The 6th International Summer School in Biosphere Science was organized

“The 6th International Summer School in Biosphere Science” was held from 9 to 14 September, 2013, aiming to share up-to-date scientific knowledge and techniques in the biosphere sciences with students and young academic staffs from MOU universities and other partner universities of our graduate school.

This year, a total of 12 students or young academic staffs joined from Pukyong National University (South Korea), Tunghai University (Taiwan), Airlangga University (Indonesia), Kasetsart University (Thailand), North-West University(South Africa) and University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa).

On the first day, September 9, 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 (Seaweed Biology program, Fisheries Ecology program, Structure and Physical Properties of Food program, Protein purification and its analysis program, Food Preservation Technology program, Functional food factor program), learning and experiencing cutting-edge knowledge and techniques in related scientific fields with the help of Japanese student assistants.

On September 12, 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 (about 30 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 vice 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
Visiting Rural Communities and Farms in Kochi-town
Welcome Party at the university cafeteria
Seaweed Biology program
Fisheries Ecology program Structure and Physical Properties of Food program
Protein purification and its analysis program Food Preservation Technology program
Study Tour to Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima
Panel Discussion
Farewell Ceremony
Farewell Party