European Research Day 2017

4 December

EU Delegation Tokyo

Minamiazabu 4-6-28 | ACCESS
ERD 2018 call for abstract and audience registration is open!

Access full proceedings and presentation files here:

full proceedings (pdf)

Researchers' Sessions presentations (.zip bundle)

Special Session:European Research Area countries' R&I landscapes (.zip bundle)

Special session: EURAXESS services to the European Research Community of Japan (pdf) Special Session: Strategic Networking Workshop (pdf)


What is this event?

The European Research Day (ERD) is the third edition of an event organised by EURAXESS Japan with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, which aims to bring together the European research community currently based in Japan to discuss research, careers and relation to Europe.

The ERD is a one-day workshop featuring presentations by researchers from the European research community of Japan, discussion panels on issues of relevance for Japan-Europe mobility and research cooperation & careers; while fostering networking among participants.


Event features

The ERD is a unique opportunity for European researchers and researchers from any nationality interested in Europe to network and discuss careers.

Participants (speakers) can showcase their research, present their career path and expectations and provide insight on their relation to Europe; which attendees can learn a lot from.

Both may find new ideas for their research, increase their network for collaborative projects, and aybe even find their next lab or institution!

Who can submit an abstract?

By European research community, we mean researchers, citizens of any country covered by EURAXESS: the EU-28 and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, FYRoMacedonia, Iceland, Israel, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey, for a total of 40 countries; as well as researchers from other nationalities (including Japanese) who have had a long-term (one or more years) experience in Europe; or who have concrete plans to relocate to Europe at a short or mid-term.

Applicants must be currently (i.e. at the time of the event) active in Japan at a recognised university or research institute/centre, public or private sector.

The call is open to researchers of all career levels from PhD students onwards (PhD students, postdocs, associate professors, professors, etc.) and from all scientific disciplines including social sciences and humanities. Note that researchers, professors, scientists, experts who do not hold a PhD but have a full-time research experience of at least 3 years can apply too.

Researchers who were already selected for a contribution at the ERD 2016 cannot apply.

Finally, participants must be willing and able to participate to the ERD, that will be held in the form of a one-day event in Tokyo on 4 December 2016.

Apart from exceptional cases (students without dedicated budget for example), there will be no reimbursement for travel and accommodation fees.







Host & Support:

Delegation of the European Union to Japan


EU delegation Japan thumb






Description of the call for abstracts


The abstract must contain three clearly defined parts:

  1. The researcher’s own project (research work)
    [one third of all content]

  2. Feedback on the researcher’s career so far and particularly on his/her perception of the difference between Japan and Europe: his/her grant or employment conditions, working atmosphere, etc. Future career plans and reasons: industry in Japan or elsewhere? Academia in Europe? Etc. The hurdles and difficulties toward these plans, as well as some hints as to how to overcome these difficulties would be most welcome. This part must provide information that may be valuable to the European research community active in Japan.
    [one third of all content]

  3. The researcher’s current relation to Europe: are there ongoing cooperation projects with previous or other labs in Europe? Are there short or mid-term relocation plans to Europe? If yes, what kind of funding is used to implement ithe project(s)? If not, is there a special reason (lack of funding for example)? Would Europe be attractive --or not-- for a future position and why? Etc... (creativity welcome!)
    [one third of all content]

These three parts are of equal importance. They will all be used by the organisers to select the speakers. Once (if) selected, the researcher will be provided with a 20 minutes slot for a talk, which will in turn reflect the contents of the abstract.

There will be ideally between 15 and 20 selected speakers.


How to submit?

The abstract submission is 100% online. Please prepare your abstract in advance and copy/paste it in our online form. Several items must be filled-in to complete the application:

1. Personal information

  • Contact information
  • Full name, affiliation & position
  • Nationality (if non-European, years of experience in Europe)

2. The abstract itself

  • Part A: pitch your research
    [limited to 1000 characters including spaces (exculding citations)]
  • Part B: showcase your career path & expectations
    [limited to 1000 characters including spaces]
  • Part C: discuss your relation to Europe
    [limited to 1000 characters including spaces]
To include images, please upload them to an online platform and provide us with their URL.

3. (optional) CV & personal projects

  • Post a link to your online redacted CV (pdf), personal website, ResearchGate, LinkedIn or other platforms.

By submitting an abstract, the researcher engages himself/herself to come to Tokyo for the event on 4 December if he/she is selected.


call for abstracts closed


JFR (partner event) call for abstracts

Call closed
The Journees Francophones de la Recherche (JFR) is gathering french-speaking researchers and students in Japan, from all disciplines and citizenships, and is organized jointly by Sciencescope, the Department of Science and Technology and the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in Japan, CNRS, and CCIFJ.

The main objective of this one-day event is to allow researchers, students, engineers, institutional, corporate representatives or just curious people discussing about their activities in Japan. In 2017 it will take place on 1 December.

In order to participate or contribute to this event, please register or submit an abstract here.







Speakers (Researchers' Sessions)

T01 - Dr. Antonino FLACHI, Associate Professor, Italian
Keio University, Research and Education Center for Natural Sciences
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T02 - Mr. Jon ALVAREZ, PhD Candidate, Spanish
Waseda University, Faculty of Science and Engineering
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T03 - Dr. Maia ROOTS, Assistant Professor, Estonian
Tohoku University, Graduate School of Law
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T04 - Dr. Gerald AUER, Postdoc, Austrian
JAMSTEC, Dept. of Biogeochemistry
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T05 - Ms. Flore CASTELLAN, PhD Candidate, French
University of Tokyo, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Laboratory of Embryology
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T06 - Dr. Eliza Olivia LUNGU, Postdoc, Romanian
Kyoto University, Grad. Sch. of Science
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T07 - Mr. Ryuugo MOCHIZUKI, PhD Candidate, Japanese
Kyushu Institute of Technology, Grad. Sch. of Life Science and Systems Engineering
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T08 - Dr. Malek MOHAMMAD ABDUL, Researcher, Bangladeshi
Kyoto University, Division of Natural Resource Economics
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T09 - Dr. Lyle DE SOUZA, Postdoc, British
Kyoto University, Institute for Research in Humanities
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T10 - Dr. Dolores MODIC, Postdoc, Slovenian
Kyushu University, Faculty of Law / AiRIMaQ
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T11 - Dr. Ana SAN GABRIEL, Associate General Manager, Spanish
Ajinomoto Co. Inc, Global Communication & Science Group
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T12 - Dr. Pavlos DIMITRIOU, Research Scientist, Greek
AIST Fukushima Renewable Energy Research Institute
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T13 - Dr. Eva KNOCH, Postdoc, German
RIKEN Research Center for Sustainable Resource Science
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T14 - Dr. Aurelien KEREVER, Assistant Professor, French
Juntendo University, Research Institute for Diseases of Old Age
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T15 - Dr. Lesa THOMPSON, PhD Candidate, British
Hokkaido University, Grad. Sch. of Veterinary Medicine
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T16 - Dr. Marco PELLITTERI, Research Fellow, Italian
Kobe University, Dept. of Sociology
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Special Session A: European Research Area

The purpose of this session is to present an overview of the European Research Area (ERA) and provide space for its constituent countries to showcase their research and innovation landscape, as well as employment and cooperation opportunities for researchers and institutions.

Discussion and networking will continue during lunch, where participants will present posters to the audience.


Participants with a booth during lunch:









European Research Area

EURAXESS Service Centres


Special Session B: European research community of Japan

The session will present the latest results from the 2016 EURAXESS Survey of European Researchers in Japan.

It will also provide a first feedback on the newly launched EURAXESS Japan Grant Proposal Peer-Review Service.


Special Session C: Structured networking for researchers

By facilitator Dr. Camedda, University of Edinburgh

Networking is a vital component of the lifelong learning process, especially within the academic careers of young researchers that aim to develop a professional profile internationally.

Trans-national networking is becoming recognised to a greater extent as an important instrument with which to mutually adjust, improve and orientate research worldwide (Goel, Grimpe 2011). Publication derived from international networking (Faria, Goel 2010) are among the outcomes often sought by researchers, as well as participation in international research grants.

In the era of internationalisation, universities and institutions across the world recognise the value of networking in international contexts as a way of fostering research collaboration, mobility exchange and curriculum improvement from a global perspective (Camedda, Mirman-Flores, Ryan 2017). Yet, young researchers often struggle to find their own way to build professional relationships that will lead to effective collaboration (Raj, Fast, Fisher 2017).

In order to promote the culture of international networking and support young researchers in developing their networking skills, this workshop will offer a space for reflection on this topic as well as practical activities for networking strategies development.

Check the programmes of the previous editions here:

ERD 2015 proceedings     ERD 2016 proceedings


Access full proceedings here (pdf)
Registration desk opens from 9:00. Please come early!

  Morning sessions


Welcome address

Mr. Francesco Fini, Deputy Head of Mission, Delegation of the EU to Japan


Introduction & overview of the day

Matthieu Py, EURAXESS Japan


Researchers' Session I
(includes coffee break)
Chair: Dr. Giuseppe Pruneri, Head of Technical Infrastructure Section and site-responsible officer, RFX Padova / LIPAc project team

T01 to T06 (see list of speakers)


Special Session A:
European Research Area (ERA) overview and actors, elevator pitch & networking.

Elevator pitch speakers:
- France: Ms. Cerise Randon, Science and Technology Section, Embassy of France in Japan
- Germany: Ms. Saiki Hase, Deputy Director, DFG office Tokyo
- Hungary: Dr. Gyorgyi Juhasz, Science and Technology Attache, Embassy of Hungary in Japan
- Italy: Ms Nadia Lombardo, ‎Science and Technology Cooperation Officer, Embassy of Italy in Japan
- Spain: Dr. Francisco J. Jimenez-Espejo, President, ACE Japon
- Switzerland: Ms. Kyoko Suzuki, Deputy Head, Science & Technology Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan


Participating countries:

- Austria (no pitch)
- France
- Germany
- Hungary
- Israel (no pitch)
- Italy
- Spain
- Switzerland

  12:40 - Lunch & ERA countries networking


  Afternoon sessions


Researchers' Sessions II
(includes coffee break)
Chair: Dr. Bo Thomsen, Postdoctoral researcher, RIKEN Theoretical Molecular Science Laboratory

T07 to T12 (see list of speakers)


Special Session B:

- About the EURAXESS Survey of European Researchers in Japan

- About the EURAXESS Japan Grant Proposal Peer-Review Service

EURAXESS Japan, other speakers TBA


Researchers' Session III
(includes coffee break)
Chair: Dr. Steffen Heinrich, Senior Research Fellow, Head of Social Science Section, German Institute for Japanese Studies

T13 to T16 (see list of speakers)


Special Session C:
Structured networking training

Dr. Camedda, University of Edinburgh

19:15 Closing remarks  

19:20 - Networking reception


20:45 Wrap-up