EJEA Conference in Kagawa 2021

EJEA International Conference 2021 on

Human-centered Sustainability and Innovation for an AI-assisted Future: New Interdisciplinary Education & Research for the Next Stages in Japan and Europe

AI が支援する未来に向けた人間中心のサステイナビリティとイノベーションを考える: 新たなステージへ導く日本とヨーロッパの学際的な教育と研究の紹介

October 22nd - 24th, 2021 in Takamatsu, Japan and online

jointly organized by

the European Japan Experts Association (EJEA), Kagawa University, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT and the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)

 supported by

Japanese German Center Berlin (JDZB), EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, the German Research Ambassadors Network for Industrial Technology Endeavors (GRANITE), Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA Romania)

The conference is organized in hybrid-style (physical meeting in Takamatsu, Japan and online participation daytime in Europe) on Oct. 22nd (Fri), 23rd (Sat) and 24th (Sun), 2021 (8:00-13:00 CET / 16:00-21:00 JST)

Official language of the conference is English.

The conference program will be published and updated on the conference's website:


1) Call for Paper from 2021 EJEA Conference to be held in Kagawa University (PDF)

2) Template of Abstract to be submitted for 2021 EJEA Conference 

3) mail to: ejea2021conf-c@kagawa-u.ac.jp

4) submission of your abstract in English until July 31st, 2021 via:


     Results will be notified by August 15th, 2021.

5) Conference Fee

     On-site participation: 30.000 Yen      Students 10.000 Yen

     Online participation:  10.000 Yen       Students  Free of charge



Aim of the Conference

In a certain way the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic defined the organizer’s discussions about the content of this conference. In Europe as well as in Japan we observed, that after a first phase of stagnation immediately after the outbreak of the pandemic has been overcome, people all over the globe tried to adjust and modify their everyday lives. Many of these changes in our private and professional life came along with new technologies. Within a few weeks only we rushed into the "digital transformation" – a process that we have been discussing for years with a long-term perspective became reality almost "overnight"!

Against this background, the organizers of this conference address the current COVID-situation that is also heating-up the discussion on digital transformation. However, the focus of this conference reaches far beyond! Contributions and practical experiences to this conference will deal with questions, such as:

How can these new models and methods help to develop and realize green / sustainable / secure and resilient initiatives to support local and global communities?

  • "Green Sustainable Societies" and "SDGs (sustainable development goals)" are gaining more and more importance in the policies of the European Union and of Japan. How can we create innovative forms of close intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation that are urgently needed in times of "social distancing"?
  • How can we in research and education develop new intercultural and interdisciplinary models and methods using advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) centered concepts?
  • What about transparency, understandability and responsibility in using AI technologies in a human-centered way

Thus, in face of the complexity and interconnectedness of the processes and structures in digital transformation and future usage of AI,

a. holistic, general, and multi-level views must be taken into account, considering

b. the global and cross-cultural contexts, with an explicit focus on

c. harmony created by human wellbeing, human security and social peace.

To achieve these goals and to update the Japanese-European relationship in order to strengthen exchange and collaboration between the two regions the priorities of the conference focus on providing forums for research and education as well as innovation and industrial application. Furthermore, we strongly encourage especially the young generation for implementing the above-mentioned scientific and educational measures in Japan as well as in Europe. T

The aim of the conference is to develop integrated views and common European - Japanese recommendations which have the potential to avoid digital risks like division of society, socially incompatible developments, disintegration, leaving behind the elderly, social conflicts etc. and to support digital chances to reach aims like equality and fairness of participation, balance of chances and opportunities, cooperation as well as competition, human wellbeing, social peace and to develop the societal and digital transformation in a peaceful spirit based on high technology.

We invite you for active contribution with lectures, workshops, posters and discussions in developing new advanced applications of AI for fostering

  • new concrete interdisciplinary methods and models to achieve sustainable and resilient societies
  • new areas of research and education as well as innovation and industrial application for the benefit of all generations
  • new opportunities for and forms of cooperation and partnerships on a local, international and global level