2021 Research Report Meeting for the Interdisciplinary Research Project Was Held (March 13th, 2022)
On March 13th, 2021, the Research Report Meeting for the Interdisciplinary Research Project was held at the Kyoto University Inamori Center. Participants were also able to watch the report meeting in real time online via Zoom.
Under the framework of the Grant for Strengthening National University Reform, KRC launched the Interdisciplinary Research Project and invited applications from various academic fields within the university. For the academic year 2021, based on the concept of “the well-being of people, society and the earth,” research proposals related to the following three themes were invited: 1) community and connection, 2) sustainability of people, society, and nature, and 3) contemporary development of Eastern wisdom. Under these themes, eighteen research projects were adopted. At the report meeting, researchers working on the eighteen projects that were adopted presented their reports. The contents of these projects are available on the KRC’s website (under the category “Projects”).
Prof. Toshio Kawai (Director, KRC)
First, Prof. Toshio Kawai (Director, KRC) gave an introduction of each project. Then, one representative from each of the three project themes gave an oral presentation. From 1) community and connection, Prof. Masato Yodo (Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University) reported on the progress of his project entitled “Estimating the Monetary Value of Social Connections, Networks, and Similar Structures in Local Communities.” Likewise, from 2) sustainability of people, society, and nature, Prof. Miho Murayama (Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University) reported on the project “Research on Coexistence between Animals and Humans,” and from 3) contemporary development of Eastern wisdom, Prof. Kizo Ogura (Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University) reported on the project “The View of Life in an Archipelagic Civilization as Japan: Toward New Global Ethics.” Following these reports, Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi (Vice Director, KRC) gave a summary and commentary on the issues raised by the research projects on these three themes.
Prof. Masato Yodo
Prof. Miho Murayama
Prof. Kizo Ogura and Prof. Yukiko Uchida (Vice Director, KRC)
In the second part of the report meeting, researchers working on fifteen research projects gave poster presentations. Discussions were held between project researchers and KRC researchers at the venue, with precautions taken against COVID-19 infection such as ensuring social distancing and disinfection with alcohol. There were friendly interactions in front of each poster. Participants on Zoom were also able to view the posters and ask questions to the presenters via the chat function. In the next part, a discussion covering the entire report meeting took place. There, opinions such as “We found that researchers in completely different fields focused on very related problems,” and “Through this kind of exchange, we can expect to solve problems by using each other’s research methods in a complementary manner” were expressed. At the end, Prof. Bunri Usami (Dean of the Faculty and Graduate School of Letters, and Vice President, Kyoto University) gave closing remarks. Prof. Yukiko Uchida (Vice Director, KRC) served as the moderator of the day.