First Japanese-Swiss Joint Workshop on Aging, Health and Technology
The Japanese-Swiss Joint Workshop on Aging, Health, and Technology was held in Tokyo from March 18 to 20, 2015. The event was hosted by University of Zurich (UZH) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and held at the JST headquarters in Ichigaya. Besides JST and UZH, the workshop was also sponsored by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW).
The workshop involved people from both countries’ various institutions and from broad academic disciplines related to the field of healthy aging. One goal was to foster the Japanese-Swiss collaboration in this field due to the fact that both nations experience drastic demographic changes and challenges.
After the registration in the afternoon of March 18, the workshop was officially opened by the scientific chairs Prof. Dr. Mihoko Otake (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chiba University) and Prof. Dr. Mike Martin (Managing Director of the University Research Priority Program Dynamics of Healthy Aging, University of Zurich). Participants gave speeches on the following two days and each session was finished by a discussion. The receptions offered by JST in the evenings of March, 18 and 19 allowed the participants to further network. The Science and Technology Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan arranged transportation for the site visit in the Smart City Kashiwa-no-ha after the final conclusion of the workshop on Friday. The participants were guided through the museum by members of Fonobono Research Institute and visited different spots in the Smart City afterwards.
In 2008 Japan has been selected as a priority partner for bilateral relations in science and technology in the Swiss confederation’s dispatch on education, research and innovation. ETH Zurich was nominated as the Leading House for its bilateral collaboration with Japan by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in the same year. In 2013 ETH was joined by the University of Zurich as Associate Leading House.