Fujiyoshida Fieldwork 2016

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We are now calling for participants in Fujiyoshida Fieldwork scheduled in 2016 (August 27- September 5) in Fujiyoshida city (Yamanashi, Japan).


 About the Fieldwork

The theme of the fieldwork is “Monitoring wildlife and plants”, with the focus on following activities: 1) quadrat sampling (such as method to record vegetation community types and method to measure tree height and DBH (Diameter at Breast Height) among others), mapping vegetation cover and calculating biomass energy; and 2) monitoring mammals by camera traps.

Throughout the fieldwork, the students, under the instruction of Dr. Tomoko Doko and Dr. Wenbo Chen will have an opportunity to approach the study of environment from perspectives of both natural sciences and social sciences and will learn various surveying skills including how to plan and conduct a field survey, how to analyze collected data, and how to prepare a field report. The highlight of the fieldwork is that students will be equipped with “skills”, instead of specific methods, in order for them to be independent and at the same time flexible while preparing and conducting their own field research. The students will also be trained with how to work in groups during fieldwork-preparation lectures and during the fieldwork. Towards the end of the fieldwork, the students are expected to deliver presentations based on findings from the fieldwork before local residents in Fujiyoshida.

Language Requirement: This is English class. No Japanese skill is required. Communication skill in English is most important to participate to this class.

Target and Capacity: The fieldwork is for both undergraduate and graduate students from EBA partner universities.

Selection process:

 For Keio students: Both undergraduates and graduate students (who are able to communicate in English) are eligible for the program. All you have to do is:

  • Fill out APPLICATION FORM (from: http://goo.gl/vmX1TK) in English
  • Write an 300-word essay stating your interest in the theme of the fieldwork (either in English or Japanese)

Then submit these two materials to eba-submit@ml.keio.jp with subject: “Fujiyoshida Fieldwork 2016 Application- Your Name”. The deadline is 15:00 JST, Friday, July 15th, 2016. Screening result will be announced in the following week.

  *Please note that  students pay your own travel expenses(the fee of transportation and accommodation) (to de decided)

For ASEAN students, EBA local contacts (see list here)  will have a separate announcement and selection process. Please note that we do not accept application from individual students without the acknowledgement of their school.

Costs and Support

The EBA consortium will bear the cost of International airfare, domestic transportation within Japan and accommodation during the stay in Japan . Please note that travel insurance and food expenses are not included. (This is applied only to students from ASEAN partner universities).

Schedule (subject to changes)

Date Items
August 27 Arrival to Japan, stay at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio
August 28 Japanese workshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio
August 29 Japanese workshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio
August 30 Move from Hiyoshi to SFC, Fieldwork at SFC Campus, Keio University: vegetation survey and monitoring mammals, stay at SFC guest housO11 Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) from  1st to 4th period
August 31 Move to Fujiyoshida for fieldwork
Field survey in Fujiyoshida City
Group discussion
Stay at Fujiyoshida Youth Center
September 1 Field survey in Fujiyoshida City
Group discussion
Stay at Youth Center
September 2 Group presentation
Farewell party
Leave Fujiyoshida
Arrive at Hiyoshi, stay at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio
 September 3 EBA post workshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio
September 4 EBA post workshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio
September 5 Leaving Japan

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