The National Institute of Informatics (NII) possess this gorgeous seminar house in Karuizawa. It was built on land donated by Dr. Hiroshi Inose, the first director general of NII. According to the website of NII, Dr Inose's idea was to create an ideal place for interdisciplinary and international discussions.

Invited Talk at Systems Resilience Workshop in Karuizawa: Resilience in the mammalian circadian clock

I have been invited to give a talk at a workshop of the Transdisciplinary Research Integration Center Systems Resilience project at the International Seminar House for Advanced Studies in Karuizawa (in the Nagano prefecture).

Since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, resilience is a key research topic in Japan. What lies behind this notion? Without going into the details that the community addresses in the papers on this topic, this is roughly the capacity of a system to absorb sudden changes in the (social, environmental, medical, …) environment while maintaining its key features. This concept is of interest in a wide range of sectors: in the societal domain (ensure the proper functioning of a city or a country when the devastating earthquake), in psychology (to recover from a traumatic event), etc.

I took the opportunity of this workshop to present some thoughts of a joint project with researchers from University of Nice about the circadian rhythm, that appears to be a very resilient biological system that discrete approaches can help to analyze.

This talk was part of my activity as JSPS invited researcher at Inoue Lab, National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo).


  • Title: Resilience in the mammalian circadian clock
  • Place: Karuizawa, International Seminar House for Advanced Studies
  • Date: 2014/09/01
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Attendance: 20+ persons (researchers, PhD students)