Welcome to MIRAI 2.0

MIRAI 2.0 is a collaboration between 19 Swedish and Japanese universities, aiming to contribute to long-term research collaboration and to promote Sweden and Japan as nations of world-leading large-scale research infrastructure. MIRAI 2.0 (2020-2022) builds on the former MIRAI project (2017-2019) and aims to develop and expand the collaboration activities further.

The focus of the MIRAI 2.0 project will continue to be on early career researchers, the academic topics ‘Ageing’, ‘Materials Science’ and ‘Sustainability’ as well as possible usage of existing large scale facilities. A new aspect will be to integrate an innovation and entrepreneurship perspective in all academic topics. A clear connection of the MIRAI 2.0 project to the Sustainability Development Goals, as well as possibly including additional academic topics, will also be part of MIRAI 2.0.

The main activities of MIRAI 2.0 are two research & innovation weeks during the three-year phase. There will also be new possibilities for early career researchers such as seed-funding to support promising collaborative initiatives. Further initiatives and forms of collaborations will be explored.

From 2020 until 2022, MIRAI 2.0 aims to develop further and expand the collaboration activities started in the MIRAI project in a new context, to meet what the society today expects of research universities. After three years, the project activities will be evaluated, and the MIRAI 2.0 partners will discuss a possible continuation of the project.

Background
From 2017-2019 seven Swedish and eight Japanese Universities joined together in the MIRAI project and research seminars, workshops, short courses for Ph.D., and Post-Docs and researcher mobility were implemented to strengthen collaboration between Sweden and Japan. Several new contacts have been established, existing contact deepened, and joint research proposals were submitted.

At the MIRAI meetings in Tokyo in October 2018, all present universities expressed a strong interest in continuing their collaboration beyond the period of the present MIRAI project. Furthermore, the partners agreed to expand the number of participating universities by inviting other Swedish and Japanese higher education institutions to join. The importance of the collaborations between Swedish and Japanese institutions was also highlighted in the Joint Statement on ‘Strengthening of Japan-Sweden Science and Technology Cooperation’ signed during the MIRAI seminar in Tokyo, Japan, in October 2018.