From 16-19 May ca. 170 participants from Sweden and Japan met in Lund, Sweden to discuss Large-Scale Research Facilities and their Potential for Research and Society as well as research issues within Innovation, Ageing, Materials Science and Sustainability.

Seminar program

Parallel Sessions: Innovation, Ageing, Materials Science, Sustainability

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Contact information



16 October 2017

18.30       Welcome Reception (Venue: Lunds Konsthall Art Gallery, Mårtenstorget 3, 223 51 Lund)

17 October 2017

08.00       Registration (Venue: Lund University Main Building, Paradisgatan 2, 223 50 Lund)

08.30       The Importance of a Governmental Strategy for the Development of New Technologies at a National and International Level
Dr. Anna Stenstam, Seminar facilitator

08.35       Welcome
Prof. Torbjörn von Schantz, Vice-Chancellor/President, Lund University

08.45        Japanese Strategy for the Use of Large-Scale Research Infrastructure
Dr.  Mitsuyuki Ueda, Director, International Science and Technology Affairs Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, MEXT

09.05        Collaboration for Knowledge – Research Policy in Sweden
Dr. Jonas Björck, Director, Division of Research Policy, Ministry of Education and Research (MER)

09.25       Group Photo

09.30       Coffee break

09.50       Panel Discussion: Challenges for Future Science
Moderator: Pia Kinhult, Head of Host States Relations, The European Spallation Source (ESS)
Prof. Christoph Quitmann, Director General of MAX IV
Prof. Naohito Saito, Director, Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-Parc)
Prof. Stacey Sörensen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President, Lund University
Dr. Tetsuya Ishikawa, Director, RIKEN Spring-8 (RSC)
Dr. Andreas Schreyer, Science Director, The European Spallation Source (ESS)
Dr. Toyohiko Kinoshita, Chief Scientist and Director of Users Administration Division, Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI)
Dr. Leif Eriksson, Swedish Research Council Senior Advisor

11.00       Questions/General discussion

11.15         Japanese and Swedish Funding Agencies
Dr. Tadaharu Tsumoto, Director, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Stockholm Office
Dr. Andreas Göthenberg, Executive Director, The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)

11.45        Science in Our Communities: a Swedish Perspective
Prof. Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor/President, University of Gothenburg

12.05      Closing Remarks
Prof. Naoto Kobayashi, Research Council, Waseda University

12.15       Lunch (Tegnérs Matsalar, Sandgatan 2, 223 50 Lund)

13.15       Parallel Sessions
Innovation within MIRAI: Towards a Bi-national Model (agenda)
Scientific Sessions  (agendas)

18.30      Mingle (Tegnérs Matsalar, Sandgatan 2, 223 50 Lund)

19.00      Dinner (Tegnérs Matsalar, Sandgatan 2, 223 50 Lund)

18 October 2017 (Full Day)

Scientific Sessions (agendas)

19 October 2017 (Half Day)

Scientific Sessions (agendas)

Optional  Site Visits to Research Infrastructure in Lund (14.00 – ca. 17.00) (registration required)
Pick Up: AF Building & Ideon


Innovation within MIRAI (17 October, Venue: Lund University Main Building)

Scientific Session: Ageing (17-19 October, Venue: Ideon Science Park)

Scientific Session: Materials Science (17-19 October, Venue: AF-borgen)

Scientific Session: Sustainability (17-19 October, Venue: Ideon Science Park)


MIRAI Infrastructures & Facilities

MIRAI 2017 Participant Profiles

MIRAI Pre-Conference Information

Swedish & Japanese Academic Calendar 2018

MIRAI Education & Research in Sweden and Japan

Japanese Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark & Stockholm, Sweden


For more information about the seminar please contact 

Fredrik Klintberg or Sonia Coelho Sutton.