22 September 2021 – The highly active EMBO community in Japan continues to grow. This year, two new associate members in Japan were elected, bringing the total number to 22, while another two members of Japanese background joined the membership.
In 2020, EMBO took further steps in working closely with Japan: For example, EMBO co-organized a meeting with the Molecular Biology Society of Japan (MBSJ) at the EU Delegation to Japan, where more than 30 high-level experts from Europe and Japan discussed success factors for early career researchers, agreeing that strengthened ties would be very beneficial. Furthermore, EMBO Press editors gave talks, conducted training and consultation sessions at the MBSJ annual meeting, and the EMBO Director gave a keynote lecture at the annual conference of the Japanese Association for the Promotion of Research Integrity (APRIN).
To foster even closer ties, life scientists in, or wishing to go to, Japan can exceptionally apply to EMBO Scientific Exchange Grants, Core Facility Fellowships and New Venture Fellowships in 2021. Organizers of workshops, practical and lecture courses in Japan can apply for funding through an agreement between EMBO and The Company of Biologists. The ongoing EMBO | Japan Virtual Lectures facilitate continued exchanges during the pandemic, are open to scientists in Japan and Europe, and followed by ‘meet the speaker’ sessions for early career scientists at the Japanese host institutes.
More initiatives from EMBO, its affiliated researchers and policy makers are set to deepen existing collaborations between EMBO and Japan.