What is IAI?

Penguins at Bay of Whales

The International Antarctic Institute (IAI) is an international, multi-campus program in cryosphere science education. This institute was first proposed by the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and now the IAI has partners from nine countries, including Japan. Within the IAI, many academic institutes offer courses in cryosphere sciences.

The field of cryosphere science is very broad, including mountain glaciers, polar ice sheets, sea ice, physical properties of snow and ice, permafrost, and more. It is therefore difficult for a course in only one institute or one country to cover the whole field. It is important to bring together many international academic institutes. The various institutes can cooperate to cover the entire field while each international academic institute can consolidate its efforts and focus on specific aspects of cryosphere science education. With this underlying principle, the IAI aims to provide an educational program with a high level of international cooperation.

The Graduate School of Environmental Science at Hokkaido University started an international educational curriculum as a partner of the IAI project. The IAI project provides an international standard educational program in connection with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and the University of Tasmania (UTAS), and also with Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies.

News (2020/08/06 Update)

< Special Lecture on Antarctic Science I >


〇Real-time
Mon., Aug. 31
10:15-10:30 Shigeru Aoki (ILTS)
「Introduction」
10:30-14:30 Nobuo Kokubun (NIPR)
「Polar biology -life and ecosystem in extremes-」

Tue., Sep. 1
10:30-12:00 Shigeru Aoki (ILTS)
「Antarctic observation now」
13:00-14:30 Masanobu Yamamoto (Faculty of Env. Earth Science)
「Climate change -the past and present revealed by cores-」

Wed., Sep. 2
10:30-14:30 Shin Sugiyama (ILTS)
「Ice sheet and glacier -ice sheet」 dynamics-

*Lectures will be held on ZOOM.
*Take appropriate breaks.

〇On-demand
(You can take the class between 31 August and 4 September)


Akiho Shibata (Kobe Univ.)
「The First International Lawyer in Antarctica!」

Gen Sazaki (ILTS)
「Mysteries of ice: ice crystals are aliving!」

Shigeru Aoki (ILTS)
「Polar oceans and cryosphere」

*Please send questions about on-demand class before 17:00 on 4 September.
*Please send questions for Prof. Shibata before 17:00 on 3 September.


・Lectures will be given in Online Real-time/On-demand
・Send your e-mail address to receipt the necessary information from us to
Shigeru Aoki (shigeru atmark lowtem.hokudai.ac.jp)
with cc to Ms. Kitahara (iai-jimu atmark pop.lowtem.hokudai.ac.jp).
We will send you necessary information such as ZOOM link.
・This course will be held as "Daigakuin Kyoutsu Jyugyo".

・Feel free to contact to the representative lecturer below.
Shigeru Aoki 
TEL: 011 706 7430
shigeru[at]lowtem.hokudai.ac.jp


< Special Lecture on Antarctic Science III >

This year's Special Practice of Antarctic Studies III will be started at April 10,2019, 16:30-18:00 at Institute Low Temperature Science 3F.

If you are interested in this course,please contact us.

Shin Sugiyama
TEL: 011 706 7441
e-mail: sugishin_at_lowtem.hokudai.ac.jp


< Swiss field course 2019 >

We'll have an information session about the Swiss field course 2019.
The venue is Institute of Low Temperature Science, 3F at 18:15.
Past lecture is here.



< Field course in Switzerland >

As a part of "Field Studies in Cryosphere", a field course in Switzerland has been organized. During the course, we visit several glaciers in the Alps, including field measurements on Rhonegletscher. The program includes lectures offered by professors in ETH, visit to research institutions, field data analyses and presentations.
The program this year is from August 25 to September 09, 2018.

The information is here.