Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere

Humanosphere Asia Research Node

Outline of Humanosphere Asia Research Node

International Promotion of Humanosphere Science

In 2016, RISH initiated a new program named “Humanosphere Asia Research Node (ARN)”, thereby strengthening the hub functions of international collaborative research and fostering innovations on Humanosphere Science with an ultimate goal to deliver solutions on a global scale. In FY2016, ARN’s achievement includes the following: 1) an ARN joint laboratory was founded in Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) jointly with Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP) project; 2) the 1st ARN Symposium on Humanosphere Science was held in Penang, Malaysia; 3) a number of RISH Open Seminars were delivered and broadcasted live to selected foreign research organizations via web conferencing service; 4) a server mirroring system of “Humanosphere Science Database” was installed in Indonesia; 5) and a lecture and practical training course on atmospheric science were offered. ARN also served as a co-organizer for the International Workshop on Bioresources and Biodiversity at Uji, Kyoto (with the JASTIP), and “Humanosphere Science School 2016” in Indonesia. As July 2017, ARN will hold “the 2nd Asia Research Node Symposium on Humanosphere Science” at Uji, Kyoto, in which more than 30 speakers from not only Japan but also all over the world are invited. With all these ARN activities, RISH is in a perfect position to pursue integration of different research disciplines and also to promote internationalization of Humanosphere Science.

Network of Humanosphere Science in Asia

We have initiated a collaborative network of Humanosphere Science in Asia with overseas research institutes to promote further utilization of RISH’s large facilities and field stations in overseas.

Overseas facilities and field stations
Equatorial Atmosphere Radar (EAR), Kototabang, Indonesia, Kototabang
Tropical artificial forest, Indonesia
Kyoto University satellite office, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia

ARN & JASTIP Joint laboratory, LIPI, Indonesia

Major cooperative overseas research institutes

LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences), Indonesia

LAPAN (National Institute of Aeronautics and Space), Indonesia

RIHS (Research Institute for Human Settlements), Indonesia

NARL (National Atmospheric Research Laboratory), India

Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Malaysia

Collaboration with other research programs

ARN works in collaboration with other international research programs such as JASTIP, SATREPS and IUGONET, as well as domestic research network such as the Forum for Sustainable Humanosphere.

Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform

Production of Biomass Energy and Material through Revegetation of Deteriorated Grass Fields in Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program

Inter-university Upper atmosphere Global Observation NETwork

Consists of members from 47 ministries / public research organizations, 59 universities and more than 35 private enterprises

Hub function between ASEAN and Japan

ARN serves a hub that connects research network between ASEAN and Japan through the joint laboratories in Indonesia, and also an opportunity for various research institutes of Japan to access ARN’s overseas research facilities. In addition, we highly encourage overseas researchers to conduct collaborative research using the domestic facilities under the joint usage platform promoted by ARN.

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International Collaborative Research

ARN promotes international collaborative research and field education on Humanosphere Science associated with “Equatorial Fountain”, “Utilization of wooden biomass”, and “Database for Humanosphere science”.

Cooperative Study of the “Equatorial Fountain”

The energy and material flows that occur in all height regions of the equatorial atmosphere, which are referred to as the ”Equatorial Fountain”, will be studied.

Cooperative Research on the Sustainable Production and Utilization of Tropical Biomass in Relation to Environmental Conservation

Aiming to contribute to the production, recycling, and conservation issues of tropical biomass, this subject deals with such topics as breeding of useful tropical plant, production of physiologically active substances, conversion of biomass to useful substances or materials, and development of high strength timber buildings.

This subject collaborates with projects such as JASTIP and SATREPS to promote the following international collaborative research on tropical biomass.

  • Conversion of tropical biomass to functional materials, chemicals and fuels
  • Search for useful tree species suitable for material production
  • Invasive control of wood harmful insects
  • Environmental purification using tropical microorganisms and enzymes
  • Development of safe and environmentally friendly housing and its structural members
  • Breeding of plants with useful traits and environmental restoration of degraded areas

International Cooperative Studies Using the Database for Humanosphere Science

This subject promotes collaborative research on database for Humanosphere Science by placing mirror server at overseas to improve accessibility that allows researchers in each country to utilize databases, accumulate individual research results and promote mutual reference.

The database for the humanosphere is the collection of digital data related to the humanosphere accumulated from research at our institute, including the terrestrial human habitat, the forest-sphere, the atmosphere, and outer space. These electronic data are open to the public via the Internet.

  • RISH was elected a regular member of the World Science Data System (WDS) of the ICSU (National Assembly Science Council) in March 2016 after being evaluated the importance of the long-term atmospheric observation database by the MU radar and the Equatorial Atmospheric Radar (EAR). Further promotion of international use of data is requested through maintaining and developing a Humanosphere database including MU radar and EAR.
  • The primary data independently obtained by MU radar and EAR is copied as archive data and installed in the mirror server in Indonesia, so as to protect databases and to improve accessibility from Indonesia.
  • We promotes utilization of the Humanosphere database in Indonesia by utilizing the function of IUGONET which is a data exchange system. For this purpose, the data recording device (RAID, 140 TB) and PC for data management were relocated to LAPAN in Bandung.
  • We are promoting collaborative research with Indonesia’s wooden specimen storehouse through utilization of the wood diversity database of RISH.

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Capacity Building

ARN supports the career development of young researchers and engineers by offering opportunity for engagement of collaborative research and involvement of international schools in Indonesia and other Asian countries. With ARN’s support, their research capacity can be built as future leading scientists in various research fields of Humanosphere Science.

ARN & JASTIP Joint laboratory

We established a joint laboratory (jointly with JASTIP) in Biological Functional Materials Research Center of LIPI, Cibinong, Indonesia to strengthen collaboration with international research partners and various domestic research institutes.

International School, Symposium

Capacity building of international researchers on Humanosphere Science is carried out through holding international school, workshop and symposium.


In November 2016, we held Humanosphere Science School 2016 (HSS) and International Symposium for Sustainable Humanosphere (ISSH) in Bogor, Indonesia.

Open Seminar

RISH Open Seminars are delivered and broadcasted live to partner research organizations via web conferencing service.

[RISH&LIPI, LAPAN] 2017/5/31 “Microscopic control for chemical treatment in wood flow forming” by Dr. Soichi Tanaka (Mission researcher, RISH Kyoto University)

[RISH&LIPI] 2016/10/26 “Impacts of invasive ants on ecosystem sustainability and current challenges of management” by Dr. Chin-Cheng Yang (Senior Lecturer, RISH Kyoto University)

[RISH&LIPI] 2016/9/21 “Long-term field test performance of treated wood-based and wood-plastic composites (WBCs and WPCs)” by Dr. Cihat Tascioglu (Professor, Duzce University, Faculty of Forestry, Duzce, Turkey, currently Visiting Professor at RISH, Kyoto University)

[RISH&LIPI] 2016/7/27 “Solute diffusion into cell walls in solution-impregnated wood during conditioning process”

[RISH&LIPI] 2016/6/29 “A study of long-term variation in the upper atmosphere using the IUGONET data analysis system”

Intensive course, Technical training

We provide intensive lectures, various practical training and technical exercises on Humanosphere science.

Research guidance on wood material development, and Construction of network system for online meeting, provided by Dr. Umemura at LIPI, Bogor, Indonesia (April 2017)

Radar Observation Practice including practice of radar observation, basics of data processing and data analysis, provided by Dr. Hashiguchi at EAR Observatory, Kototabang, Indonesia (November 2016)

Intensive lecture on atmospheric dynamics process and atmospheric measurement method, provided by Dr. Tsuda at LAPAN, Bandung, Indonesia (April 2016)

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Related Events

(scheduled) The 2nd Humanosphere Asia Research Node Workshop toward Sustainable Utilization of Tropical Bioresources
& The 3rd JASTIP Bioresources and Biodiversity Workshop
“Synergy of ASEAN Countries and Japan for Sustainable Development”

2017/11/3 Venue: Bogor, Indonesia

This workshop is planned to further strengthen the international network in biomass-related “Humanosphere Science”, in conjunction with the activities of JASTIP. The topics of the researches cover biodiversity and conservation studies, bioprospection in the ASEAN region, development of innovative technology for bioresources and its dissemination. The workshop will also discuss on the development of network of biodiversity and bioresource database and depository in ASEAN.

See more information at symposium web-site

(scheduled) Humanosphere Science School 2016(HSS) International Symposium for Sustainable Humanosphere(ISSH) The 360th Symposium on Sustainable Humanosphere

2017/11/1-2 Venue: Bogor, Indonesia

The conference theme focuses on how advanced science and technology take roles in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). The main theme for this year conference is “Advances in Science and Technology for the Future of Sustainable Humanosphere”.

See more details at Symposium web-site

(scheduled) ARN Biomaterials Workshop

2017/10/31 Venue: Bogor, Indonesia

ARN Biomaterials Workshop will be held at Bogor, Indonesia. Program can be downloaded from here

The 2nd Asia Research Node Symposium on Humanosphere Science

2017/07/19-21 Venue: Uji, Kyoto

We were proudly joined by a total of 228 participants from 41 research institutes in 13 countries including 35 invited speakers in which 18 are from Asia, 4 from Europe and United States and 14 from the domestic. We were also joined by 51 young researchers who have shared their research by presenting their posters and taking part in the elevator speech session.

The 1st Asia Research Node Symposium on Humanosphere Science(The 338th Symposium on Sustainable Humanosphere)

2017/2/20-21 Venue: Penang, Malaysia

The ARN Symposium was held with the aim of internationalizing the Humanoshere sciences and the career development of young researchers. There were more than 60 participants from Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, etc., and 9 graduate students and 10 researchers joined from RISH.

the 2nd Workshop of Bioresources and Biodiversity Research in JASTIP & International Premeeting of Humanosphere Asia Research Node on Biomass Utilization

2017/1/23 Venue: Uji, Kyoto

27 presentations on the use of tropical biomass was given for 72 participants including 16 foreign researchers.

Humanosphere Science School 2016(HSS), International Symposium for Sustainable Humanosphere(ISSH)

2016/11/15-16 Venue: Bogor, Indonesia

HSS and ISSH 2016 was held in Bogor, Indonesia by being co-organized with JASTIP, SATREPS. Latest issues related to the Humanosphere science was discussed by total of 260 participants.

International Symposium on 15th Anniversary of Equatorial Atmosphere Radar (EAR)

2016/8/4 Venue:Sari Pan Pacific Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

With a total of 221 participants, the Equatorial Atmospheric Radar 15th anniversary event was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Major participants were listed below;

  • Minister Kozo Honma, embassy of Indonesia in Indonesia,
  • Dr. Muhammad Dimyati, Rector of Indonesia Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEKDIKTI),
  • Dr. Thomas Djamaluddin, Director of Research and Development of Indonesian Air and Space Agency (LAPAN),
  • Dr. Inaba Kayo, Vice President of Kyoto University,
  • Dr. Takashi Watanabe, Director of RISH, Kyoto University

Workshop of Bioresources and Biodiversity Research in JASTIP International Premeeting of Humanosphere Asia Research Node on Biomass Utilization

2016/02/17 Venue: Kyoto, Japan

Research introduction of Asia Research Node and JASTIP, SATREPS was presented and research orientation was discussed.

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