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Kaitokudo for the 21st Century and i-SPOT lectures: "Yardsticks" and "Walk with a Researcher"

2011-11-25 (Fri) - 2012-3-8 (Thu)

Please note: Applications are no longer being accepted. All seats are filled. Thank you for your interest in attending.

Kaitokudo for the 21st Century and the Osaka City Planning and Coordination Bureau are jointly sponsoring second semester open courses for the public. The theme and style of the courses is "learning together." Lecturers will be delivered mainly by young Osaka University faculty members. This semester, two courses will be provided: "Yardsticks" and "Walk with a Researcher".

No fee is charged to attending these courses. Interested individuals are invited to attend.

Part I -- Yardsticks (4 classes)

• Friday, November 25, 2011
• Tuesday, December 6, 2011
• Friday, January 27, 2012
• Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ecosystem Services and directions for Future Society -- Focusing on Biomass Energy and Sustainability

Lecturer: MATSUI Takanori, Assistant professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Date: Friday, November 25, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Seating space at the venue: 30
A wide variety of species living in an ecosystem is essential for biodiversity. This lecture will consider the natural benefits of biodiversity and ecosystem services such as pollination and envisage a future society living in greater harmony with nature. Focusing on the ecosystem service of biomass energy, this lecture will discuss yardstick options for our future.

Nightingale's Standard -- Thinking about Disease and Health

Lecturer: OKITA Taketoshi, Assistant professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Seating space at the venue: 30
The nurse Florence Nightingale is well-known for her angel-like care of patients and for laying a foundation for professional nursing. However, she actually was involved in nursing for only a few years of her 90-year-long life. How did she spend the other years of her life? This class will concentrate on her devotion to the challenges of disease and health in the UK and her ideas, her yardsticks.

Even War has Rules -- International Laws for Armed Conflicts

Lecturer: WANI Kentaro, Associate professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University
Date: Friday, January 27, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Seating space at the venue: 30
As the saying goes, "All is fair in love and war." However, this is not true for the latter -- International Law contains the field of Laws Applicable to Armed Conflicts. National behavior in war is ideally governed by these laws. Citing examples, this lecture will concentrate on Laws Applicable to Armed Conflicts, as well as the Neutrality Act that defines the approach that third parties should take in wars involving other countries.

The Mental Yardstick for Measuring Time

Lecturer: TANAKA Saori, Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University
Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Seating space at the venue: 30
Which would you prefer: one doughnut now, or two doughnuts in 10 minutes? In economics, such choices can be explained with the yardstick of time, by how much time one had to think about a choice. In brain science, the brain's yardstick for time has been clarified. This lecture will give an introduction to brain science and discuss the significance and possibility of a collaboration between brain science and economics.

Part II -- Walk with a Researcher (2 classes)

• Monday, March 5, 2012
• Thursday, March 8, 2012

Medical Treatment and Medicines by Dr. ISHIKURA -- Walking through Dosho-machi and the Surrounding Areas

Lecturer: ISHIKURA Fuminobu, Associate professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
Date: Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:00 ~ 3:00 p.m.
Seating space at the venue: 20
Medical treatment and medicines have developed due to their close interaction. You may believe that doctors receive kick-backs in some form from pharmaceutical companies, but type of thing doesn't happen now. These days a clean relationship between medical practitioners and the pharmaceutical industry is mandated by law. Walking through Dosho-machi and its surrounding area, participants will enjoy studying the present and the past relationships between medical treatment and medicines.

Enjoying Night Views in Osaka -- Semba, Round 2, Discover the Allure of Osaka

Lecturer: KAGA Atsuko, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Date: Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Quota: 20
Many elaborately-wrought modern buildings still remain in Semba and the areas surrounding it in central Osaka. Some of the buildings are illuminated at night. In this second round of walks participants will visit and discover the allure of viewing these buildings in Senba at night. Participants will visit Mengyo Kaikan [Cotton Industry Hall], an important cultural asset, a massive stone building with a modern interior. Participants will enjoy an atmosphere of stepping back in time by visiting the area at night.

Please note that the schedule for this class may be modified.

Note: There is no charge for attending this lecture; however, an admission fee of 500 yen is needed for Mengyo Kaikan.

For more information and/or to make application for any of these classes, contact: i-SPOT.
Please note that applications will be accepted from one month in advance of each class on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to apply:

Please send the name of the class(es) you wish to attend, your name, and telephone number by email or FAX to i-SPOT (email address below). Registration is also possible at the door, space permitting.


Tel & Fax:  06-4866-6803 
Applications will also be accepted by phone.
Monday through Friday: 11:00 ~ 21:00
Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Closed: Thursday, December 29, 2011 ~ Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Email: i-spot[at]  When using this address, please replace [ at ] with @.

Date: 2011-11-25 (Fri) - 2012-3-8 (Thu)
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century and the Osaka City Planning and Coordination Bureau
Venue: Osaka City Design Information Center, i-SPOT, 4-1-1, Imabashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Registration: Registration by email is necessary.
Contact: Osaka City Design Information Center, i-SPOT

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