The 6th Kyoto University – Mahidol University on-site laboratory workshop (March 29, 2023)

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On March 29, the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), Kyoto University, hosted the 6th Kyoto University and Mahidol University On-site Laboratory Workshop 2023. This sixth workshop was held online due to the pandemic and drew a total of 110 participants (48 from Kyoto University, 50 from Mahidol University, and 12 from other organizations).

Kyoto University launched the On-site Laboratory initiative in September 2018 as a part of its strategy under the Ministry of Education’s Designated National University (DNU) program, and GSGES established the “Kyoto University On-Site Laboratory at Mahidol University for Educational and Research Collaboration in Environmental Studies” with the collaboration of the Faculty of Engineering of Mahidol University in 2018.

The workshop program opened with addresses from Prof. Yasuyuki Kono, vice-president of Kyoto University followed by a photo session.

In the next Parallel Research Sessions, researchers from Kyoto University and Mahidol University were divided into four groups for sessions in: 1) Environmental Engineering; 2) Agriculture and Ecosystems; 3) Public Health; and 4) Chemical Engineering, and they reported the recent research and outstanding achievements in each field. All these sessions showed participants actively exchanging views and sharing information on related topics.

A plenary session then followed, sharing the summary of Parallel Research Sessions by each session’s coordinator and introducing the international exchange about education and research between Kyoto University and Mahidol University. Students of the Double Degree Program and early-career researchers presented their current research and experiences in Kyoto and Thailand. The plenary discussion was chaired by Prof. Shinya Echigo in Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, where participants actively exchanged opinions.

Finally, the workshop concluded with remarks from Prof. Thatchavee Leelawat, Vice-president of Mahidol University.

This workshop has achieved its goals of developing and promoting on-site laboratories and provided a fruitful opportunity for new collaboration and experience exchange in the fields of environmental engineering, agriculture and ecosystems, public health, and chemical engineering. More successful intercommunions and collaborations between Kyoto University, Mahidol University, and others overseas are expected.

Opening speech by Prof. Yasuyuki Kono, vice-president of Kyoto University

A part of photo session

Parallel Research Sessions

Closing speech by Prof. Thatchavee Leelawat, vice-president of Mahidol University