MIRAI aims at connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation. The project is specifically directed at researchers at an early stage of their career, to lead future joint activities between universities in the two countries.

Within the project there is several activities like seminar weeks, workshops etc. During the project a call for seed funding is open.

Project activities:

MIRAI 2.0 Research & Innovation Week 2021 (June 7-11, 2021)

650 persons had registered for the MIRAI 2.0 digital conference International collaboration in a digital era – Fostering innovative minds for the future, arranged by the University of Gothenburg on June 7-11. During the week the participants were able to take part of each other's research, compare experiences and to network in order to find ways for collaborations and exchange between Japan and Sweden.

News, 2021-06-20 The first MIRAI 2.0 Research & Innovation week – a success

MIRAI 2.0 will organize several workshops during the autumn of 2021. The workshops aim to follow up and deepen discussions that were initiated during Research and Innovation week, June 7-11 2021. They offer great opportunities for researchers from the Swedish and Japanese members universities to meet and start developing concrete collaboration proposals that can be submitted in the our calls for funding.


MIRAI Workshops 2021

Ageing Workshop (digital), September 28-29, 2021

The Thematic Expert Group Ageing within MIRAI2.0 organizes the workshop Ageing – Unlocking potential for new collaborations. The event gives researchers an opportunity to learn more about ageing in Japan and Sweden and develop project ideas that can be connected to one of the seed funding possibilities

The workshop is hosted by Linnaeus University. More information, program and registration will be available on lnu.se/en/ageingworkshop2021

Sustainability Workshop (digital), September 28-30, 2021 

The workshop is planned as a "working-WS" focusing on discussions and practical work to develop and refine research collaborations ideas and writing applications for seed funding. There will be no formal presentations. WS-hours: SE 08.00-12.00/JP 15.00-19.00.

The workshop is open to MIRAI2.0 member university researchers who participated in the Research&Innovation Week 2021. It is primarily directed at Young researchers, and in collaboration, more senior researchers are welcome. The application to participate in the workshop was done through submitting a collaboration research idea by 29 June. The researchers who have submitted research ideas for collaboration are contacted early July.

Hiroshima University and Karlstad University host the workshop. More information, program and registration will be available on kau.se/en/conferences/mirai-28-29-september-2021

For more information, please contact
Hiroshima University: kokusai-group@office.hiroshima-u.ac.jp
Karlstad University: jorge.solis@kau.se

Monthly Artificial Intelligence Workshops (digital), autumn 2021

The MIRAI2.0 Thematic Expert Group Artificial Intelligence plans to hold informal mini workshops on the last Thursday of each month during the autumn of 2021: 26 August, 30 September, 28 October and 25 November.

Each workshop will be approx.. 1.5 hours long and consist of a general quick introduction, two speakers (one from Japan, one from Sweden) who will each give a short presentation (approx.. 20 minutes each), and then the meeting will be open for discussions on research ideas and interests.

The first workshop will be held on 26 August between 8:30 and 10:00 (SE), 15:30-17:00 (JP), on the theme AI Perception.

  • Dr Chiba, Waseda University, Japan – Image Processing with Deep Learning
  • Dr Carl Olsson, Lund University, Sweden – A Quasiconvex Formulation for Radial Cameras

Organisers: Professor Tetsuya Ogata, Waseda University, Japan, and Professor Kalle Åström, Lund University, Sweden.

Zoom link

Two senior Umu researchers have been nominated for to take the lead for the academic topics in MIRAI 2.0. These are professor Carl-Johan Boraxbekk, Department of Radiation Sciences within ageing and professor Carina Keskitalo, Department of Geography, within sustainability.


News, 2021-05-24: Research and Innovation Week in university collaboration project with Japan

News, 2021-06-16: Many participants in the Japanese-Swedish Research & Innovation Week

Focus areas

Ageing – Active and Healthy Ageing in Japan and Sweden – Individual, Group, and Population Perspectives

  • Demography and Determinants of Health
  • New Technologies for Aged Society
  • Health Promotion for Aged Society (including: Biological and medical sciences of ageing; Social innovations and future policies for aged society)

Materials Science

  • Materials for energy devices
  • Low dimensional materials and surfaces
  • Advanced characterisation of materials
  • Bioinspired materials

Sustainability (new energy techniques, water resources)

  • Carbon-neutral technology, including non-fossil-based energy generation such as hydrogen production, artificial photosynthesis, photo-voltaic system and carbon capture
  • Sustainable Automotive Control Technology
  • Global environment and energy technologies: Energy Devices, including fuel cells, solar cells and secondary batteries, and Hydrogen Technologies

Artificial Intelligence

Read more on mirai.nu

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Read more on mirai.nu


Participating universities

Eleven Swedish universities and eight Japanese universities are part of the project:

From Sweden:
Umeå University, Jönköping University, Karlstad University, Linköping University, Linneaus University, Luleå tekniska universitet, Lund University, University of Gothenburg, Uppsala University, Stockholm University and Örebro University

From Japan:
Hiroshima University, Hokkaido University, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, Sophia University, The University of Tokyo, Tohoku University and Waseda University


Project Manager
Jenny Ahlinder Hagberg

Materials Science
Ove Andersson

Carina Keskitalo

Carl-Johan Boraxbekk

Umeå University reference group: 
Katrine Riklund (Pro-Vice-Chancellor), Greg Neely (Deputy Dean), Ingrid Svensson (International Office), Carl-Johan Boraxbekk (Ageing), Carina Keskitalo (Sustainability), Ove Andersson (Materials Science), Markus Nattijärvi (AI) and Janina Priebe (The Faculty of Arts and Humanities).

Team for internationalisation

Internationaliseringsforum is a Team for those working with internationalisation issues. It contains manuals, routines and calendar events. 

There is a channel in the Team with a handbook in English.

Petra Käck