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What is 'Sustainability'? - perspectives from Japan and Chile

8 November, 2013
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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November 8 (Fri.) 9:30-12:30


Room103, 1st Floor, Faculty of Communications, Campus Casa Central, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile



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Since the Brundtland Report (1987) and Rio Declaration (1992) widely diffused the concept of 'sustainable development', the concept of 'sustainability' is gathering more attention from academics all over the world. Top-ranked universities including Harvard,UC Berkely, UT, and UNU have set the course for sustainable development or sustainability science and are attracting students from all over the world. Of course, the philosophy or approach towards 'sustainability' will differ from each country, culture, religion, or organization.
Having this situation in mind, this session looks to share and exchange views on "sustainability" from perspectives of Japan and Chile to widen and deepen our understandings on 'Sustainability'. Through the discussions between researchers from GPSS-GLI, UT (Japan) and U.Católica (Chile), we are aiming to develop mutual understanding and a structure for the cooperation for the future.


Overall MC: Dr. Toshinori Tanaka (UTokyo)

9:15-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:45 Introduction-Invitation to the Sustainability Science : Professor Takashi Mino (University of Tokyo)
9:45-10:05 Keynote Lecture: Associate Professor Jonathan Barton (P. Universidad Católica de Chile)
"Absolute versus Relative Sustainability: Implications for City-Region development"
10:05-10:25 Keynote Lecture: Professor Keisuke Hanaki (University of Tokyo)
"Challenge of Sustainability in Japan"
10:25-10:40 Q&A
10:40-11:10 Coffee Break
11:10-12:20 Panel Discussion
MC: Prof. Takashi Mino
Panelist: Dr. Gonzalo Salazar (U.Católica), Dr. Toshinori Tanaka (UTokyo), Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Barton (U.Católica), Prof. Keisuke Hanaki (UTokyo)
12:20-12:30 Closing Remarks


Mino Takashi Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, UTokyo
Keisuke Hanaki Professor, School of Engineering, UTokyo
Toshinori Tanaka Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, UTokyo
Jonathan Barton Associate Professor, U.Católica
Gonzalo Salazar Assistant Professor, U.Católica
Jordan M. Harris Adjunct Assistant Professor, U.Católica