On 5–6 October 2022, STINT and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) arranged a workshop on responsible internationalisation in Tokyo. Around thirty participants from Sweden, Norway and Japan attended, with delegations from research councils, universities and public actors, including the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation as well as the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Cabinet Office.

The workshop focused on how funders can promote internationalisation in an increasingly complex world, marked by geopolitical friction and a greater need to meet global challenges. The session was divided into three connected themes: grey zones in research due to internationalisation, reciprocity in international research partnerships, as well as visions and objectives in international research collaboration. Discussions were lively and participants shared several examples and challenges for consideration. STINT also provided recommendations on how efforts to promote responsible internationalisation may be structured.

The workshop had three main aims:

  • Increasing funders’ understanding of the challenges resulting from the current geopolitical landscape and internationalisation in the area of research collaboration.
  • Formulating recommendations on how efforts to promote responsible internationalisation should be pursued in future.
  • Creating networks for the promotion of responsible internationalisation in an international arena.