Past Symposia

Kyoto University hosts and participates in a wide range of international symposia. By bringing together some of the most prominent international scholars, these events aim to strengthen collaboration in research and education, as well as to promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas.

2020 (Apr. 2020 - Mar. 2021)

ThemeThe 2nd Kyoto University – University of Leeds International Symposium: Advanced Engineering for Natural Disaster Identification, Mitigation, Prevention and Response
DateMay 26-28, 2020
VenueKyoto University (Katsura campus), Japan
ParticipantsGraduate School of Engineering*,Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)
PartnerUniversity of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering and School of Mechanical Engineering
ThemeKyoto University International Symposium “Innovation for Sustainable Development in Africa”
DateDec 3-5, 2020
VenueAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
ParticipantsCenter for African Area Studies (CAAS)*,Graduate School of Engineering,
Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS),Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies
PartnerAddis Ababa University, JIGJIGA Univers,Jinka University, University of Nairobi,
Kenyatta University, Makerere University, Sokoine University of Agriculture,
University of Juba, University of Zambia, Université de Yaoundé I
ThemeKyoto University-MDI International Symposium: New Materials Impacting Energy and Biology
DateNov. 24-26, 2020
ParticipantsKyoto University Institute for Advanced Study
PartnerThe MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology(MDI)

2019 (Apr. 2019 - Mar. 2020)

ThemeKyoto University International Symposium Research Expansion of Growth of Global Environmental Studies in South East Asia
DateNov, 2019
Venuekyoto, Japan
ParticipantsGraduate School of Global Environmental Studies*, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Agriculture, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies
PartnerMahidol University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, Hue University, University of Danang, University of Malaya, Tsinghua University, Khon Kaen University, Royal University of Agriculture, Champasak University, Institut Teknologi Bandung, University of the Philippines
ThemeKyoto University International Symposium on Advanced Future Studies
DateOct 23-25, 2019
Venuekyoto, Japan
ParticipantsYukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics*, International Research Unit of Advanced Future Studies, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Letters, Kokoro Research Center, Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Engineering, Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Center for Ecological Research
PartnerUniversity of Toronto, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, TU Dortmund University, University of Washington, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems , University of Trento, Pusan National University, Memorial University of Newfoundland
ThemeKyoto University International Symposium: Towards the simultaneous pursuit of conservation of primates and sustainable development of local communities
DateAug 26-28, 2019
VenueAddis Ababa University, Ethiopia
ParticipantsPrimate Research Institute*, The Center for African Area Studies
PartnerAddis Ababa University, African Apes Initiative, University of Maryland, African Wildlife Foundation, Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, University of Kinshasa, The Research Center for Ecology and Forestry , D.R.Congo, University of Conakry, Bossou Environmental Research Institute
ThemeKyoto University International Symposium “Thinking Nature? — French-Japanese Interdisciplinary Dialogue on the “Intelligences of Nature”
DateJun 6-8, 2019
VenueParis, France
ParticipantsGraduate School of Letters*
PartnerÉcole des hautes études en sciences sociales

2018 (Apr. 2018 - Mar. 2019)

ThemeKyoto University International Symposium: Japan-Malaysia Initiatives on New Asian-Islamic New Civilizational Paradigm
DateDec. 10-11, 2018
Venuekyoto, Japan
ParticipantsGraduate School of Asian and African Area Studies*, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Hadhari Center for Islamic Civilizational Studies at Kyoto University, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University Asia Studies Unit
PartnerNational University of Malaysia (UKM), Pertubuhan Legasi Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (LEGASI), Hadhari Global Network, Kyoto Alumni Association Malaysia (MYKYOTO)
Attendance50
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ThemeKyoto University International Symposium: Contribution of Area Studies to Global Challenges in Africa
DateDec.3-5, 2018
VenueÉcole des hautes études en sciences sociales, France
ParticipantsCenter for African Area Studies*,Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Graduate School of Agriculture
PartnerL’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS
Attendance51
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ThemeKyoto University-UCLA International Symposium on Harnessing Physical Forces for Medical Application(Nanomaterials, NanoBio Interface, Biomedical Application)
DateNov. 15-16, 2018
VenueUCLA Conference Center, Los Angeles , USA
ParticipantsInstitute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Institute for Advanced Study
PartnerUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Attendance185
Linkhttps://cnsi.ucla.edu/events/kyoto-ucla-symposium/
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ThemeKyoto University International Symposium Research Expansion of Growth of Global Environmental Studies in South East Asia (Tentative)
DateNov.30-Dec.3, 2018
VenueBogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
ParticipantsGraduate School of Global Environmental Studies*, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Agriculture, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies
PartnerBogor Agricultural University
Attendance195
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ThemeKyoto University International Symposium“Food and Sustainability”
DateOct.29-31, 2018
VenueKyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Participants Graduate School of Agriculture*, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability
PartnerFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Kyoto City
Attendance750
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Theme2nd Kyoto University - Universität Hamburg Symposium 2018
DateOct. 10-11, 2018
VenueKyoto University ,Kyoto, Japan
PartnerUniversität Hamburg, Germany
Attendanceabout 100
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ThemeKyoto University Germany-International Symposium (KUGIs): Molecular Design-Driven Functional Materials
DateOct. 9-10, 2018
Venuekyoto, Japan
ParticipantsGraduate School of Engineering*, Graduate School of Science, Institute for Chemical Research
PartnerKarlsruhe Institute of Technology*, University of Hamburg
Attendance30
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ThemeKyoto University – University of Leeds International Symposium: Advanced Engineering for Natural Disaster Identification, Mitigation, Prevention and Response
DateSep. 17-19, 2018
VenueUniversity of Leeds and Weetwood Hall, United Kingdom
ParticipantsGraduate School of Engineering*, Graduate School of Informatics, Graduate School of Education, Disaster Prevention Research Instutute, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Management
PartnerFaculty of Engineering, University of Leeds
Attendance51
Linkhttps://leeds-kyoto-symposium.leeds.ac.uk/
ReportReport, Kyoto University-The University of Leeds International Symposium (Sept. 17-19, 2018)

2017 (Apr. 2017 - Mar. 2018)

ThemeKyoto University and University of Yangon International Symposium: Asian Multilateral Research Network for Vertebrate Species Diversity
DateDec. 5, 2017
VenueUniversity of Yangon, Myanmar
ParticipantsThe Kyoto University Museum*, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Agriculture, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Primate Research Institute
PartnerUniversity of Yangon
Attendance150
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ThemeHUST & KU International Symposium on the Education & Research of the Global Environmental Studies in Asia
DateOct 31-Nov 1, 2017
VenueHanoi University of Science and Technology, Country Vietnam
ParticipantsGraduate School of Global Environmental Studies*, Graduate School of Agriculture, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies,
PartnerHanoi University of Science and Technology
Attendance286
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ThemeKyoto University International Symposium: International Conference on Traditional Sciences in Asia 2017
DateOct 25-28, 2017
VenueScience Seminar House, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
ParticipantsUnit of Synergetic Studies for Space*, Institute for Research in Humanities*, Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, World Data Center for Geomagnetism
PartnerIndian Institute of Geomagnetism (India), IIT Bombay (India), Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Germany), Sphere Research Unit (France)
Attendance82
Linkhttp://wdc2.kugi.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ictsa2017/
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ThemeKyoto University and Goldsmiths, University of London Future Mind – International Symposium
DateSept 18, 2017
VenueGoldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom
ParticipantsKokoro Research Center*, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies
PartnerDepartment of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London
Attendance200
Linkhttp://at.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/
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ThemeThe 3rd Bordeaux – Kyoto International Symposium
DateJun 29-30, 2017
VenueCampus de Talence, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
PartnerUniversité de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Attendanceabout 60
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/bordeaux-kyoto-symposium2017/en/index.html
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ThemeThe University of Notre Dame and Kyoto University International Symposium: The history and Culture of Iran and Central Asia in the First Millennium CE
DateJun 25–27, 2017
VenueLondon Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame, London, United Kingdom
ParticipantsInstitute for Research in Humanities*, Graduate School of Letters
PartnerUniversity of Notre Dame
Attendance70
Linkhttp://ntrda.me/2k8tdff
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ThemeKyoto University International Symposium: Nordic/Kyoto OMCOS 2017
DateJun 23-24, 2017
VenueKatsura Hall, Katsura Campus, Kyoto University
ParticipantsGraduate School of Engineering*, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute for Chemical Research, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unit for the Top Global Course, The Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research
PartnerStockholm University, Sweden
Attendance107
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ThemeUniversität Hamburg - Kyoto University Symposium 2017
DateJun 6-8, 2017
VenueUniversität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
PartnerUniversität Hamburg, Germany
Attendance67
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/Hamburg-kyoto-symposium2017/en/index.html
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2016 (Apr. 2016 - Mar. 2017)

ThemeKyoto University International Symposium "Frontiers of Innovative Research towards Sustainable Society in Asia"
DateFeb 2 and 4, 2017
VenueVISTEC and Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, Thailand
ParticipantsInstitute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS)*, Institute of Advanced Energy, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Graduate School of Medicine , Kyoto University ASEAN Center
PartnerVidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology(VISTEC), Thailand
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang), Thailand
Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology ), Thailand
Attendanceabout 400
Linkhttps://www.icems.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/news/3597
ThemeZhejiang University-Kyoto University International Symposium on Energy and Agricultural Science
DateNov 5-7, 2016
VenueYuanzheng Hotel, Hangzhou, China
ParticipantsGraduate School of Energy Science*, Graduate School of Agriculture, Institute of Advanced Energy
PartnerZhejiang University, China
Attendanceabout 150
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ThemeKyoto-Swiss Symposium 2016
DateOct 31-Nov 1, 2016
Venue“Center of Innovation Building” in Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University
PartnerUniversity of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland
Attendanceabout 150
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/kyoto-swiss-symposium2016/en/
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ThemeKyoto University International Symposium The 2nd ICN Symposium: Connecting Excellence in Clinical Research –a global perspective “Improving efficiency while maintaining quality”
DateSept 29-30, 2016
VenueKyoto University Shirankaikan
ParticipantsKyoto University Hospital
Attendanceabout 104
Linkhttp://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/about/events_news/department/hospital/news/2016/160929_1.html
ThemeKyoto University - Bristol University International Workshop (1) Research Integrity (2) Ageing, Health and Ethics
DateSept 19-20, 2016
VenueBristol University, England
Participants文学研究科*、医学研究科、医学部附属病院、iPS細胞研究所、こころの未来研究センター
PartnerBristol University, England
Attendanceabout 50

2015 (Apr. 2015 - Mar. 2016)

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Theme2nd UC San Diego - Kyoto University Joint Symposium
DateMar 14-15, 2016
VenueUniversity of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America
PartnerUniversity of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America
Attendanceabout 300
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/kyoto-ucsd-symposium2016/en/
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ThemeGrand Challenges Symposium 2015- Demographic Change and Longevity
DateDec 8-9, 2015
Venue“Center of Innovation Building” in Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University
PartnerUniversity College London (UCL), England
Osaka University, Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Attendanceabout 80
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/gcs2015/en/
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ThemeBristol-Heidelberg-Kyoto Symposium
DateNov 5-6, 2015
VenueUniversity of Bristol, England
PartnerUniversity of Bristol, England
University of Heidelberg, Germany
Attendanceabout 60
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/bhk-symposium2015/en/
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ThemeThe 2nd Kyoto-Bordeaux Symposium 2015
DateMay 22-23, 2015
Venue“Center of Innovation Building” in Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University
PartnerUniversity of Bordeaux, France
Attendanceabout 120
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/kyoto-bordeaux-symposium2015/en/
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2014 (Apr. 2014 - Mar. 2015)

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Theme1st Kyoto University - UC San Diego Joint Symposium "New Era of Trans-Pacific Knowledge Interactions"
DateMar 11-13, 2015
VenueANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto, Japan
PartnerUniversity of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America
AttendanceThe Main Symposium 170 (including 20 invited UC San Diego researchers), The Satellite Biomedical Symposium 80 (including 12 invited UC San Diego researchers)
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/kyoto-ucsd-symposium2015/en/
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ThemeSweden-Kyoto Symposium 2014
DateSept 11-12, 2014
VenueStockholm and Uppsala, Sweden
PartnerStockholm University, Sweden
Uppsala University, Sweden
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Attendanceabout 150
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/sweden-kyoto-symposium2014/en/
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ThemeThe 2nd Kyoto University and National Taiwan University Symposium 2014
DateSept 1-2, 2014
VenueKyoto University
PartnerNational Taiwan University, Taiwan
Attendanceabout 300
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/ku-ntu-symposium2014/en/
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ThemeDiversity and Conservation of Asian Primates
DateAug 18-21, 2014
VenueIPB International Convention Center , Bogor, Indonesia
PartnerBogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
Attendanceabout 150
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ThemeBordeaux-Kyoto Symposium 2014
DateMay 5-6, 2014
VenueUniversity of Bordeaux, France
PartnerUniversity of Bordeaux, France
Attendanceabout 200
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/bordeaux-kyoto-symposium2014/en/

2013 (Apr. 2013 - Mar. 2014)

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ThemeKyoto University Internationa Symposium "Risk, Perception, and Response Conference"
VenueHarvard University, Boston, USA
Attendanceabout 100
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ThemeThe 2nd Kyoto-Bristol symposium 2014
DateJan 9-10, 2014
VenueKyoto University
PartnerUniversity of Bristol, England
Attendanceabout 240
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/bristol-kyoto-symposium2014/en/
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ThemeNational Taiwan University and Kyoto University Symposium 2013
DateDec 19-20, 2013
VenueNational Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
PartnerNational Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/ntu-ku-symposium2013/en/
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ThemeSwiss-Kyoto symposium 2013
DateNov 21-22, 2013
VenueETH Zurich (ETHZ) and University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland
PartnerETH Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland
University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland
EPF Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Attendanceabout 350
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/swiss-kyoto-symposium2013/en/
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ThemeThe 2nd Koc University - Kyoto University Symposium
DateSep. 17-19, 2013
VenueKyoto University Shirankaikan
PartnerKoç University ,Istanbul, Turkey
Attendanceabout 50
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2012 (Apr. 2012 - Mar. 2013)

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ThemeThe first Bristol Kyoto symposium 2013
DateJan 10-11, 2013
VenueUniversity of Bristol, England
PartnerUniversity of Bristol, England
Attendanceabout 240
Linkhttp://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/symposium/bristol-kyoto-symposium2013/en/
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ThemeHealth Concerns in the Wake of Tohoku Triple Disaster
DateJuly 27, 2012
VenueKyoto University ,Kyoto, Japan
PartnerHarvard University, USA
Attendance327
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ThemePartnering Asian Academics toward Human Security Development (AUN-KU Symposium 2012)
DateMay 24-25, 2012
VenueChulalongkorn University , Bangkok, Thailand
PartnerChulalongkorn University , Bangkok, Thailand
Attendancetotal 130
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2011 (Apr. 2011 - Mar. 2012)

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Theme1st AEARU Symposium on the Culture of Chinese Characters
DateDec. 15-16, 2011
VenueKyoto University
PartnerAEARU
Attendance122, about 270(the public symposium at 16th)
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ThemeInnovative and Sustainable Development
DateSep. 7-9, 2011
VenueKoç University ,Istanbul, Turkey
PartnerKoç University ,Istanbul, Turkey
Attendancetotal 170
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2010 (Apr. 2010 - Mar. 2011)

ThemeBiodiversity, Zoos and Aquariums: The Message from Animals
DateSep. 19-20, 2010
VenueNagoya Harbor Hall , Nagoya, Japan
PartnerPort of Nagoya Public Aquarium, Japan
Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo, Japan
Attendanceabout 480
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ThemeInternational Conference on High Resolution Digitization of Asian World Heritage
DateJun. 24, 2010
VenueXi'an Garden Hotel, Xi'an, China
PartnerXi'an Jiaotong University, China
Attendanceabout 80
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2009 (Apr. 2009 - Mar. 2010)

ThemeNew Horizons of Academic Visual-Media Practices
DateDec. 11-13, 2009
VenueKyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Attendanceabout 420
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2008 (Apr. 2008 - Mar. 2009)

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ThemeTransforming Racial Images: Analyses of Representations
DateDec. 5-6, 2008
VenueKyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Attendancetotal of about 430
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ThemeFrontier Bioscience in Modern Medicine
DateOct. 9-11, 2008
VenueFudan University, Shanghai, China
PartnerFudan University, Shanghai, China
Attendance673
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2007 (Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2008)

ThemeActive Geosphere Science
DateJuly 26-28, 2007
VenueInstitut Teknologi Bandung and Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers, Bandung, Indonesia
PartnerInstitut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Attendanceabout 200
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ThemeIntegrating Global Environmental Studies towards Human Security
DateJune 22-23, 2007
VenueKyoto University
Attendance371
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2006 (Apr. 2006 - Mar. 2007)

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ThemeTowards Harmonious Coexistence within Human and Ecological Community on this Planet
DateNov.23-25, 2006
VenueSwissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok, Thailand
Attendance148
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2005 (Apr. 2005 - Mar. 2006)

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ThemeCoexistence with Nature in a "Glocalizing" World-Field Science Perspectives
DateNov. 23-24, 2005
VenueSwissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok, Thailand
PartnerChulalongkorn University, Thailand
Thammasat University, Thailand
Kasetsart University, Thailand
Attendance222
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ThemePlant Sciences in Japan and China-from Genomics to Breeding
DateOct. 8-9, 2005
VenueChinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China
PartnerChinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Attendance254

2004 (Apr. 2004 - Mar. 2005)

ThemeRegulation of Cell Fate and Cell Function
DateJan. 27-29, 2005
VenueMatrix Building, Singapore
PartnerNational University of Singapore, Singapore
Attendance367

2000 (Apr. 2000 - Mar. 2001)

ThemeSelf, Cognition and Emotion
DateDec. 6-7, 2003
VenueUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
PartnerUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Attendance221
ThemePost-Petrofuels in the 21st Century-Prospects in the Future of Biomass Energy
DateSept. 3-4, 2002
VenueIntercontinental Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Attendance148
ThemeThe Changes in the Japanese Economy Facing the New Century
DateNov. 28 & 30, 2001
VenueThe School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Participants英国・ロンドン大学東洋アフリカ学学院
英国・エジンバラ大学
Attendance202(London), 88(Edinburgh)
ThemeNetwork and Media Computing
DateJan.13, 2001
VenueSanta Clara, CA, USA
Attendance236
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