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ITB-RIKEN Mini symposium on “Biomolecular Engineering for Functional Materials” was held at Institut Teknologi Bandung , Bandung, Indonesia on November 30 and December 1, 2023.

December 13, 2023

Institut Teknologi Bandung is the first technical university in Indonesia that was established on March 2, 1959 in West Java, with a mission to serve science and technology to develop the nation .

During this mini symposium, RIKEN Singapore Director Dr Kawabe introduced RIKEN’s activity and collaboration in the Southeast Asia as well as RIKEN’s program for junior researchers.  Prof Keiji Numata from Biomacromolecules Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science(CSRS) made a keynote speech on his research projects for new functional biomaterials. This was followed by research introduction presentations by nine researchers from RIKEN and ITB in the two-day symposium.

In the Student Session, ten ITB students gave poster presentations and participated in an active Q&A session.

In total, about 40 people attended the symposium (about 16 people also attended online). Many of them were students (whether PhD, Master, or Bachelor) who were interested in research life and opportunities abroad.

RIKEN Singapore Office, which promotes international cooperation in the Southeast region, will provide support for personnel exchange and research collaboration with ITB.

ITB-RIKEN Mini symposium at Institut Teknologi Bandung(ITB)

A*STAR – RIKEN Joint Workshop was held at Biopolis, Singapore on November 22, 2023, to promote interdisciplinary research collaborations.

December 13, 2023

RIKEN and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has 18 years of fruitful collaboration history since MOU between the two institutions was signed in 2005. RIKEN Singapore Representative Office, RIKEN’s first overseas office, was opened at Biopolis, A*STAR’s biomedical research hub, in 2006 and the MOU has been extended and included more research areas. The mutual partnership between two institutions has flourished over the years.

During this one-day joint workshop, 24 senior and junior researchers from both institutions discussed orally their technical presentations on four key topics: (1) AI for Social Outcomes, (2) Quantum Computing, (3) Translational Neuroscience and Immunology and (4) Chemistry for Sustainability. In addition, more than 30 junior researchers from both institutions displayed their research posters and exchanged their ideas with other participants actively.

The purpose of this joint workshop is to promote the expansion of the researchers’ networks and discussions on research collaboration as well as communication among researchers in various fields and discover innovative strategies.

The workshop was successful and meaningful, with active interactions and discussions across disciplines among workshop participants, initiating many ideas and discussions for actual interdisciplinary research collaboration in the future.

About seventy researchers from both institutions participated in this workshop. RIKEN Singapore Office was a member of the organising committee of this workshop. We would like to thank all the participants and all the other committee members who make this workshop a success.

Gift exchange by Mr. Yoshiaki Takahashi, Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore and Prof Ng Huck Hui, Assistant Chief Executive, Research and Talent Development, A*STAR after their opening speeches

Apply now! RIKEN CBS Summer Program 2024

November 17, 2023

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function.

Plan A: Internship Course (2 months, June 20–August 20) Summer interns will work in a CBS Lab for 2 months and participate in the research activities of the host laboratory.

Plan B: Lecture Course (5 days, July 8–12) The lecture course is set up to present both basic concepts as well as cutting-edge research that will aid in understanding the selected theme. The intensive course is a coherent platform from where a wide variety of important new research and techniques will be revealed.

Application deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024, 9:00, JST

For more information, please visit https://cbs.riken.jp/en/summer/

Our latest English pamphlet is now online.

November 10, 2023

Learn about RIKEN’s national of research centers and facilities, its overseas offices, its history, as well as facts and figures on its budget, personnel and research output in this short pamphlet. For a more detailed overview of RIKEN’s yearly activities.

Please visit https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/pubs/pamphlets/index.html .

Call for Proposals for Fugaku Projects via National Supercomputing Centre Singapore

November 9, 2023

The National Supercomputing Centre Singapore (NSCC) is opening a call for proposals to access Japan’s flagship supercomputer, Fugaku, to Singapore researchers with Singapore residency status under an agreement between NSCC and the Research Organization for Information Science and Technology of Japan (RIST).


Magazine: RIKEN Research (Fall 2023 issue)

October 3, 2023

“RIKEN Research” is a quarterly English-language publication, highlighting the latest research at RIKEN labs and centers. You can download the PDF of the latest and the past printed issues at RIKEN Research archives.

To search RIKEN’s latest and past research news by year/research fields, please visit at Research News.

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Japan’s first homemade quantum computer goes online

October 2, 2023

RIKEN, in collaboration with Fujitsu and a number of Japanese research institute, has made a Japanese built quantum computer available through the cloud for researchers doing work on both basic research and applications for quantum computers. The system, which went online at the end of March, is based on superconducting semiconductor qubits.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2023/20230921_3/index.html

A safe, easy, and affordable way to store and retrieve hydrogen

August 3, 2023

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) in Japan have discovered a compound that uses a chemical reaction to store ammonia, potentially offering a safer and easier way to store this important chemical.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/research_news/pr/2023/20230710_3/index.html

Magazine: RIKEN Research (Summer 2023 issue)

“RIKEN Research” is a quarterly English-language publication, highlighting the latest research at RIKEN labs and centers. You can download the PDF of the latest and the past printed issues at RIKEN Research archives.

To search RIKEN’s latest and past research news by year/research fields, please visit at Research News.

***To subscribe weekly e-newsletter and receive RIKEN’s latest research achievements and exciting events to your e-mail address, please register here.

Fugaku continues to achieve top rankings (May 2023)

June 13, 2023

Japan’s supercomputer Fugaku took top place in two rankings—HPCG and Graph 500 —as well as the number two spot on the Top500 ranking and third place on the HPL-MxP benchmarks.

These rankings, announced at ISC2023 in Hamburg, Germany, show that Fugaku continues to maintain its place at the top of the supercomputing world.

>> Read more at https://www.r-ccs.riken.jp/en/outreach/topics/20230522-2/

>> About RIKEN Center for Computational Science: https://www.r-ccs.riken.jp/en/

Call for RIKEN Early Career Leaders Program (FY2024)

Applications for FY2024 have been closed; applications for FY2025 will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

May 23, 2023

RIKEN offers early career researchers an excellent opportunity to qualify to further their career at a higher level. The RIKEN Hakubi Fellows Program established in 2018 supports junior Principal Investigators (PIs) and has played an important role in fostering talented researchers from around the world. We are now expanding the RIKEN Hakubi Fellows Program and starting a new program, the RIKEN Early Career Leaders (ECL) Program, to provide further support to junior PIs.

1.  RIKEN ECL Team Leader 

2.  RIKEN ECL Unit Leader

3.  Sechi Kato Program for RIKEN ECL Program (Female Junior PI Program)

[Start of employment]

April 2024 or later, but no later than January 1, 2025


TL: For applicant registration: June 19, 2023 (midnight, Japan time).

UL: The application must arrive no later than June 26, 2023 (3:00 p.m., Japan Time).

[More information]

ECL program FY2024 website : https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/riken_ecl/call2024/index.html

More programs for young scientists at RIKEN

RIKEN strives to provide the best and most exciting opportunities for young scientists in the crucially important early stages of their career.


RIKEN Alumni Meeting in Singapore was held at New RIKEN Singapore Representative Office

April 18, 2023

The 14th RIKEN Alumni Meeting in Singapore was held at newly relocated RIKEN Singapore Representative Office on 10 April 2023. This meeting was hosted by Prof Makiko NAKA, RIKEN Executive Director in charge of International Relations, and organized by RIKEN Singapore Representative Office.

In the seminar session of the meeting, several research topics and key updates were presented by some Alumni members and RIKEN HQ staffs. Then all participants enjoyed free discussion in an open and friendly atmosphere. We look forward to the next get together opportunity!

The seminar session of the meeting
Group photo of the meeting participants

We have moved!

April 7, 2023

RIKEN Singapore Representative Office has moved to the Proteos building from the Helios building at Biopolis.

Our new location is here.

8th USM-RIKEN Collaboration (URICAS) Symposium was held at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia on March 7-8, 2023

March 16, 2023

USM-RIKEN Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Advanced Sciences (URICAS) was established as a collaborative program by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and RIKEN in February 2015 to undertake interdisciplinary research as well as to promote further exchange of young researchers. The fruitful collaboration between RIKEN and USM, which was started in 1993, is one of the successful models of the collaboration between RIKEN and the research institutions in the Southeast Asia.

During this 2-day symposium, 14 researchers from RIKEN and USM presented their collaborative research works. In addition, RIKEN Singapore Director Dr Kawabe and other research support staffs from RIKEN introduced RIKEN’s activity and collaboration in the Southeast Asia. There were also impressive presentations by 13 USM students in the conference. Through RIKEN’s International Program Associate (IPA)  program, RIKEN has hosted more than 50 USM PhD students over the past 20 years, and nurtured the talents under RIKEN scientists’ guidance.

Through both research collaborations and exchange program of young researchers, the partnership between RIKEN and USM will continue to grow stronger and more flourishing.       

The conference was held at Auditorium
at Institute for Research in Molecular
Medicine (INFORMM ), USM.
Active discussion between USM students and RIKEN researchers at the poster presentation session
Group photo of the conference participants

Call for applications for the position of Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) for FY 2024

Applications for FY2024 have been closed. Applications for FY2025 is open now. Please visit at https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/spdr/career2025/ .

RIKEN is currently accepting applications for the FY 2024 Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) Program, from young, creative, independent researchers who will be a powerful force in furthering RIKEN’s research activities.

・Duration of contract: Three years from date of hire (in principle, April 1, 2024) (Actual starting date to be decided upon consultation)

・Place of work: RIKEN laboratories in Japan ( Location of RIKEN host laboratory)

・Application deadline:  5 pm April 6 Thursday, 2023 (Japan Time) for registering basic information

**For more information, please visit SPDR program website at https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/spdr/career2024/index.html

RIKEN strives to provide the best and most exciting opportunities for young scientists in the crucially important early stages of their career.

To find out more programs for Junior Scientists, please visit at https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/