9 September 2016 – Last month, NUS and the Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology (FAIS) formalised their intention to collaborate on applied research and development at the Kitakyushu Research Complex Meeting, which included over 100 attendees from various participating organisations and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
The meeting centred on the idea of ‘Creating an Environment Connected to Asia and an Superior-Low-Carbon Society’.
Associate Professor Stephane Bressan, who helped facilitate the arrangement between NUS and FAIS, was invited to attend the meeting as one of the NUS representatives. “Both parties intend to collaborate to realize social innovation by accelerating basic and applied research and development, and facilitate business development from basic and applied research and development, in particular by working together on research projects on smart, ultra-low-carbon communities,” said Prof Bressan.
FAIS is putting together a consortium of academic and industry partners, including Waseda University, Kyushu Institute of Technology, University of Kitakyushu, University of Occupational and Environmental Health and the City of Kitakyushu, in order to prepare a proposal for the research and development of an intelligent eco-system to support an ultra-low-carbon society. The proposal is being submitted to the Research Complex program promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and its agencies, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) of the National Research and Development Agency.