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Summary Report: the 14th International Summer Symposium

Date: September 5, 6,  2012
Venue: Nagoya University Higashiyama Campus

International Summer Symposium is held as one of the major international activities of JSCE, and its objectives are to provide international students and young engineers working in Japan with an opportunity to present their research projects in English and to support them to network with each other. Since the first symposium held in 1999, the Symposium has been held annually, being supported by the JSCE International Scientific Exchange Fund.

This year the 14th International Summer Symposium was held as one international session of the JSCE Annual Meeting, which was the first experience for us, at Nagoya University Higashiyama Campus on Sept 5 and 6.

On the 1st day, Prof. Kohei Nagai (The Univ. of Tokyo), the Int’l Student Network Group Leader led the opening ceremony. Prof. Tamon Ueda (Hokkaido Univ), the IAC Senior Director delivered opening remarks, followed by three expert lectures:

  1) "Disaster Management" by Prof. Kimiro Meguro, the University of Tokyo

  2) "History of Japanese Civil Engineering -Trend of Research & Study on Civil Engineering History and Heritage" by Prof. Hiroshi Isohata, Nihon University, Vice-Chair of Committee on Historical Studies in Civil Engineering, JSCE

  3) "State-of-the-art Construction Technologies in Japan" by Mr. Jun Nobuto, Shimizu Corp. / Construction Technology Research Committee, JSCE

During two days, total ninety four papers were presented: ninety papers were submitted to be presented in the international session and four were done by international students studying in International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHARM). There were a good number of audiences, and active exchanges of ideas and views were made in any session.

On the evening of the first day, the symposium participants joined the delegations of JSCE’s Agreement of Cooperation (AOC) societies and government officials at the welcome reception. It should be interesting and useful for those participants to expand their network of friends, peers and colleagues to get introduction to other people.

On the second day, a technical tour which visited Ozone Rainwater Treatment Facility was carried out in cooperation with the IAC International Program.

Considering many positive responses we received for the symposium, we would like to hold another Symposium in the similar next year.


Opening Ceremony