The Global Innovation Research Institute Symposium 2017

The Global Innovation Research Institute Symposium 2017 on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Global Innovation Research Institute Symposium 2017 will be held on Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 at Koganei Campus. International distinguished researchers and GIR strategic research teams in the fields of three major areas, “Food,” “Energy,” and “Life Science”, will present their new findings, progress and future plans.

Date & Time:November 21 (Tue), 2017  13:00~18:00
Venue: 1st Floor, Building #1, Green Hall, TUAT Koganei Campus

Presentations by International Distinguished Researchers:
Dr. Gary Stacey (University of Missouri, U.S.A.)
“Mutational Breeding Efforts to Improve Soybean Quality”

Dr. Matthew Reynolds (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico)
“Physiological Breeding of High-Yielding and Stress Resistant Wheat”

Dr. John Ralph (University of Wisconsin, U.S.A.)
“An Early Lignin Mutant from Japan – the Mulberry ‘red wood’ Sekizaisou”

Dr. Peter Kitin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
“Fluorescence Microscopy Reveals New Insights into the Mechanisms of Lignified Cell Wall Biodegradation”

Dr. David Kisailus (University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.)
”Biologically Inspired Multi-Functional Materials”

13:00~13:15 Opening Remarks (Prof. Hiroyuki Ohno, President of TUAT)
  Welcome Message (Prof. Hidehiro Kamiya, GIR Dean)
Introduction of GIR Project (Prof. Chisato Miyaura, GIR Executive Acting
13:15~17:45 Presentation by International Distinguished Researchers and Research
Food: Dr. Gary Stacey, Dr. Matthew Reynolds, Dr. John Ralph, Dr. Peter Kitin, Research Teams (Yokoyama, Takahashi・Shibutani, Takada, Funada, Gomi, Umezawa)
Energy: Dr. David Kisailus, Research Teams (Tanaka・Nakamura, Naoi・Kumagai, Kuwabara, Tominaga)
Life Science: Research Teams (Chiba・Inada, Sode, Misawa, Mizutani)
17:55~18:00   Closing Remarks (Prof. Isao Ogiwara, Trustee for Academic Affairs and
  Research, Vice-President, TUAT)

Advanced reservations: Not required
Language: English

Please refer to our website for more information.

About GIR

In 2014, TUAT was selected by the Japanese government as one of the 12 national universities rapidly promoting global research and we have been striving to enhance our function toward globalization of the cutting-edge research. In this context we established the Global Innovation Research Organization to strengthen our role in promoting global research.  In April 2016, it was reorganized as the Institute of Global Innovation Research (GIR).    
Within the GIR, the emphasis is placed on research in three key areas of “food”, “energy”, and “life science”, under the theme “to solve globally challenging issues of food and energy”.  GIR’s goals are to boost the number of international joint research efforts and internationally co-authored papers, for the theme with a high social demand.


Institute of Global Innovation Research Support Office, Research Support Office, Research Advancement Division, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)
Tel: 042-367-5646 
E-mail: girjim (at)