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May 18, 2015

German-Japanese symposium on systems chemical biology held in Kobe

Photo of the presenters

The fourth joint symposium of the RIKEN-Max Planck Joint Research Center for Systems Chemical Biology was held from May 11 to 14 at the Nichii Gakkan Kobe Port Island Center. A joint symposium on systems chemical biology is held in Germany and Japan in alternating years.

The joint research center, whose core members include Director Herbert Waldmann of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Director Peter Seeberger of the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, and Joint Research Center Director Hiroyuki Osada and Group Director Naoyuki Taniguchi of the RIKEN Global Research Cluster, aims to become a leading world institution in the area of systems chemical biology through collaborative research in the field.

Group photo of the participants

The symposium opened in the afternoon of May 11 with words of welcome from Kohei Tamao, Director of the RIKEN Global Cluster, followed by a greeting from Ingo Karsten, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany. The speakers touched upon the history of collaboration between Japan and Germany, and between RIKEN and the Max Planck Society over the past three decades, and expressed high hopes for the contribution of the center toward new collaborative achievements. Then, following a keynote address by Kazuo Shinozaki, director of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, more than 70 researchers, from both RIKEN and Max Planck, presented their research achievements and entered into lively discussions.

The two institutes plan to use this opportunity to further promote their research in the area of chemical biology.