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This session is to kick-start Tsukuba Global Science Week 2015. Dr. Atsushi Suzuki of Kyushu University's Medical Institute of Bioregulation, who is one of the 11th (FY2014) JSPS PRIZE Awardees, will be the keynote speaker.

How can we assess the ways in which humans (i.e., concerned persons, bystanders, experts, activists, administrators, and politicians) conceptualize the problems of the world? In this session, we will present concrete cases ethnographically and discuss them in a cross-disciplinary way.
Session Organizers: Yasushi Uchiyamada, Shuhei Kimura

Culture brings both peace and conflict. Sometimes it is the essential force that binds people together, but at other times, it tears them apart. When does culture bring peace among states or groups? When does it suddenly become a source of violence? Can our past experience help us create values that contribute to future peace and stability? What roles does Japan play in encouraging peace? We seek to gather scholars of varying research backgrounds and spark discussions that may answer those questions and other questions that may spring from the open-ended discussions.
Session Organizer: Yutaka Tsujinaka

This session comprises two parts: The morning session, organized by scholars of the field of Ethics and Western Philosophy, mainly brings to light the early-modern evangelical activities of Jesuit order in East Asia, while the scholars from Indology and Buddhist Studies organize the afternoon session concerning the religio-philosophical perspective in cultural diversity in pre-modern India.
Session Organizers: Taisei Shida, Chizuko Yoshimizu,
and Naoki Kuwabara

The topics in this section are focused on recent progress in a variety fields of energy-related functional and sustainable materials including fuel cells, photovoltaics, nano-functional systems, etc.
Session Organizers: Fumihiko Ukegawa,
Tatsuya Nabeshima

The topics in this section are focused on recent progress in a variety fields of energy-related functional and sustainable materials including fuel cells, photovoltaics, nano-functional systems, etc.
Session Organizer: Fumihiko Ukegawa,
Tatsuya Nabeshima

The session is organized to promote academic exchange between the University of Tsukuba and Hong Kong Polytechnic University based on their inter-university agreement. The possibility of applying state-of- the- art (information) technology to solve our social problems will be discussed.
Session Organizer: Yukie Sano, Shun Watanabe

Our joint sessions will bring together professionals working in the fields of Earth Sciences, Environment, Civil Engineering & Urban Planning, as well as Disaster Emergency Response, with the aim of strengthening the scientific collaborations on Natural Disasters Prevention and Management between the University of Tsukuba and the world.
Session Organizers: Bogdan Enescu, Tomomi Kito,
Yuji Yagi, Shun Watanabe, Yoshiaki Osawa

The use of algae biomass as an alternative of fossil fuel for the production of fuel, chemicals, food, health supplments, cosmetics, etc., has attracted worldwide attention in recent years. A number of algal venture businesses have been growing in the world. Algae technology is not yet mature in the world, but because of such incredible potential, algae might grow to be a new big market in the future. In this session, we will learn some R&D topics of algae biomass and discuss with distingushed speakers about the technical and/or social bottlenecks and how to solve them.
Session Orgnizer: Makoto M. Watanabe

Excessive grazing due to large numbers of livestock causes severe degradation of natural grassland. Furthermore, the vegetation cover of grassland has been reduced by extensive droughts caused by recent climatic changes in continental East Asia. These changes are likely to result in severe soil degradation and the release of large quantities of soil dust into the atmosphere. In this session, we introduce the international collaboration for grassland conservation in Northeast Asia.
Session Organizer: Kenji Tamura

As the world population has increased exponentially, there is an increasing demand for crop production all over the world. However, global warming has recently triggered abnormal climate conditions, such as severe dryness or flooding, in higher frequency than before. In addition, incidence of lethal pathogens is expected to threaten stable agricultural production in near future. To establish sustainable agriculture and food security globally, it is now required to develop efficient breeding methodology that enables construction of elite cultivars within a short time. For this purpose, interdisciplinary approach, which combines physiology, omics, and genomics, is essential. It is also important to understand the diversity of crop physiology, because each crop has characteristics that are never seen in the model plant. In this session, we will have lectures by six outstanding plant scientists. Their topics will include fruit biology, systems biology, metabolomics, proteomics, and new breeding technologies. Through the lectures, we will discuss how knowledge of plant science can be applied to efficient crop breeding.
Session Organizers: Ryoichi Yano, Tohru Arizumi,
Yasuhiro Ishiga, Yoshihiro Okabe, and Natsuko Kinoshita

Education and research of biological resource engineering is appearing to play an important role in the development of science and technology or human resources who are internationally active. In the Master's Program of the biological resource engineering field, an overview of the DDP with UT and NTU is disseminated to interested faculty and students. The program is scheduled to start from fiscal 2017 (from the UT side).
Session Organizer: Yutaka Kitamura

This session is a part of the opening event for the exhibition ‘Wisdom of Mathematics: Exploration and Development’ by the Central Library of the University of Tsukuba from September 28 to November 8, 2015. Mathematicians interpret the development of their mathematics to foresight future direction and inspirit their explorations. Historians interpret the activities of mathematicians in the history for knowing the developmental processes with human efforts. Math-Educators use historical sources as for the materials in education such as to imagine the consistent structure and its development beyond generations through reorganization, and such as to enable us to understand others perspectives until cultivation and appreciation of mathematics beyond just acquiring the pre-established harmony on the system of mathematics. On this session, participants share the mindset of hermeneutic efforts for mathematics education as for the opening event.
Session Organizers: Masami Isoda, Masaru Sanuki

In this symposium, we will discuss about our contribution to the engagement in the olympic and paralympic movement from the perspectives of academic and science field.This symposium includes keynote speech by the head of education project in London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, presentations by high school students from Japan and Brazil and panel discussion.
Session Organizers: Hisashi Sanada, Yoshio Takahashi,
and Fumihiro Kaneko

Swiss and Japanese Architectural designs are ones of world leading, stimulating each others and atract many students of the world. Although their cultural background are different, on Western and Eastern Culture, they have basic tendency: the first one is their wood architecture tradition and its craftmanship, and the second is the young architects' design trends are supported by society and technology in different ways, and the third, which is related to the second points, is the societies have given them chances of young architects as the design of their houses, both countries has a detached-houses sub-cultures. Starting from these three topics above, we would like to discuss the similarities and differences of both architectural cultures, as well as, more analytically, the significance of the comparative studies of each cultures on similar aspects of different superficial phenomena.
Session Organizer: Toshihiro Hanazato


Human Biology is an interdisciplinary study field, containing biology, medicine, mathematical sciences, and material sciences. In this symposium, we invite world-leading researchers in the field to discuss recent advances in human biology.
Session Organizesrs: Hiroshi Hasegawa, Fuminori Tsuruta,
Mitsuo Shoji, and Yuji Fuknakoshi


The Center for Complex Biological Systems (CCBS) in the University of California, Irvine, is one of the most important partner organizations of the Ph.D. Program in Human Biology (HBP), University of Tsukuba. In this session, we will have an introduction to CCBS and messages from CCBS professors for the future collaboration with HBP and the University of Tsukuba.
Session Organizer: Hiroshi Hasegawa


Recent advances in imaging technologies are essential for the development of clinical medicine and basic biology/medicine. In this symposium, the activities toward the imaging techniques in biological/medical field in the partner universities are introduced and discussed for possible collaborative researches.
Session Organizers: Ryosuke Ohniwa, Yuichi Kimura, and Hiroshi Hasegawa


As National Taiwan University partners with University of Tsukuba, a new shared vision of sustainable development excites us to think what we can collectively achieve in the future. Delivering on this revolutionary agenda requires effective models of cooperation that involve all disciplines and sectors, much like how “Campus-in-Campus Initiatives” are supporting inter-university collaborations of education and research to concrete social responsibilities. Now, these two sister universities are co-hosting “NTU Lounge”, to explore from ongoing action items, to common interests and strengths as to unlock further possibilities of synergy. This is a relaxed ambience where ideas from all over the world are to meet together, a cradle of new prospects and friendship that are to be nourished with definite plans. Your participation is needed. Welcome!
Session Organizer: Ryosuke Ohniwa

Globalization of the University of Tsukuba is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of students from Southeast Asian countries. In this session, invited professors and graduate students from partner universities and institutes in these countries join the graduate students of the University of Tsukuba to present and discuss their latest research.
Session Organizer: Koji Hisatake

In this session, students of overseas partner universities and University of Tsukuba give oral/poster presentations. This “Student Presentations“ meeting has been held annually to advance research activities and facilitate international exchanges. Topics include medical science and life science.
Session Organizers: Shoko Saito, Hiroshi Hasegawa,
Mamiko Sakata, Tadachika Koganezawa, Seiya Mizuno,
and Yasuhiro Shinkai

Well-designed scientific research helps us find effective solutions to global health challenges, yet building research capacity in low- and middle-income countries is lagged behind. This session aims to share research experiences in those countries and to discuss the role we can play to enhance their research capacity.
Session Organizers: Masao Ichikawa and Yoshie Okada

The United Nations Population Fund disclosed in 2012 that 80% of the 1.5 billion older people in the world would live in developing countries by 2050, thus aging is an urgent, global-scale issue. In this conference on Global Aging, we aim to share our ideas and fruits of researches on old-age issues through a medical, nursing, care, social, cultural points of view, and advocate policies on aging for each country.
Session Organizers: Nanako Tamiya and Shiho Kashiwagi

Medical Science, and Humanities & Social Science have hold a joint seminar called “Borderless Challenges of Global Aging: Role of Young Power” since 2012. In this seminar, students learn about the situation and social issues in aging and aged countries, and discuss the role and power of young people for challenging these issues using interdisciplinary and comparative research methods. This year the focus is on “end-of-life”. Our students will present their work at the TGSW 2015.
Session Organizers: Nanako Tamiya, Miyoko Motozawa,
and Shiho Kashiwagi

The brain is an important organ which acts as the center to regulate and integrate functions of various organs in the human body. However, we still have a lot of black boxes about the brain function. This session invited six speakers from all over the world. Each speaker introduces the latest knowledge in basic and applied neuroscience.
Session Organizers: Kosuke Kato, Tadachika Koganezawa

Global phenomena that unfold in sequence are generally represented in the form of time series data. In this interdisciplinary workshop, we aim to establish a collaborative relationship among international researchers from various fields, to address the issues and problems that are commonly found in interfacing people and time-series data with sound, and to discover the exciting directions for future research in the field.
Session Organizer: Hiroko Terasawa

Studies of local meteorology contribute to a wide variety of scientific and social issues, such as weather forecasts for wind-power generation and heat island researches. In this session, we will discuss from basic research such as local wind and local meteorology model, to applied research such as prospects of wind-power generation and heat island.
Session Organizer: Hiroyuki Kusaka

Our aging society and the imbalance of the population structure are global issues. Since metabolism and aging are intimately related, it is critical for us to understand normal metabolic pathways and mechanisms, in order to define the key factors that are responsible for “healthy aging”. In this session, invited lecturers will present six individual research topics in fields related to “Transcription” and “Metabolism”. This session is being held for young scientists/students to learn cutting-edge research and to have an open discussion to learn how to build a career as an advanced researcher.
Session Organizer: Hiromi Yanagisawa

On the outskirts of the Sahara located in the north of the African continent, agriculture has been managed with limited amount of water resources. Furthermore, severe drought in the future is expected due to global climate change. Under such situation, in order to develop the local area sustainably, advanced technology and local conventional technologies have to be combined to adapt agricultural activities to the natural and social environment. This session invites speakers from Tunisia and Mauritania to discuss the actual state of water resources and agriculture, and the ways they ought to be in the future.
Session Organizers: Mitsuteru Irie and Kenichi Kashiwagi

This is the first annual alumni conference, consisting of two parts, in which representatives from nine countries/regions will attend. Part One is a general meeting between university officials and the regional representatives. In Part Two, nine representatives also present their "learning and career development" as Tsukuba alumni.
Session Organizer: Tsuyoshi Kimura

The conference will be held under the theme of “Transmission, Preservation and Applications of Culture in the East Asian Region”. In East Asia, cultures have been generated, transmitted and shared in the course of history. Culture rooted in each region is fused, integrated, and shared  developing its own uniqueness while maintaining some common characteristics. Appreciation of cultural diversity and similarity in the East Asian region can lead to deeper understanding of the values of people and society that can build mutual respect and friendship. Culture brings joy and enriches the lives of people; thereby culture has the power to stimulate society. We trust that this conference can serve as an opportunity to establish future collaboration in these subject fields among young researchers in the East Asian region through the intellectual exchange of research reports and studies.
Session Organizer: Chiho Kabeya

This international conference is organized for the University of Tsukuba and its partner institutions to discuss and plan the Global Innovation Joint-Degree Program (GIP), which will begin in 2017. Specific themes to be discussed at the conference include: the state of progress for the Global Food Security Course and the Global Health Innovation Course, the contents of the double degree schema, prospects for initiating a joint degree, and other presentations regarding the program curriculum and general progress.
Session Organizers: Yoshito Kumagai, Kevin M. McManus

This session on Japanese studies is jointly organized by the Taiwan Office, Tunis Office, and Bordeaux Office of the University Tsukuba. It is designed to promote research collaborations between scholars from Tsukuba and those from important partner institutions in East Asia, North Africa, and Europe. Participants and discussants approach topics related to Japan from multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives. Topics include judo as business, disaster management in comparative perspective, and the Japanese financial crisis from a multicultural point of view. In effect, this session encourages intellectual collaborations beyond traditional boundaries. This session is part of the series that will be jointly organized later this academic year in Taipei (on Taiwanese studies) and Bordeaux (on Mediterranean studies).
Session Organizer: Joji Kijima
Discussants: Yutaka Tsujinaka, Hidenao Takahashi,
and Remy Magnier-Watanabe

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