"International Symposium on Symbiosis between University Museum and Society"

  • Date: March 31st (Sun.), 2002

  • Location: Seminar room, The Kyoto University Museum

Scope of the symposium:

Our Museum, The Kyoto University Museum, was founded in 1997, for the purpose of bringing under one administrative roof about 2 million specimens of natural science as well as about 500 thousand materials from cultural history. The mission of our museum is to keep these materials, promote the utilization of these materials in research and education, as well as propagate results of our activities to the public.

In the 21st century, the role of the museums in science and learning will increase more and more. We also should submit information to public such as on the bio-diversity and its present state to give sounder basis for the people to think about the symbiotic coexistence between human being and the rest of the world. To do so, we believe, we should integrate activities of museum more and more with the society. Only through deepening the more symbiotic relationship between museum and the society, the future for the both will be secured.

The aim of this symposium is, therefore, to exchange experiences of scientists intensively engaging with all the aspects of activity of museum to find out ways to make more symbiotic relationship between museum and the society.

Sponsor: The Kyoto University Museum
Leader of the symposium: Prof. Dr. Takeshi Setoguchi, Director of the Kyoto University Museum
Secretary: Prof. Dr. Terufumi Ohno, Leader of the Section of Documentation and Multimedia Information Service, the Kyoto University Museum

Program (presented mainly in English)

10:00 - 10:10"Opening address"
Takeshi Setoguchi (The Kyoto University Museum, Japan)
10:10 - 10:20"Scope of the symposium"
Terufumi Ohno (The Kyoto University Museum, Japan)
10:20 - 11:20"Importance of collecting and documenting specimens"
Danny Eibye-Jacobsen (Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
11:20 - 12:20 "National Digital Archives Project--its aim and perspective in science and society (temporary title)"
Dr. Simon Lin (NDAP, R.O.C.)
12:20 - 13:20 (Lunch)
13:20 - 14:20"The past, present and future activities of the Korea University Museum"
Prof. Kwang-Sik Choe (Korean University Museum, Korea)
14:20 - 15:20"University Museum mediates friendly encounter between scientists and citizens"
Kazuto Kato (Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Japan)
15:20 - 15:40(Coffee break)
15:40 - 16:40"Role of scientists in public relations in Austrian society"
Dr. Herbert Summesberger, Natural History Museum Vienna,Herbert Summesberger, Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria)
16:40 - 17:10Discussion
17:30 -Music in Museum: an experimental concert with songs by Yukihiro Katoh (Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan) (temporary)

You are welcome to attend at our symposium.
No fee for the symposium. However, please pay for the entrance fee for the Museum (maximum 400 yen).

Please contact with Terufumi OHNO under his e-mail address:

Terufumi OHNO
The Kyoto University Museum
Kyoto University
606-8501 Kyoto, Japan
tel: +81-75-753-3280
fax: +81-75-753-3277