• Name:German-Japanese University Alliance
    HeKKSaGOn:Heidelberg, Kyoto, Karlsruhe, Tohoku (in Sendai), Göttingen, Osaka – network
  • Established in:2010
  • Member Institutions: 6 Universities from Japan and Germany
    (Germany) Heidelberg University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), University of Göttingen
    (Japan) Tohoku University, Kyoto University, Osaka University
  • Website:https://www.hekksagon.net

The Japanese-German University Consortium HeKKSaGOn founded in 2010 is a bilateral university network composed of three Japanese and three German major universities with the aim to promote exchange between Japan and Germany through activities such as research staff/student exchange, joint research, workshops and summer schools.


HeKKSaGOn Presidential Conferences, Research Collaboration through Working Groups and Seasonal Schools for students and early-career researchers. Tohoku University will host the 8th HeKKSaGOn Presidential Conference in September, 2021.

HeKKSaGOn Presidential Conferences

Period Host Link
8th 2021.9.9-10 Tohoku University
7th 2019.9.12-13 Heidelberg University Details HeKKSaGOn website
6th 2018.4.12-13 Osaka University Details HeKKSaGOn website
5th 2016.9.29-30 KIT Details HeKKSaGOn website
4th 2015.4.16-17 Tohoku University Details HeKKSaGOn website
3rd 2013.9.12-13 University of Göttingen HeKKSaGOn website
2nd 2012.3.29-30 Kyoto University
1st 2010.7.29-30 Heidelberg University
Working Groups

The HeKKSaGOn network’s collaboration mechanism is based on research groups consisting of scientists from the member universities.

  1. Life & Natural Science Fusion
  2. Coordination Chemistry for Energy Conversion, Catalysis & Nanotechnology
  3. Social Sciences & Humanities
  4. Disaster Risk & Response: Scientific & technological Issues
  5. Dynamic Imaging for Physical, Chemical & Biological Interests
  6. Robotics: Challenges & Opportunities in the 21st Century
  7. Japanese-German Neuroscience Research Network Focusing on Psychosis, Affective Disorders & Related Traits
  8. Mathematics at the Interface of Science and Technology towards Innovation – Seeds in Mathematics versus Needs outside Mathematics
  9. Data Science
Experience story by a participant

Learning through Diversity and Friendship

The event was a student workshop with a theme of Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the HeKKSaGOn network.
As I had expected, activities that included diversity in terms of the participants’ backgrounds and majors enriched my view regarding certain topics and gave me a different perspective. This effect was extended beyond the workshop’s scheduled sessions by the amazing interaction we had at lunch, dinner, and even at breakfast. Having a similar but still different experience of being in both Japan and Germany made it easy for us to engage in conversation beyond our tasks within the workshop.
Working together as groups, and ultimately as a big team, on a presentation about a topic that is not specifically related to our major was a great experience, as it taught us how to work with a mixed group and how to deliver results. It gave me a chance to explore my strengths and weaknesses regarding working in a large team. Also, the activity led by the coach made me reflect on myself and sustainable development in general, and I believe it will raise my awareness regarding this topic.
(Sana Talmoudi, Graduate School of Engineering / participated in HeKKSaGOn Presidents’ Conference- Students Workshop at Heidelberg University from September 12-13, 2019)


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