Biomimetics: Learning from Nature for an Innovative Future

23rd Japanese-German Symposium

jointly organized by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Deutsche Gesellschaft der JSPS-Stipendiaten e.V.with kind support of Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Date: April 20–21, 2018
Venue:Senckenberg Biodiversität und Klima Forschunsgzentrum (SBIK-F), Frankfurt, Germany

Event report in NvC 02/2018 (in German)

Program (133 KB)

Friday, April 20, 2018

13:30    Welcome Remarks
14:00    Introduction into the topic:
Prof. Dr. Masatsugu Shimomura (Chitose Institute of Science and Technology)
Abstract Shimomura (35 KB)
Presentation Shimomura (5.7 MB)

Part 1: Historic Background
Convenor: Dr. Julia Krohmer (Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung)
14:30    “Johannes Justus Rein – A German Geographer in Japan”
Dr. Matthias Koch (Koch Japan Consulting)
Abstract Koch (51 KB)
Presentation Koch (1.6 MB)

15:00    Q & A sessions

15:15    Group picture & coffee break

Part 2: Robots, AI, Automation
Convener: Dr. Matthias Hofmann (Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH)
15:45    “Vision in Human and Machine”
Prof. Dr. Heiko Wersing (Honda Research Institute Europe)
Abstract Wersing (96 KB)

16:15    “Lesson from Insects: Robustness Strategies for Bio-inspired Flying Robots”
Prof. Dr. Hao Liu (Gradual School of Engineering, Chiba University)
Abstract Liu (39 KB)
Presentation Liu (5.2 MB)

16:45    Q & A sessions

17:15    Introduction of JSPS Programs
Tomoko Deguchi (JSPS Office Bonn)

17:45    JSPS Alumni Club Award Ceremony

18:15    Go to Dinner venue
18:00    Dinner at Senckenberg Naturmuseum

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Part 3: Insects and Photonics
Convener: PD Dr. Thomas Berberich (Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum)
09:00    “Wide Applications of the Mystery of a Brilliant Butterfly”
Prof. Dr. Akira Saito (RIKEN (SPring-8 center), Osaka University)
Abstract Saito (79 KB)
Presentation Saito (1.2 MB)

09:30    “Bioinspired Surfaces for Solar Cells”
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Hölscher (Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Abstract Hölscher (59 KB)
Presentation Hölscher (4.0 MB)

10:00    Q & A sessions

10:30    Coffee break

Part 4: Cells and Medicine
Convener: Prof. Dr. Olaf Karthaus (Chitose Institute of Science & Technology)
11:00    “Nanosuits, Imaging Living Organisms in the Scanning Electron Microscope”
Prof. Dr. Takahiko Hariyama (School of Medicine, Hamamatsu University)
Abstract Hariyama (30 KB)
Presentation Hariyama (1.8 MB)

11:30    “Biomedical Lessons from Spiders and Axolotl”
Dr. Sarah Strauß (Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, Hannover Medical School)
Abstract Strauß (50 KB)
Presentation Strauß (3.0 MB)

12:00    Q & A sessions

12:30    Closing Remark

14:45   Lunch

For participants of General assembly of JSPS Club:
14:00    General assembly of JSPS-Club
16:00    go to city center
16:30    Guided tour

For others:
14:00    go to city center
14:30    Guided tour

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Neues vom Club 02+03/2022

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reported about Prof. Dr. Heissig's
initiative to invite medical
personnel from Ukraine to Japan