Kyoto University Shirankaikan Inamori Hall



Poster Flyer Program Profiles Abstracts

Unfortunately, Prof. Martin Rees is unable to join our international symposium
but he has delegated to his postdoctoral students, Julius Weitzdörfer and Dr. Shahar Avin, to give the keynote lecture on 21 November.
For more details about Julius Weitzdörfer and Dr. Shahar Avin, please click on the “Profiles” button.

Scientific Committee (in alphabetical order)

DEROCHE Marc-Henri
IALNAZOV Dimiter Savov (chair)
ISOBE Hiroaki
IZUMI Takura


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200 (each day)


Participation is free of charge but advance online registration is required.

What's GSAIS?

The Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS) is a new 5-year Graduate School aiming to produce top-level global leaders who can resolve the complex and diversified social issues with a strong sense of responsibility, humanity and morality. Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability is an integrated field of scholarship that studies the means to structuralize and communalize knowledge for human survivability. Through the studies at the GSAIS, students are expected to assume responsibility as global leaders and develop a high sense of mission and perspectives as well as highly developed management skills.

About the main goal of the symposium

The main goal of the International Symposiums on Human Survivability is to provide a fresh look at the global challenges facing humanity in areas such as energy, water, food, population, diseases, etc. This year’s symposium will focus on enhancing resilience to extreme, or large-scale disasters that may threaten the well-being of present and future generations. We aim to develop a holistic approach that integrates various research fields by considering the past, present and future dimensions.

The symposium will bring together scholars from natural and social sciences, as well as humanities. The idea behind this is that we need to go beyond the “silo-based” approach, where handling disasters is something left to experts with specialized knowledge. The integration of the knowledge of scholars from different academic fields and backgrounds could be expected to provide some novel solutions to the problem of how enhance our resilience to future disasters.
For further information, please send an e-mail to <symposium2016 @>.