Japan-Canada Nanotechnology Workshop

November 21-23, 2011

Japanese and Canadian governments have proposed a bi-lateral nanotechnology workshop to strengthen and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Canada-Japan Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology. The Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN) hosted a workshop attended by leaders from both jurisdictions.

Nanotechnology is identified in both countries as a priority area by the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Canada-Japan Science & Technology (S&T) Cooperation. Four major nanotechnology collaborations were recently identified by the embassies of Japan and Canada for their on-going execution of annual workshops, proven mobility and exchange programs, research funding and number of projects initiated. These are: (in order of MoU signing).

  • National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) & National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) – 2006
  • NanoQuebec & Nagano Techno Foundation – 2009
  • Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) & National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) – 2010
  • McGill University & RIKEN – 2010

The Canada-Japan nanotechnology workshop was designed to bring Canadian and Japanese stakeholders together to highlight their success at a national level and for individual research teams to advance their collaborative projects. Scientists, including Canadian research chairs in the field of nanotechnology, government representatives, and administrators from leading universities and nanotechnology organizations attended to discuss the future of nanotechnology and recommend future paths.

By coming together we helped define a nanotechnology road map for Canada and Japan cooperation that identified future areas for research funding, commercialization and trade for our respective governments and embassies.

For more information, please contact Mr. Alain Francq.