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October 21, 2015

Director of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development visits Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies

Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, the Director at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) visited the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies on October 19, 2015 for his memorial lecture on “Inclusive Wealth Report: Measuring Progress toward sustainability” and participation in the student’s workshop “Forging Human Capitals for Future Generations”.

Dr. Duraiappah is an experienced environmental-development economist with more than two decades of experience at the international level. His work focuses largely on the equity of access and use of ecosystem services. Until May 2014, Dr. Duraiappah was the Executive Director of International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) hosted by the United Nations University, Bonn, Germany. He was the founding Director of the UN “Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR)” released in 2012 & 2014. In his memorial lecture in the morning, he shared the recent updates and future prospects of the IWR. He also introduced the “Wealth Generator (http://mgiep.unesco.org/play/wealth-generator/)” a computer simulation game developed by MGIEP to help people learn the concept of the inclusive wealth.

In the afternoon, two Ph. D candidates, Ms. Mariko Ikeda and Mr. Maximillian Spiegelberg organized and moderated the workshop titled “Forging Human Capitals for Future Generations”. Five speakers – three Ph.D students and one master students of GSGES and one associate professor from the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, gave presentations on their research topics, inviting Dr. Duraiappah as an guest advisor. All the participants in the both events enjoyed lectures by and exchanges with Dr. Duraiappah.

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02October 23-24, 2014

Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) international symposium on Strengthening the International Network-hub for the Future Earth in Belgium. (23-24, Oct, 2014).

Please see event page for details.

October 20, 2014

MOU signed between Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography, University of Leicester.

Please see event page for details.

July 18, 2014

Fifth Screening Committee meeting for the Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program and research presentations given

Presenters
(B-4) Sustainable Waste Geotechnics Atsushi TAKAI, Assistant Professor

(C-1) Giant-Tsunami-Resistant Infrastructures Yoshihiro OKUMURA, Assistant Professor

May 28, 2014

Forth Screening Committee meeting for the Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program and research presentations given

Presenters (B-1) Water and Sanitation Systems Hidenori HARADA, Assistant Professor

(A-3) Microbial Ecology in Anaerobic Environments Ryoma KAMIKAWA, Assistant Professor

April 2, 2014

Third Screening Committee meeting for the Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program and research presentations given

Presenters (A-4) Anthropogenic Changes in Land Use/Cover Narumasa TSUTSUMIDA, Assistant Professor

(A-2)Decomposition of Dead Organic Matter in Forest Ecosystems Masataka Ohnuki

March 17, 2014

GSGES holds the workshop at University of Leicester, UK on March 17th, 2014.
Please see event page for details.

January 28, 2014

Head of UN International Human Dimensions Programs visits Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies

Professor Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, the executive director of International Human Dimensions Programs at the United Nations University, visited GSGES on January 28 for a meeting with Professor Shigeo Fujii, the dean of GSGES, and to participate in a workshop. The event examined two topics:

first, establishing a cooperation hub for global environmental studies in Indochina and, second, setting up an international network hub for researching global sustainability. Both these research areas are part of a new collaboration project funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Professor Fujii opened the workshop, which began with Professor Anantha Kumar Duraiappah’s keynote presentation, entitled ‘Towards building a sustainable society: what is the inclusive wealth index?’ This was followed by ‘Rebuilding Tohoku: introducing GSGES’s contribution to the recovery from the 2011 earthquake and nuclear accident’, presented by GSGES staff and chaired by Shizuka Hashimoto, associate professor, GSGES.

Next, Ayako Fujieda, assistant professor, GSGES, gave a presentation on establishing a cooperation hub for the study of global environmental studies in Indochina and Takeshi Katsumi, professor, GSGES, gave a talk, entitled ‘International network hub for Future Earth: research for global sustainability’. The workshop ended with a 40-minute discussion of the themes raised.

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January 28, 2014

Combined workshop to be held on “Creation of an International Research Network Hub for Future Earth” and “Formulation of the Cooperation Hub for Global Environmental Studies in Indochina Region.”

A combined workshop will be held on the Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies’ JSPS Strategic Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program for Accelerating Brain Circulation “Creation of an International Research Network Hub for Future Earth” and the JSPS Core-to-Core Program “Formulation of the Cooperation Hub for Global Environmental Studies in Indochina Region.”

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 14:00~ (Doors open at 13:30)
Venue: Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Main Lecture Hall, 2F, Research Bldg. No. 5
No reservations required
Free admission

Program:
14:00 – 14:05 Opening remarks
14:05 – 15:05 Lecture by Dr. Anantha Duraiappah (IHDP Executive Director)
(Break)
15:15 – 15:35 Brief introduction to reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake (20 min.)
15:35 – 15:55 Brief introduction to JSPS Indochina Project (20 min.)
15:55 – 16:15 Brief introduction to JSPS Future Earth Project (20 min.)
16:15 – 16:55 Discussions (40 min.)
16:55 – 17:00 Closing remarks
Language: English (no interpreter service available)
Target audience: Open to general public
Inquiries: General Affairs Division, Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Email: 160zunou*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (change * to @)
Organizer: Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies

January 22, 2014

Second meeting on “Creation of an International Research Network Hub for Future Earth” held

December 25, 2013

Second Screening Committee meeting for the Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program and research presentations given

Presenters
(B-2) International Joint Development of High-efficiency Sewage Sludge Methane Fermentation and Biogas Purification Systems
Kazuyuki OSHITA, Associate Professor

(A-1) Creation of an Ecosystem Carbon Circulation Model in Forests
Masako DANNOURA, Assistant Professor

November 27, 2013

First Screening Committee meeting for the Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program and research presentations held

Presenters
(C-2) Anthropology of Local Brewing Methods
D2 Ryosuke KUBO

(B-3) Solar Light Storage Materials
Junpei UEDA, Assistant Professor

November 7, 2013

“Creation of an International Research Network Hub for Future Earth” website launched

October 23, 2013

First meeting on “Creation of an International Research Network Hub for Future Earth” held