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March 18-19, 2016
Venue: Berlin, Germany

Japan-Germany Workshop on Molecular Technology

Strategic Basic Research Programs (PRESTO)

JST-PRESTO “Molecular technology and creation of new functions” (Research Supervisor: Prof. Kato Takashi, Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo) and DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) jointly held the Japan-Germany Workshop on Molecular Technology in order to develop network among PRESTO researchers and German young researchers and share excellent research outcomes of “Molecular technology.”

Prof. Takashi Kato, Research Supervisor (Univ. of Tokyo), Dr. Kazuo Takimiya, Advisor to PRESTO “Molecular technology and creation of new functions,” Prof. Stefan Hecht, and Prof. Peter Bäuerle (University of Ulm) co-organized this workshop. 16 researchers from PRESTO “Molecular technology and creation of new functions” and 15 young researchers from research institutes in Germany participated in the workshop and gave presentations on their research activities. All presentations were so attractive and followed by active Q&A sessions. In addition, many researchers enjoyed further discussions during breaks. The programs consist of sessions on not only polymer synthesis but also wide variety of themes, such as self-assembled materials, catalysis, biotechnology, measurements, which characterize the concept of “Molecular Technology.” The researchers who are normally working in the different fields gathered in one place. International networks as well as interdisciplinary networks were actively developed and the workshop carried out its mission successfully.

It is expected that the “network” developed on the occasion of this workshop would be valuable for future research activities of both Japan and German researchers.


“Molecular technology” is a broader concept and newly proposed by Japan, which is a series of technologies that enable us to qualitatively change existing science and technology through purposefully designing and synthesizing molecules and creating the physical, chemical, and biological functions of materials at a molecular level. It was proposed by research communities in Japan and CRDS/JST. In FY2012, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) set a strategic objective of “Molecular technology.” In response to this, JST developed CREST and PRESTO research areas of “Molecular technology” in FY 2012. Since FY2013, JST and ANR have jointly support Japan-France joint research projects.


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