Theme Forum: May

Aiming for an environment-based society Ideal form of science in the 21st Century


+ Date & Time

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, May 21, 2005 (Saturday)

+ Venue

Toyota Auditorium, Nagoya University

+ Organizers

Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition
Bureau of International Expositions (BIE)
The Asahi Shimbun

+ Supporters

Nagoya University

+ Sponsor



Reflecting on the style of 20th century science, this forum will explore a new direction for science that is appropriate for an environmentally conscious society. How should science and overall systems operate in order to achieve a sustainable Earth? To whom does the environment belong? From those perspectives, discussion will be developed based upon panelists’ reports from their areas of specialization.

+ Coordinator
  • Ms.Mariko Takahashi
    (Deputy Editor, Science and Medical News Section, Asahi Shimbun in the Tokyo Head Office)
Ms.Mariko Takahashi

Ms.Mariko Takahashi

+ Key Note Speech

"Science, Conservation, and the Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior : How to make a global society sustainable"

  • Dr. Paul Ehrlich
    (Professor of Population Studies, Department of Biological Sciences of Stanford University, the USA)
Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Dr. Paul Ehrlich

+ Panel Discussion
  • Dr. Paul Ehrlich
  • Ms.Catherine de Silguy
    (Environmental Agricultural Engineer and Writer, Member of the International Council of Expo 2005 Aichi, France)
Ms.Catherine de Silguy

Ms.Catherine de Silguy

  • Dr.Yosuke Kamide
    (Professor, Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University)
Dr.Yosuke Kamide

Dr.Yosuke Kamide

  • Dr.Takeshi Yoro
    (Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo)
Dr.Takeshi Yoro

Dr.Takeshi Yoro


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Postal Address : Post code=Zip code 104 - 8011 Japan(Detailed address is unnecessary)
"Expo 2005 Aichi" Kakari, Forum Coordination Department, Research Division, The Asahi Shimbun
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+ For further information

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+ Paul Ehrlich

Professor of Population Studies, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University. Dr. Ehrlich, a leading American ecologist, warned as far back as 1968 of the impending disaster caused by the population explosion in his bestselling book “The Population Bomb.” He jointly authored “The Population Explosion” with his wife, reconfirming that excess population is a critical factor in the deterioration of the global environment. The Ehrlichs have long argued the need for population control to achieve a sustainable society. His other books include “Extinction,” “Human Natures” and “One with Nineveh.”

+ Catherine de Silguy

Environmental Agricultural Engineer and Writer.Mr. de Silguy has worked as an engineer with France's Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) since 1993. She has authored several books concerning the environment, three of which have been translated into Japanese: “Basic Technology of Organic Agriculture” (1991), “Organic Agriculture in West European Countries” (1994) and “Men and Their Waste since the Middle-Ages” (1996). Her most recent book, published in March, is “Nature’s Wisdom and Man’s Madness.” She is a member of the International Council of Expo 2005.

+ Yosuke Kamide

Professor, Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University.As a solar-terrestrial physicist, Dr. Kamide studies the relationship between the Sun and the Earth by examining auroras and magnetic storms. He is also active as a board member of various academic societies, both at home and abroad, as well as in joint research projects with American and European institutions. Dr. Kamide is also a leading expert in the study of “space weather,” the effect of disturbances in the solar-terrestrial environment on satellites and space communications. His books include “Aurora – A Message from the Sun” and “The Secret of Aurora.”

+ Takeshi Yoro

Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo.Dr. Yoro is an anthropotomist and has authored many books.In 2001, he was a member of an Environment Ministry panel. Renowned for his unique philosophy on the environment, Dr. Yoro received the Suntory Award in 1989 for his book on how to perceive one’s own body. His bestselling book, “The Wall of Stupidity,” received the Mainichi Publishing Award in 2003. His hobby is hunting for insects.

+ Coordinator: Mariko Takahashi

Deputy Editor, Science and Medical News Section, Asahi Shimbun in the Tokyo Head Office. After joining the Asahi Shimbun in 1979, Ms Takahashi was appointed science writer, deputy editor of the Science News Section in the Osaka Head Office and Editorial Writer. She has participated in a number of symposia as coordinator. She has jointly authored numeous books, including “The Battle of Innovative Engineers” and “The Science of Urban Destruction - the Great Hanshin Earthquake.”