The 11th meeting of the Joint Japan-UK Committee for Cooperation in the field of Science and Technology takes place online on 20 October 2021.
The Joint Committee is chaired by the Executive Member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of the Japan Cabinet Office, Dr Takahiro Ueyama, and by the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, and by the Japanese Ambassador for Science and Technology Cooperation, Mr Takeshi Nakane, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. hosted the meeting, together with BEIS Director of International Research and Innovation, Harriet Wallace. Representatives from the Japanese and British governments and scientific institutions were also present.
The aim of the Joint Committee is to deepen our partnership by exchanging information on the form of our research, technology and innovation policy development and agreeing on practical cooperation. Speakers from both sides presented various new activities, such as the Facilitation Mechanism, which was developed to maximize the value of research, technology and innovation cooperation for our country. They share information about new priorities, look for opportunities to build on the strengths of our scientific community.
The Joint Committee exchanges views and measures to ensure the security and integrity of the research ecosystem to promote our shared values of self-reliance, openness, reciprocity and transparency in which international collaboration thrives.
The Joint Committee commended the collaborative work between British and Japanese researchers to address COVID-19 pandemics, including through collaborative research projects funded in partnership by Research and Innovation UK (UKRI) and the Japanese Agency for Science and Technology (JST).
The Joint Committee agreed to continue to strengthen the relationship by fostering strategic and bottom-up research partnerships, including through:
- regular open joint research program, building on the success of the first two open research programs supported by UKRI and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2021 in social sciences, arts and humanities, and in 2018 on life sciences and environmental sciences
- partnerships through research infrastructure, building on the collaborative work already underway on the Hyper-Kamiokande Project and the Square Kilometer Array
- strategic research programs that are more frequently targeted, building on the success of the joint calling in regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, the social impact of TO HIM, and marine sensors
Innovate UK and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) presented to the Joint Committee on their first collaborative innovation program in 2020. They agreed to further collaborative opportunities for innovative businesses to work together to leverage the strengths of the UK and Japan.
The Joint Committee notes with appreciation the progress in the field of Medicine and Life Sciences. The Committee welcomes the strengthened cooperation, including joint research calls on infectious diseases and regenerative medicine, based on a memorandum between the Japan Medical Research and Development Agency (AMED) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). It also approved their efforts to hold further symposiums and launched a joint call for neuroscience.
The Joint Committee hopes to further enhance cooperation in the field of Space and take note of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the British Space Agency (UKSA). The Committee welcomes the first joint study of space debris between JAXA and Defense Science and Technology Laboratory.
The Joint Committee expressed its hope for further enhancing cooperation in the field of Marine Science and shared views on promoting cooperation in the development of Arctic research between research institutes and institutes in the UK and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). ).
A meeting of the Anglo-Japanese Joint Committee on Science and Technology is expected to take place in the UK in 2023.
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