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The 2nd HAI-FES Seminar
~Sustainability Science’s Goal to Solve Arctic Challenges

(The poster is here)

The Arctic region is experiencing rapid warming and various environmental changes associated with it. These problems faced by Arctic societies are expected to be encountered in non-Arctic regions as well. Science is expected to contribute to the realization of sustainable solutions to these problems through interdisciplinary collaboration and by responding to newly emerging social issues and demands. HAI-FES, a project to promote the strengthening of university functions, will periodically hold seminars to provide knowledge and information that will lead to solutions to Arctic issues and provide opportunities for discussion.

We are pleased to announce the 2nd seminar as follows. In the second seminar, Professor Tetsuzo Yasunari, co-chair of the Future Earth Japan Committee, will present on science and society, and Dr. Ram Avtar will present on geospatial data for the implementation of the SDGs, including an introduction of the Future Earth Global Land Programme’s activities. Dr. Shiaki Kondo will talk about cultural anthropology and multi-species research as “slow science” with Fujio Ohnishi of the Center. Dr. Ohnishi will moderate a discussion on Future Earth activities with panelists Yasunari, Kondo, and Natsuhiko Otsuka of the Center.

Date Thursday, August 4, 2022, 09:25-12:20
Type of event Hybrid Online
Venue: Main Conference Room, 5F, Sousei Research Building, Hokkaido University
Online: A link to zoom will be provided to registered participants.
Registration Please register using this form. (Deadline: August 3, 12:00)
Participation fee Free of charge
Language Japanese (some parts are English, no interpretation into Japanese)
Organized by HAI-FES, Arctic Research Center
Co-organized by Hokkaido University Future Earth Consortium

Considering the recent surge in corona cases, the 2nd HAI-FES Seminar will be held online only. However, the program will remain unchanged. (8/1/2002)




09:25-09:30 Overview
09:30-10:10 Tetsuzo Yasunari, (Director, Kyoto Center for Climate Change Adaptation, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature / Co-Chair, Future Earth Japan Committee)
“On Science and Society: How Should We Face Global and Regional Challenges?”
10:10-10:50 Ram Avtar (Associate Professor, Division of Integrated Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Global Environmental Sciences, Hokkaido University / Director, Future Earth Global Land Programme Japan Nodal Office)
“Geospatial Data for Implementation of SDGs”
10:50-11:30 Shiaki Kondo (Lecturer, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University)
“What is Multispecies Research? Toward a Dialogue between Natural Sciences and Humanities” (in dialogue with Dr. Ohnishi)

Panel Discussion:

11:30-12:15 “Sustainability Science for Problem Solving”
Facilitator: Fujio Ohnishi (Associate Professor, Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University)
Panelists: Tetsuzo Yasunari (previously mentioned), Shiaki Kondo (previously mentioned), Natsuhiko Otsuka (Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Specially Appointed Professor)
12:15-12:20 Closing

The 1st HAI-FES Seminar

HAI-FES (Hokkaido University Arctic Initiative for Future Earth and SDGs) is an inter-departmental initiative of researchers in the Arctic region of Hokkaido University, with the aim of realizing sustainable use of the Arctic region in response to the rapid environmental and social changes that are affecting the entire planet. The goal of the HAI-FES seminar series is to build a center where researchers in the Arctic region of Hokkaido University can come together across departmental boundaries to conduct comprehensive, problem-solving research on various issues in the Arctic region, and to utilize the framework and results for contributing to the UN SDGs and for graduate school education.

Therefore, the HAI-FES seminar series invites researchers and others who are engaged in academic research as well as utilization and dissemination activities in the Arctic and its surrounding regions as lecturers, and introduces their activities to form a network of people who are working on various issues in the Arctic and its surrounding regions.

Date Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 10:50-12:20
Format Online
Registration Please register using this form. (Deadline: March 22, 12:00)
Registration Fee Free
Language Japanese
Organized by HAI-FES, Arctic Research Center
Co-organized by Hokkaido University Future Earth Consortium



10:50-11:05 Opening, Explanation of purpose, Introduction of HAI-FES project
11:05―11:35 “Challenge of Future Earth under global environmental crisis” 
Dr. Fumiko Kasuga, Global Hub Director-Japan, Future Earth/
Senior Fellow, National Institute for Environmental Studies
11:35―11:55 “Multiple benefit of building energy efficiency in cold climate area”
Dr. Taro Mori, Associate Professor,
Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University
11:55―12:15 “Arctic Marine Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Remote Ocean Observation”
Dr. Takafumi Hirata, Specially Appointed Associate Professor,
Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University

Notice: The 2nd HAI-FES seminar will be held inviting lecturers from overseas in late June 2022. The language will be English. Please stay tuned.