KEK participates 24-hour online event around the globe on June 5, World Environment Day

KEK is participating in the United Nations International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) as the only founding partner in Japan. This international year started at the end of June last year and is scheduled to end in September this year. We have continued our activities to promote understanding of the importance of basic science to the international community, and the largest event since the opening ceremony last July, the “24-hour Webinarathon,” will be held on June 5, World Environment Day, in collaboration with participating institutions around the globe.

The Webinarathon will begin at 14:00 Japan time on June 5, and will consist of a series of six online webinars, separated by time zones every four hours. Japan will be in the first time zone and will offer the program in cooperation with Korea and China.

KEK will also participate in the Tsukuba Conference 2023 ( ) to be held at the end of September this year, and will preside over a session on “Basic Science and SDGs – A North-South Dialogue”. This will also reflect the philosophy of the International Year of Basic Sciences.

As a preview of the session, four speakers of the Tsukuba Conference session will give online talks at this Webinarathon. The theme is “Basic science for finding solutions to environmental problems such as E-waste; Needs for Global South-North dialogue.”

The speakers are as follows. Japanese speakers will speak in Japanese with English subtitles.

Dr. Marian Asantewah Nkansah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Dr. Takashi Fujimori, Ryukoku University

Dr. Hitoshi Abe, KEK

Dr. Natsuko Kajiwara, National Institute for Environmental Studies

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