NIES Summer Open House: July 23 (Saturday), 2011

NIES Summer Open House

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) will hold its annual Summer Open House this Saturday July 23 from 09:30-16:00. (Reception will close at 15:00). Many of the facilities on the Onogawa campus will be open to the public. If you wish to attend, there is no need to apply, just turn up on the day. In addition, all visitors to the event will receive special presents including an original NIES eco-bag.

Lots of fun activities are planned - in particular interactive activities for children to learn more about environmental issues. There will also be guided tours of the NIES campus in English in the morning and afternoon. This year’s theme is “Let’s find out! - Our Planet and the Environment”. With lectures on global warming and what we can do about it; a nature walk; a campus tour in English; and a variety of booths and activities including - “Marvel at Mysterious Fish and the Wonders of the Sea”; “Save Energy! Reduce Carbon Dioxide!”; “A Beginner’s Guide to Biodiversity”; and “Let’s look at Brains!” – visitors have the chance to marvel anew at seemingly familiar environmental issues and learn about the range of research at NIES.

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NIES’ invaluable contributions to recovery and rescue efforts for the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake will also be introduced by means of a variety of booths and talks and poster displays by our researchers and staff.

There will be English language at 10:30 and 14:00.
Please come to the main reception by 10:15 and 13:45 respectively.

Tour A will take in the lower campus of NIES. Some highlights are:

  • Activity: Looking after Water Environments
  • Stamp Rally – collect stamps, get seedlings
  • Exhibit: Facing up to Disaster Waste
  • Activity: Making Organic Manure from Everyday Household Waste
  • Try Man-powered Electric Bikes

Tour B (NIES Upper Campus) includes the following highlights:

  • Look at the Nanoparticles in Air
  • Exhibit: The World of Biodiversity
  • Look at your own DNA!!...and bring home a photo
  • Touch pool – sharks (banded dogfish) and octopuses