"First Conference held in Nagano after Signing MOU between Institute National de la Recherché Scientifique, Canada (INRS) and ICCER, Shinshu University" : September 28. 2016

Delegates of INRS visited AICS, Shinshu University and met members of Global Aqua Innovation Center for the first time after signing a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange between INRS, Canada and Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER), Shinshu University. Both teams are going to collabprate in COI research project.

INRS ranks first in Canada in terms of research intensity (funding per faculty member) and has four research centers (Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre, Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre and so on) in Montreal, Quebec City, Lavel and Varennes. A wide range of collaboration is expected between INRS and The Institute of Carbon Science and Technology (ICST), ICCER, which plays a key role in COI project.

On September 28th, Prof. Yves Begin, Vice Rector Research and Academic Affairs, Prof. My Ali El Khakani and Prof. Patrick Drogui visited Shinshu University and had the first conference with Distinguished Prof. Morinobu Endo, Research Leader of COI project, Prof. Yoshio Hashimoto, Director of ICST, and other COI project members.

At the meeting, Distinguished Prof. Morinobu Endo presented the outcomes of the COI project so far and commented them that development of a primary treatment method for produced water using exfoliated graphite (EG) and high performance robust RO membrane might be useful in Canada where extraction of shale oil and gas are followed by a high volume of contaminated water. And Prof. Yves Begin made a brief introduction of INRS and mentioned that INRS would like to collaborate on accumulated esearch outcomes in carbon and nanocarbon of Shinshu University. After lunch meeting, they visited the laboratories in AICS.

The first visit of INRS was broadcasted in local TV news and reported in next day's morning version of Shinano Mainichi Newspaper.