Researchers connect with Japan

Researchers from the Asia–Pacific and Africa regions, including six Australians, were inspired by Nobel Laureates at the HOPE Meeting in Tokyo. Photo: Walkerssk/Pixabay

Japan HOPE Meeting signifies promise for young scientists

Six Australian researchers travelled to Tokyo in late February to attend this year’s HOPE Meeting, which covered physics, chemistry, physiology and medicine, and related fields.

HOPE meetings give opportunities to excellent graduate students from the Asia–Pacific and Africa regions to engage in interdisciplinary discussions with Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scientists. The aim is to inspire and motivate attendees to become excellent scientists able to direct the future of science and technology in the region.

The Australians who attended the meeting were:

  • Dr Nathalie Bock, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Fatima El-Assaad, UNSW Australia
  • Mr Benjamin Fulcher, Monash University
  • Mr Shuai Li, Australian National University
  • Dr Lidia Matesic, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
  • Ms Renee Webster, Defence Science and Technology Group

HOPE meetings are organised by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Funding for these participants to attend was provided by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

More information on this and past Hope meetings

Postdoctoral Fellowships awarded to Australian researchers to travel to Japan

A total of 14 researchers from Australia, selected by the Academy, are heading to Japan on fellowships awarded by the JSPS.

Recipients of JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers travel to Japan for one to two years and conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions.

More about the successful applicants

The JSPS awards postdoctoral fellowships worth up to $2 million to Australian researchers annually. The Academy manages the application process with funding support from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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