The theme of the day symposium was building resilient infrastructure, smart cities and society. The lectures were presided over by Professor Kozo Hiramatsu, Director of JSPS London, and divided into the three areas of smart infrastructure, public policies for energy systems and standards. Leading academics from the UK and Japan gave presentations and included from the UK Professor Brian Collins, University College London, Professor Robert Mair, University of Cambridge and Dr. Scott Steadman, BSI. Speakers from Japan included Professor Yozo Fujino, University of Tokyo, Professor Kazuhiro Ueta, Kyoto University and Professor Noboru Koshizuka, University of Tokyo.
During the evening reception the seal of a large barrel of sake was broken in a traditional kagami biraki ceremony to the rapturous applause of the audience. This was followed by an award ceremony to recognise the research achievements of some UK-JSPS Alumni in strengthening UK-Japan academic links together with awards for finalists of the JSPS 80th Anniversary photo competition which brought this momentous occasion to a close.