ASHBi Office

The ASHBi Office was established to provide support that enhances research performance and strengthens institutional administrative management. The Office consists of the Administrative Director, Research Acceleration Unit, and Administrative Management Unit.

Overview of ASHBi

Research Acceleration Unit

This unit was established to develop and provide programs that support ASHBi’s research activities. All members support research activities at ASHBi, but some tasks (e.g. public relations/outreach, industry-academic cooperation) are divided and handled according to the expertise of the individual. The Unit is currently staffed by the administrative director and three research coordinators (below). To effectively fulfill the Unit’s missions, the staff operates as a hub, maintaining close cooperation with the Kyoto University Research Administration Office, the Kyoto University Public Relations section, and other Kyoto University offices that manage projects to foster early-career researchers.


Tadashi Ogawa Head
Spyros Goulas Scientific Adviser
Tomoki Shimizu ASHBi website supervisor/science communication/public relation/outreach
Makoto Shida Grant acquisition/industry-academic cooperation
Hiromi Nakao-Inoue Lab setup support/overseas and early-career researcher support

Administrative Management Unit

The unit supports ASHBi researchers, especially foreign researchers and young PIs, on administrative matters to simplify procedures for institutional research activities. The Unit consists of bilingual staff, and all administrative announcements are made in English.

We provide research support that goes beyond the conventional framework of an administrative office, such as handling bureaucratic tasks that can distract foreign researchers from their research activities and help young PIs set up their laboratories easily and in a short period of time.

For example, since it is difficult for many foreign researchers to understand the administrative procedures at Japanese universities, we have prepared visual guidebooks that explain purchasing procedures for experimental equipment and recruitment procedures for hiring researchers/technicians. In addition, we provide support to foreign researchers (including their family members) beginning from before they arrive at ASHBi, such as obtaining visas to enter Japan and coordinating housing arrangements, in collaboration with the Overseas Research Support Office at the Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (ORSO-KUIAS).