"SDGs Future School Workshop" to be held

January 19th, 2022

The Strategic Design Course, Department of Design, Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University will hold an SDGs Future School Workshop in PBL format.

The SDGs Future School is a joint initiative of the University of Kitakyushu, the Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology, and Kyushu University. It aims to be an educational program to think together with the general public about the design of a future SDGs society that is carbon neutral.
Specifically, we will discuss the complex issues of the SDGs, such as environmental energy and zero-emissions, from the perspective of the general public together with various experts to design “new food, clothing, and housing.”
We look forward to your participation!

[Guest Speakers]
Yoshiaki Ushifusa (Professor, Faculty of Economics, the University of Kitakyushu)
He was appointed as a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, the University of Kitakyushu, in October 2001.
Currently, he is a professor at the Faculty of Economics, the University of Kitakyushu, and a doctor (Economics, Kyoto University).
His areas of expertise include environmental economics, energy economics, behavioral economics, causal inference, and machine learning.
Recently, he has been conducting economic analysis on decarbonized society.

Toshiro Araki (Group Manager, Planning and Community Co-Creation Group, Planning and General Affairs Department, Kitakyushu Branch, Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.)
Mr. Araki joined Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. in April 1994. Before assuming his current position, Mr. Araki worked mainly in the power transmission and distribution divisions.
In his current position, he is responsible for planning and implementing regional strategies for the Kyushu Electric Group and regional responses to growing businesses in the Kitakyushu Branch area under his jurisdiction.
Areas covered by the Kitakyushu Branch: Eastern part of Fukuoka Prefecture, Kitakyushu City, Onga and Nakama areas, Keichiku area, Chikuho area

[General Facilitator]
Yasuyuki Hirai (Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University)

[Method of holding the workshop]
The workshop is open to both face-to-face participants and remote participants.

Participation in the workshop
The workshop will be held face-to-face at the following venue.
Venue: Kyushu University Ohashi Campus, Bldg. 5, 4F, Collaborative Drawing Room (4-9-1 Shiobara, Minami-Ku, Fukuoka City)

Participation in the lecture only
The online conference tool “ZOOM” will be used.
The URL will be sent to those who have applied by e-mail just before the seminar. If you do not receive the e-mail, please check your spam folder.

[Application Procedure and Deadline]
Please fill out the application form on Google.
Application deadline: Tuesday, January 18 at noon.
If there are multiple participants from your organization, please apply for each.

18:30-18:40 Greeting: Yasuyuki Hirai
18:40-19:10 “Prosumers of Energy in a Decarbonized Society” Yoshiaki Ushifusa
19:10-19:40 “3E+S and Kyushu Electric Group’s Decarbonization Efforts” Toshiro Araki
19:40-20:30 Design Workshop for “New Food, Clothing and Housing” in 2040 (for face-to-face participants only)
20:30-21:00 Presentation and discussion

[Hosted by]
Faculty of Design, Kyushu University

[Co-organized by]
The University of Kitakyushu
The Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology
Kyushu University Business School (QBS)
Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University (QREC)


January 19th, 2022, 18:30~21:00


Building 5, 4th floor, Drawing Room, Kyushu University Ohashi Campus

4-9-1 Shiobaru Minami-ku Fukuoka Japan


Workshop (face-to-face): 20 people, Listening only (remote): 50 people * Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.




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