Date & Time

November 4, 2022 (Fri.) 14:00 - 20:00 (JST)


online (via Zoom)

Short Summary

In the symposium, we will discuss the “Convergence of Knowledge" from two perspectives: first, from the perspective of evaluating transdisciplinarity overseas, and second, from the perspective of education and research at graduate schools such as GSAIS. An expert in transdisciplinary research and a policy maker for science, technology, and innovation will share their insights about the duality that exists between disciplines and transdisciplinarity, and to discuss the effective evaluation of “Convergence of Knowledge”.

現在、内閣府総合科学技術・イノベーション会議(CSTI)や文科省(MEXT)において“「総合知(Convergence of Knowledge)」の評価方法について議論が始まっています。「総合知」の概念は、第6期科学技術・イノベーション基本計画における目指すべき社会像実現に不可欠として、“文理融合”に象徴される学際性を前提として提唱されたものです。しかしながら、現状では総合知がもたらす有効性について十分な検討がなされているとは言えません。



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Flyer pre-Program Timetable

pre-Program:14:00 - 17:00 (JST)

Transdisciplinary Research
Concept Figure Presentation

Program:17:00 - 20:00 (JST)

Moderator: Prof. Dimiter S. Ialnazov (GSAIS)

Opening remarks 17:00 - 17:10 (JST)

Prof. Kaoru Sekiyama (Dean, GSAIS, Kyoto University)

Keynote Lecture 1 17:10 - 18:00 (JST)

Prof. Ortwin Renn (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany)
“What can science contribute to sustainable development?
Opportunities and limits of transdisciplinary research”

Keynote Lecture 2 (in Japanese with translation) 18:00 - 18:30 (JST)

Dr. Shuichi Sakamoto (Deputy Director-General, Cabinet Office, Japan)
“Transdisciplinarity and ‘Convergence of Knowledge’
in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy of Japan”

Presentation 18:30 - 18:50 (JST)

Prof. Kei Saito (GSAIS)
“Transdisciplinary research and education at GSAIS: Achievements and challenges”

PhD Student Presentations 18:50 - 19:20 (JST)

Sotaro Sada (GSAIS)
“Transdisciplinary research for building a system for global peace”

Shoko Iwasaki (GSAIS)
“Children’s curiosity development: In search of the association with cognitive
development and social interaction”

Wenlong Li (GSAIS)
“Historical Transportation Accessibility of China and Its Socioeconomics Influence”

Panel Discussion 19:20 - 20:00 (JST)

All presenters

CV & Abstracts

Prof. Kaoru SEKIYAMA (Dean of GSAIS)
Humanities and Philosophy Field
Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS)
積山 薫 教授 (総合生存学館長)
京都大学大学院総合生存学館 人文・哲学分野

Dr. Shuichi Sakamoto
Deputy Director-General, Cabinet Office, Japan
坂本  修一 氏

Prof. Kei SAITO
Science and Technology Field, GSAIS
齋藤 敬 教授
京都大学大学院総合生存学館 理工分野

CVs of the speakers:

Prof.. Ortwin Renn

Dr. Shuichi Sakamoto

Prof. Kei Saito

Powerpoint presentations of the speakers:

Prof.. Ortwin Renn

Dr. Shuichi Sakamoto


Japanese(Keynote Lecture 2)


Free of charge, but advance registration is required (until 12:00 on November 2, 2022 (Wed.)).
Please register online at the following web site:


Graduate School of Advanced Integrated studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS), Kyoto University

About the Organizer

The Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS/ Shishukan) runs a 5-year PhD program aiming to raise young future leaders who can find novel solutions to complex social issues such as climate change, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, poverty, and inequality, food security, population pressure, the spread of infectious diseases, etc. Human Survivability Studies is an integrated academic field that aims to integrate knowledge or wisdom from individual disciplines related to the survival of mankind and global society. Our final goal is to contribute to the creation of a sustainable future for humanity. To learn more, please visit the web site of GSAIS