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NIES Spring Open House 2007

Author: Shaney Crawford, Issue: April 2007, Topic: Events, Location: Tsukuba City

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)
Fee: Free

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.

Science Cafe

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.

  • 10:40am to 11:20am: Extremely tiny creatures that live in lakes
  • 11am to 11:40am: New environmental technologies for water and waste management
  • 11am to 12noon: How are the 100 year climate predictions any different from the weekly weather report? AND Atmosphere and Ocean: Tossing the CO2 ball
  • 11:40am to 12:20pm: The Eight Best Scenes in Tsukuba 1pm to 1:40pm: How can we measure ecosystems?
  • 1:20 to 2pm: Why are cities so hot?
  • 2pm to 2:40pm: Brominated Flame Retardants in Your Daily Life: Using dust to identify the movement of chemicals
  • 2pm to 3pm: What temperature are we aiming for in mitigating climate change? AND How can we reduce CO2 emissions without changing the quality of our lives?

Hands-on Activities

  • Go up about 10m in a utility truck to see the temperature of the earth with thermography. (Participants must be older than JHS students. Will be cancelled in case of rain. Tickets will be distributed from 10am.)
  • Drive an electric vehicle called Luciole. We have used this car for 10 years. This will be your last chance to drive it, as it will be retired after this event. (Participants must possess a driver's license.)
  • How much electricity can you generate from a bicycle?
  • Take a mini-tour of the campus to learn about the kinds of research that take place at NIES

Directions to NIES

NIES is located on Nishi-Odori, just north of Route 354 (Noda-sen).

By Car

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.

By Bus

You can take the free Science Week Bus or a regular city bus.

Science Week Bus (Free)

Get on the bus at Tsukuba Center Bus Terminal, platforms 9 or 10.

JISTEC 9:40 11:00 12:30 14:00 15:30
Tsukuba Center 9:45 11:05 12:35 14:05 15:35
NIES 9:55 11:15 12:45 14:15 15:45
Tsukuba Center 10:35 11:55 13:25 14:55 16:25
JISTEC 10:40 12:00 13:30 15:00 16:30

City Bus

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).

More Information

See the NIES website:
http://www.nies.go.jp/event/kagaku/2007/index.html (in Japanese)

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