News MOU between GSAIS and CSER


▼Lord Rees, Dr Weitzdörfer and Prof. Yamashiki at CSER, Cambridge
 
Skype meeting between Kyoto and Cambridge.▲

GSAIS and The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge, signed a memorandum on the academic partnership.
 
CSER was founded in 2012 by Lord Martin Rees, Prof. Huw Price and Mr Jaan Tallinn at the University of Cambridge.
It is an unique research institute for the study of the existential risks that threaten the survivability of of human beings.
Prof. Kazunari Shibata of the Astronomical observatory and prof. Hiroaki Isobe of GSAIS have been their main collaborator from Kyoto University. In November 2016, two delegates were invited from CSER to GSAIS’s annual international symposium, where discussion on the risks of various extreme disasters was held. In December 2016, Prof Isobe attended the first symposium of CSER held in cambridge where he made a presentation of a newly emerging risk of extreme solar storms.

In October 2017 Lord Lees and Dr Weitzdörfer from CSER visited Kyoto to attend the STS forum.
Then Prof Yamashiki, Prof Isobe (GSAIS) and Prof Shibata (Astronomical observatory) had a meeting with Lord Rees and Dr Weitzdörfer, and an agreement was made on (1) joint application to research fundings (2) regular meeting of collaborative research and (3) mutual exchanges of faculty members.
 
Finally, Prof Yamashiki visited CSER in January 2018 and the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between GSAIS and CSER was exchanged. The two institutes agreed to collaborate on the study of the risk of extreme solar storms and hold joint workshops on existential risks.