Evening social & networking events
for the European research community of Japan

register for ERN2018#2, 8 March Tokyo, Gender Equality in Research & Dual Careers



Gender Equality in Research
& Dual-Careers

Thursday 8 March, 19:00~
Tokyo Chiyoda-ku



Research update: state of the art in Europe & Japan

Matthieu Py


Gender equality in EU's research and innovation framework programme, and She Figures



Hisako Ohtsubo

Nihon University

Women in STEM careers in Japan

Hisako Ohtsubo is a senior researcher of Research Institute of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Nihon University, a former Professor & Head of the Female Scientists Support Unit (FSSU), Nihon University, Active members of Japan Inter-Society Liaison Association for promoting Equal Participation of Men and Women in Science and Engineering (EPMEWSE, so-called RENRAKUKAI), working on the gender issue in the field of Life Science. She spent her early days of her career (70s~80s) at Stony Brook University, NY., as a faculty member, where she had experienced early days of the affirmative action in STEM field in US. Her publications include; 1) Japan's Lagging Gender Equality. Science Apr 26; 340 (6131): 428-30 (2013), and 2) Maximizing the Potential of Scientists in Japan: promoting equal participation for women scientists through leadership development. Genes to Cells 18 (07): 529-532 (2013).




(Speaker TBC via video conference)

About the EU-funded COST project Gender, Science, Technology and Environment (genderSTE)




Experience feedback: gender equality & dual careers in Europe and Japan

Gentiane Venture

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Being a woman in a robots’ world

Gentiane Venture is a French Roboticist who has been working in academia in Tokyo, Japan for more than 10 years. After graduating from Ecole Centrale de Nantes and obtaining a PhD from University of Nantes in 2000 and 2003 respectively, she works at the French Nuclear Agency and at the University of Tokyo. She started in 2009 with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology where she has established the GVlab, an international research group working on human science and robotics. The researchers at the GVlab try to encompass human motion dynamics and non-verbal communication into complex intelligent robot behavior design to achieve personalized human machine interaction. The work of her group is highly interdisciplinary by collaborating with therapists, sociologists, psychologists, physiologists, philosophers, neuro-scientists, ergonomists, bio-mechanists, designers worldwide…




Beate Heissig

University of Tokyo

Dual or half career: trapped between success and support

Present Position:

Associate Professor, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Dep. of Stem Cell Dynamics, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo



1984-1990       M.D., Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

1993                Doctor in Medicine, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany


Professional Experiences:


Physician (Intern, Fellow)

- The National Bone Marrow Donor Program, Tuebingen, Germany

- Thoraxklinik, Oncology, Heidelberg, Germany

- Heidelberg University, Medical Faculty of Mannheim

Hematology/Oncology, Germany


Postdoctoral Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Laboratory of Developmental Hematopoiesis), New York


Senior Research Associate, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Hematology-Oncology, New York, NY


Cooperative Assistant Professor. Juntendo University School of Medicine, Transfusion Medicine, Tokyo, Japan


Project Assistant Professor, Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (IMSUT), Center for Experimental Medicine


Assistant Professor (tenure track), IMSUT, Center for Experimental Medicine

2012- present   Associate Professor (tenure track), IMSUT, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative medicine




Akiko Ejima

Meiji University

Gender equality or inequalities in legal field careers





Sanbancho KF Bldg 5F
Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sanbancho 2-4

18:30 doors open, 19:00 Introduction, 19:05 start
Research update: 15' / 45' / 30' + break & discussion time
Experience feedback: 15'/ 15' /15' + discussion time

22:00 wrap-up

Please feel free to bring your food & drinks
Looking forward to seeing you!

register here for ERN2018#2 !!limited seats!!







Long term careers in Japan

Friday 26 January, 19:30~
Meeting room central Osaka

(Honmachi station)



Jean-Pierre Bellier

Assistant Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Research Center, Shiga University of Medical Science


David Hajime Kornhauser

Director, Global Communications, Kyoto University

Kristian Bering

Chief Research Administrator, Office of Management and Planning, Osaka University




Meeting room, Marushi Bldg. 9th Floor, Osaka Chuo-ku Honmachi 3-4-11

大阪市中央区本町3-4-11 丸寿ビル 9階


(access: 5 minutes on foot from Honmachi subway station 3rd exit)


19:30 start - short introduction - 30 minutes / speaker + discussion time

Please feel free to bring your food & drinks

Looking forward to seeing you!

registration closed










What are these events?

The European Research Nights 2018 (ERN 2018) are evening social events organised by EURAXESS Japan as a support event for the annual flagship event European Research Day 2018 (ERD 2018).

Both aim to bring together the European research community currently based in Japan to discuss research, careers and relation to Europe.

The ERN 2018 events will be held at regular intervals along the year, with the objective of providing more informal, social opportunities for the European community to interact. Our objective for 2018 is to hold 3 editions in Kanto (Tokyo) and 3 editions outside of Tokyo; with a pilot event in Kansai.


Event features

The ERN are evening events designed to provide local communities with a get-together opportunity, and to discuss specific topics (which can be decided either on an ad-hoc basis or upon requests from the community, feel free to email us to suggest a topic).

They feature a small number (2 to 4) of speakers with specific experience or ideas relevant to the topic of the day, on a longer format (30 to 45 minutes each), and extensive discussion sessions.

They are social and informal by nature -- all profiles, all questions & discussions welcome!


More about the ERD

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 and representative of European countries participating in the European Research Area.


check ERD past and current editions here