HOPE meeting with Nobel Laureates


Six Australian PhD students and young researchers attended the 10th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates, held in Tokyo from 11 to 15 March 2018.

List of participants and information on the 10th HOPE meeting.


The Australian Academy of Science invites nominations from Australian PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to attend the 10th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates, in the areas of physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine and related fields, to be held in Yokohama, Japan, from 11 to 15 March 2018.

Since 2008, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has held a HOPE Meeting in Japan with Nobel Laureates and around 110 outstanding graduate students and young researchers, specially selected from countries around the Asia–Pacific region. The participants engage in interdisciplinary discussions with Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scientists pioneering the frontiers of knowledge. As the students and young researchers share accommodation during the meeting, they are able to make new friends and form networks with peers from different regions. The title ‘HOPE Meeting’ signifies promise held for the future roles of young researchers and optimism for creating a bright future in science and technology within the global community.

Each year (except for 2011), with funding from the Australian Government, the Academy has covered the international travel expenses of up to six young Australian researchers to attend the HOPE Meetings.

JSPS covers meeting registration, accommodation, transportation in Japan, and meals and travel insurance for the dates of the meeting. The Academy, through the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, provides a grant-in-aid of up to $2000 for each successful candidate towards international travel costs.

More information on the HOPE Meetings


Ideal applicants will demonstrate a strong commitment to their principal field of study and to interdisciplinary work, for example by double degrees or interdisciplinary projects.

The application must be submitted by the Research Office (or equivalent) of the institution. Each institution is limited to applying for two grants on behalf of one PhD student and one Postdoctoral researcher, in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine or related fields. Eligible institutions include Australian universities, Australian publicly funded research organisations, and research-focused institutions.

Applicants must:

  • be a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher with excellent academic performance. Postdoctoral researchers must have obtained their doctoral degree within 5 years before April 1st 2017 (i.e. awarded on or after 1 April 2012)
  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents and living in Australia at the time of application
  • have not been selected to participate in past HOPE Meetings
  • be able to provide a high-quality poster presentation related to the subject field in English
  • have an outstanding record of achievement in the study of his/her research field
  • have a strong interest not only in his/her own discipline but also in a wide range of fields
  • have respect for diverse cultures, values and ethnicities
  • be able to participate in the entire Meeting program.

Terms of award

  • Successful candidates each receive a grant-in-aid from the Academy of up to $2000 (GST exclusive) towards the cost of an international return economy airfare.
  • In-country costs (meeting registration, accommodation, transportation in Japan, meals and travel insurance for the dates of the meeting) are covered by JSPS.
  • All successful candidates are expected to attend the full program of events of the 10th HOPE Meeting.
  • The program does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, insurance or visa costs.

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants are required to submit a report, and provide evidence demonstrating that the funds have been appropriately expended, within one month of the completion of the meeting.

Important notice

Nominations will be considered by an Australian Academy of Science selection panel and a maximum of six short-listed nominations will be recommended to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The final decision regarding attendance at the 10th HOPE Meeting will be made by JSPS. Decisions are based on the assessed competitiveness of the application. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.

More information

Email: grants@science.org.au
Phone: +61(0)2 6201 9412

International Programs
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601

This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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