3. Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science Symposium

Irvine, United States of America

This year‘s Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science Symposium brings together approx. 72 outstanding young researchers of various disciplines of natural sciences and social sciences from universities and other research institutions of the three countries to introduce their areas of research and technical work. They exchange ideas across disciplinary and methodological boundaries, build cross-disciplinary networks, and take the opportunity to work on future international collaborations.

The Japanese-American-German symposia series is a joint undertaking of the National Academy of Sciences, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

List of Sessions

Algorithms for Fairness in the Real World

Planning Group Members: Shohei Nobuhara & Wesley Pegden & Michael Tangermann
Introduction to the Session: Simina Branzei, Purdue University

On Computing Envy-Free Allocations of Indivisible Resources
Robert Bredereck, Clausthal University of Technology

Fair and Efficient Allocation of Indivisible Resource
Ayumi Igarashi, National Institute of Informatics

Ethnocentrism in Science: What are We Missing and Why?

Planning Group Members: Sarah E. Cowie & Jun Goto & Nadine Schoeneck-Voss
Introduction to the Session: Magdalena Nowicka, Humboldt University Berlin

Contextualizing Indigeneity and Biocolonialism
Debra Harry, University of Nevada, Reno

Paradoxical Ethnocentrism, New Sociological Challenges
Chikako Mori, Doshisha University

Origin of Elements

Planning Group Members: Anna Grassellino & Yoshifumi Nakata & Ursula Wurstbauer
Introduction to the Session: Camilla Juul Hansen, Goethe University Frankfurt

The Dark Universe
Yonathan Kahn, University of Illinois

Neutron Star Mergers and the Origin of Heavy Elements
Yuichiro Sekiguchi, Toho University

Slow Earthquakes

Planning Group Members: Ann Cook & Ilka Weikusat & J. Teppei Yasunari
Introduction to the Session: Yo Fukushima, Tohoku University

The Many Manifestations of Slow Earthquakes and Their Interpretation
Amanda Thomas, University of Oregon

Insights on Fault Motion from Laboratory Experiments at Tectonic Plate Rates
Matt J. Ikari, University of Bremen

Small Molecule Activation and Conversion by Inorganic Complexes and Materials

Planning Group Members: Christine Beemelmanns & Charles McCroy & Itaru Osaka
Introduction to the Session: Smaranda C. Marinescu, University of Southern California

Design of Photocatalyst Materials for Solar Hydrogen Production and Carbon Dioxide Conversion
Akinobu Nakada, Kyoto University

The Wavelength Matters
Bartholomäus Pieber, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Synthetic Biology, Artificial Organisms, and Artificial Ecosystems

Planning Group Members: W. Florian Fricke & Zachary Pincus & Yamamichi Masato

Introduction to the Session: Hirokazu Toju, Kyoto University

Designing and Harnessing Synthetic Microbial Ecosystems for Sustainable Bio-Manufacturing: Opportunities and Challenges
Xiaoxia “Nina” Lin, University of Michigan

Artificial Ecosystem in Microbiota Research – From Reductionist Approaches to Complex Systems
Till Strowig, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.


More Information on the Frontiers of Research Symposia 

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports Japanese-German and American-German collaborative work resulting from the newly established contacts among the researchers at this event with its special follow-up program CONNECT.

The Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science Symposium is part of the Frontiers of Research program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Humboldt Foundation regularly conducts Frontiers of Research Symposia in cooperation with partner organizations in Brazil, China, Japan, India, Israel, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.

Participation is by invitation only.

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