Institute Kyoto University, Japan Advanced discussions on collaborations between NSQI and iCeMS ICeMS, like MANA, is one of six World Premier Institutes (WPI), These unique, prestigious and well funded projects represent the significant investment by Japan in these research areas. The delegation met with Prof. Kiyoshi Yoshikawa, the Executive VP for Research at Kyoto University. He later led the delegation to Bristol in January 2013. The visit concluded with the 6th Annual Nanobiotechnology Symposium hosted by iCeMS and held on Nov. 7th, 8th, and 9th. The symposia series was instigated by the California Nanosystems institute at UCLA (USA) in 2007, holding it in conjunction with the opening of the CNSI building. The co-sponsor was the Center for Nanobio Integration at the University of Tokyo. The following year it took place in Tokyo. Since then membership in the series has grown to include Yonsei University (Korea), the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (U. of Munich, Technical University of Munich), iCeMS (Kyoto), the Swedish Nanoscience Medical Center at the Karolinska Institutet, and CEA/Leti (Grenoble). The symposium provided an invaluable opportunity to meet researchers from a range of institutions in Asia the US and Europe. The most significant outcome was the offer by NSQI to host the 2013 symposium in Bristol. The offer was unanimously and enthusiastically accepted. This also enabled Bristol to join this invitation only network of the world’s top institutions engaged in nanoscale research. This will give a tremendous boost to the standing of NSQI in the global scientific community.
Period3 Nov 201212 Nov 2012
VisitingInt Ctr Mat Nanoarchitecton MANA, National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) - Japan