European Research Day
The "European Research Day" is an event where European researchers based in Japan exchange and discuss about their research projects and professional and personal experience in Japan; and network with other researchers (including Japanese) in order to advance in their careers.
The very first edition of this event meant as a meeting place for European researchers based in Japan was held on 11 December 2015 at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan.
During his welcome speech, the Ambassador of the European Union to Japan, Mr Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, invited the attendees to: “Be generous, be personal! Look for opportunities to make new friends, as we all know how essential personal networking is for planning ahead, carrying out individual research projects and building up research cooperation projects, especially at the international level. Today you will learn and share information that may help you in planning future steps of your career, make progress and be a step ahead”.
More than 120 attendees enjoyed a full day of tips and experience-sharing under the theme of careers for researchers between Japan and Europe. Researchers’ profiles were very diverse, both in terms of career level and disciplines as well as in terms of nationalities, with more than 20 different European countries represented.
No less than 33 researchers passionately presented their research projects and shared their personal views on their mobility experiences with the audience. Through dedicated sessions, eight invited speakers provided insights on specific topics such as: grants for collaboration or mobility to Europe from Japan; funding schemes and job searching tools for long-term careers in Japanese academia; valorisation of research outputs through technology transfer; or mid-career orientation and job-search tips for researchers.
The event, which featured alternating thematic sessions with invited speakers and non-thematic sessions with researchers presenting their personal views and future career expectations - including a poster session over lunch-fostered exchanges and dialogue. Exchanges continued during the evening reception; thus, allowing researchers to share information with their peers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Given the success of this edition, EURAXESS Japan made of this event a yearly series.