During the two weeks from September 2, 2016 to September 15, 2016, I visited laboratories at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and at Leipzig University in Germany at the same time as the 8th International Peptide Symposium and the 34th European Peptide Symposium were taking place. I observed the laboratories and exchanged notes with researchers.
At Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, I visited the research institute to which Professor Cordelia Schiene-Fischer belongs. On this visit, I presented orally in a seminar format and was involved in a discussion in front of quite a few researchers belonging to both universities. After reporting content related to research on controlling the formation of metallic nanostructures in peptides (which are biomolecules), I received high acclaim for this research that fuses the fields of biomaterials and nanomaterials because it was of extremely high interest to the other researchers.
At Leipzig University, I visited the laboratory of Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger, who worked as the sponsor for this year’s international peptide conference. Besides introducing my research content during this visit, I discussed with the hosts the state of science research and education, laboratory management, the atmosphere of a laboratory, and the design of research policies. I was able to learn both similarities and differences between Japanese and German researchers.
Through the discussions and opportunities to present my research outcomes, I believe that I was able to organize international exchanges, something that may be majorly involved in my life’s work from now on. In addition to obtaining cutting-edge findings in fields related to mine, I obtained guidance on trends and future research topics in global peptide research.
Report: Kenta Mine (2nd-term Student)