Japanese scientists contribute to local capacity development
By Department of GGM
Posted on 25 February 2011
Front row (left to right): Dr Motoki Nagura (JAMSTEC, Japan) and Prof Motoyoshi Ikeda (JAMSTEC and former Dean of the Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Japan). Back row (left to right): Dr Wataru Sasaki (JAMSTEC, Japan), Prof Hannes Rautenbach (Head: Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM), University of Pretoria) and Dr Satyaban Ratna (JAMTEC, Japan)
A group of highly qualified Japanese scientists from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) are currently visiting the University of Pretoria to contribute to undergraduate learning, postgraduate supervision and world class research in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM).
The four day (23 February to 1 March 2011) capacity development visit to UP forms part of a broader Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) project between South Africa (Department of Science and Technology - DST) and Japan (Japan Science and Technology Agency - JST and the Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA). The project focuses on climate variability and extends over a period of three years (2010 to 2013). Prof Ikeda has already offered guest lectures to UP students in Meteorology and Environmental Sciences, while Dr. Nagura, Sasaki and Ratna gave valuable advice to UP’s postgraduate students in special work sessions. A similar delegation will visit UP again later this year, as well as in the following years of the project. Interesting to note is that JAMSTEC hosts one of the world’s biggest super computers called the "Earth Simulator" that is used for complex atmospheric flow and ocean climate simulations.