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【HeKKSaGOn・L-INSIGHT Spin-off Programme [HLSP]2022】“Seven Dialogues for Future Research and Science with Early Career Researchers”

This forum supports next generation of researchers in forming special international and inter-generational connections to create foundations for them to excel in future research. This is a new initiative that has spined-off from the friendly relationship between German and Japanese universities fostered through the HeKKSaGOn (The German–Japanese University Alliance) framework, which is now in its twelfth year.
This open online forum consists of several dialogues among researchers from Kyoto University (L-INSIGHT fellows, a community of early career researchers), Heidelberg University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Göttingen University. Each group will discuss an interdisciplinary topic(s) raised by L-INSIGHT fellows.
We cordially invite you to the dialogues regarding the topics of your choice. Please join to find a new insight and create future connections through this opportunity.
L-INSIGHT fellows participating in the online forum and researchers affiliated with German universities can visit Germany/Kyoto with their students and collaborators after the forum or be invited to Kyoto/Germany.



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Dates and time 2 December 2022
17:30–19:45 JST|9:30–11:45 CET
Venue Online Forum(Zoom)
Target Researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, URAs, etc. interested in the dialogue theme
Entrance fee Free
Language This program will be held in English. Simultaneous interpretation will not be provided.
Registration Registration Required
Due Date 1 December 2022
Contact Kyoto University Center for Enhancing Next-Generation Research
Organizers Kyoto University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and University of Göttingen
Collaborator Kyoto University European Center


Opening remarks

Deputy Executive Vice-President, Director of Kyoto University European Center, Kyoto University

Dr. Klaus Rümmele
Head of International Affairs Business Unit ,KIT


Dr. OKAMURA Ryosuke【 L-INSIGHT fellow 】
Kyoto University Hospital / Assistant Professor

Dr. Johannes Betge (DKFZ)
Translational Gastrointestinal Oncology and Preclinical Models Junior Clinical Cooperation Unit

Dr. Jörg Leupold
Department of Experimental Surgery, Cancer Metastasis, Heidelberg University

Dr. Nitin Patil
Department of Experimental Surgery, Cancer Metastasis, Heidelberg University

Prof. Dr. Anne-Christin Hauschild
Department of Medical Informatics University Medical Center Göttingen Göttingen University

Surgical management and biomarker-driven cancer therapy for gastrointestinal cancer patients
Despite the recent development of surgical technology, we unfortunately see postoperative disease recurrence in many of advanced GI cancer cases. We surgeons should know the limits of surgical strategy for controlling tumor spread. How should current precision oncology, such as molecular profiling and biomarker-driven cancer therapy, be combined with surgery to improve GI cancer patients’ outcomes?


Dr. TANAKA Tomohiro【 L-INSIGHT fellow 】
L-INSIGHT fellow / Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University / Assistant Professor

Dr. Simon Schaub
Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University

Dr. Guyen Battuvshin
Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University

Prof. Dr. Martin Sauter
Geoscience Centre University of Goettingen

Hydrological research in 2050
Water sciences, such as hydrology, climatology, limnology, oceanology, coastal engineering, etc., pay the ever-strongest attention to climate change (CC) and its impact assessments. In 1990s and 2000s, CC research in hydrology was simply translating future projected rainfall to the resultant water cycle. Now, this topic became further more sophisticated, including more detailed hydraulic analysis such as inundation, landslides and their translation into economic impacts. The urgent needs of society for climate change adaptation accelerated such studies during this short period. In 2050, when climate change more explicitly emerges, how will or should our hydrological research, especially for CC assessments/adaptation/mitigation go? I would like to discuss the future of hydrology research: more social sciences associated, climate change validation, hydrological modelling, hydrological observation, etc.


Dr. INOUE Kosuke【 L-INSIGHT fellow 】
L-INSIGHT fellow / Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University / Assistant Professor

PD Dr. Volker Winkler
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Epidemiology of Transition, Heidelberg University Hospital

Junior-Prof. Dr. Tim Mathes
Department of Medical Statistics at the University Medical Center Göttingen

Pelin Ünal
Genomic Epidemiology Group

Tomislav Vlaski
Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Research

Professor Dr. Tim Friede
“Head of Department of Medical Statistics
University Medical Center Göttingen”

The role of epidemiology and statistics in healthcare science in 2030
Given the recent rapid advancement of computer science, big data, and machine learning as well as increasing concern over social disparity, what knowledge and skillsets would be appreciated in future science and medicine? What can we do to improve health towards precision medicine (in real meaning)?


Dr. SHIRAISHI Kosuke【 L-INSIGHT fellow 】
L-INSIGHT fellow / Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University /Assistant Professor

Gideon Bergheim
Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg

Dr.Islam Khattab
Institute for Biological Interfaces, KIT

Prof. Dr. Tobias Erb
Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany

How can/should we integrate the knowledge of phyllosphere plant-microbe interactions into policy dialogues at the global level?
Plant-microbe interaction is a complex, dynamic and continuous process. It has been shown to support plant growth and increase host resistance to pathogens, and the rhizosphere, the underground part, has been the center of the research. Recently, the phyllosphere, the plant leaf surface, has attracted many scientists and phyllosphere microbes have been recognized as important players. New insights have been put into practical applications such as biostimulants for crop yield promotion and plant protection from pathogens. Looking at the accumulating evidence from the perspective of scientific advice for policy-making, the plant-microbe interaction of the rhizosphere has been discussed in international policy dialogues, whereas that of the phyllosphere is stuck in dialogues among researchers. Through some international expert communities, we have started to share new knowledge on phyllosphere microbiology with the expectation to bring the discussion to international policy dialogues for food security and environmental protection.


Dr. ISOBE Masanori【 L-INSIGHT fellow 】
L-INSIGHT fellow / Kyoto University Hospital / Assistant Professor

Dr. Jerome Foo
Dept. Genetic Epidemiology in Psychiatry, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University

Kelly Amal Dhru, LL.M.
Hamburg University

Konrad Waschkies
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy University of Göttingen

How human species will be, can be, should be
Currently, various state-of-art technics to enhance intellectual ability, such as decoded neurofeedback, have been developed and are now close to be implemented in the clinical field. Careful discussion in advance would be desirable from multiple perspectives as follows; how far the expansion of physical and cognitive functions should go, how far it should be allowed to go, and what kind of common understanding and restrictions are necessary when this expansion proceeds. For example, restrictions have been placed on human cloning, but what extent do such restrictions need to be extended to enhancement of our physical/mental activities? What remains as our individuality? I would like to discuss these issues with people from various fields including those who specialize in bioethics, law, and those who are researching the improvement of cognitive function and recovery of physical function.


Dr. EGUCHI Kana【 L-INSIGHT fellow 】
L-INSIGHT fellow / Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University /Program-Specific Assistant Professor

Dr. Nicolai SPICHER
Department of Medical Informatics, Göttingen University

Dr. Sebastian Herberger
Interdisciplinary Center of Sleep Medicine, Charité-Universitätsmedizin, Berlin

How healthcare technology should overcome the digital literacy gap in the aged society?
Aging and health now become a worldwide problem. On the basis of WHO’s fact sheets [ref1], the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will become 22%, while 80% of them will be living in low- or middle-income countries. These situations may cause an ever-greater digital literacy gap, which may even affect access to healthcare or medical service.
At this moment, our study has already faced the digital literacy gap-induced problems in collecting side-effect reports from patients undergoing cancer pharmacotherapy: we confirmed that the use of smartphone applications may become a big hurdle for aged Japanese people. In this dialogue, I would like to first exchange the current situation in Germany and Japan related to the issues surrounding healthcare induced by the digital literacy gap. Then discuss possible issues induced by the digital literacy gap in the future and how we can/should overcome the vicious circle of technology development and the digital literacy gap.
[ref1] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ageing-and-health


Dr. IIMA Mami【 L-INSIGHT fellow 】
L-INSIGHT fellow / Kyoto University Hospital / Assistant Professor

A/Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Karampinos
Experimental Magnetic Resonance Imaging School of Medicine & Munich Institute of Biomedical Engineering Technical University of Munich

PD Dr. Sebastian Bickelhaupt
Institute for Radiology
University Hospital Erlangen

Dr. Felix Kurz
Division of Radiology

Dr. Van Anh Tu
Experimental Magnetic Resonance Imaging, School of Medicine & Munich Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Technical University of Munich

Bridging the gap between macro and micro scale in tumor imaging
We will aim to establish a trans-scale imaging method that connects a whole body, tissue, and cellular scales using MRI etc, especially diffusion MRI, which can evaluate the movement of water molecules in vivo. In the diagnosis of cancer, it is important to understand the phenomenon and elucidate the mechanism by traversing various scales, such as the tumor microenvironment and micrometastases that may exist throughout the body. However, the understanding of the principles that will lead to the elucidation of new pathological conditions at the microscopic level involving elemental interactions in biomolecules and cells, and at the meso- and macro-level involving tissues and organs, has not yet been fully developed.
The current MRI has difficulty in measuring and evaluating the micro level, especially in terms of resolution, and thus we will aim to develop this method further to establish trans-scale imaging to visualize cancer characteristics on a longitudinal scale and exploit them for cancer diagnosis and prognosis prediction.

General discussion

  • Wrap-ups from each group(5min.×7groups)
  • Comments from guests


Prof. Dr. Thomas Kneib
Dean of research at the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, University of Goettingen

Prof. TANAKA Motomu
Institute for Physical Chemistry, Heidelberg University

Prof. KONO Yasuyuki
Vice President, Director International Strategy Office, Kyoto University

Dr. Michael Riemann
Botanical Institute, KIT


Nicole Dorn
International Relations Division, Department Study Abroad, Exchange Programmes, International Cooperation

Prof. Akihiko Akamatsu
L-INSIGHT Program Manager, Kyoto University


Heidelberg University
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
University of Göttingen
Kyoto University