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Many thanks to everyone who attended the AGM last night. It was lovely to see former scholars and outgoing scholars discuss the future shape of BAMS. Sadly, our Chair, Paul Illife, announced that he is stepping down after four years of much-valued service to the BAMS Committee. During this time, Paul organised a number of successful events, including various summer socials and the recent BAMS Talks. Thank you, Paul, for all your efforts! But BAMS will carry on, and we hope to bring you more events in the future, including another summer social, so keep an eye out for further information! (Forum Mithani, BAMS committee)

Posted on 02/05/2017 by Lyle De Souza

2017 BAMS Talks

BAMS is pleased to announce the success of the BAMS Talks 2017 that took place on Tuesday 28th March 2017 at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London. Two former MEXT Scholars spoke about their experiences as MEXT Scholars in Japan and their careers thereafter. They were followed by four newly awarded MEXT Scholars who presented their backgrounds and their research proposals for their upcoming study in Japan. The evening was a perfect example of the diversity of MEXT Scholars and their fields of study, with topics covering civil society, writing and publishing, Japan’s space policy, the future of materialising, the history of imperialism, and space robotics. Many thanks to all the speakers, members of the audience, and the Daiwa Foundation for hosting us!

Photo: Forum Mithani

Posted on 03/03/2017 by Lyle De Souza

Registration for 2017 BAMS Talks

Registration is now open for the 2017 BAMS Talks. Please click on Conferences.

Posted on 03/03/2017 by Lyle De Souza

Invitation to Reception at Embassy of Japan

Dear BAMS members,

Re: 2017 MEXT Scholars’ Pre-Departure Orientation & Reception

Hello, I hope this finds you well. I am writing to invite you to the reception for 2017 MEXT scholars on Friday 10th March from 6.30PM, at the Embassy of Japan in London. Your kind attendance will be very much appreciated. It would be a great opportunity for departing MEXT scholars of this year to meet the former scholars and ask about their experiences in Japan. They will also be informed of the BAMS activities.

The programme of the day is as followings:

17.00 Greetings from Embassy by Hiroshi Itakura, First Secretary for Education and Sport

17.20 Introduction to studying in Japan by Michiko Ward, Coordinator for Educational Affairs

17.40 Presentation by Dr Ross Burns, a MEXT Scholar 2012-2016 at Kagoshima University

18.00 Talk by Dr Paul Iliffe, BAMS Chair and MEXT Scholar at Tokyo Institute of Technology 2008-2011

18.15 Q&A session

18.30 Reception (Refreshments will be served.)

19.30 End of the event

If you could attend, booking is essential. Please kindly reply to the BAMS Chairman, Dr Paul Iliffe, at bamscommittee[at mark] by Friday 24 February to secure your place.

Due to the security policy at the Embassy, all the attendees must be registered with our security team in advance and please present your photo ID at the entrance. You will be requested to leave your electric devices at the entrance.

We look forward to seeing you at the Embassy of Japan on 10th March.

Kind regards,

Michiko Ward

Coordinator for Educational Affairs

JICC, Embassy of Japan

101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

Posted on 03/03/2017 by Lyle De Souza

Experiences of Studying in Japan

Read reports from recent MEXT scholars.

PDF file

Posted on 02/03/2017 by Lyle De Souza

BAMS Talks 2017 - Advance notice

Date & Time: Tuesday 28th March 2017, 18:00 - 20:30

Location: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Daiwa Foundation Japan House 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle) London NW1 4QP

Speakers: (tbc)

Registration: (coming soon)

Posted on 22/02/2017 by Lyle De Souza

BAMS Talks 2017 - Call For Speakers

Dear everyone,

On behalf of the BAMS Committee I would like to wish all BAMS members a happy new year! 明けましておめでとうございます!

In March 2017 we plan to hold the next BAMS Talks, which will be an opportunity for MEXT Scholars to present the research work or study that they pursued in Japan. This email is a call for speakers for the BAMS Talks! Both former and newly awarded MEXT Scholars are invited to present their work. Of course, in the case of newly awarded scholars, the proposed research should be shown.

If you are interested in presenting your research work, that you originally developed in Japan and, perhaps, later continued elsewhere, please contact the BAMS Committee at

Alternatively, if you are interested in assisting in the preparation and running of the event, please also feel free to contact us. It is very much my hope that this event will provide BAMS with a suitable direction for the future, namely to provide BAMS members with a platform to promote their work, build a professional network, and to promote the MEXT Scholarship.

Just to reiterate, if you are interested in presenting at or helping in the preparation of the BAMS Talks, please contact the BAMS Committee on

Best wishes for the new year!

Paul Iliffe

BAMS Committee Chairman

Posted on 13/01/2017 by Lyle De Souza

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