The RIHN Futurability Initiatives International Symposium 2016
Transformation Towards Sustainable Futures in Complex Human-Nature Systems
New Challenges on Global Environmental Studies

The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) was established in 2001 as an inter-university research institute corporation to conduct integrated research in global environmental studies. RIHN has conducted inter-disciplinary research projects that contribute to solutions of global environmental problems, guided by our awareness that the global environmental problems find their roots in human culture. Especially, during the 2nd midterm period of RIHN (2009-2015), we have focused on transdisciplinary research, collaborating with various stakeholders. On the occasion of the end of the 2nd midterm period, we have organized an international symposium to discuss what we have achieved to date and where we are moving in the 3rd midterm period (2016-2022).

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  1. Session 1
  2. Session 2
  3. Session 3
Date & Hours: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2016, 10:30 – 17:30
Language: Japanese/English, simultaneous interpretation provided
Organiser: Reserch Intstitute for Humanity and Nature(RIHN)


RIHN Futurability Initiatives International Symposium 2016 Secretariat, Yuko MATUOKA E-mail E-mail



    Chair: Steven R. McGreevy(RIHN), Yuko Onishi (RIHN)

  1. 10:30 - 11:00
  2. Opening address ― Tetsuzo Yasunari (RIHN D-G)

    Guest Address ― Ushio Norifumi (Director, Scientific Research Institutes Division, Research Promotion Bureau, MEXT, Japan)

    Introduction ― Jumpei Kubota (RIHN Deputy D-G)

  3. 11:00 - 12:00 Session 1 : Keynote Address
  4. Researching Pathways to Sustainable Futures with and for Stakeholders ― Ilan Chabay (IASS Potsdam Senior Advisor for Global Sustainability Research)

  5. 13:00 - 15:00 Session 2 : Transdisciplinary Studies Towards Sustainable Future
  6. Coastal Area-Capability Enhancement in Southeast Asia ― Satoshi Ishikawa (RIHN)

    Designing Local Frameworks for Integrated Water Resources Manag ement ― Dorotea Agnes Rampisela (RIHN)

    Creation and Sustainable Governance of New Commons through Formation of Integrated Local Environmental Knowledge ― Tetsu Sato (RIHN)

  7. 15:15 - 17:30 Session 3 : Transformation Towards Sustainable Future- RIHN’s Research Plan in the 3rd Mid-term Period
  8. RIHN’s Research Plan in the 3rd Mid-term Period ― Makoto Taniguchi (RIHN Deputy D-G)

    Panel Discussion coordinated by Tetsu Sato

    Tetsuzo Yasunari, Ilan Chabay, Hiroo Kasagi (CEO, NPO Workshop for Sustainable Community), Tetsuji Ida (Kyōdō News Senior Staff Reporter), Yoshifumi Yasuoka (Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo)