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Monday 02 December 2013 - 00:00 to Friday 13 December 2013 - 00:00
Kyoto University, Kyoto

Collaborating across cultures: 2013 RENKEI Researcher Development School in Kyoto

By invitation

22 early career researchers from 11 Japanese and UK universities are going to gather at Kyoto University to participate in Collaborating across cultures: the 2013 RENKEI Researcher Development School.

The Researcher Development School is a pilot programme of RENKEI, Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives, which launched in 2012 with 11 founding members, with a view to strengthening ties between the higher education and industry sectors in Japan and the UK through research collaboration, knowledge exchange and human resource development.

The founding members of RENKEI are:

UK: University of Bristol, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, Newcastle University, University of Southampton, UCL (University College London)

Japan: Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, Ritsumeikan University, Tohoku University

RENKEI is administered and supported by the British Council Japan.

Event aims and objectives: 

The specific aim of the RENKEI Collaborating across cultures Researcher Development School is to:

1) Develop future research leaders with the skills to lead collaborations between different disciplines and cultures (in the broadest sense of the word, also to include academia vs. industry cultures).

2) Facilitate the formation of active collaborations between participants in order to achieve a tangible outcome.

3) Develop a sustainable network of researchers across Japan and the UK

In 2013 this will be achieved by the delivery of a school in two parts, both conducted in English. The first part was hosted by the University of Bristol in July 2013 and the second will be hosted by Kyoto University in December 2013, both in collaboration with Newcastle University. The theme of the school will be Urban Sustainability and Resilience.


The participants of the Researcher Development School were nominated and selected by the RENKEI member university representatives to address the diversity of the participants in terms of disciplines, gender, and levels of experience.


Ayako Towatari, Projects Manager (Education), British Council Japan


Further information can be found on the RENKEI website

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