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HeKKSaGOn German-Japanese University Alliance


HeKKSaGOn German-Japanese University Alliance, a Japan-Germany university consortium, was established following the recommendation for such by Germany and its first meeting was held in Heidelberg in July 2010. Since then, member university president conferences have been alternately held every year and a half to discuss student/researcher exchange, joint programs, and more.

The consortium was named HeKKSaGOn, which is an acronym coined from the letters that make up the names of member universities: Heidelberg University, Kyoto University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Tohoku University [in Sendai], The University of Göttingen, and Osaka University.



On Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, 2019, the 7th Annual Presidential Conference was held at Heidelberg University.

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Activity in HeKKSaGOn

• Presidential Conferences

Dates Host university
#7 September 12~13, 2019 Heidelberg University
#6 April 12~13, 2018 Osaka University
#5 September 29~30, 2016 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
#4 April 16~17, 2015 Tohoku University
#3 September 12~13, 2013 The University of Göttingen
#2 March 29~30, 2012 Kyoto University
July 29~30, 2010 Heidelberg University


• Summer schools, workshops, etc.

Topic Dates Host University
Summer School
Data Science August 5~16, 2018 The University of Göttingen
Winter School
Quantifying Dynamics of Life March 11~20, 2018 Kyoto University
Summer School
Data Science August 2~16, 2019 The University of Göttingen

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• Working Groups

*Clicking the links below will direct you to an external site (HeKKSaGOn Website).

Life & Natural Science Fusion
Coordination Chemistry for Energy Conversion, Catalysis & Nanotechnology
Social Sciences & Humanities
Dynamic Imaging for Physical, Chemical & Biological Interests
Robotics: Challenges & Opportunities in the 21st Century
Japanese-German Neuroscience Research Network Focusing on Psychosis, Affective Disorders & Related Traits
Mathematics at the Interface of Science and Technology towards Innovation - Seeds in Mathematics versus Needs outside Mathematics
Data Science

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