In the keynote lectures, two people working on serious problems in the world talk about their challenges.
Dr. Dwikorita Karnawati, former president of Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), is addressing the problem of natural disasters that are becoming increasingly serious with local residents. In cooperation with students and faculty members, she actively created the collaboration of local communities and created new disaster countermeasures through the establishment of an early warning system of groundbreaking landslides.
She is going to talk about what mission the scientist should play in society.
Professor Muhammad Yunus offers his vision of a world of three zeros- zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emission. He insists that combined power of "technology", "youth", "good governance” and "social business” can make it happen. Young generation today are the most knowledgeable and fortunate generation in human history. If they engage themselves in solving social issues, the goals could be achieved much faster. He proposes that academia should create opportunities to turn these young people into problem solving entrepreneurs.

Date 13:45-15:00, November 24th(Fri), 2017
Venue MeetingRoomB,8Fl
No. 135
Organizer JST Center for Science Communication

Presenter and Moderator


Dwikorita Karnawati
Professor, Engineering and Environmental Geology at Universitas Gadjah Mada(UGM) Indonesia
After obtaining the Philosophy of Doctor from the Department of Earth Sciences, at Leeds University, UK in 1996, Professor Dwikorita Karnawati was awarded the Hitachi Fellowship for conducting postdoctoral Research in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology 1997. She has been appointed as the Rector of UGM in 2014-2017. Her contributions to science and technology development have also been internationally recognized by obtaining an International Award from the International Program on Landslides – United Nation International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) in 2011, 2014 and 2017.


Muhammad Yunus
Founder, Grameen Bank/Nobel Peace Prize laureates
Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh.In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and Time Magazine listed him under “60 years of Asian Heroes” as one the top 12 business leaders.
He is the recipient of 60 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He received 131 awards from 30 countries including state honours from 10 countries.

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