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The 18th IROAST Symposium was held

On November 21, 2023, the International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) held the 18th Kumamoto University IROAST Symposium in a hybrid online and on-site format. This symposium was held as part of the National University Fest 2023 to introduce research on disaster prevention and mitigation from among the international collaborative research and interdisciplinary research promoted by IROAST, to raise public awareness of IROAST, and to widely distribute research results to society.
In his opening remarks, President Hisao Ogawa emphasized that “strengthening resilience is becoming increasingly important for building a safe and secure society. Then, Director Kazuki Takashima, IROAST, introduced IROAST and the many excellent results obtained through international collaborative research with world-class universities and research institutions and interdisciplinary research projects such as medical-engineering collaborations. He also presented his vision on how future research can contribute to the establishment of a well-being society, with new science and engineering that is friendly to people, safe, and secure.
Four researchers then presented the results of their international collaborative research supported by IROAST and exchanged opinions with the participants. In between the research presentations, four postdoctoral researchers gave poster presentations, where they talked about their research and had a chance to get to know the participating researchers and graduate students.
After the symposium, videos of each oral presentation will be available on the symposium special website, which will be open only to registered participants until the end of November.
Approximately 100 people from education and industry registered to the symposium special website, which provided an opportunity to widely share the IROAST research achievements and to actively exchange opinions with the participants.
IROAST will continue to lead the enhancement of the University’s research capabilities by conducting cutting-edge international collaborative research with overseas universities and research institutions.

Opening Remarks: President Hisao OGAWA