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German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo was established


On October 6th 2010, the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo was officially opened at the German-Japanese Science and Innovation Forum 2010. 400 participants from the fields of science, business and politics from Germany and Japan took part in the symposium. Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) and Manfred Hoffmann, Executive Director of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan opened the conference. State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research underlined the similarities between Germany and Japan, thus pointing out the manifold possibilities and need for cooperation in science and business between the two countries.


Professor Dr. Harald zur Hausen, a Nobel laureate for medicine, and the former President of the University of Tokyo and AIST, Professor Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, held the ceremonial lecture. A panel discussion featuring high-level ranking representatives of German and Japanese science and business lively discussed common perspectives of an enhanced German-Japanese cooperation in times of growing global competition, especially in the field of knowledge resources.



In the afternoon, experts discussed in separate workshops such cutting edge topics in science as Intellectual Property Rights, New Materials, Climate Change, Computer Simulation in the field of Environmental Research and Robotics.

The German Science and Innovation Forum 2010 was organised by the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG), institutes of the Fraunhofer Association, Max Planck Society as well as the Helmholtz Society among others.


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