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Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER)

The Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER) will expand Shinshu University's unique research areas and create new approaches to the integration of different research fields.

The Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER) was established to enable our resources to be focused on research fields that are unique to Shinshu University (carbon materials, energy, environmental science and materials, fiber engineering, mountain science, and biomedical science). We aim to boost our research and technological innovation capabilities by developing the research activity of our junior faculty members and collaborating with distinguished researchers from all over the world. We are confident that cutting-edge research and the integration of discrete research fields via ICCER will lead to the development of a Center of Excellence.

Invitation of Eminent Visiting Professors from Overseas

In order to accelerate research with a global perspective, we intend to take the initiative in inviting Distinguished Visiting Professors from overseas to the ICCER. The objective will be to elevate the level of research through collaboration with these eminent professors, thereby bringing our research fields more and more to the fore.

Establishment of the new Rising Star (RS) System

We have launched this system in order to acknowledge exceptional young professors as "Rising Star (RS) Researchers". The aim is to train these up-and-coming RS researchers and turn them into true "Super Star (SS) Researchers". Our promotion of the ambitious cross-disciplinary studies of these RS researchers will provide the strategic driving force for the creation of new academic disciplines and cultivate innovative talent for the development of core technologies.

Institute of Carbon Science and Technology (ICST)

Cutting-edge nanocarbon research

〜From support for local companies to the development of new materials central to Japanese industry〜

To promote carbon innovation in the 21st century, the Institute of Carbon Science and Technology (ICST) focuses on the development of the new technologies and materials which will become the future core competencies of Japanese industry, and carries out world-leading research in the field of nanocarbons, aiming at contributing to a broad range of fields including the environment, energy, biotechnology, medicine and ICT.

Center for Energy and Environmental Science (X-Breed)

Development of innovative materials through the cross-breeding of ideas

In order to achieve drastic cuts in energy consumption and develop materials with a low environmental impact which will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society, the Center for Energy and Environmental Science promotes the crossbreeding of ideas between the innovative branches of materials science and also within related disciplines, enabling the solution of complex problems which have proved resistant to more conventional techniques.

Institute for Fiber Engineering, Shinshu University (IFES)

The cutting edge of textile and fiber engineering research

Rooted in the textile engineering sciences, the Institute for Fiber Engineering encompasses the fields of Biology, Materials Science, Robotics and Kansei, and aims to exploit its world-leading research resources to develop innovative textile technologies.

Institute of Mountain Science (IMS)

Exploring ways to ensure human activities coexist harmoniously with the natural environment in mountainous areas

The institute aims to resolve urgent environmental issues in mountainous areas accompanying global climate change
through scientific research, and to explore ways of promoting the harmonious coexistence of human activities and the
natural environment in mountainous areas through the regeneration, conservation and utilization of the natural
environment and disaster prevention.

Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBS)

Disseminating unique biomedical science research to the world and discovering new knowledge in collaboration with many disciplines

We aim to develop measures for the unprecedentedly rapid aging of Japanese society and conduct comprehensive
biomedical research in order to maintain Japan's competitiveness in science through synergistically integrated projects
related to biomedical science, medicine, and the environment.