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 S endai], The University of Göttingen, and Osaka University.


The 8th Annual Presidential Meeting was held online from Thursday, September 9~Friday, September 10, 2021. (https://hekksagon2021.jp/)

Activity in HeKKSaGOn

Presidential Conferences



Host University


September 9~10, 2021

Tohoku University


September 12~13, 2019

Heidelberg University


April 12~13, 2018

Osaka University


September 29~30, 2016

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


April 16~17, 2015

Tohoku University


September 12~13, 2013

The University of Göttingen


March 29~30, 2012

Kyoto University


July 29~30, 2010

Heidelberg University

*For information on other events and workshops, visit the HeKKSaGOn website at: https://www.hekksagon.net/58.php

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

Mathematics at the Interface of Science and Technology towards Innovation - Seeds in Mathematics versus Needs outside Mathematics

Data Science

Renewable Energy & Energy Systems of the Future

Research Projects (2020~2023)


Next-Generation Biomedical Sciences - Fusion of Molecular Engineering, Imaging, and Modeling


Quantum Innovation by Interdisciplinary Medical Research


Mineral and energy resource systems for resilient, sustainable societies


Robotics for Health, Well-being, Safe and Resilient Societies


The Digital World: Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics


Mathematics at the Interface of Science and Technology


Asian and Transcultural Studies: The Next Generation


Recreating Global History from Asian Perspectives: The Twentieth-Century World in Turmoil

*Projects in which a researcher from Osaka University is serving as lead coordinator are marked with an asterisk (*).

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