Kyushu University has been promoting advanced transdisciplinary research and education in energy by building upon such notable research achievements as the high-efficiency conversion of primary energy, high-efficiency utilization of secondary energy and energy saving. This has all been accomplished under an alliance of our university’s researchers in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, and other distinguished researchers and professionals from Japan and abroad.
To advance the initiatives of these educational and research activities, to help find solutions to worsening global energy and environmental problems, and to bring about a sustainable society, Kyushu University established the Platform of Inter-
/Transdisciplinary Energy Research in October 2016 as an organization that addresses issues in the energy field. It is expected to become a global research and education hub for the energy field by supporting individual research projects in energy, collaborative interdisciplinary research and transdisciplinary research and education across various fields.
The platform consists of six research and education units, with features focusing on the establishment of energy technology and policies that will be among global standards in the future, and their social implementation. It is staffed with academic personnel who have expertise in fields ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences. With this structure, the platform is promoting research to address the global challenge of achieving the goal of decarbonization, as stated in the Paris Agreement adopted in the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). Furthermore, in anticipation of contributing to Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy) and Goal 13 (climate action) of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are developing initiatives to lead a paradigm shift in technology, industry and society. Since 2017, the platform has hosted Kyushu University Energy Week, covering a wide range of themes related to energy each year. Approximately 2,000 participants, including researchers from overseas universities and research institutions, those from domestic universities, corporations, university and high school students, as well as other concerned parties in the industrial world and administration, come together to engage in lively discussions and exchanges via lectures, research presentation sessions, panel discussions and poster sessions. In addition, to support and train the young researchers and doctoral students who are expected to play central roles in future energy research, an important part of this platform, we are offering research funds to researchers and financial incentives to graduate school students. These researchers will present their results at Energy Week.
This year, the Japanese government announced the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, and we believe the role our platform plays in this will be considerable. We will strengthen our functions as a research and educational platform in the energy field at Kyushu University, and continue to find solutions to future issues. We look forward to your continued support and cooperation.
Kyushu University President Director General of Kyushu University Platform of Inter-/Transdisciplinary Energy Research, Ishibashi Tatsuro