Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

Presentation information

[JJ] Oral

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-ZZ Others

[M-ZZ40] Geoscience Studies: historical, philosophical and STS studies

Sun. May 20, 2018 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 202 (2F International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Michiko Yajima(College of Humanity and Science, Nihon University), Shigeyuki Aoki(School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Aizu), Toshihiro Yamada(東京大学大学院教育学研究科研究員, 共同), Shigeo Yoshida(Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University), Chairperson:Yajima Michiko, Yamada Toshihiro

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

[MZZ40-06] Context dependency of earthquake research and education

*Mai Suzuki1, Binil Aryal2, Kazuki Koketsu1 (1.Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, 2.Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University)

Keywords:Context dependency, Knowledge transfer, Science, Technology and Society, Nepal

The fact that technology and scientific knowledge are intertwined with society has been analyzed by STS researchers, and for the successful transfer of technology and knowledge, the necessity to consider the context dependency of technology and knowledge has been revealed. Following this research interest, we will examine how geoscience, especially knowledge concerning earthquakes is related to society.

In 2016, the five-year project entitled "Integrated research on great earthquakes and disaster mitigation in Nepal Himalaya" started under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). In this project, diverse technology and knowledge related to earthquakes have been transferred, and one of our goals is to establish a foundation of higher education of seismology in Nepal. For the sake of fruitful establishment, it is essential to take into account the context dependency of knowledge. As the first step toward construction of a higher education system of seismology and based on the literature and interview research in Nepal, we will describe the current situation and problem of research and education on earthquakes in Nepal and investigate how knowledge concerning earthquakes depends on context.