Besides being a research institute, NIBB also functions as an institution of higher education.
PhD Program (Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
In order to stimulate international scientific exchange in the field of basic biology, the National Institute of Basic Biology exchanges researchers, and periodically holds academic symposia.
NIBB annually hosts two international conferences, the NIBB Conference and the Okazaki Biology Conference (OBC). The NIBB Conference has been held every year since the opening of the Institute in 1977. The purpose of the NIBB Conference is to provide a limited number of active researchers with the opportunity to freely discuss current issues in various areas of biological research. The OBC, initiated in 2003, has as its long-term objective the establishment of interdisciplinary networks in pursuit of the solution of major biological problems.
NIBB also undertakes research activities based on academic exchange agreements in collaboration with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Germany, America’s Princeton University, and the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) of Singapore. NIBB Conferences are periodically held as international research workshops and NIBB International Practical Courses are held as hands on international training courses. In addition Okazaki Biology Conferences (OBC) are held with the aim of cultivating new fields in basic biology research, and stimulating the formation of international communities of biology researchers.