The Director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., also received the Order of the Rising Sun together with Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker. Both of these representatives of the scientific community were nominated by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) one of the DFG's two partner organisations in Japan. Following the award ceremony of the Order of the Rising Sun, the JSPS organised a symposium on "Academic Exchange between US/Germany and Japan" in honour of Winnacker and Bement. At the symposium, professors Winnacker and Bement spoke to about 100 guests from Japanese politics and scientific administration, both very knowledgeably and with a wealth of personal anecdotes, about the history and the current state of scientific relations between their home countries and Japan. Looking to the future, Professor Winnacker emphasised the importance of the exchange of young scientists and researchers. He explicitly concurred with his Japanese colleague and long-standing friend Professor Motoyuki Ono, President of the JSPS, who had highlighted the Japanese-German International Research Training Groups, which were introduced to the JSPS portfolio as a special funding programme during Winnacker's presidency of the DFG, as a particularly strong motor for exchange in his welcoming speech.
The biochemist Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker led the DFG from 1998 until the end of 2006. In January 2007, Winnacker became the first Secretary-G
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