26 February 2018

Delegation from RIHN visit IIASA

A delegation from the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan visited IIASA on 26-27 February 2018.

RIHN Delegation Members and IIASA Staff during the visit © IIASA

RIHN Delegation Members and IIASA Staff during the visit © IIASA

The delegation was lead by RIHN Director General, Tetsuzo Yasunari, who also serves as a member of the IIASA Science Advisory Committee (SAC).

During the visit, the delegation learnt more about IIASA and its research programs and met bilaterally with IIASA Program Directors and Researchers to present RIHN research programs and to discuss potential areas of joint collaboration.

The delegation also met with representatives of IIASA Large-scale Initiatives including the World in 2050, the Tropical Futures Initiative (TFI), and the international research project - Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space.

About RIHN

The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) was established in April 2001 to conduct integrated research in the field of global environmental studies. In 2004, RIHN became one of the original members of the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), as an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation.

Environmental degradation can be understood as an imbalance in interactions between human beings and natural systems. The mission of RIHN is to conduct solution-oriented research aimed at exploring how these interactions between humanity and nature ought to be. To achieve this mission, RIHN has been conducting interdisciplinary research spanning the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and in recent years, has enhanced transdisciplinary research that involves collaboration with various stakeholders in society.

Members of the Delegation

  • Tetsuzo Yasunari (Director General, RIHN)
  • Makoto Taniguchi (Deputy Director-General, RIHN)
  • Junko Bivone (Head, International Affairs Subsection, RIHN)
  • Reiichiro Ishii (Associate Professor, Theoretical Ecology, RIHN)
  • Maho Masuda (Clerk, Cooperative Research Support Subunit, RIHN)
  • Tohru Nakashizuka (Program Director, Program 2, RIHN)
  • Tatsuyoshi Saijo (Program Director, Program 3, RIHN)

    (L-R) Maho Masuda, Clerk Cooperative Research Support Subunit, RIHN; Junko Bivone, Head, International Affairs Section, RIHN; Reiichiro Ishii, Associate Professor, Theoretical Ecology, RIHN; Makoto Taniguchi, Deputy Director General, RIHN; Pavel Kabat, IIASA Director General and CEO; Tetsuzo Yasunari, Director General, RIHN; Tohru Nakashizuk, Program Director, Program 2, RIHN; Tatsuyoshi Saijo, Program Director, Program 3, RIHN. © IIASA

About IIASA and Japan

Research collaborations between IIASA and Japan have been highly productive since the institute was founded in 1972. Key aspects of this beneficial relationship since 2010 has involved cooperation with more than 31 Japanese organizations and resulted in over 300 scientific publications and a range of research advances. 

Recent studies have included in-depth analyses of how to maximize the co-benefits from measures to reduce both air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Japan and Asia; the development of a new set of scenarios to underpin future climate modeling, impact, vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation assessments; and research into the evolution of diseases and commercially-exploited fish. 

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