[Japan] The University of Tsukuba, Saga City, and Saga University concluded an “Agreement on the Utilization of Algae Biomass and its Research and Development in Saga City” on August 2 at Saga City Office.
Vice President Yasuo Miake of the University of Tsukuba, Saga City Mayor Toshiyuki Hideshima, and President Kohji Miyazaki of Saga University attended the signing ceremony. They confirmed their intentions to work together for the development of the Saga region taking advantage of algae biomass, and to cooperate for the research and development that would lead to the creation of new industries.
Saga City was selected as a Biomass Industrial City by the Japanese Government in November 2014. The city has been expected to play a key role in developing the algae industry since then. Having little experience in the field of algae industry, the city has decided to conclude the partnership agreement with the two universities, seeking for their technical cooperation.
A symposium titled “Toward the Creation of Domestic Resources and Industries” was held after the signing ceremony. Vice Director Kazuo Kadowaki of the Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES), University of Tsukuba, first gave an overview of the center. ABES Director Makoto Watanabe then gave a keynote lecture.
A panel discussion titled “Creation of New Algae Industries based on Inter-University Cooperation” was held after the lecture. Vice President Miake and Assistant Professor Masaki Yoshida of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences (a member of ABES) took part in the discussion, and reported on the university’s efforts to have worked in partnership with industries. They proposed that the university build up a more effective system to promote cooperation with industries.