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Japan + CASE = True!

150 years of diplomatic relations. That is now celebrated in both Japan and Sweden. Hence, the major investment in the MIRAI project, with the intention to stimulate increased research exchange between the countries. CASE has become a natural part in this venture due to already existing collaborations in aging, housing and health together with Keio and Waseda Universities in Japan.

MIRAI

Read an article about the cooperation in LUM (Only in Swedish): Japansk-svenskt samarbete ger bättre bostäder för äldre

The MIRAI project (2017-2019) is a collaboration between 15 Swedish and Japanese Universities including three themes, one of which is aging. Lund University is the coordinator of the Swedish part and Professor Susanne Iwarsson participates on behalf of both CASE and SWEAH in the scientific steering committee. Among other things, there will be a Master Class on Ageism, with seats reserved for Japanese doctoral students and post doctors with SWEAH as a co-organizer.

Read more about the course - Master Class Course in Gerontology and Geriatrics: Portraying Old Age and Ageing to Counteract Ageism
For more information about SWEAH: www.sweah.lu.se/en

Susanne Iwarsson

“MIRAI is an important project for initiating collaboration between Swedish and Japanese Universities. The project as a whole is large and very complex. It has a strong political support from both countries, especially since it has been 150 years since the first diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan”, Susanne Iwarsson says.

MIRAI is funded by STINT and the project partners. The cooperation aims at younger researchers and has three themes: Materials Science, Sustainability and Aging.

"It is interesting for us that aging has been prioritized as one of three themes, not at least since several of the researchers affiliated with CASE already cooperate with researchers in Japan," Susanne Iwarsson tells.

So far two workshops have been organized, the first in Lund, 17-19th of October 2017.

Read article about the three days (Only in Swedish): Startskottet för nytt stort samarbete med Japan

The second workshop took place in Gothenburg, 14-15th of June 2018. Steven Schmidt, Associate Professor and Scientific Coordinator at CASE, has attended both meetings. Within the aging theme, approximately 30 participants have gathered at each meeting.

Steven Schmidt


"The meetings have been good for networking and finding people with similar interests. As well as to find new collaborators with completely different approaches and access to other methods and techniques. Hopefully, this will lead to new projects and more cross-national comparisons", Steven Schmidt says, who gave short presentations of his research both in Lund and Gothenburg.

The workshop participants do not only consist of researchers but also of industry representatives. With the aim to develope innovative solutions and collaborations between business and academia.

The third workshop in Japan
The 11-12th of October a third workshop is held in Japan. Steven Schmidt will attend together with Susanne Iwarsson and Research Engineer Björn Slaug.

"The forthcoming meeting differs a bit from previous meetings. There will be more focus on funding, how to write applications together. Previously, it has been more about networking", Steven Schmidt concludes.

Text: Erik Skogh
Photo: Kennet Ruona

Facts/MIRAI
The main objectives of the project are to:

  • Strengthen collaboration between Japanese and Swedish Universities.
  • Provide researchers at an early stage of their career with knowledge, contacts and networks to become future leaders of joint Swedish and Japanese research and education activities.
  • Identify areas of common interest between Swedish and Japanese universities for long-term research and education collaboration activities.
  • Encourage joint research activities in relevant fields using Swedish and Japanese large-scale research facilities.
  • Initiate a dialogue between Swedish and Japanese funding agencies for future joint funding opportunities.
  • Understand how innovation systems work in Japan and Sweden.
  • Increase the understanding for each other’s culture and societal conditions as the basis for future cooperation activities.
  • Promote Sweden and Japan as destinations for research and higher education. 

Read more about MIRAI: http://www.mirai.nu/

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