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Forum EU-Japan 2016

The Next Stage in a near to 2 decades old Euro-Japanese Dialogue

Scheduled to be convened on October 24th and 25th 2016 at the Palais d’Egmont, the EU-Japan forum is the first event of its kind. Building on the organizers 18 years of experience in hosting EU-Japan conferences, and seizing upon the unique opportunity of the 150th anniversary of Belgo-Japanese relations; it was decided to launch said forum as a new research and cooperation platform linking Japan, Belgium and Europe. Moreover, the timing of the forum is also to coincide with the scheduled conclusion of the currently ongoing Free Trade Agreement/Strategic Partnership Agreement (FTA/SPA) negotiations between Tokyo and Brussels. As such, the forum is set to be convened at a time of fundamental change and maximal visibility for the EU-Japan relationship as new opportunities born from the above referenced agreements come into focus.

The Euro-Japanese Interdisciplinary Research & Expert Community

The EU-Japan forum seeks to bring together in Brussels, at the hart of European decision-making, a wide cross-section of leading European and Japanese scholars from a broad range of scientific fields, ranging from science & technology (S&T) to social sciences and humanities (SSH). The forum’s overall coherence, potential impact and resulting innovation opportunities are a product of both the gathering’s original set-up and the active role its organisers already play in the EU-Japan scientific dialogue. The EU-Japan forum seeks to bring together in Brussels, at the hart of European decision-making, a wide cross-section of leading European and Japanese scholars from a broad range of scientific fields, ranging from science & technology (S&T) to social sciences and humanities (SSH). The forum’s overall coherence, potential impact and resulting innovation opportunities are a product of both the gathering’s original set-up and the active role its organisers already play in the EU-Japan scientific dialogue.

The forum’s original two-day set-up foresees a series of high-level meetings built around original scientific contributions from both Japanese and European scholars. Each day will see both a series of smaller topical roundtables centred on expert discussions, as well as larger public panel discussions.

A Cross-section Euro-Japanese of Fields to be covered

The spread of subjects broached are at the forefront of both the scientific and policy discussions currently linking Brussels and Tokyo including:

  • Legal Cooperation & Dialogue
  • Creative Industries
  • Science & Technology
  • Traditional Values & Popular Culture
  • Planning & Regulation