The annual meeting of AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science)

The annual meeting of AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of
Science) is going to be held from Feb 18 to Feb 22 in San Diego.
RISS stuff members will attend the sessions related sustainability science.


(Sustainability Science: Transformative Research Beyond Scenario Studies)

(Forum for Sustainability Science Programs)

EcoDesign2009 (co-organizer:Osaka University RISS)
6th international symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing

Date: December 7-9, 2009
Venue:Hotel Royton sapporo, Hokkaido


We would like to clarify the characteristics of the EcoDesign symposium compared to other symposiums related to environmental issues. Whereas other symposiums tend to be characterized by technical fields such as recycling and LCA (life cycle assessment), the EcoDesign symposium endeavors to provide practical solutions by addressing a wide range of disciplines including social sciences and economic studies.

・Conference Home Page is here

RISS/IR3S International Conference Sustainability Transition: International Research Initiatives towards a Resource-circulating Society

Date: July 22-23, 2009
Venue: Osaka University, Nakanoshima Center


The goal of this conference is to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum to promote a deeper understanding of the various academic approaches to the emerging field of Sustainability Science. The plenary sessions will focus on four primary subjects: 1)Low-carbon Society and Energy Use, 2)Resource-circulating Society in Asia, 3)Land Use and Eco-system, and 4) Bridging Science, Policies and Societies for Asian Sustainability.

・Conference Home Page is here



Osaka University Research Institute for Sustainability Science (RISS)

- RISS -

Establishing an environmentally sound and closed-loop economy has become an indisputable challenge for humankind. The rapid economic growth of emerging nations is bringing welfare to many people, but at the same time it is putting an enormous burden on our already fragile environment. It has been and still is important for products and process innovations to address the problems associated with the current production and consumption patterns. However, in order to promote a smooth transition towards a sustainable industrial society, we need an integral innovation system that can decouple economic growth from environmental pressure while bringing welfare to our societies.

In order to address this unavoidable challenge, last April Osaka University launched a new transdisciplinary research organization named "Research Institute for Sustainability Science" (RISS). This research initiative is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Since technology management is the key to propelling an effective innovation system, RISS proposes a technology transition through the interaction of technology push (science and technology creators), demand pull (science and technology users) and institutional design, along with eight transition principles. RISS will materialize this innovation system based on these pillars and through the design of dynamic scenarios and their inclusive roadmaps.


The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science

- IR3S -

The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), of which RISS is a member, is an alliance of 5 universities and research institutes. IR3S aims to create a new integrated academic field of "Sustainability Science" and form leading international research platforms in its field through this alliance.

Integrated Research System for Suistainability Science (IR3S)
University of Tokyo: Transdisciplinary Initiative for Global Sustainability (TIGS)
Kyoto University: Kyoto Sustainability Initiative, KIS
Hokkaido University: Sustainability Governance Project (SGP)
Ibaraki University: Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science (ICAS)


Sustainability Science

Science that leads us towards sustainable development

Sustainability science is the comprehensive analysis of the issues related to global sustainability. The rise of global-scale problems originates from the failure of the balanced interrelationships of the three systems that make up the global community: earth system (natural resources, energy, ecosystems, etc.), social system (economic and political institutions, industrial structure, technological system, etc.) and human system (lifestyle, health, safety and security, values, etc.). We must concentrate our efforts on determining the functional mechanisms of these systems in order to reconstruct balanced mutual relationships that will eventually allow us to achieve global sustainable development.


What's New!

Regime of post RISS

Set up SDC and SD -onsite research center

16/Oct 2007 UP


Website Renewal

01/June 2007 UP

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