○Subject and Objectives
The Collaboration Division fosters research collaborations between RIHN and research institutions and organizations in Japan and abroad and also provides the organizational infrastructure for capacity building. It facilitates the conclusion of collaborative agreements with research institutions and local governments in Japan and abroad, the planning of collaborative research, and the development of proposals for new RIHN projects. While providing a forum for broad information exchange and discussion of research on global environmental problems, the Division also undertakes the development, maintenance and organization of advances personal, financial and institutional networks.
Based on the results of RIHN research projects, the Division further fosters active engagement with international research agenda setting and helps to enhance the presence of RIHN in the international research community. To this end, it serves as an international research hub, including by hosting the Regional Center for Future Earth in Asia.
Furthermore, in order to promote global environmental research and capacity building in Japan and the Asia region, together with the other Divisions it provides the necessary organizational and financial basis and supports the development and mobilization of capacity for inter- and trans-disciplinary research with researchers and societal stakeholders in Japan and Asia.
○Progress and Results in 2017
1. Information Collection: Organizing seminars and workshops (with participation of research institutions and governments from Japan and abroad)
Held RIHN Seminars No. 142 to 157.
2. Building Collaborations: Supporting the conclusion and renewal of MoUs and Comprehensive Agreements with research and government institutions in Japan and abroad and collaborations for university education.
The Division supported the conclusion and renewal of thirty MoUs and Comprehensive Agreements with research and government institutions in Japan and abroad. Also, to further postgraduate education, it participated in brainstorming meetings towards a new Graduate Education Program with Kyoto University and formulated the arrangements and conditions for participation of RIHN teaching staff.
3. Management: Activities of the Future Earth Regional Center for Asia
In its role as host of the Regional Center for Future Earth in Asia, the Division organized meetings, workshops and capacity building activities relating to the Future Earth Program and maintained the Future Earth Asia website. In doing so it contributed to the development of national and regional networks engaged in the activities of Future Earth and the development of research agendas. In particular, it supported the development of the Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production and of thematic collaborations on air pollution and human health.
◇Organizing Symposia, seminars and committee meetings
・Special Lecture "Future Earth: Research for Sustainability in the Anthropocene" by Amy Luers, Future Earth Executive Director (October 2017, Kyoto University)
・ The 6th International Symposium for Future Earth in Asia: Sustainable Consumption in Asia: (January 2018, Kyoto University and RIHN)
・The 4th Regional Advisory Committee Meeting for Future Earth in Asia （January 2018, RIHN）
・The 8th Future Earth in Asia Seminar （January 2018, RIHN）
・Special Seminar ”Designing Impactful Communications for Transdisciplinarity – linking local and global actions for a sustainable future” inviting Mr. Alistair Scrutton, the Director of Communications for Future Earth (March 2018, RIHN)
◇Division staff participated in conferences and committee meetings related to the Future Earth as the representatives of the Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia to collect relevant information and to enhance collaboration in Japan and abroad.
・Science Council of Japan Future Earth Committee meeting (18 April, 24 July 2017, Science Council of Japan）
・Future Earth National Committee for Japan preparatory meeting (22 May 2017, Science Council of Japan)
・Future Earth Japan Consortium meeting (15 September 2017, Science Council of Japan)
・Future Earth Japan National Committee Inaugural Meeting (15 September 2017, Science Council of Japan)
・Future Earth Secretariat Retreat（18-20 September 2017, Denver, USA）
・1st Steering Committee Meeting for Future Earth Japan National Committee (19 October 2017, Science Council of Japan)
・1st Meeting of the Future Earth Promotion and Collaboration Committee (31 January 2018, Science Council of Japan)
◇Supported the development of the Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (KAN-SSCP)
・Online Coordinating meetings for the KAN-SSCP (13meetings held during the period between 2017/4-2018/3)
・Development Team Online Meetings for the KAN-SSCP (5 April, 7 June and 7 September, and 7 November 2017)
・SSCP KAN Online Community Forum (23 January, 13 February, 27 February 2018)
・SSCP KAN Online Collaborative Charrette （20 March 2018）
◇Developed and updated contents for the website of the Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia http://www.futureearth.org/asiacentre/ja
◇Updated contents on the Facebook for the Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia https://www.facebook.com/futureearth.asiacentre
4. Obtaining external funds (Organizing meetings/workshops and writing proposals)
◇NIHU project: New Development in Ecohealth Research in Asia （Director：Hein Mallee）
The Project conducted and organized lectures and presentations on multiple occasions including a special lecture at the 2nd Multicultural Health Forum (April 2017, RIHN), 17th Conference of the Science Council of Asia (June 2017, Philippines), the 3rd Faculty of Health Sciences International Conference (July 2017, Sapporo) and the NIHU Public Symposium (February 2018, Tokyo). The Project also disseminated research results and enhanced its network through those occasions.
◇Submitted a research proposal entitled “Future Earth: Exploring global sustainability at local to global scales through comprehensive understanding on the interaction between earth and human systems” to the 2017 Roadmap Grant by the MEXT, in collaboration with five domestic research institutes as core partners and with the RIHN as the representative institute for the project.
◇Shortlisted to be interviewed for the MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas with a proposal entitled “Research towards the creation of new Anthropocene studies” with Prof. Yasunari as the Director (hearing in May 2018).
5. Outreach：Organization of poster displays, presentations, lectures and seminars at academic meetings and publication of papers, books and pamphlets
◇JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017（2017/5/20-5/25 Chiba）
Set up and maintained a booth for RIHN to present its research and results. Also conducted a presentation about the analysis of the process and outcome and insights obtained in relation to the development of the “Strategic Research Agenda for Future Earth in Japan”.
◇Lecture series for Doshisha University Science and Engineering Department（2017/5/12-6/30, Doshisha University）
Organized an 8-session lecture series on Environmental System to be conducted by RIHN early-career researchers for the freshmen of the Department of Science and Engineering of the Doshisha University.
◇Lectures on Environmental Studies for Peking University （2018/3/14-3/16, Peking University）
Conducted lectures in collaboration with Peking University. Seven lecturers participated from RIHN and gave lectures to students and lecturers of Peking University.
◇Contributed as principal authors to the Assessment Report on the Asia Pacific Region of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (Reiichiro Ishii and Yuko Onishi)
【Invited Lecture / Honorary Lecture / Panelist】