Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Director Dr. Daniel Höchli, together with his colleague Dr. Jean-Luc Barras (Head of international co-operation) visited Japan to actively take part in the Global Research Council (GRC) meeting held in Tokyo from May 27-28. The visit was further used to hold a meeting with the president of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science JSPS, Prof. Anzai. During the meeting, the planned joint call was further discussed.
Furthermore, in preparation of joint committee meetings or visits, informal discussions were held with South Africa, China, Denmark, Argentina and Israel.
The Global Research Council（GRC was established in May 2012 as a virtual forum that brings together the heads of research councils from around the world, including emerging nations, for the purpose of finding mutually acceptable paths to greater international research collaboration. This year, JSPS is hosting the 4th Annual GRC Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa is the co-hosting organization while the Japan Science and Technology Agency（JST) and the Department of Science and Technology（DST) of South Africa act as supporting agencies.