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The 4th Kobe University, Kyoto University, and Osaka University Joint Symposium -- "Achieving a Sustainable Society through Biotechnology"

2010-1-20 (Wed) 1:00 p.m. -

The attendance quota for the "Water and Life in the 21st Century" has been filled as of Thursday, January 13, 2011.

Further applications cannot be accepted.

A big THANK YOU to all who applied.

The three universities of Kobe University, Kyoto University, and Osaka University have been holding joint international symposiums at the beginning of the new year. On Friday, January 21, 2011, Osaka University will host this year's symposium. This year's theme is "Water and Life in the 21st Century".

This symposium will focus on understanding water problems and consider the relationship between people and water, reexamining our past close relationship and looking to find ways to improve the situation.

The organizers have selected this theme because it is appropriate for three universities that are located in the Kansai area, an area with the largest basin that includes Lake Biwa and the Yodo River, sources of abundant ground water, an area known for good quality water in Nada, Hyogo and Fushimi, Kyoto, and Osaka that intends to be an aqua metropolis.


  • Greetings from presidents and deans of the three universities
  • Keynote Speech: "Take away water and Life dies -- Take away water and culture withers", KAWANABE Hiroya, former Director, Shiga Prefectural Lake Biwa Museum, Professor emeritus, Kyoto University
  • General discussion -- Aiming at a Sustainable Relationship between Humans and Water
  • M.C.: IKE Michihiko, Professor, Osaka Unviersity
  • Topic presenter: TANAKAMARU Haruya, Professor, Kobe University
  • FUJII Shigeo, Professor, Kyoto University
  • SHIRAI Taizo, Director, Waterworks Bureau, Osaka City
  • NAIKI Kenji, Director, Ecological Strategies Department, Suntory Holdings
  • KOURA Hisako, Associate professor, Osaka University
  • KOBUKE Yoshinari, Visiting professor, Kobe University

For more information and/or to register, please visit the home page for the Three Universities Symposium

This symposium has been held by Osaka University, Kyoto University, and Kobe University for the purpose of developing advanced researchers and engineers and contributing to the rejuvenation of the Kansai area through a joint symposium for promoting science, technology, culture, and art. These three universities are hosting the symposiums on a rotational for 6 years, from 2009 to 2012.


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