NINT & AIST – 2006

A logo of the National Research Council Canada, National Institute for Nanotechnology.The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) is an integrated, multi-disciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. Established in 2001, it is operated as a partnership between the National Research Council and the University of Alberta, and is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the university.

A logo of AIST.The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), led by President Nomakuchi, is a public research institution funded by the Japanese government to a large extent. The present AIST is a rather new research organization established in 2001. However, AIST and its predecessor organizations have been contributing to society through continuous advancement in technologies and support of Japanese industries since 1882.

Headquarters of AIST are located in Tsukuba and Tokyo. AIST has over 40 autonomous research units in various innovative research fields, and the units are located at nine research bases and several sites (smaller than research bases) of AIST all over Japan. About 2,400 researchers (about 2100 with tenure: about 80 from abroad) and thousands of visiting scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and students from home and abroad are working at AIST. About 700 permanent administrative personnel and many temporary staff support research works of AIST.

AIST was ranked 10th in "Top 20 Japanese Research Institutions for All Field 2000-2010" announced on April 13, 2011, by Thomson Reuters. AIST was also ranked high in category rankings.

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NanoQuébec & Nagano Techno Foundation – 2009

A logo of NanoQuebec.NanoQuébec is an organization funded by Ministère du Développement Économique, Innovation et Exportation (MDEIE), Quebec’s department of economic development, innovation and export trade. Its mission is to strengthen nanotechnology innovation with the aim of maximizing economic impacts in Quebec.

A logo of Nagano Techno Foundation.To contribute to the revitalization and independence of Nagano Prefecture’s regional economy by promoting innovation-based industrial upgrading and the creation of new industries while leveraging on Nagano’s local industrial resources.
For revitalizing and developing our regional economies, the Nagano Techno Foundation extends support to endeavors seeking to create new industries through "advanced technological development based on industry-academia-government collaboration" and "human resource development."

NanoQuébec and Nagano Techno Foundation signs partnership agreement to help develop nanotechnology

February 16, 2009: NanoQuébec President and CEO, Dr Robert Crawhall, is proud to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between NanoQuébec and Nagano Techno Foundation to help develop nanotechnologies. The agreement, valid for five years, was signed today during the first international workshop on nanotechnology, in Nagano, Japan.

Nagano Techno Foundation has been selected by the Japan Ministry of Science and Technology to develop a nanotechnology center of excellence in this region by nurturing collaboration between the industry, universities and government. This organization combines expertise from Shinshu University and many other research institutions and companies from the Nagano prefecture. Nagano Techno Foundation president, Mr. Hiroyuki Hagimoto is managing a budget of 5,870 million yens (about 70 million dollars).

This is another major step to promote collaboration between Québec and Japan for the development of nanotechnology at both academic and industrial levels. In 2007, NanoQuébec signed an agreement with the Japanese organization Nanotechnology Business Creation Initiative (NBCI), the biggest industrial nanotechnology association in the world.

The Nagano prefecture has many excellent researchers and companies working in areas of nanotechnology that are complementary to those we have in the Province of Québec. Signing of this agreement between NanoQuébec and the Nagano Techno Foundation is an important step in building a mutually beneficial relationship between our many members,

declared Dr Crawhall.

Attending the signing ceremony, Ms Suzanne Ethier, Déléguée générale du Québec à Tokyo said that the development of nanotechnology is among the priorities in the field of science supported by the Quebec government. Recognizing the leadership role played by Japan in this new field of knowledge, Ms Ethier welcomes the strong presence of Quebec to the Week of Nanotechnology in Japan which brings together a group of 24 researchers and representatives of Québec companies. Over the last three years, the Delegation du Québec à Tokyo worked closely with NanoQuébec and the signing of this second collaborative agreement demonstrates the vitality of the Quebec-Japan relations in this field.

This partnership is the result of many meetings between Nagano Techno Foundation and NanoQuébec is the last few years. NanoQuébec organized two missions to Japan in 2007 and 2008, surrounding nanotechnology, the biggest nanotechnology show in the world. Nagano Techno Foundation came many times in Québec as well. They participated last April in INNO 08 seminar co-organized by NanoQuébec where Professor Morinobu Endo from Shinshu University (Nagano) presented his work.

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WIN & NIMS – 2010

Anchored by the WIN-NIMS workshop in Tsukuba, and the NanoTech 2010 Conference in Tokyo, a ten (10) person WIN delegation (Arthur Carty, Alain Francq, Frank Gu, Holger Kleinke, David Ji, Leonardo Simon, Michael Tam, Shirley Tang, Mustafa Yavuz and John Yeow) took full advantage of both formal and informal meetings to aggressively advance the objective of "international research collaboration" with one of the world’s top nanotechnology counties.

A photo of Sukekatsu Ushioda (President of NIMS) and Arthur Carty (President of WIN) signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

The primary focus of the WIN NanoJapan Mission was to hold a 2 day workshop in nanomaterials for energy and nano-biomedicine at the NIMS and to conclude a formal MoU partnership signing.

The workshop included 25 NIMS-WIN faculty members resulting in many individual connections and three (3) identified projects. WIN-NIMS are considering funding exchanges for these identified projects to kick start the relationship. WIN is also looking to create a NIMS office to permanently anchor the relationship at Waterloo. A formal MOU signing was organized by the Canadian embassy and completed in front of an audience at the Canadian Ambassador’s residence. Planning is already underway for a reciprocal WIN-NIMS workshop to be held in Waterloo in July.

A group photo of the 2010 WIN-NIMS workshop in Tskuba, Japan.

Read about the WIN-Japan Workshop in February 2011 (PDF).

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McGill University & RIKEN – 2010

A logo of McGill University.Founded in 1821 in Montreal, Quebec, McGill University—an English-speaking university in a French-speaking Canadian province—is well-known for its high-quality education and cutting-edge scientific research. With Nobel Laureates such as physicist Ernest Rutherford (chemistry, 1908) and biologist Jack Szostak (medicine, 2009), the university’s long list of respected alumni has earned it a worldwide reputation for excellence in research. Today, McGill University comprises 11 faculties, 10 schools, more than 35,000 students, and over 1,600 tenure and tenure-stream staff.

Building on already strong ties in the areas of developmental biology, RIKEN and McGill University now seek to collaborate in the areas of green chemistry and nanotechology. The starting point for this new collaboration is an agreement for collaborative research in these fields signed on 15 July 2010 following a visit to McGill University by RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori in 2009.

OCT. 13, 2010 - McGill University and RIKEN of Japan collaborate in nanotechnology; green chemistry

30 leading nanotechnology and green chemistry researchers from both sides of the pacific recently met at Mont-Tremblant, Québec to share their cutting-edge knowledge, thanks to an agreement that was signed this summer by Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University and Ryoji Noyori, President of RIKEN of Japan (Institute of Physical and Chemical Research). Munroe-Blum said,

RIKEN and McGill are both recognized as innovators in these key fields. I am pleased that we are already seeing fruitful collaboration between researchers, just a few short weeks after the agreement was signed. This represents the first outcome of the many that I foresee in the very bright future of our partnership.

McGill’s colleagues in Japan agree. RIKEN’s Executive Director, Yoshiharu Doi said,

We at RIKEN are particularly pleased with the expansion of our relationship with McGill University. RIKEN and McGill have previously collaborated in the areas of brain science and developmental biology. At the recent September workshop there was fruitful discussion on the possibilities for collaboration in nanotechnology and green chemistry. We hope our partnership in these areas will lead to results that will make significant contribution to resolving pressing global issues and pave the way for a sustainable society.

Dr Guillaume Gervais is a professor of physics whose laboratory is making important contributions to the development of new nanoscale semi-conductors. He took part in the Tremblant workshop and was thrilled to develop new relationships with McGill’s overseas partners. He feels strongly about the importance of nanotechnology. Speaking from France, he said,

It’s a booming field as evidenced by the various nanotechnology institutes created all over the world in the last ten years, as well as the 2010 physics Nobel prize granted to graphene this week. As nanoscience and nanotechnology are diverse and inter-disciplinary in nature, collaborations amongst scientists and engineers are essential for advancing our knowledge. The recent RIKEN-McGill meeting embodies this kind of partnership and our shared vision of changing people’s lives through research. The passion for research has indeed no border, it’s all about sharing the same dream of moving technology forward one ‘nano-step’ at a time.

The research agreement was originally signed July 15, 2010. It covers a wide range of areas where nanotechnology and green chemistry [which rethinks chemistry along environmental lines] can be applied, such as catalysis, the investigation of polymers, the characterization of materials, the advancement of environmental chemistry, and the investigation of biological processes. The researchers are also looking at nanophotonics (materials that are sensitive to light), nanoelectronics, and nanodevices. The workshop held at Mont-Tremblant received financial support from the Going Global Innovation program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. The researchers are already planning their next meeting, which will take place in Japan in early spring 2011.

A logo of RIKEN.The mission of RIKEN is to conduct comprehensive research in science and technology (excluding only the humanities and social sciences) as provided for under the "RIKEN Law," and to publicly disseminate the results of its scientific research and technological developments. RIKEN carries out high level experimental and research work in a wide range of fields, including physics, chemistry, medical science, biology, and engineering, covering the entire range from basic research to practical application.

RIKEN was first organized in 1917 as a private research foundation, and reorganized in 2003 as an independent administrative institution under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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