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2nd GSGES Global COE Workshop in FY2008 - Kyoto University's research activities in Vietnam -

Date: January 18, 2009
Venue: Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University

Organized by:
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Sponsored by:
Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Supported by:
SCF project "International Center for Human Resource Development in Environmental Management"

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As a member university of "Association of Pacific Rim University (APRU)", the Kyoto University has been involved in the research group "Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies (CMAS)", and played an active role in the group. Since autumn 2007, this group has focused its interest on "Water" and "City", and then preparing an international cooperation research, in which integrated strategy of mitigation and adaptation for "Climate Change" will be proposed to decision makers in the Pacific Rim region. The research topic of the Kyoto University is a mitigation and adaptation strategy for climate change in Japanese and Vietnamese cities. The firth meeting of the group will be held in the middle of March, 2009 in Melbourne.
The Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) has already developed research and education programs in Vietnam; since FY 2008, two researches and education bases has been established in Hue and Hanoi based on this Global COE program and other activities. As a preparatory meeting for the AWI-CMAS meeting in Melbourne, together with GSGES Global COE group, this workshop was held to aggregate Vietnam-related various projects in the Kyoto University.


Together with 15 faculty members and five students and others of GSGES, participants were as follows: six faculty members of Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), a faculty member and two students of Graduate School of Engineering, a faculty member of Graduate School of Energy Science (GSES), a faculty member of Graduate School of Medicine (GSM), and a researcher of Institute of Sustainability Sciences (ISS).
In the first session, after the introduction of this workshop by Prof. Shigeo Fujii, three projects were overviewed by Prof. Toshio Yokoyama and Associate Prof. Rajib Shaw, Associate Prof. Ueru Tanaka, and Prof. Shigeo Fujii, respectively. In the second session, to introduce individual research projects in Vietnam, two projects from GSGES, one project from GSM, one project from ISS, three projects from DPRI, and one project from GSES were presented with active discussion. Then, a networking party following the workshop was joined by most workshop participants. Through the workshop, various Vietnam-related researches were aggregated from several school/institutes of the Kyoto University, and also a human network was established among researchers working in Vietnam with various backgrounds. This workshop was closed with great success.