[ANNOUNCEMENT] International Autumn School for Environmental Studies 2018

The Wild & Wise Collaborative Learning Program
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
For Students at Selected Foreign Universities

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The “Top Global University Project” of Kyoto University invites graduate students to apply for a scholarship for short-term study at Kyoto University. The selected students will join the International Autumn School for Environmental Studies 2018 Program at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) with participants from various countries.

– Application is closed –

Number of students to be accepted: 16 (Sixteen)
Qualification*1: 1) High-achieving students who are currently full-time or part-time registered students in a master’s or doctoral program and have been recommended by one of these universities: The University of California, San Diego (U.S.A.), Université Lille (France), University of Western Brittany Brest (France), University of Caen Normandy (France), University of Stirling (Scotland), University College Cork (Ireland), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), KU Leuven (Belgium), Macquarie University (Australia), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Banaras Hindu University (India), Mahidol University (Thailand), Kasetsart University (Thailand), Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), Tsinghua University (China), National Taiwan University (Taiwan). Eligible students must plan to continue their graduate program after completing the Autumn School in Japan. Students must possess English skills sufficient to discuss environmental topics with other participants.
2) Candidates who have participated in the International Spring School 2016/2017/2018 organized by GSGES, Kyoto University are unable to apply for this program.
Duration of stay in Kyoto: 20 October – 6 November, 2018
What this program offers: The opportunity to join an exclusive program which includes special lectures, field study throughout the Kansai region, and laboratory visits. Details of the program content are provided on pages 3 and 4.
Fields of study: Environmental engineering, atmospheric chemistry, agronomy (included soil science, forestry) natural disaster and disaster prevention, human and environmental interactions and other themes in environmental studies
Scholarship coverage: – A round-trip flight ticket between the nearest airport from your university and Kansai Airport/Itami Airport (Osaka)
– Full coverage of accommodations
– Transportation costs during field study
Accommodations: ‐Kyoto Hostel Zen (dormitory) while in Kyoto city (*alternative accommodations cannot be considered for visiting students).
‐Shirahama no Ie (Kyoto University guesthouse) while in Wakayama
‐Kosakaya (Guesthouse) while in Mie
‐Hikone View Hotel (Tentative) while in Shiga
Expenses incurred by individual participants: – Accident/Travel insurance
– Expenses for daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– Transportation costs between hostel (dormitory) and Kyoto University (bus)
– Transportation costs between airport (Osaka) and hostel (dormitory) (Kyoto)
– Transportation costs between airport (your country) and your university (your country)
Selection schedule & methods: By application document screening and interview.
14 July: Beginning of online application
29 July: Deadline for submission of application form via website
Early-August: Notification of screening results, adjustment of interview schedule
Early-Mid. August: Interview (Skype, Video Conference System)
Mid. – End of August: Notification of interview results
End of August: Submission of original documents, confirmation letter, copy of passport
End of August: Final notification of acceptance
Documents for application: 1. Application form (via the website upon registration)
2. Latest academic transcripts (graduate or undergraduate courses)
3. CV (curriculum vitae)
4. Recommendation letter from your current academic supervisor
5. Certification of your current student status
6. English language test score (if any)

Application through the website must be completed by 23:59, 29 July, Japanese time. For applicants who pass the documentation screening and interview examination, all original documents for items 2-6 must be submitted by registered airmail or EMS/DHL/FEDEX by 30 August 2018 (normally DHL, FEDEX takes 2-3 days, EMS 2 days to 1 week, Airmail takes 1-2 weeks to Japan). At this time, we will request submission of confirmation letters and passport copies.

– Application is closed –

Postal address for original document submission: GSGES Autumn School Program
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501 Japan
Tel: +81-75-753-9167
E-mail: okamoto.yuki.4x*kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)

*1Applicant must belong to a master’s or doctoral program at one of the designated universities. Applicants who work as lecturers for a designated university but are studying at a non-designated university graduate program may not apply. Post-doctoral researchers, and research students are not eligible for this program.

We encourage students with high academic capability and an interest in international academic exchange to apply for this scholarship program.

July 10th, 2018

Prof. Shinya Funakawa
Dean, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

International Autumn School for Environmental Studies 2018

Program in brief

  1. The program begins by sharing information about each participants’ country of origin through the country-specific topics of Forestry and forest resource management), waste management, water treatment, agriculture, and natural disasters.
  2. After learning about the current issues for these topics in participants’ home countries, participants will experience and deepen their understanding about issues in Japan via a lecture series and extensive field studies. In addition, we will study about the atmospheric environment in each country and Japan through a special seminar on atmospheric chemistry.
  3. At the end of the program, participants will make final presentations on the current achievements and challenges of each country in these study areas by integrating what you have learned throughout the program. This final presentation will be followed by a discussion of future activities or approaches that may help to mitigate or solve the sustainability challenges unique to each of the participants’ countries.

Schedule in 2018

20th October (Sat.)
Arrival in Kyoto
21st October (Sun.)
Kick-off seminar for International Autumn School *Contents 1
22nd October (Mon.)
Special lecture series
23rd October (Tue.) –
26th (Fri.)
Field study in Mie and Wakayama *Contents 2
27th October (Sat.)
Kyoto city cultural tour
28th October (Sun.)
Interim preparation for final seminar
29th October (Mon.) –
30th (Tue.)
Atmospheric chemistry special seminar *Contents 3
31st October (Wed.)
Field study in Kyoto *contents 4
1st November (Thu.) –
3rd (Sat.)
Field study in Shiga *contents 5
4th November (Sun.)
Preparation for final seminar
5th November (Mon.)
Final seminar of International Autumn School
6th November (Tue.)
Departure from Kyoto


1. Special lecture series of International Autumn School

This lecture series provide you with basic and essential information to understand about forestry and forest resource management, solid waste management, water treatment, “Agriculture”, and “Natural disaster” in Japan for better understandings at the field study in each place. The tentative lecture schedule is as follows:

October 22nd 2018 (Monday) @ GSGES main campus, 2nd floor
Time Activities (lecturer, title, contents might be changed) Lecturer
8:30-9:30 Solid waste management and challenges in waste reduction in Japan Assoc. Prof. Misuzu Asari
9:30-9:40 Short break
9:40-10:40 Zero-emission and 4R in Japanese private companies Assoc. Prof. Akihisa Mori
10:40-10:50 Short break
10:50-11:50 Forest resources and forestry in Japan Prof. Shozo Shibata
11:50-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-14:00 Japanese agriculture and soils Assoc. Prof. Hitoshi Shinjo
14:00-14:10 Short break
14:10-15:10 Japanese architecture and its relationship with culture and livelihoods Prof. Hirohide Kobayashi
15:10-15:20 Short break
15:20-16:20 Natural disasters and disaster preparedness in Japan Assis. Prof. Chiho Ochiai
November 1st 2018 (Thursday) @ hotel in Shiga
Time Activities (lecturer, title, contents might be changed) Person in charge
16:30-17:30 Environmental conservation, livelihoods and water systems in lake Biwa Assoc. Prof. Shuhei Tanaka


2. Field study on forests, agriculture and natural disasters in Mie and Wakayama (23rd – 26th October)

In this tour, we will visit an area called Ki no Kuni (紀伊国), which means “country of wood,” in Mie and Wakayama. This field study and lecture will instruct about cultural-traditional usage of timbers for shrines at Ise-Shrine and forest management and forestry challenges in Japan by visiting a private company. In addition, we will observe other type of agro-forest usage, such as mandarin orange and charcoal production in local villages to explore the actual conditions in rural areas from an agricultural perspective (soil science and ecology). Moreover, we will visit places that have been affected by natural disasters (flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and tsunami) in the past and learn about natural disaster risks and preparedness in Japan.

3. Gain expertise about the atmosphere (29th – 30th October)

We will provide a special seminar on atmospheric chemistry that includes:

  1. Air pollution studies
    ・Kinetic study for NOx and ozone reaction
    ・Field observation of air quality in Kyoto
  2. Aerosol formation experiments
    ・Secondary organic aerosols from ozonolysis
    ・Aerosols from plant emissions
  3. The global atmospheric environment

4. Field study on waste disposal in Kyoto (31st October)

A one-day trip will bring you around Kyoto city with the focus on solid waste issues. The trip will include visits to an incineration plant, a final disposal site, a Japanese private company (Beverage Manufacturer* not fixed), and a Kyo-machiya wooden house to learn about Kyoto traditional lifestyles. Through the visits, we can learn about solid waste, local treatment systems, residents’ awareness, and efforts by private companies for Zero emissions and 4R.

5. Field study on water and water treatment systems around Lake Biwa in Shiga (1st – 3rd November)

A three-day field visit course will take us around Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, to investigate people’s lives, environment, and water. First, we will move to Shiga prefecture and visit a famous confectionary factory that has been active in environmental conservation and rural development. In the afternoon, we will visit a wastewater treatment plant to learn about state-of the-art technology for wastewater treatment. The next day, we will visit the Lake Biwa Museum to learn about natural history, people’s lives and environmental conservation measures to rehabilitate the lake, which was once threatened by eutrophication. In the afternoon, we will see and learn the rain water/road water treatment system which has been researched by GSGES lecturers and students. On the third day, we will visit a lakeside district named Harie to learn about the natural spring water utilization system in the local community (active eco-tourism).

Assignment/preparation after acceptance

Through this program, we would like all the participants to learn from each other concerning the topics of forestry and forest resource management, solid waste management, water treatment, agriculture, natural disasters and the atmospheric environment. For better understanding of these topics in participants’ countries and in Japan, we request that you investigate conditions related to the topics above in your home country and your hometown in advance. You will present what you have learned to other participants on 21st October 2018, at the kick-off seminar of the International Autumn School (prepare a pptp file or PDF file, 15 min./person). You will also be expected to present about air pollution conditions in your home country or province during the atmospheric chemistry seminars held on 29th-30th October (prepare 1-3 PPT slides or a PDF file). Please present in English with referencing of data.

Important Notice

There may be some subsequent schedule and content changes. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will inform you immediately of major changes.