Jonathan’s Whirlwind Week in Japan: Symposiums, Seminars and Sushi.

Centre for Programmable Biological Matter

Jonathan’s Whirlwind Week in Japan: Symposiums, Seminars and Sushi.

Tokyo, Japan  – Jonathan embarked on a whirlwind week-long journey in Japan. His mission? To attend symposiums, deliver seminars and enjoy the Japanese culture once again!

Travelling from Tokyo to Nara was the first stretch of his journey attending the pre- ISBC2924 symposium being held at the Todaiji Culture Centre, Nara. This event was held over two days with both international and local speakers represented: a total of 26, focussing their talks on structural design, supramolecular construction, and functional development of proteins and peptides.

Jonathan then made the journey back to Tokyo where he attended Tokyo University and presented a seminar on Programming Biological Molecules at the Nanoscale. Many thanks to Tom Suzuki for making the arrangements to accommodate this seminar.

Then onto a Shinkansen bullet train to Nagoya to attend the 3rd International Symposium on Biofunctional Chemistry (ISBC2024) held at Toyoda Auditorium, Nagoya University. There were 5 themes: Chemical probes for cell analysis and imaging, Organic chemistry in cells, new approaches to drug discovery based on chemical biology research, beyond naturally occurring biomolecular self-assembly: engineered bio-functional supramolecules, chemical approaches to synthetic biology: synthetic biology based on biomolecular engineering and designer proteins and enzymes.

Taking place from the 24th to the 26th of April with over 30 invited speakers it was a busy and successful symposium and a great place to catch up with old colleagues and friends.

Jonathan thanks all the people that invited him and made the arrangements for these successful events. Most importantly Jonathan returned to the office bearing gifts for which we are all very grateful. The crunchy Izutsu Yatsuhashi Gluten Free Cinnamon Cookies were especially delicious.