EJEA International Conference 2022

Innovation and Action for Managing Urgent Future Local and Global Issues and Domains in Japan and Europe

November 24th – 25th, 2022 (ONLINE)

The European Japan Experts Association (EJEA) offers a platform for knowledge and expertise to deepen the understanding of European and Japanese perspectives as well as to establish and expand networks among different stakeholders from both regions.

Against this background, this conference would like to address the current discussion and research on megatrends, which require innovative and necessary solutions and actions as regards local as well as global perspectives on managing urgent future issues and domains.

Profound changes are laying ahead of us in Europe as well as in Japan!

The conference is planned to be held online on Nov. 24th (Thu) and 25th (Fri) 2022, 09:00-14:00 CET / 17:00 – 22:00 JST. It is free of charge and will be held in English.

If you have any general questions regarding the conference, do not hesitate to contact us:


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The European Japan Experts Association (EJEA) was established in 1995 and launched an annual conference series in 2018 with the first one convened in Stockholm (Sweden), followed by a conference 2019 in Graz (Austria). Due to the pandemic the commemoration of EJEA’s 25th anniversary in 2020 the conference was postponed to 2021, it was hosted by Kagawa University and took place in Japan and online. This conference was mainly sponsored by Toshiba International Foundation.

The conference title “Human-centered Sustainability and Innovation for an AI-assisted Future” opened the floor for presentations and discussions from a broad range of perspectives and aspects. Once again it was found that Europe and Japan share a lot in common but will also have to face different challenges in the future - on a local as well as on a global level.

Therefore, megatrends for 2030 will be the guiding principles for the coming conference in 2022 and some of their keywords are: “demographics”, “rise of the individual”, “enabling technology”, “economic interconnectedness”, “economic power shift”, “climate change” and “energy crisis”, “urbanization”, “global cooperation and peace” etc. These trends will have a significant impact not only on governments, but also on economy, education, research, as well as on societies and citizens all over the world!

Megatrends are very significant, especially in times of current changes. They affect all levels of society and thus influence companies, institutions, and individuals. They are not only a core element of research but also the basis for decisions in business, politics and on a personal level.

Aim of the conference

The organizers of the EJEA Conference 2022 would like to address the current discussion and research on megatrends, which require innovative and necessary solutions and actions as regards local as well as global perspectives on managing urgent future issues and domains. Profound changes are laying ahead of us in Europe as well as in Japan!

More specifically, the focus of this conference will be contributions and practical experiences such as:

  • New work patterns and company structures, inter-company networks, localization of production, limited moveability, new patterns for local and global supply chains, higher adaptability to dynamic challenges - also regarding political contexts
  • Universities: new education structures, new students’ goals and ambitions, new teaching and learning skills and methods in higher education and research (e.g. mega spaces, action learning, co-creation), new competition in attracting international students, developing needs to serve industry and society
  • How to foster and initiate civil initiatives (e.g. citizens’ participation) and foster higher and new social skills and competences
  • How to harmonize contradictory mind-sets within different generations (young and old) and creating conflict-free tools and concepts.
  • Finding new patterns and behavior in energy consumption and production
  • Identifying and stimulating necessary behavioral changes and actions (SDGs, Green Deal, Society 5.0) at all levels and domains
  • Cultural, economic, social, and mental resilience when having to live in a digitalized world
  • Changes in political and social security structures due to the new digital dimensions
  • AI driven computational and mathematical models: models mimicking neurological processes in the brain (e.g. deep learning) and ethical models realizing support for people’s decision-makingl

How to integrate and combine these issues in a holistic, multi-level dimension?

The conference is considering global and cross-cultural contexts, with an explicit focus on human-created harmony and wellbeing, human security, and social peace. Moreover, the conference is providing a platform to promote the international understanding of Japanese culture and society.

To achieve these goals, and to update the Japanese-European relationship to strengthen exchange and collaboration between the two regions the priorities of the conference focus on:

  1. to provide a forum for research purposes
  2. to provide a forum for educational purposes
  3. to provide a forum for economic purposes
  4. to provide a forum for innovative purposes
  5. to provide a forum for technological purposes
  6. to involve especially young generation for implementing the above-mentioned scientific and educational measures in Japan as well as in Europe.

Thus, the conference includes

  • speakers who are generalists and those who are specialists from Japan and Europe
  • topics with an interdisciplinary focus such as Green Sustainable Societies and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • intercultural as well as local and global content
  • experts and novices from different generations with the emphasis of innovation, education, and networking
  • especially prioritizing the key aspects of human wellbeing, human security, and social peace in combination with innovative and actionable solutions.

The final goal 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.

Target Groups

Experts and citizens, decision makers and opinion leaders from related organizations, companies, universities, research institutes as well as public administration and governments from Japan and Europe are target groups. By this, a platform of knowledge and expertise will be created.

The EJEA Conference 2022 is jointly organized by

Hosted by

Friendly supported by


Prof. Dr. Andreas Dengel

Executive Director DFKI Kaiserslautern (German Research Center for AI) & Head of Research Department Smart Data & Knowledge Services; Professor at Department of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems at Osaka Metropolitan University


Dr. Britta Essing

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Head of Human-Centered Engineering & Design


Prof. Dr. Simin Nadjm-Tehrani

Director of Real-time Systems Laboratory, Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University


Prof. Dr. Masaaki Tokuda

Former Vice-President for International Affairs; Professor of Department of Pharmaco-Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa University


Prof. Dr. Harriet Wallberg

Former President of Karolinska Institute; Professor of Physiology; Member of the Science and Technology in Society Forum Kyoto (STS)

Submission Guidelines

Please send your submission (in English) by email to ejea-conf-2022-submission@fit.fraunhofer.de and use the following template:

Template: Submissions for EJEA 2022

We kindly ask you to include the following information:

  • Given name, family name, title, affiliation, URL, email address, phone number
  • Abstract (1 page is suitable)
  • CV (optional)

Please indicate asap whether you want to organize a workshop by informing the organizers asap with the workshop title. The abstract for the workshop may be submitted at a later date. Also, please indicate whether you want to contribute by an oral contribution, a workshop, a poster, a demonstration, or a self-presentation of smart city or of a smart company. We also ask you to declare that the submitted information may be published on the conference’s website.

The deadline for submissions is October 1st, 2022.

Results will be notified within two weeks after submission deadline. Activities still in progress can be presented and discussed.


You can download the extended version of the call for paper here:

Call for Paper EJEA 2022

We welcome abstract submissions for the following categories:

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1. Oral Contributions

We ask for oral contributions, that should be no longer than 10 minutes and presented during parallel workshops (see 2. below).

2. Workshops

We welcome your offers to organize and co-chair (Europe and/or Japan) a workshop in the scope of the conference. Each workshop organizer and co-chair is also involved in reviewing submissions of oral contributions in his/her field. Please note that organizing a workshop must be performed by the workshop-applicant. The workshop organizers are supposed to also take individual submissions for oral contributions (see 1) into consideration.

If you want to organize a workshop please let us know as soon as possible!

Following workshop are currently under discussions:

  • Prediction of Unexpected, Seldom Positive and Negative Events / Impacts (Dietrich Albert et al.)
  • Methods to Stimulate Behavioral Change in Different Cultures / Cultural Contexts
  • Support / Assistance for Elderly People by Robots / AI in Japan and Europe (RIKEN)
  • EIJS Policy Brief: Human Resource Development Initiatives in Large Japanese Companies (Marie Söderberg et al., tbc)
  • How can networking activities intensify current and future European-Japanese initiatives and innovations?
  • DeepMind research; relation between brain, AI, and consciousness

3. Posters

Posters focusing on human-centered sustainability and innovation for an AI-assisted future are very welcome, also from a more specific perspective. Submissions are not limited to established academics; we also encourage students and representatives from the industry to submit their posters!

4. Demonstrations

Demonstrations (online) from industry and research institutions dealing with innovative systems (robots, AI-software etc.) are very welcome.

5. Self-Presentation of Smart Cities

Online self-presentations of smart cities are very welcome.

6. Self-Presentation of Smart Companies

Online self-presentations of smart companies are very welcome.