IIASA and Japan: Future Prospects for Closer Collaboration Centering around The World in 2050 (TWI2050) Project

  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•01•31    14:00 - 17:00

    The IIASA Japan Committee and UNU-IAS are co-organizing an international symposium to discuss enhancement of collaboration on the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) The World in 2050 (TWI2050) project with the Japanese research community, as well as future prospects for collaboration.

    In recent years, IIASA, an international research organization founded in 1972 and made up of 17 countries including Japan, has been addressing global challenges including how to realize a sustainable society. IIASA has become one of the world’s leading research institutes, with recipients of the Nobel Prize as well as IPCC lead authors among its affiliated experts.

    As one of its initiatives, IIASA has launched the TWI2050 project in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). TWI2050 aims to address the full spectrum of transformational challenges related to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an integrated manner, through science-policy coordination between policy experts and modelling analysis teams. Currently a number of major research institutes in the world, including the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES) and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) from Japan, take part in the project.

    This symposium is being held as part of the UNU-IAS SDG Dialogue Series and is free and open to the public. Simultaneous translation in Japanese and English will be available.


    Participants are requested to register prior to the event, with capacity limited to 100 attendees.
    Please send an email including: your name, title, organization, and contact information (email or telephone) to the IIASA Japan Committee at iiasa_japan@iges.or.jp by Thursday, January 26.


    13:30 Registration
    14:00-14:15 Opening session

    • Yoichi Kaya, Chair of the IIASA Japan Committee
    • Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

    14:15-15:15 Keynote presentations

    • IIASA and Japan: Future Prospects for Research Collaboration
      Pavel Kabat, Director General, IIASA
    • The World in 2050 Research Initiative
      Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General, IIASA

    15:15-15:30 Break

    15:30-17:00 Panel Discussion

    • Kazuhiko Takemoto Director, UNU-IAS


    • Markus Amman, Program for Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Program, IIASA
    • Arnulf Grubler, Acting Program Director for Transitions to New Technologies Program, IIASA
    • Keigo Akimoto, Group Leader and Chief Researcher, Systems Analysis Group, RITE
    • Kiyoshi Takahashi, Senior Researcher, Trans-boundary Impacts & Mitigation Modeling Section, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, NIES
    • Eric Zusman, Area Leader, Integrated Policies for Sustainable Societies, IGES

    17:00 Closing


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