International Summer School in Biosphere Science 2012

“The 5th International Summer School in Biosphere Science” was held from 22nd to 27th August, 2012, aiming to share up-to-date scientific knowledge and techniques in the biosphere sciences with students and young academic staffs from MOU universities and of our graduate school.

This summer school was financially supported by “Program for Enhancing Systematic Education in Graduate Schools” under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan. This year, a total of 9 students or young academic staffs joined from Pukyong National University (South Korea), Tunghai University (Taiwan), Airlangga University (Indonesia), Kasetsart University (Thailand), and the Visayas State University (the Philippines).

On the first day, August 22nd, they visited rural communities and agriculture farms in Kochi-town and observed the so called “sixth industry”, a new industrial trend in Japanese farming systems, in which farmers participate not only in producing agricultural products but also in processing and marketing. After coming back from the tour, they also enjoyed the Welcome Party at the modern university cafeteria.

For the following two days, they selected and joined one of the scientific program works (Advanced Microscopy Program, Advanced Histology of Animal Tissue Program, Seaweed Biology Program, Physical Property of Foods Program), learning and experiencing cutting-edge knowledge and techniques in related scientific fields with the help of Japanesestudent assistants.

On August 25th, a study tour to two UNESCO world heritage sites (Atomic-bomb dome and Itsukushima shrine) was conducted to learn about Hiroshima’s elegant and tough history.

On the final day, a panel discussion was organized in a large room divided into four clusters, and in each cluster the participants enjoyed discussing their scientific topics with other students (a total of 42 Japanese and International students) of our graduate school.

In the afternoon, a farewell ceremony was conducted, and two certifications (participation in the summer school and also for mastering the scientific techniques) were handed by the Dean and respective academic professors handling the program works. Finally, the summer school was closed by a well-attended farewell party in the school garden.
Welcome Ceremony
Welcome Party
Visiting Rural Communities and Farms in Japan
Advanced Histology of Animal Tissue Program Seaweed Biology Program
Physical Property of Foods Program Advanced Microscopy Program
Study Tour to Peace Memorial Park
Panel Discussion
Study tour to a company in Higashi-Hiroshima
Farewell Ceremony
Farewell Party