ILEK Project First International Symposium
Knowledge Translation : Bridging Gaps between Science and Society

Date: September 13-14, 2014
Venue: Lecture Hall, RIHN( → Access)
Organizer: RIHN E-05-Init
“Creation and Sustainable Governance of New Commons through Formation of Integrated Local Environmental Knowledge”
(ILEK Project)
Co-organizer: Local Science Network for Environment and Sustainability
Language: English (with Japanese simultaneous interpretation)
Contact: ILEK Project Office E-mail
 Broadcasted via USTREAM (English, Japanese)

Symposium Theme and Outline

 Integrated knowledge bases are essential for adaptive decision making and actions by diverse stakeholders to find bottom-up solutions of various global environmental problems including world-wide degradation of ecosystem services. The RIHN Integrated Local Environmental Knowledge (ILEK) project focuses on mechanisms to promote production, circulation and effective use of ILEK, a solution-oriented and transdisciplinary blend of science and various types of local knowledge produced through dynamic collaboration among stakeholders, to understand knowledge-based adaptive governance mechanisms of local communities to tackle with various local as well as global environmental problems.

 At the third year of its 5 year project period, ILEK project will host the international symposium to explore the essential roles of bilateral knowledge translators as the key actor to catalyze adaptive transformation of the society with the effective use of integrated knowledge bases. The bilateral knowledge translator bridges the gap between different framing, value systems and world views among diverse stakeholders including scientists and experts to mediate the production and circulation of ILEK. They evaluate and reorganize scientific knowledge to fit to local framing of environmental problems and world views of non-scientists stakeholders, while translating local knowledge produced in daily livelihood of stakeholders into scientific language and discourse. The first session of the symposium will highlight knowledge translation mobilizing decision making and collaborative actions in local communities, while the second session focuses on cross-scale knowledge translation to catalyze collaborative actions across different spatiotemporal scales. The symposium invites diverse knowledge translators in action from the world among ILEK project members to share their experiences, and discusses cutting-edge research on science-society interactions to promote transformation of society toward sustainability.


    September 13 (Saturday), 2014
  1. 9:00-11:00
  2. ILEK Project Full-project meeting (only for project members)


  3. 12:30-12:50
  4. ILEK Project and Overview of the Symposium

    Tetsu Sato (Project Leader, ILEK Project, RIHN)

    First Session: Knowledge Production and Circulation Mobilizing Local Community Actions

  5. (Chaired by Heinz Gutscher and Shion Takemura)

  6. (Titles are tentative and subject to change.)
  7. 12:50-13:30
  8. Keynote Address (30 min + 10 min discussion)

    Residential Research and Bilateral Knowledge Translation Supporting Community-based Actions

    Michael P. Crosby (President, Mote Marine Laboratory, USA)

  9. 13:30-14:00
  10. Creating Science-society Interface: Design and expected function of the Society of Yakushimao logy (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Takakazu Yumoto (Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)

  11. 14:00-14:30
  12. Translate Challenge as an Opportunity: Visualizing options of sustainable agriculture in semi-arid area of Turkey (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Erhan Akça (Associate Professor, Adiyaman Üniversitesi, Turkey)

  13. 14:30-14:45
  14. coffee break

  15. 14:45-15:15
  16. Catalyzing Local Actions toward Sustainable Community Development in Harmony with Coral Reefs (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Masahito Kamimura (Director, WWF Japan Coral Reef Conservation and Research Center)

  17. 15:15-15:45
  18. Boundary Work for Water Sustainability and Urban Climate Adaptation: Lessons from the Decision Center for a Desert City in Rapidly Urbanizing Area (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Dave D. White (Professor, Arizona State University, USA)

  19. 15:45-16:15
  20. Capacity Building and Community Empowerment: Connecting Noto and Ifugao (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Koji Nakamura (Professor/Deputy President, Kanazawa University)

  21. 16:15-16:45
  22. Co-creation of Sharable Visions among Diverse Stakeholders for Complex Social-Ecological System Management (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Kostas Alexandridis (Research Assistant Professor, University of the Virgin Islands, USA)

  23. 16:45-17:00
  24. coffee break

  25. 17:00-18:30
  26. Comments and General Discussion

    Led by:

    Heinz Gutscher (Professor emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland)

    Shion Takemura (Project Researcher, RIHN)

  27. 19:00-
  28. Reception

    September 14 (Sunday), 2014

    Second Session: Connecting Local and Global: Cross-scale Knowledge Translation

  1. (Chaired by Tetsu Sato and Chigusa Nakagawa)

  2. (All titles are tentative.)
  3. 9:00-9:40
  4. Keynote Address (30 min + 10 min discussion)

    Stakeholders, Scenarios, And Sustainable Futures Within And Beyond The Arctic

    Ilan Chabay (Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany)

  5. 9:40-10:10
  6. How did coastal fishers satisfy the global standard of nature protection in Shiretoko World Heritage? Local Action Influencing Global Policy (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Hiroyuki Matsuda (Professor, Yokohama National University)

  7. 10:10-10:40
  8. Interaction between Federal, State and Local Level Practices in Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Carol Smith (Program Manager of CREP, Washington State Conservation Commission, USA) and Mike Denny (Walla Walla County Conservation District, USA)

  9. 10:40-10:55
  10. coffee break

  11. 10:55-11:25
  12. Making use of international resource-management certification schemes: the perspective of local stakeholders (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Reiko Omoto (Project Researcher, RIHN)

  13. 11:25-11:55
  14. Learning with Canadian Biosphere Reserves: Connecting researchers and practitioners through a national community of practice (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Maureen Reed (Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

  15. 11:55-13:00
  16. lunch

  17. 13:00-13:30
  18. Networking Community-based Marine Protected Areas as a Model of Multi-layered Ecosystem Management (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Shin Kakuma (Director, Okinawa Prefectural Deep Sea Water Research Center)

  19. 13:30-14:00
  20. ILEK Fisheries Management Toolbox: Community-based visualization of multiple resource management options (20 min + 10 min discussion)

    Mitsutaku Makino (Group Leader, National Research Institute of Fisheries Science)

  21. 14:00-14:15
  22. coffee break

  23. 14:15-15:45
  24. Comments and General Discussion

    Led by:

    Tetsu Sato (Project Leader, ILEK Project, RIHN)

    Chigusa Nakagawa (Project Researcher, RIHN)

  25. 15:45-16:00
  26. Wrap up and Closing Remarks

    Tetsu Sato

  27. 16:00-17:00
  28. Publication meeting (all contributors)