A five-day Winter School for early career researchers on the theme of “Future Climate Risks and Building Adaptation and Resilience to Them” was held at Kyoto University on Nov. 28–Dec. 2, 2022. The Winter School was held collaboratively by Kyoto University and Newcastle University as part of the RENKEI 10th Anniversary Project, an initiative to commemorate the tenth year of RENKEI, a collaborative network of 12 universities in Japan and the UK. Approximately 60 people participated, including delegates from the British Council, and early career researchers and mentors from the 12 RENKEI member institutions.
During the first three days of the Winter School, the participating researchers discussed their research activities through lectures, workshops, and a poster session, and received advice and guidance from the mentors. On the 4th and 5th days of the program, the researchers deepened their understanding of flood risk countermeasures through visits to the Ujigawa Open Laboratory of Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute and the Hiyoshi Dam and mobile watertight wall of the Katsura River.
The Winter School was the “in-person” event to be held by RENKEI for a considerable time, as the network has been conducting its activities online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It provided researchers from the 12 participating universities with a valuable opportunity to deepen their collaborative links.