World Premier Research in Japan
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Since its establishment in 2003, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science’s San Francisco Office (JSPS SF: has been supporting exchange between the Japanese and American researcher communities while acting as a hub for Japanese universities’ West Coast offices and their networking activities. This 15th anniversary event is to highlight the achievements of the international research centers established by the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI). These globally visible research centers focus on a wide range of fields such as energy, chemistry, plant biology and astrophysics. This 15th anniversary event goes for two days. The program will be followed by networking receptions at the end of each day.
Day 1
Thursday, 24 January 2019 | 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm
International House, University of California, Berkeley
299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720-2320

Day 2
Friday, 25 January 2019 | 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Paul G. Allen Building, 101X Auditorium, Stanford University
420 Via Palou Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Note: Networking reception will start 5:30 pm. The same program is planned on each date. The plan might be changed in the future.

Kavli IPMU | The University of Tokyo
"Cross-Disciplinary Research Center for Addressing the Origin and Evolution of the Universe"

AIMR | Tohoku University
"Aiming to Establish a Premier Research Center for Materials Science"

I2CNER | Kyushu University
"The Grand Highway for a Carbon-Neutral Energy Fueled World"

ITbM | Nagoya University
"Changing the World with Molecules: Synthetic Chemistry and Plant/Animal Biology"

(1) Kavli IPMU
- Kavli IPMU
(Hitoshi Murayama)
- Lyman-Alpha Forest Tomography: Mapping the Shadows of the Cosmic Web at High Noon
(Khee‐Gan Lee)
(2) AIMR
- Materials research in the digitalized society
(Motoko Kotani)
- Oxide electronics: converting insulators into electronic materials
(Tomoteru Fukumura)
(3) I2CNER
- Engineering Carbon‐Neutral Energy Solutions and Cultural Bridges Across the Pacific
(Petros Sofronis)
- Efficient and Stable Metal Halide Perovskite Solar Cells
(Toshinori Matsushima)
(4) ITbM
- Institute of Transformative Bio‐Molecules (ITbM): Changing the World with Molecules
(Tsuyoshi Matsumoto)
- A bump-and-hole strategy toward freehand manipulation of plant hormone signaling
(Naoyuki Uchida)
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