EPFL’s faculty of physics visits Tokyo University in Japan

EPFL’s faculty of physics visits Tokyo University in Japan

On the September 8, 2014, the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) visited the University of Tokyo, known as Todai. The visit was part of their study tour in Japan. More than 40 recently graduated students joined the tour and they were accompanied by Professor Tran Quang Minh and Professor Tatsuya Nakada.

The Science & Technology Office Tokyo organized the meeting with the University of Tokyo: Students and Professors from Todai welcomed the group in a conference room in their Science building where short presentations were held by the hosts and the visitors. The students of Todai enthusiastically presented their ongoing projects “Counting Muons” in order to see through material, and a research project on “Maxwell’s demon”. Both presentations were well received and particularly caught the interest of Professors Tran and Nakada, who did not hesitate to express their curiosity.

EPFL presented their school, the faculties, careers and their insight of (student- )life on campus. The presentations led to a first interaction between the two student groups with questions and answers from both sides. This was followed by a visit to different laboratories guided by their respective professors, Prof. Fukuyama of Material Physics, Prof. Komomiya of Particle Physics and Prof. Gonokami of Photonic Science.

After the tour to the laboratories, the event ended with a Swiss wine and cheese Apero as well as with Japanese Sushi and Pizza. Further questions of the previous discussions could be answered and the exchanges continued between students and professors of both Universities.

The next day a small group of EPFL students and their two teachers visited the Embassy of Switzerland where the very positive outcome of the whole Japan tour was further discussed. The following day the group flew back to Switzerland, but we hope to see many again for an exchange year at one of Japan’s many universities!

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