The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) is holding an Open House as a part of Tsukuba Science and Technology Week.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2007
Time: 10am to 4pm (reception closes at 3pm)
NIES holds two Open House events per year. The first one is in April and the second is in July. This year, the Open House in April is being targeted at people of high school age and above, while the July event will be more like a festival that is appropriate for all ages.
The Spring Open House includes a Science Cafe (with presentations on the environment), panel displays, and hands-on activities. You can also receive a free eco-bag and biodegradable pen.
The topics covered during the Science Cafe include "what you always wanted to know about climate change", garbage and recycling, and ecosystems, landscapes, and lakes. The presentations will all be in Japanese, but the researchers may be available after their speeches to answer your questions in English.
NIES is located on Nishi-Odori, just north of Route 354 (Noda-sen).
If you are coming from Tsukuba Center, turn left onto Nishi Odori and drive south down Nishi Odori. You will pass Tsuchiura Gakuen-sen, Minami Odori, and Doho Park. Keep going south until you see a Coco's restaurant on your left. Turn right at that intersection to enter NIES.
You can take the free Science Week Bus or a regular city bus.
Get on the bus at Tsukuba Center Bus Terminal, platforms 9 or 10.
City buses leave from platform 4 at Tsukuba Center Bus Terminal. Take a bus that is heading to "Hitachino Ushiku" (ひたち野うしく) and get off at "Kankyo Kenkyusho" (環境研究所).
See the NIES website:
http://www.nies.go.jp/event/kagaku/2007/index.html (in Japanese)
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