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Second phase of the Intercontinental Academia starts on March 6 in Japan

by Richard Meckien - published Mar 02, 2016 02:50 PM - - last modified Mar 06, 2016 10:14 AM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Fernanda Rezende.

Disclaimer: Due to copyright issues, the lectures of Ryoji Noyori and Toshihide Maskawa will not be transmitted.

The participants of the first edition of the Intercontinental Academia will gather in March (6-18) for the second phase of the project. Almost a year after the meeting in São Paulo, organized by the IEA, the thirteen young researchers will complete their studies on the subject "time" in Nagoya and present the content to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

This phase is being organized by the Nagoya University's Institute for Advanced Research (IAR) with the technical support of the IEA. In addition to the former director of the Brazilian institute, Martin Grossmann, also a member of the scientific committee of the project, two employees of the IEA will be in Nagoya. Rafael Borsanelli and Sergio Bernardo have been invited by the Japanese institute to integrate the technical team of the event.

Toshihide Maskawa - PerfilRyoji Noyori - Perfil
Toshihide Maskawa Ryoji Noyori

The programme includes conferences with two Nobel Prize winners: physicist Toshihide Maskawa, awarded in 2008, and chemist Ryoji Noyori, awarded in 2001. Maskawa will give a master class on March 7, at 1.30 pm (Nagoya time), followed by Noyori, who will speak at 3 pm. Maskawa and Noyori are two out of six Nobel Prize winners from Nagoya University.

Besides them, more than 30 specialists in biology, physics, humanities, social sciences and arts will give conferences throughout the 12-day meeting. The president of Nagoya University, Michinari Hamaguchi, will discuss higher education and academic research in Japan (March 7, at 6.30, Nagoya time). The former director of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, Peter Goddard, will talk about the development and the role of institutes for advanced study (March 11, at 1.00 pm, Nagoya time).

The activities will take place on the campuses of Nagoya University and Waseda University, in Tokyo. The full programme can be found here.

All conferences will be broadcast live on the websites of the IEA and the Intercontinental Academia. The videos will also be available on the IEA website later.

The Intercontinental Academia is a project of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS), a network that brings together 36 institutes for advanced study of universities from all continents. The IEA-USP and the IAR-Nagoya are responsible for the first edition. The phase held in Brazil was part of the Global Networks of Young Researchers program of the Olavo Setubal Chair of Arts, Culture and Science, based on IEA with the support of Itaú Cultural.

The second edition of the Intercontinental Academia will begin on March 7, in Israel, with the theme "human dignity". The organizers are the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung - ZiF), of the Bielefeld University. Akemi Kamimura, a lawyer and human rights activist, is one of the 21 young researchers that will participate in the project, after being nominated by the IEA and approved by the organizing committee.