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Live stream on September 9, 2021
[17:00-18:20 (JP) / 10:00-11:20 (DE)]
Academic Conference -
"Building resilient societies following the Great East Japan Earthquake and COVID-19 pandemic"

The German-Japanese University Network (HeKKSaGOn) was established in 2010 as a foundation to further develop international cooperation and exchange of ideas in education, research and innovation fields to further advance science, technology, industry and culture between member universities. The six research-intensive universities* from Germany and Japan place a strong value on high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.
* Heidelberg University, Kyoto University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, University of Göttingen, Osaka University (https://www.hekksagon.net/24.php)

On September 9-10, 2021 Tohoku University is hosting the 8th German-Japanese University Presidents' Conference, under the auspices of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Tokyo. The theme for the conference is "How universities can contribute to building healthy, safe and resilient societies".
This digital event will gather presidents, researchers and students from all HeKKSaGOn member universities.
For HeKKSaGOn member universities only
Deadline: September 8, 2021 (Closed)
Materials which can be pre-viewed


* This program will be updated regularly.

Thursday, September 9
DE JP Program
08:30-09:40 15:30-16:40

Closed Presidents' Meeting

10:00-11:20 17:00-18:20

Academic Conference [Live stream, open to the public]

"Building resilient societies following the Great East Japan Earthquake and COVID-19 pandemic"
Moderator: Vice President Noriko Osumi, Tohoku University
Opening Remarks
  • Opening address (President Hideo Ohno, Tohoku University)
  • Opening address (Rector Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, Heidelberg University)
  • Greetings (Dr. Klaus Vietze, Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy Tokyo)
Keynote Speech [Abstract]
Presidents' Panel (Speakers)
  • (Vice President Noriko Osumi, Tohoku University)
Friday, September 10
DE JP Program
08:30-09:50 15:30-16:50

Virtual Poster Session for Early-Career Researchers (Live Presentations and Q&A) [Program]

Dr. Tafrishi Seyed Amir (Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Tohoku University)
Dr. Tomas Kulvicius (Postdoctoral Researcher, Department for Computational Neuroscience, University of Göttingen)
10:00-12:00 17:00-19:00

Plenary Session

Moderator: Vice President Masahiro Yamaguchi, Tohoku University

Opening Remarks

Presentations from the Student Workshop groups
Research Plan Reports from the Working Group Projects
Summary Report of the 8th Presidents' Conference and Introduction to the Joint Statement

Closing Ceremony

Closing Remarks
(Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne, University of Göttingen, the host university for the next Conference)