CSER signs MoU with Kyoto University's GSAIS

09 February 2018

From left: Dr Weitzdörfer, Professor Yamashiki, and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees

On 19 January, the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) signed a memorandum of understanding on an academic partnership with Kyoto University's Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS, or "Shishu-Kan").

Our main collaborators at Kyoto to date have included Director of the Kwasan and Hida Observatories Professor Kazunari Shibata, and GSAIS Associate Professor Hiroaki Isobe.

In November 2016, Shishu-Kan invited two CSER representatives to its annual international symposium, focused on the risks posed by extreme natural disasters. CSER held its first symposium at Cambridge in the following month, with a presentation by Professor Isobe on the emerging risks of extreme solar storms.

In October 2017, Professor Rees, together with CSER Research Associate Julius Weitzdörfer, met in Kyoto with Professors Shibata, Isobe, and Yosuke Alexandre Yamashiki, another Shishu-Kan researcher. This meeting resulted in an agreement on CSER-GSAIS collaboration in (1) joint-research funding applications, (2) regular collaborative research workshops, and (3) faculty exchange.

Based on this agreement, Professor Yamashiki visited CSER in January 2018 to sign the partnership MoU, under which the two institutions will collaborate on projects such as studies of extreme solar storms and joint workshops on existential risks.

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