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The 2011 International Cosmos Prize Commemorative Lecture


Date: 22 October, 2011

Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Location: U Thant Hall, UNU Headquarters Map »

Organizers: Expo '90 Foundation, JAMSTEC, UNU-ISP

Supporters: MAFF, MLIT, MEXT, MOE, Embassy of the United States, NHK Osaka (TBC)

Admission: Free

Contact: Keiko Sakaguchi, UNU-ISP:

This symposium is held to commemorate the 2011 Cosmos Prize winner, The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Census of Marine Life (CoML).

SSC provided overall governance to the CoML, a grand global project. The objective of the Census was to survey and analyze changes from past to present in marine life biodiversity, distribution and abundance, and to compile the resultant data into a comprehensive database called the “Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS),” to be used in forecasting the future of marine life.  The CoML comprised a global network of over 2,700 researchers in more than 80 nations who engaged in a 10-year investigation of ocean life forms, commencing in 2000.

Dr. Ian Poiner, chairperson of the committee delivers a lecture themed “The achievement and the future of the Census of Marine Life”.
After the lecture, members of the Census of Marine Life and a member of the screening committee of the Cosmos Prize discuss the world of the Census of Marine Life.


To register for this event, please send your name, address, contact email and phone number via email to or fax to 06-6915-4524.


13:00 Doors open
13:00 - 13:35 Opening
13:35 - 14:35 Commemorative Lecture “The Achievements and the future of the Census of Common Life”

2011 International Cosmos Prizewinner
Dr. Ian Poiner, Chairperson, SSC of CoML

14:35 - 14:50 Break
14:50 - 16:30 Symposium "The World of CoML"

Yoshihisa Shirayama, Member of SSC of CoML; Executive Director of Research, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Dr. Ian Poiner, Chairperson, SSC of CoML

Mr. Jesse Ausubel, Co-Founder, SSC of CoML, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, adjunct scientist

Dr. Katsunori Fujikura, Representative, National and Regional Implementation Committees, Japan, CoML
Senior Researcher, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Dr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Member of International Cosmos Prize Screening Committee of Experts
Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Sciences, the University of Tokyo

16:30 Closing

*Simultaneous interpretation in English and Japanese will be provided.