photo1The 4th International Symposium on Earth-Science Challenges (ISEC) was held at University of Oklahoma (OU) from September 20 to 23.

This symposium is jointly organized by Kyoto University and University of Oklahoma to discuss science and engineering of Meteorology and related topics and to promote Japan-U.S. cooperation in this field. The 4th symposium was dedicated Dr. Yoshi Sasaki, one of the founding fathers of Meteorology research at Oklahoma back in 1960s and has made significant contribution to Oklahoma in various ways, by inviting Japanese industries to Oklahoma for example and by bringing about a sister-city-agreement between Kyoto and Oklahoma, who passed away in May 2015.

photo2The JSPS Washington Office was invited to present funding programs for international collaborations and fellowships that could accelerate cooperative activities between Kyoto University and University of Oklahoma. There were more than 60 presentations by both professors and PhD students. At the closing session, the Dean of Meteorology Department awarded the best three students, including a JSPS fellow from Kyoto University, for their oral/poster presentations.
The 5th ISEC will be held in 2017 in Kyoto.