DWIH Coffee Talk - The Latest in Research and Innovation from Germany and Japan
By DWIH Tokyo
It represents and promotes Germany as a location for science, research and innovation. It supports knowledge exchange between Germany and Japan, and communicates with relevant stakeholders in both countries, thereby creating the preconditions for research cooperation. In doing so, it relies on its research-based supporters in Germany who facilitate and shape the work of DWIH Tokyo on the ground.
DWIH Tokyo is part of a global network of five German Centres for Research and Innovation. Since its establishment in 2010, it has been supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. It has been coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2017.
DWIH Coffee Talk - The Latest in Research and Innovation from Germany and JapanMay 17, 2022
Protecting Biodiversity through Science and Innovation
The variety of life on earth is extraordinary. While humans have discovered and described about two million species, no one can say how many species live on earth in total. This is not only due to their sheer abundance, but also because many of them are hard to find, or living in habitats inaccessible for humans. At the same time, the interrelations between the ecological systems are complex and though we know about the accelerating pace of biodiversity loss, much more information is needed to combat it efficiently.
In this regard, innovative technology and international collaboration play a key role. In the 9th DWIH Coffee Talk, three experts talked about current Japanese-German efforts in biodiversity research – by diving into the deep sea, monitoring bird movements or analysing habitat distribution and impacts of human activity.
Tech Transfer: Taking your ideas, your research, or your startup overseas
[DWIH Coffee Talk #8: Tech Transfer: Taking your ideas, your research, or your startup overseas]
Knowledge and ideas have become the key resources that the industrialized economies of the 21st century depend on. As governments around the globe are promoting innovation to increase their competitiveness, seeking promising ideas abroad and attracting international startups – or in other words knowledge and technology transfer – have become increasingly important. What kind of hurdles need to be overcome in Germany and Japan to transfer promising ideas and technology between the countries? What kind of support is available in Germany and Japan for startups and entrepreneurs who want to expand into the other country?
In the DWIH Coffee Talk on March 2, 2022, four experts and practitioners from the field of Technology Transfer and Startup Support in Japan and Germany discussed these questions: Keisuke Kamitani (Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc.), Georg Löer (NRW.Global Business Japan), Miho Tanaka (Shibuya Startup Support) and Dr. Kim Zietlow (Germany Trade & Invest).
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/coffeetalk8/
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/IDv5x5QkAps
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/sO_oUMxljkI
Germany’s next Science, Technology, and Innovation Policies
[DWIH Coffee Talk #7: Germany’s next Science, Technology, and Innovation Policies]
The new German government has presented ambitious goals in their coalition agreement to promote science, technology, and innovation (STI). In this DWIH Coffee Talk, German journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda (Freelance Journalist), Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Ando (Senior Staff Writer & Editorial Writer, NIKKEI), and moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD) provided an overview over the proposed plans, assessed their general potential and their relevance for Japan, and discussed common interests between Germany and Japan as well as starting points for joint political actions and initiatives.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/coffeetalk7/
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/F8ZtnCNGriQ
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/_Khx73GvQs0
Graphic Recording: www.dwih-tokyo.org/files/2022/01/Graphic-Recording.pdf
The Ethics of AI
[DWIH Coffee Talk #6: The Ethics of AI]
Autonomous driving, industrial production, medical diagnosis, stock market investments, warfare – Artificial Intelligence is penetrating and revolutionizing countless aspects of our lives right down to selecting which TV program to watch. Its use and impact however raise questions of responsibility and morality: How is AI affecting our societies? How trustworthy are AI-based systems? Where should we set limits?
The sixth DWIH Coffee Talk focused on the ethics of AI. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD) was in discussion with Prof. Dr. Shoko Suzuki (Kyoto University / RIKEN) and Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid (University of Bamberg), together they set out to explore the ethical questions involved in the use of artificial intelligence and to examine how recent research can help us fathom the social, economic, as well as environmental impact and create guiding principles.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/coffeetalk6/
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/ywtgBQsRbXE
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/Z6hFk77FCos
Our Hydrogen Future
[DWIH Coffee Talk #5: Our Hydrogen Future]
Hydrogen promises to be the energy source of the future. Its supply is abundant, its use is clean, sustainable, and energy-efficient. Germany and Japan have emerged as leaders in hydrogen technology, and hydrogen made with renewable electricity plays a central role in both countries’ goals of achieving net zero emissions.
The DWIH Coffee Talk #5 took a close look at Germany’s and Japan’s national hydrogen strategies and at current hydrogen energy projects in both countries. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD Research and Studies) was in conversation with Prof. Dr. Christian Sattler (German Aerospace Center (DLR) / TU Dresden) and Prof. Dr. Tatsuya Kodama (Niigata University), together they examined the promises and challenges of a hydrogen-based future and opportunities for German-Japanese research and development collaboration.
Event information: https://www.dwih-tokyo.org/en/event/2021-10-04-coffeetalk5/
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/sBUN0bhgLXU
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/q5L-JoFj_PA
Neuroscience and AI: Human Learning, Memory, and Decision-Making
[DWIH Coffee Talk #4: Neuroscience and AI: Human Learning, Memory, and Decision-Making]
Artificial intelligence offers a vast variety of applications, among them the potential to help us unlock the mysteries of the brain. At the same time, the advancement of AI is tied to a better understanding of the workings of the human brain and the processes underlying learning, memory formation, and decision-making.
The DWIH Coffee Talk #4 took a closer look at the two-way relationship between neuroscience and AI. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) was in conversation with Dr. Nicolas Schuck (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) and Dr. Mingbo Cai (International Research Center for Neurointelligence at Tokyo University). Together they discussed the basic processes underlying learning, memory, and decision-making, how recent research in neuroscience can help improve AI systems, and whether artificial intelligence will be smarter than human intelligence at some point.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk4
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/ckXwFnuKChQ
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/Zgl--aB3Ns0
Family Business in Changing Times
[DWIH Coffee Talk #3: Family Business in Changing Times]
Family-run businesses constitute over 90% of all companies and over 70% of the workforce in Germany and Japan, and they include some of the oldest businesses in the world which go back many centuries. But how are they coping with the challenges of the 21st century? Can they maintain their position and their character amidst a changing environment of slower growth, lower returns, declining birth rates and more frequent economic crises?
In the DWIH Coffee Talk #3, moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) met three experts on family business and economics in Germany and Japan – Dr. Sigrun Caspary of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU), Prof. Toshio Goto of the Japan University of Economics, and Prof. Masahiro Nagata of Reitaku University. Together they explored the role family companies play in the German and Japanese economies, how it is changing, and the potential the family business model holds for the future.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk3
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/DNAI_UJk8aI
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/EcnDZehvYro
The Future of Work: New Technologies and the Workplace
[DWIH Coffee Talk #2: The Future of Work: New Technologies and the Workplace]
Digitalization, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things … new technologies are changing every aspect of society including the way we work. What kind of potential do these technologies hold? How can our work benefit from them? How can science and research help us find good solutions?
In the DWIH Coffee Talk #2, four joint German-Japanese research networks of the “Future of Work” campaign by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) presented the potential of new technologies that are changing the way we work and all other aspects of society. The virtual café was getting busy when moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) welcomed several members from the research networks to discuss the implications for manufacturing and production, small and medium size industries, and care for the elderly.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk2
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/odiMtXzT6p4
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/N70AkOO7Dt0
Japan's new Science, Technology, and Innovation Basic Plan - Opportunities for German Research
[DWIH Coffee Talk #1: Japan's new Science, Technology, and Innovation Basic Plan - Opportunities for German Research]
DWIH Tokyo’s new webtalk series provides up-to-date information on research and innovation trends in Germany and Japan. Our first Coffee Talk is dedicated to the Japanese government’s new Basic Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation, which is scheduled to take effect in April 2021.
In the DWIH Coffee Talk #1, moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) was in conversation with Fumikazu Sato (Japanese Cabinet Office) and Dr. Lothar Mennicken (German Embassy Tokyo). Together they explored the goals of the new Basic Plan, the course it sets for the Japanese research landscape, and the potential it brings for joint German-Japanese research projects.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk1
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/sNZUOQe3smQ
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/UIJ5_7MXKzc