Australia Japan Medical Research Symposiums September 2018

In September 2018, the Victorian Government is coordinating a mission to Japan for early career researchers to participate in symposiums in Tokyo and Osaka and to meet with Japanese researchers and industry representatives working in the area of rare cancers. A key opportunity will be to establish potential collaborations with researchers in Japan with a view to preparing joint funding applications and possible exchanges in the future.

The mission and Australia Japan Research Symposiums are part of the Australia Now events program in Japan, supported by the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australia Now sponsors.

The program is also being delivered with the support of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The mission will be led by a senior researcher with the support of a Trade Victoria representative.

Trade mission details

Who should participate?
Early career health and medical researchers (must have a PhD and be no more than ten years post PhD) based in Victoria whose work is contributing to our understanding and approach to rare cancers.

Selection criteria
Selection of participants will be based on a diverse representation across organisations, tumour streams, gender, career stage and classification of research (Biology, Aetiology, Prevention, Early detection, diagnosis and prognosis, Treatment, and Cancer control, survivorship and outcomes research).

For the purposes of this mission, a rare cancer is defined as a type of cancer that has less than 6 incidences per year per 100,000 population.

Mission package
The mission package covers:

  • Three nights’ accommodation at designated hotels
  • Symposium costs including lunch
  • Networking dinner in Tokyo and Osaka
  • Group transport during program (does not include airport transfers)

Cost to participants

  • Airfares*
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Incidentals, including meals not listed

* Travel scholarships for Victorian participants of up to $1,000 (GST exclusive) will be available to reimburse economy class return airfares to Japan on a needs basis.

Outline of program

  • 9 September - Arrive Tokyo
  • 10 September - Symposium with Japan researchers and industry and networking dinner
  • 11 September - Transfer to Osaka, site visits Osaka, Kyoto or Kobe and networking dinner
  • 12 September - Symposium. Transfer to Kansai airport or return to Tokyo.

A detailed program will be provided following acceptance into the mission.

*Recommended flights are Cathay Pacific into Tokyo and out of Osaka.

Expression of interest

Interested researchers should email an expression of interest to Please include a short 2-page CV with your responses to the expression of interest questions.

Key dates

5 PM Friday 27 July – expressions of interest close


For further information, contact Ellen Walsh on (03) 9651 9249 or send her an email