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. MIRAI Research and Innovation Week 7-11 June, 2021, has now opened for registration.

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

The Research and Innovation Week is the main event of 2021 and it is now open for registration!

• Connect with researchers from MIRAI 2.0 universities
• Submit your poster and present it digitally (deadline May 21, open to all disciplines)
• Matchmaking event with researchers, industry and organizations to support cross sector exchange of expertise and ideas
• Call for seed funding for promising collaborative initiatives from RiW week


Deadline to register to the Research and Innovation week is June 6. Submit your poster before May 21!

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

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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
  • Örebro University
From Japan:
  • Hiroshima University
  • Hokkaido University
  • Kyushu University
  • Nagoya University
  • Sophia University
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Tohoku University
  • Waseda University

News, 2018-10-29: Ageing, Materials Science and Sustainability on the agenda in Tokyo

News, 2018-02-22: Japanese Week on Campus


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.

Sandra Lundström