Science as Method and Methodology for Problems on the Earth and Life

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Science as Method and Methodology for Problems on the Earth and Life

September 15—17, 2013
Lecture Hall at Environmental Studies Hall (Directions, D2(2) in Campus Map)
Higashiyama Campus, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
The registration form is available at a Google form.
Please register by September 8th. The registration fee is 3,000 JPY.
See also Notes on Registration.
If you want to present a poster at the poster session on September 16th, please let us know by the "質問/Message" column in the registration form.
Main organizers
Hisashi Nakao (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies), Shigenori Maruyama (Tokyo Tech)
Local organizers
Kazuhisa Todayama (Nagoya), Rei Nouchi (Nagoya), Masanori Adachi (Nagoya), Fuki Ueno (Chukyo), Hidenori Suzuki (Nagoya), Akira Ohta (Nagoya), Yosuke Nasu (Nagoya), Ukyo Shimizu (Nagoya)
Yuka Mihara, Secretary
E-mail: mihara.y at (replace "at" with @)

Aim of the workshop

The development of science depends heavily on the method and methodology: Many researchers have devised new methods for problems difficult to tackle with traditional methods and have expanded methodology to validate the methods, and finally, other researchers have actually used the methods to solve the problems. The methods here include not only analytical and observational tools but also structures of the scientists like cognitive division and synthesis of labor. Moreover, the target of science is diverse: physical, biological, and social/cultural phenomena can be explored. In a sense, we can say that science itself is methods and methodologies to understand the diverse phenomena.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce and discuss the forefront, history, and philosophy of the methods and methodologies of science. How can we understand the Earth and Life? What kinds of problems have cognitive division and synthesis of labor presented and how have they been overcome? How should we understand and solve the problems developed between science and society? By discussing the methods and methodologies in a variety of ways, we will consider what science will and should be in the future.

Tentative Program (as of September 2nd)

September 15th

Method and methodology of science 1
Chair: Shigenori Maruyama (Tokyo Tech)
13:15—14:15 Toshikazu Ebisuzaki (RIKEN)
Disaster-forced Evolution Model: Supernova, Carbonatite Volcanism, Genome Instability, and Mass Extinctions
14:15—15:15 Shun-ichiro Karato (Yale)
Chemical composition and the origin of the Moon: A geophysical approach
15:30—16:30 Shigenori Maruyama (Tokyo Tech)
Birth place of life on the Hadean Earth: The role of primordial continent
16:30—17:30 Mineo Kumazawa (Nagoya)
Acoustic Frequency Comb by ACROSS: A potential method for accurate monitoring the time-development of physical states in the earthquake field: A review and preview
at Dining Forest (D1(3) in Campus Map)

September 16th

Method and methodology of science 2
Chair: Shigeo Yoshida (Kyushu)
10:00—11:00 Hisayoshi Yurimoto (Hokkaido)
Prediction of isotopic systematics of H, N and O between planets
11:00—12:00 Akira Hasegawa (Tohoku)
Subduction zone dynamics: role of H2O in generation of earthquakes and magmas
SPS General Meeting
Method and methodology of science 2 (conti.)
13:00—14:00 Dave Yuen (Minnesota)
Potential Tsunami Scenarios in the Northeast Pacific from Stress Diffusion caused by the Tohoku-Oki Event in March 11, 2011
14:00—15:00 Jun Makino (Tokyo Tech)
Exascale computers?
History of synthesis of different disciplines
Chair: Shigeo Yoshida (Kyushu)
15:15—16:00 Hisashi Nakao (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
A twisted relation between development and evolution in the 20th century
16:00—16:45 Rei Nouchi (Nagoya)
Interdisciplinary studies in earth science: Academic studies and the requests from the era and society
17:00—17:45 Mariko Hasegawa (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
Synthesis or integration of evolutionary thinking and biological sciences (and humanities)
Poster Session / Buffet Party
in front of the Lecture Hall at Environmental Studies Hall (B2(2) in Campus Map)

September 17th

Philosophy and science of risks
Chair: Hisashi Nakao (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
10:00—10:45 Narufumi Kadomatsu (Kobe)
10:45—11:30 Kohta Juraku (Tokyo Denki)
Roles and Responsibilities in Social Decision-Making Process on Science, Technology and Risk: Case of Issues and “Experts” in Nuclear Utilization
11:45—12:30 Kazuhisa Todayama (Nagoya)
12:30—13:15 Mamoru Hayashi (Toyama)
Lunch Break
Discussion on the relevant subjects (tentative)
Any proposal of topics in advance is welcome.

Notes on Registration

To reserve the followings, please check corresponding boxes in the registration form. Note that the registration fee does not include them.

Accommodations in the university campus are available. The room charge is

The exact price depends on the room, which the organization group arranges. No breakfast is included.

*Added on 9/2: We have prepared three kinds of accommodations below. We will inform you where your room exactly is around 9/9.

The fees should be paid in cash at the conference reception desk, which will be open during the workshop.



This workshop is partially supported by JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) No. 23320005 (PI: Shigeyuki Aoki).