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Franco-Japanese research: ENS Paris-Saclay develops its partnerships

An ENS Paris-Saclay delegation led by the School's vice president for research was in Japan from 18 to 24 May to strengthen and develop research and academic partnerships with several Japanese universities, in Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto.

The first highlight of the trip was the signing of an OSIPP agreement between the Osaka Public Policy Institute and CREST, Centre for Research in Economics and Statistics, represented respectively by economics researchers Mr. Nobuo Akai and Ms. Emmanuelle Taugourdeau.

Franco-Japanese graduate schools

The next stop was Osaka University, with which ENS Paris-Saclay has an agreement concerning two graduate schools: Engineering and Engineering Science.

The Nano-Synergetics International Associated Laboratory (Engineering Science), was set up in 2017 with Osaka University and a group of French and Japanese partners: ENS PS, Université Lille, CNRS, Osaka University, Kyoto University, Aoyama Gakuin and NAIST.

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As part of the launch of the Nano-Synergetics laboratory, a symposium was held from May 21 to 23 on Photo-Active Nanomaterials with Cooperative and Synergetic Responses, introduced by Professor Miyasaka (Japanese director) and Keitaro Nakatani (ENS Paris-Saclay).

The laboratory’s joint research focuses on the development and study of novel multifunctional hybrid nanomaterials for various applications, such as optical information storage, multimodal bioimaging, photo-controlled delivery of chemical substances and anti-counterfeiting devices.


Proceedings in Osaka culminated on May 23 with the official opening ceremony of the laboratory at the Institut Français du Japon - Kansai/Kyoto.

Micro- and nano-technologies at LIMMS

A collaboration agreement is in place with the Japanese laboratory LIMMS, Institute of Industrial Science, in the fields of micro- and nano-technologies applied to engineering and biology.

The French delegation met with Mr. Ishida (advisor to the president of the University of Tokyo) to discuss the renewal of the partnership agreement with IIS (end of 2018).

NAIST and PPSM: materials science

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The last stage of the trip was the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), located in Kansai Science City. The institute teaches 1,000 students at its graduate schools in three fields: biology, information science and materials science.

Since an official agreement was established between NAIST and ENS in 2014, the relationship has grown year by year.
The French delegation’s visit was the chance to hold a Materials Sciences seminar with researchers from the PPSM (ENS/CNRS laboratory) and NAIST.