[ANNOUNCEMENT] International Autumn School for Environmental Studies 2019

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

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 2019 Program at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) with participants from various countries.

– Application is closed –

Number of students to be accepted: 12 (Twelve)
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 College Cork (Ireland), University of Stirling (Scotland), Macquarie University (Australia), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Bangladesh Agricultural University (Bangladish), 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, & Autumn School 2018 organized by GSGES, Kyoto University are unable to apply for this program.
3) Candidates will be required to have good GPA (≧2.3). See below.
Duration of stay in Kyoto: 17 November – 4 December, 2019
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 below.
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
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
‐Guesthouse while in Wakayama
Expenses incurred by individual participants: – Accident/Travel insurance (obligation for each participant)
– 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.
– Preliminary selection will be conducted in some universities
i.e.) In case of Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), preliminary screening will be conducted by committee of Bogor Agricultural University.
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, and written in English would be nice)
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)
7. Grade points converted into GPA*
(likely GPA, see details below, submit in the web application)

Application through the website must be completed by 23:59, 9 August, 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 2019 (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 during the period of autumn school 2019. 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 1st, 2019

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

International Autumn School for Environmental Studies 2019

Program in brief

  1. The program begins by sharing information about each participants’ country of origin through the country-specific topics of Forest resource, waste management, water treatment, agriculture, natural disasters, and culture.
  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. In the middle, participants will make a poster presentation about current studies/former studies at International Symposium on Environmental Studies held in 26th Nov. at Kyoto University.
  4. During the program, participants will discuss and make group presentation and individual presentation about, A.) ideas/actions and challenges to change Japanese culture for better environment from individual level to global scale, B.) applicable technology/theory/activity/culture in participants’ country that you’ve learn during this program to improve environmental issue in each participants’ country, C) Examples of culture underlying the environmental problems, and its potential solutions in each participants’ country. Final presentation will be followed by Q and A, some discussion with other participants.

Schedule in 2019

17th November (Sun.)
Arrival in Kyoto
18th November (Mon.)
Kick-off seminar for International Autumn School
19th November (Tue.)
Special lecture series *Contents 1
20th November (Wed.) –
22nd (Fri.)
Field study I. in Wakayama *Contents 2
23rd November (Sat.)
Kyoto city cultural tour
24th November (Sun.)
Group discussion in relationship between culture and environment
25th November (Mon.)
Atmospheric chemistry special seminar day 1 *Contents 3
26th November (Tue.)
International Symposium on Environmental Studies, Poster presentation
27th November (Wed.)
International Symposium on Environmental Studies
28th November (Thu.)
Atmospheric chemistry special seminar day 2 *Contents 3
29th November (Fri.)
Field study II. in Shiga and Osaka *Contents 4
30th November (Sat.)
Group presentation
1st December (Sun.)
Field study III. in Kyoto *Contents 5
2nd December (Mon.)
Preparation for final seminar
3rd December (Tue.)
Final seminar of International Autumn School
4th December (Wed.)
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 resource, solid waste management, water treatment, agriculture, and natural disaster in Japan. This basic understandings will help you at the field excursion in each place. The tentative lecture schedule is as follows:

November 19th 2019 (Tuesday) Tentative Time table
Time Activities (lecturer, title, contents will be changed) Lecturer
7:40-8:30 Moving by Bus and walk  
8:30-9:45 Special lecture about “Waste disposal and treatment in Japan and challenges in reduction of the garbage” (tentative) Assoc. Prof. Misuzu Asari
9:45-9:55 Short break  
9:55-11:10 Special lecture about “Forest resource and forestry in Japan” (tentative) Prof. Shozo Shibata
11:10-11:20 Short break  
11:20-12:35 Special lecture about “Japanese architecture and its relationship with culture and livelihood” (tentative) Prof. Hirohide Kobayashi
12:35-13:30 Lunch break  
13:30-14:45 Special lecture about “Japanese agriculture and soils” (tentative) Assoc. Prof. Hitoshi Shinjo
14:45-14:55 Short break  
14:55-16:10 Special lecture about “Natural disaster and disaster preparedness in Japan” (tentative) Assis. Prof. Chiho Ochiai
16:10-16:20 Short break  
16:20-17:35 Special lecture about “History of water and environment in Japan” (tentative) Assoc. Prof. Shuhei Tanaka
17:35 Move back to guesthouse  

2. Field study I. Forests, agriculture and natural disasters in Wakayama (20th – 22nd November)

In this tour, we will visit an area called Ki no Kuni (紀伊国), which means “country of wood,” in Wakayama. This field study and lecture will instruct about cultural-traditional usage of timbers and forest management and soils in forest in Japan. In addition, we will observe livelihood and actual situation of depopulation in rural commune. Thirdly, we will learn the typical disasters (flooding, landslide, earthquake, tsunami) which is common in Japan, and some communal prevention.

3. Atmospheric chemistry special seminar (25th and 28th November)

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. Special lecture by Prof. Christa Fittschen (Université Lille)

4. Field study II. Water usage and treatment in Yodo river basin (29th November)

One day trip will take us around Yodo river basin to Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, to investigate people’s lives, environment, and water and its treatment system. We will visit Osaka Water Supply Authority to see the tap water purification and supply systems. Later, we shall see the water source in Lake Biwa and visit rain water treatment system.

5. Field study III. Kyoto city excursion (23rd November or 1st December)

A one-day trip will bring you around Kyoto city with the focus on daily waste in our daily life. The trip will include visits to an Kyoto Municipal Center for Promotion of Environment Protection (COP3 Memorial Hall), Miyako Ecology Center to learn the daily waste and environmental education in Japan. Later, we shall see/experience around shrines, temples and typical houses (Kyo-machiya) to see the traditions and livelihoods in daily Kyoto life. Through the visits, we can learn about solid waste, local treatment systems, residents’ awareness, and 4R.

Assignment/preparation after acceptance

Through this program, we would like all the participants to learn from each other concerning the topics of forest resource, solid waste management, water treatment, agriculture, natural disasters, the atmospheric environment, and culture. 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 18th November 2019, at the kick-off seminar of the International Autumn School (prepare a pptp file or PDF file, 10 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 28th November (prepare 1-3 PPT slides or a PDF file). Please present in English with referencing of data. In addition, we request you to prepare a poster presentation about your current study or former study at international symposium on environmental studies on 26th November. The format of poster presentation and deadline will be informed by the committee of the symposium after the screening.

Important Notice

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

The way to convert GPA

Reference to convert your credit/grade into point

Type Grade Evaluation
Type 1 A B C F
Type 2 100-80 79-70 69-60 under 59
Type 3 100-90 89-80 79-70 69-60 under 59
Type 4 S A B C F
Type 5 A B C D F
Point 3 3 2 1 0

GPA = (Point 3 x number of credit) + (Point 2 x number of credit) + (Point 1 x number of credit) + (Point 0 x number of credit)
total number of credit