Chemistry workshop in partnership with Nagoya University, Japan
First joint workshop will strengthen existing links between Edinburgh and Japan
The ‘New Horizons in Chemistry and Materials Science’ workshop will be hosted at Nagoya University, Japan from 1-3 July 2019 and will be attended by around 30 academics, post-doctoral researchers, and PhD students from the University of Edinburgh. They will be joined by delegates from Nagoya University and others from Kyoto and Tokyo Universities, as well as from the National Taiwan University.
The workshop is the result of an EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core grant awarded to Professor Paul Attfield in the School of Chemistry. The subject of the grant is ‘Solid-state chemistry for transition-metal oxides: Exploring for new materials with novel functionalities’. In addition to Professor Attfield’s Japanese collaborations, Professor Neil Robertson has a long-standing collaboration with Professor Kunio Awaga at Nagoya University in the area of materials chemistry.
This is the first joint workshop involving chemists from Edinburgh and Nagoya, and the aim is to deepen collaboration between the institutions by bringing researchers with complementary expertise and interests together in one place. This will build upon the good relationship between the School of Chemistry and Nagoya University, with the aim of bringing added value to the undergraduate student exchange programme organised by the School.
Every year one or two final year MChem students undertake a year's placement at Nagoya University, and the aim of the exchange partnership is to help to nurture collaborative projects between both universities. This internationalisation of the undergraduate degree experience is very beneficial for students who take part.
The School of Chemistry also has a joint PhD programme with Nagoya University. Taken as a whole, the workshop and the activities of those involved demonstrate the value of having excellent global partners like Nagoya University, and the benefits afforded to students and staff as a result.