25th Japanese-German Symposium

jointly organized by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Deutsche Gesellschaft der JSPS-Stipendiaten e.V.

Date: May 20–21, 2022
Venue:  Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin , Saargemünder Str. 2, 14195 Berlin



Program (286 KB)

Friday, May 20, 2022

Convener: Prof. Dr. Heinrich Menkhaus
11:00Discussion of the symposium participants with DAAD Fellows from the 1970s

Convener: Prof. Dr. Roza Maria Kamp
13:00Music performance: Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8
Mitsuhiro Shimada (violin) and Maina Yokoi (piano)
13:10Welcome Remarks
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Menkhaus (Chairman, German JSPS Alumni Association)
Prof. Dr. Masahiko Hayashi (Director, JSPS Bonn Office)
H.E. Ambassador Hidenao Yanagi (Embassy of Japan in Germany)
Dr. Julia Münch (Secretary General, JDZB)
MDg Frithjof Maennel (BMBF)
Dr. Bernd Fischer (DJG Berlin)
13:40Music performance: Toru Takemitsu: Distance de Fee

Part 1: Circular Economy
Convener: Prof. Dr. Heinz-Georg Baum
13:50On the Way to Circular Economy – Intention and Reality
Dr. Gernot Pehnelt (Head of Economic Institute for Waste and Environmental Studies - Jena (BIFAS)) and
Prof. Dr. Heinz-Georg Baum (Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Department of Food Technology)
Abstract Pehnelt/Baum (152 KB)
Presentation Pehnelt/Baum (1.1 MB)
14:15Food Waste – How to Proof the Target of the Sustainable Development Goals: The Example of Austria and Japan
Prof. Dr. Marion Huber-Humer (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna; Head of Institute of Waste Management (ABF-BOKU))
Abstract Huber-Humer (109 KB)
Presentation Huber-Humer (2.2 MB)
14:45Q & A session
15:15Group picture & Coffee break (Foyer)

Convener: Prof. Dr. Sonoko D. Bellingrath-Kimura
15:45Promotion of 3Rs to Achieve SDGs in Japan (3R = Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; SDG = Sustainable Development Goals)
Dr. Misuzu Asari (Kyoto University; Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies)
Abstract Asari (107 KB)
Presentation Asari (4.3 MB)
16:15Legal and Policy Framework toward Circular Economy in Japan
Prof. Mami Oku (Tokyo Metropolitan University; Graduate School of Urban Environmental Studies; Department of Urban Science and Policy)
Abstract Oku (89 KB)
Presentation Oku (2.3 MB)
16:45Opportunities and Limits of a Bioeconomy as an Integral Part of the Circular Economy – Or How to Get Plastics Circular
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rotter (Technical University Berlin; Institute of Environmental Technology; Chair of Circular Economy and Recycling Technology; Member of German Advisory Council on the Environment)
Abstract Rotter (165 KB)
Presentation Rotter (2.2 MB)
17:15Q & A session
17:45JSPS Alumni Club Award Ceremony 2022
18:15 Award Ceremony for members with more than 25 years of membership
19:00Dinner at JDZB (until 21:00, Cafeteria and Foyer)

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Part 2: Agrar Bioeconomics
Convener: Dr. Anton Kraus
09:00Introduction of JSPS Programs
Eriko Suto (Deputy Director, JSPS Bonn Office)
09:30Soil as Sustainable Resource for the Bioeconomy: In Germany
Prof. Dr. Katharina Helming (ZALF)
Abstract Helming (86 KB)
Presentation Helming (3.4 MB)
10:00Soil Functions as Natural Resource for the Bioeconomy: A Case Study in a Catchment
Dr. Atsushi Hayakawa (Akita Prefecture University)
Abstract Hayakawa (66 KB)
Presentation Hayakawa (6.0 MB)
10:30Q & A session
11:00Coffee break (Foyer)

Convener: Dr. Arnulf Jäger-Waldau
11:30"One Straw Revolution" revisited – No-till Trials in Japan
Prof. Dr. Nobuhisa Kaneko (Fukushima University)
Abstract Kaneko (137 KB)
Presentation Kaneko (10 MB)
12:00Agriculture of the Future: New Bioeconomic Possibilities Due to Digitalisation 
Prof. Dr. Sonoko D. Bellingrath-Kimura (ZALF)
Abstract Bellingrath-Kimura (175 KB)
Presentation Bellingrath-Kimura (2.6 MB)
12:30Q & A session and Closing Remarks
13:00Lunch (Foyer)

For participants of General assembly of JSPS Club:
General Assembly of JSPS Club
Guided tour (Start: Harnack-Haus, Ihne-Str. 16-20)

For others:
14:00Guided tour (Start: Harnack-Haus, Ihne-Str. 16-20)

With kind support of


European Focus Day 2024
Tokyo | June 6, 2024

Regional Group Meeting in Northern Germany
Hamburg | June 22, 2024

JSPS Club Chairman Prof. Dr. Heinrich Menkhaus is awarded the “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette” (旭日小綬章) of the Japanese Government in 2024.

Club member Prof. Dr. Uwe Czarnetzki is awarded the “Plasma Materials Science Hall of Fame Prize” in March of 2024.

Club member Prof. Dr. med. Tanja Fehm is awarded the “Klüh Foundation Award” 2023

Neues vom Club 03/2023