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JSPS Strasbourg Office NEWS LETTER December 2019

Briefing at Nancy

On September 19th and 20th, the JSPS Strasbourg Office held a JSPS program briefing at the University of Lorraine, which was established in 1572, consists of more than 55,000 students,

in Nancy, the capital of the north–eastern French department of Meurth-et-Moselle within Tohoku-Lorraine Conference 2019. In the briefing, the member of the Strasbourg Office introduced JSPS international exchange programs. 

Briefing at Paris

On November 18th, the JSPS Strasbourg Office held a JSPS program briefing at University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, which is composed of five departments specializing in law, journalism and media, economics, public and private management, and political science. The university enrolls approximately 18,000 students every year. The staff of Strasbourg Office gave a presentation to introduce JSPS international exchange programs in French language. After that, Prof.Gilber Jean Faccarello, Dr.Guillaume Perry, Mr.Rafaël Pinot and Prof.Marie Hélène Monsériè-Bon, all of them are members of the JSPS French Alumni Association, shared their experiences and researches in Japan. The Q & A session followed, which allowed participants to understand JSPS programs and their procedures more clearly. 

France - Japan Joint Forum on Organofluorine Chemistry for Future Pharmaceutical/ Agricultural and Material Sciences

On November 12-14th, the JSPS Strasbourg Office held the France–Japan Joint Forum on Organofluorine Chemistry for Future Pharmaceutical/Agricultural and Material Sciences in Strasbourg in collaboration with University of Strasbourg. Fluorine plays an increasingly important role in numerous areas of our daily life. Fluorine–containing organic compounds are nowadays synthesized in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, polymers and electronics researches on a routine basis. The organofluorine chemistry field is still developing at a rapid pace and many other decisive discoveries are to be expected. The opening addresses were delivered by Prof.Michel Deneken, President of University of Strasbourg, Patrice Soullie, Regional Representative of CNRS and Toru Yoshikawa Chief Consul of Japan in Strasbourg. Throughout the three–day program, 16 front–line researchers in this field from Japan and France presented their research: Norio Shibata (NiTech); Hideki Amii (Gunma University); Santos Fusteros (University of Valencia); Mihoko Noro (AGC); Myriem EI Qacemi (Syngenta); Hirokazu Aoyama (Daikin Industries,Ltd.); Lucie Lovelle (Novartis); Kazutaka Shibatomi (Toyohashi University of Technology); Thierry Billard (University of Lyon); Hiromichi Egami (University of Shizuoka); Julie Geist (Bayer); Satoru Arimitsu (University of the Ryukyus); Sebastien Thibaudeau (University of Poitiers); Norimichi Saito (Ube Industries,Ltd.); Frederic Leroux (University of Strasbourg); Emmanual Magnier (University of Versailles).

Meeting with CNRS in Paris

On November 18th, the JSPS Strasbourg Office visited CNRS to discuss JSPS international exchange programs. Ms. Chamira LESSIGNY, former Deputy Director for Asia, left and Mr. Edouard BESSERVE, new Deputy Director for Asia, took over. We met him and got a new information with regard to strategy of CNRS, especially Bilateral Program. This meeting was a fruitful opportunity for both of us. 

JSPS-MUFJ Seminar Report

 ««Personifications of Foods in the Late Edo Period: Why do the foods in Kibyōshi fight among themselves?»

October 23th Dr.Yuki Hata (Post-doctoral Researcher, Nagoya University)

Kibyoshi are a kind of picture books in Edo period, which are described about related food at that time. The fights between fish and chicken and between ubon (noodle made from flour) and soba (buckwheat noodle) are , for example, described in the book. We can find that there were a lot of disputes about preferences for foods among people in the books. In the books, the facts are described by foods personalized. The audiences were so interested in her lecture. 

Other Events

●September 11: JSPS-MUFJ Seminar on Food Science was held at University of Strasbourg.

●September 2: Office staff gave briefings at University of Strasbourg. 

● September 24: Office staff gave briefings at The University of Bordeaux. 

● October 1: Office staff gave briefings at Paul Sabatier University. 

● October 9: JSPS-MUFJ Seminar on relationship between smell and chemical structure was held at University of Strasbourg.

● October 14: JSPS-MUFJ Seminar on Nihonium and next targeted Heavy element was held at University of Strasbourg.

● October 24: Office staff gave briefings at IMT Mine Albi.

● November 4-5: JANET Forum 2019 was held in London.

● November 18: JSPS staff held a meeting with CNRS in Paris.

● November 19: JSPS staff held a meeting with ANR in Paris.

● November 28 : JSPS-MUFJ Seminar on Food Science was held at University of Strasbourg.


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Many yachts and cruisers are anchored in the old port of the town, giving the impression of the port city. The town dates back to the 6th century BC. The town faces the Mediterranean Sea and has delicious seafood. It was also the setting for the French novelist Alexandre Dumas's "Le Comte de Monte-Cristo".






JSPS Strasbourg Office NEWS LETTER August 2019

JSPS French Alumni Association General Assembly held in Paris

On 5th October, office staff participated in the JSPS French Alumni Association General Assembly 2018 held in Sorbonne University. The association has a history of 14 years and currently its member counts more than 600. JSPS Strasbourg Office has supported their spontaneous networking activities since its establishment. This year, an election of board members was taken place and as a result, Professor Catherine Mariojouls and Professor Thomas Silverstone were newly elected as vice presidents. On the same day, the JSPS international program briefing was jointly held in Sorbonne University campus. The briefing featured Dr. Malick Camara and Dr. Guillaume Perry who were former JSPS fellows from the university and about 20 students and researchers participated.

France - Japan Joint Forum on Solar Energy

On 8‐9th October, JSPS Strasbourg Office held “France ‐ Japan Joint Forum on Solar Energy” in Perpignan in collaboration with Université de Perpignan via Domitia (UPVD) and Laboratoire Procédés, Matériaux et Énergie Solaire (PROMES‐CNRS). Among renewable energies, solar energy is regarded as one of the most expected options to achieve sustainable society and reduction of greenhouse gas. However, its development implementation in large scale has been still with big social challenges. This forum aimed to address such challenges through enhancing exchanges between Japanese and French researchers. The opening addresses were delivered by Dr. Saigo, director of JSPS Strasbourg Office and Professor Didier Aussel, Vicepresident in charge of international relations of UPVD. Through the two‐day program, 13 front‐line researchers from Japan and France in the field presented their latest researches;

Alain Dollet (PROMES‐CNRS), Kensuke Nishioka (Miyazaki University), Tatsuoki Kono (Tohoku University), Masakasu Sugiyama (The University of Tokyo), Philippe Blanc (Mines ParisTech),Stéphane Grieu (UPVD/PROMES‐CNRS), Tomoyoshi Motohiro (Nagoya University), Nathalie Mazet (PROMES‐CNRS), Vincent Goetz (PROMES‐CNRS), Yoshiaki Nakano (The University of Tokyo), Jean‐François Guillemoles (IPVF/NextPV), Olivier Carré (ENEDIS), Satarou Yamaguchi(Chubu University).

After the forum, a tour to “Heliodysee” Large Solar Furnace in Odeillo and Themis Solar Tower Power Plant in Targassonne was organized for the speakers. Namely with 54 meterheight and 48 meter‐width, “Heliodysee” is known as one of the largest and the most powerful(1 Megawatt) solar furnaces in the world. At these exceptional constructions, the attendees listened attentively to the guide for its history and functions. The whole event was highly successful, thanks to supportive co‐organizers.

Briefing at Lille

On 15‐16th November, office staff visited University of Lille to give a briefing on JSPS International programs. The briefing was held as a part of “International Student Week” which celebrated international diversity of the university. Thus, at the opening evening, office staff had a chance to exchange with students, staff, and researchers from the university. The briefing in the next day was held to about 20 students, featuring presentations of former JSPS fellows from the university, Dr. Jean MARTINET and Dr. Benjamin PFEUTY. To conclude the visit to Lille, a reunion of former JSPS fellows in Lille including the two presenters was held for future networking in the region.

Selection meeting held for BRIDGE Fellowship Program 2019

Prof. Isabelle Sasaki, president of Alumni Association and the other committee members attended this meeting.

The BRIDGE Fellowship Program is provided exclusively for regular members of officially established JSPS alumni associations, who have conducted research activities in Japan under the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers or other JSPS programs. It gives them an opportunity to create, sustain and/or strengthen research collaborations with Japanese colleagues.

Following screening process, 4 candidates for the fellowship were selected. Their research fields were Physical Chemistry, Molecular biology, Quantum Information/Computing and Mathematics.

Selection meeting held for pre-/post-doctoral Fellowship(short-term) and Predeparture

Orientation for JSPS Summer Program 2019 Attendees at this meeting from CNRS were Ms. Chamira Lessigny, Deputy Director for Asia Division of International Cooperation Office and Ms. Caroline Danilovic, International Cooperation Officer, and from JSPS were Dr. Kazuhiko Saigo, Director of Strasbourg Office, Mr. Hiroshi Iijima, Deputy Director of Strasbourg Office, and Mr. Shigyo, International Program Associate. Following a screening process, 4 candidates for the fellowship were selected. At previous selection meeting, we had selected 9 candidates. In total, 13 candidates were selected. We took care to ensure a good diversity of fields among the candidates:Chemistry, Electronics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geography, Biology, Oceanography, Physics and Archaeology. In that afternoon, a pre‐departure orientation was convened for participants of JSPS Summer Program 2019, held under the JSPS program International Fellowships for Research in Japan. 16 of the 20 young researchers, selected from around France, attended to participate in the Summer Program. The orientation was kicked off by remarks from Ms. Chamira Lessigny, CNRS Deputy Director and Dr. Saigo, Director of JSPS Strasbourg Office. Next, Mr. Iijima, Deputy Director and Mr. Shigyo, International Program Associate of JSPS Strasbourg Office told the departing participants about the Summer Program’s nature and content, preparations they should make before departure, and things to keep in mind after arriving in Japan. Then, Dr.Stephanie Devineau and Dr. Louise Hespel, who participated in the Summer Program in 2015 and Short‐Term Program in 2014, respectively, talked about their experiences in Japan using a lot of photos, including their homestay with a Japanese family and their research at Japanese universities.

Following the orientation, a send‐off reception was held for the departing Summer Program participants, giving them an ideal opportunity to meet, talk and get to know each other before leaving for Japan.

JSPS-MUFJ Seminar Report

««Passion laque »

November 28 (Wed) Madame Nathalie Rolland‐Huckel (Creator, Laqueur)

The Alsace‐based lacquer creator partially known by collaboration with Hérmes explained the art of lacquer from academic points of view. The talk covered history of French lacquer since “Vernie Martin” in 18th Century until modern artists such as Jean‐Pierre Bousquet, Marie de la Roussieret, Thibaut Mazire and herself. Moreover, they are influenced from East Asian countries mostly from China and Japan, on various techniques in creative process at her atelier etc.

Other Events

● January 21: Selection Meeting for pre‐/post‐doctoral fellowship(short‐term) was held at CNRS.

● January 25: JSPS‐Unistra Seminar on Biological Sciences was held at Université de Strasbourg

● February 21‐22: Office staff gave briefings at ENS Paris‐Saclay and Université Paris‐ Saclay.

● February 26: Office staff gave a briefing at University of Geneva.

● February 28: Office staff gave a briefing at Université de Namur.

●May 23‐24: The 30th Anniversary Todai‐Unistra Symposium on Compexity was held at University of Strasbourg.

●June 7: Office staff gave a briefing at Université de Rennes 1.

●June 12‐13: Office staff gave a briefing at Université Côte d’Azur.


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【Tram】 Tram plays an important role in people’s life in Strasbourg. CTS was established as semi‐public company to run Tram in 1990. At the beginning, there was one Tram line, but now there are 6 lines as of 2019. Tram network was extended to Kehl where is German city neighbor on eastern Strasbourg in 2017. I’m surprised to find being able to go to Germany by Tram in twenty minutes from Strasbourg. Tram also plays a role of infrastructure of park‐andride facilities.European scenery sets off the Tram remarkably, it never ceases to amaze me.





JSPS Strasbourg Office
November 2018
Briefing at Aix-Marseille University
On 3 July, the JSPS Strasbourg Office held a JSPS program briefing at Aix-Marseille University (AMU) in Marseille, the capital city of Southern France situated on the Mediterranean coast.

In the briefing, members of the Strasbourg Office introduced JSPS and its international exchange programs, with special focus on JSPS’s Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan, to an audience of students, postdocs and young researchers. After which, Dr. Giuseppe Di Molfetta and Dr. Philippe Mossé, both members of the JSPS French Alumni Association, shared their personal experiences in talking about their stays in Japan under JSPS’s invitation fellowships and how after coming back to France they have applied their Japan experiences to their research activities.

The Q&A session that followed these interesting presentations added to the fruitfulness of the briefing in that the nature of the questions conveyed a concrete interest in research in Japan and JSPS programs. It was asked, for example, how host researchers are secured when going to Japan to do research under JSPS’s invitational fellowships, and what differences there are in the fellowship selection ratio among various fields of research.

After the briefing, our hosts were kind enough to give the Strasbourg Office staff an observation tour around the facilities of AMU’s Institute for Advanced Study (IMéRA). Also visiting its Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme (MMSH) and Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO), the staff got a good look at the high level of research being carried out at the university.

The day after our visit, the Strasbourg Office received a letter by email from the university thanking us warmly for our briefing and informing us that our pamphlets on JSPS’s international exchange programs were being distributed throughout the campus.
JSPS Strasbourg Office Visits ENS Paris-Saclay and Université Paris-Saclay
Université Paris-Saclay is a recently established university that consists of 14 member institutions including ENS Paris-Saclay. On 24-25 July, the JSPS Strasbourg Office staff visited the university and met with Professor Keitaro NAKATANI, Vice-President for Research, Ms. Catherine STEPHAN-EVAIN, Head of the International Relations Office at ENS Paris-Saclay, Mr. Guillaume GARRETA, Director of International Relations at Université Paris-Saclay, and Professor Sandrine LACOMBE, Vice-president of International Affairs at Université Paris-Sud.
Through our discussions during the visit, the JSPS delegation learned a lot about this new university and its excellent facilities and programs. The delegation also had an opportunity to tour the laboratories of ENS Paris-Saclay and the brand new campus of Université Paris-Saclay, which is located in a gigantic Paris Saclay ecosystem area.
JSPS-MUFJ Seminar Report
« Médecine Traditionnelle Chinoise: Du remède de sagesse populaire à la médecine de pointe, l'antipaludique artémisinine continue de livrer ses secrets »
September 13 (Wed) Luu Bang (CNRS)
Chinese herbal remedies have a long tradition stemming from ancient times. In this seminar, the history of Chinese medicine was presented from its beginnings to its modern applications and use in cutting-edge medical care. The audience was drawn into the discussion via explanations from scientific viewpoints made easy to comprehend by illustrative slides.
About the Seminars
Irregularly held science seminars are cosponsored by the JSPS Strasbourg Office, La Maison Universitaire France-Japon, and the University of Strasbourg. Aimed at members of the general public, JSPS Strasbourg Office and La Maison Universitaire France-Japon have held more than 200 seminars with invited Japanese and French lecturers since 2003. If you would like to obtain more detailed information about these seminars or receive email announcements on future seminars, please contact JSPS Strasbourg Office.
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Other Events
November 15-16

Office staff gave briefing at Université de Lille.
November 22-23

Office staff attended JANET (Japan Academic Network in Europe) Forum at INSA Lyon.
November 28

202th JSPS-MUFJ Seminar Mme. Nathalie ROLLAND-HUCKEL on “ Passion laque”
December 12

203th JSPS-MUFJ Seminar Ass. Prof. Yasushi IWABUCHI on “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Partenariat entre l'université et la population pour une ville durable”
December 27-January 3, 2019

Office Close
January 25, 2019

JSPS-Unistra Seminar on Biological Sciences will be held at Université de Strasbourg
Brochure 2018-2019
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【Maison Ferber】 Madame Christine Ferber’s comfitures are world-widely appreciated. Her products are not only served for breakfast at luxury hotels in Paris but a small pot of them is also sold in Tokyo department stores for a price of more than 2,700 JPY (=20 EUR). Contrary to such a stellar reputation, her original store is a tiny groceries shop located in Niedermorschwihr, a small village with a 400-person population in Alsace. As it is only groceries store in the village, it’s used by the local residents to supply their everyday needs. Upon entering the shop, you will be welcomed by a wall of pots, each temping you to try its ingredients: Ruby grapefruits and rose petal, Alsatian rhubarb and vanilla, Banana and passion fruits, etc. etcetera.