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International Collaboration

Constructing a World-wide Research Network

IMS has accepted many foreign scientists and hosted numerous international conferences since its establishment and is now widely recognized as a leading institute that promotes firm international collaborations. In 2013, IMS initiated a new program to further promote international collaboration. As a part of this new program, IMS has been promoting the IMS International Internship Program for Foreign Graduate Students and the IMS International Fellowship Program for Young Foreign Researchers, through several foreign nominating institutions and universities.


International Exchange Agreements

In concert with our MOU partners listed below, we develop seamless international
collaborations. Several exchange/workshop programs for researchers and graduate students are running under those agreements.


École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP)

Freie Universität Berlin
Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI)
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

University of Oulu

State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces (PCOSS) , Xiamen University

Physical Chemistry Division, The Korean Chemical Society
Sungkyunkwan University

Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences Academia Sinica (IAMS)
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU)

National Nanotechnology Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


International Collaboration Programs

Exchange Programs

International Visiting Professor Program

Excellent international researchers are invited to IMS for over 3 months.

International Cooperation Researcher Program

Young international researchers are invited for up to 3 months in general.

International Special Inter-University Researcher

International graduate students participate in research as a Research Assistant (RA) for over 6 months.

IMS International Internship Programs (IMS-IIP)

IMS accepts international graduate students for 1-6 months, especially from MOU partner schools.

IMS-IIPA (IMS-International Internship Program in Asia) project, which is an Asian version of the IMS International Internship Program based on academic agreements, is being implemented.



International Research Meetings

IMS supports international research meetings with diverse topics. Researchers outside of IMS, including overseas, are welcome to propose topics of meetings.

InternationalJoint Research

IMS opens up its state-of-the-art facilities including UVSOR for joint research/usage. In addition, IMS serves as the core representative of the Molecule & Material Synthesis Platform of the "Nanotechnology Platform Japan (NTPJ)" project, which enables domestic and international institutes including private sectors to access the high-tech facilities and equipment provided by 11 partnership institutes in Japan.


International Educational Activities in Cooperation with SOKENDAI

IMS International Internship Program for Young Researchers of Our Asian MOU Partners

Institute for Molecular Science International Internship Program in Asia (IMS-IIPA)
provides a opportunity for graduate students and young researchers of our MOU partners in Asia, listed below, to stay in the IMS laboratories related to the basic research up to 6 months. Through the experience, we encourage them to continue the basic research in their own countries as well as to build up the future collaboration.


Chulalongkorn University / Faculty of Science, Thailand
Kasetsart University / Faculty of Science, Thailand
Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), Thailand
University of Malaya / Faculty of Science, Malaysia
Institute of Solid State Physics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena