The 7th Kyoto University – Mahidol University On-site Laboratory Workshop (February 23, 2024)

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The 7th Mahidol University On-site Laboratory Workshop was held on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 9:30 am (ICT) in a hybrid format as online and on-site at Salaya Campus of Mahidol University.

Kyoto University launched the On-site Laboratory initiative in September 2018 as a part of its strategy under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology ‘s Designated National University (DNU) program, and Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) of Kyoto University 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.

This workshop, the seventh in the series, was hosted by GSGES, and after four years of being held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first time in four years that the workshop was held partially on-site. The workshop was attended by 123 researchers and students (63 on-site and 60 online) mainly from Kyoto University and Mahidol University.

Prior to the workshop, the nameplate of Mahidol University On-site Laboratory was unveiled. This was followed by the opening remark by Prof. Yasuyuki Kono, Vice President of Kyoto University (VIDEO recording) and the welcome remark by Prof. Thanapat Wanichanon, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University. Then, Prof. Shinya Echigo of GSGES, gave a presentation on the Double Degree Program between the Faculty of Engineering of Mahidol University and GSGES, and its relation to this O-site Laboratory. After the photo session, the participants were divided into four parallel sessions ((1) Environmental Engineering, (2) Agriculture and Ecosystems, (3) Public Health, and (4) Chemical Engineering), where researchers from both Kyoto University and Mahidol University exchanged information on recent research results and the development of education and research activities.

In the plenary session, the representative of each field reported on the contents of the respective parallel session, and information and opinions were shared and exchanged beyond the boundaries of their fields. In the plenary session, Prof. Echigo and Prof. Suwanna Boontanon (Cross Appointment Associate Professor of Mahidol University and Kyoto University), chaired a lively discussion on future research and educational activities, especially on deepening the double degree program, including the experiences of students who have actually experienced the double degree program.

The workshop was closed with closing remarks by Prof. Pattaraporn Posoknistakul Deputy Dean for International Relations and Special Affairs, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, and Prof. Makoto Usami, Vice Dean, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University.

The workshop was fruitful, with active exchange of information on joint research and educational activities between Kyoto University and Mahidol University, as well as discussion of various possibilities for collaboration in research and education. It was an opportunity to reaffirm the convenience of holding a hybrid meeting and the importance of face-to-face discussions.

Photo with the nameplate of the On-site Laboratory

Group photo of face-to-face participants

Welcome address by Prof. Thanapat Wanichanon, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University

Parallel session (Agriculture and Ecosystem

Parallel session (Environmental Engineering