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Fields of Focus

Advanced Technology Basic Sciences Arts and Philosophy
2014 Information Science Life Sciences Thought and Ethics
2015 Electronics Biological Sciences Music
2016 Biotechnology and
Medical Technology
Mathematical Sciences Arts
2017 Materials Science and
Earth and Planetary
Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics
Theater, Cinema

Program OverviewMore

※Symposium program is subject to change.

July 1(Sat), 2017


Opening Ceremony


Session on "Theater, Cinema"
“Why Do People Perform?
- The Meaning of Art for Homo Sapiens/ Human Beings -”

Why do people perform? Since ancient times, human beings have done so in rites and ceremonies, as well as in the context of mutual relationships. The performance of social roles expected of people living in groups has also been a human occupation, with men becoming fathers, women becoming mothers, and people becoming various kinds of workers at different stages in their lives. In this symposium, we will return to the essential significance of performance and explore what it means for us living today while investigating more generally the role of art in human life.

July 2(Sun), 2017


Session on "Materials Science and Engineering"
“Investigation of New Materials for a Sustainable Future”
The development of new science sometimes occurs at the frontiers between different academic fields. This session explores the frontiers between several such fields, including photonics and topology, strongly correlated electron systems and superconduction/magnetism, semiconductors and magnetism, and chemistry and nanospaces, in the search of new materials. Leading researchers in each of these fields give presentations and speak of their dreams and adventures.


Session on "Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics"
“A Renewed Sense of Wonder toward the Earth and the Universe”
Since ancient times, we human beings have been deeply connected to the earth and the universe. Although they have at times inflicted disaster upon us, they have also been the source of blessings and comfort, and inspired a sense of wonder. In recent years, the dramatic development of science and technology has given us a more detailed grasp of the earth and the universe, resulting in broader curiosity and deeper understanding. For example, researchers have: retrieved core samples from across the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake slip surface; used supercomputers to conduct numerical weather predictions over a week and climate projections for the 21st century; and made astronomical observations of radio waves and X-rays from the earth’s surface and from satellites. In these and other ways, the presenters speaking at this symposium have accepted the challenge of addressing some of the many unknowns that characterize the earth and the universe. Their work broadens and deepens our knowledge while generating new feelings of wonder.


Joint Closing Session
“Cross-disciplinary discussion”
Inviting President Juichi Yamagiwa of Kyoto University, cross-disciplinary discussion will be made among invited speakers and program committee members.

Fields of Focus & Invited SpeakersMore

Advanced Technology"Materials Science and Engineering"

Basic Sciences"Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics"

Arts and Philosophy"Theater, Cinema"