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 (2022/08/23 Update)

  • "Special Lectures on Antarctic Science II"

  • Notice of Special Lectures on Antarctic II, 2022

    The Special Lectures on Antarctic II will be held as follows:


    Prof. Heinz Blatter (ETH Zürich)
    Prof. Wilhelm Hagen (University of Bremen)
    Prof. Shin Sugiyama (Institute of Low Temperature Science)
    Prof. Manabu Fukui (Institute of Low Temperature Science)

    Place: Conference Room (2nd floor), Institute of Low Temperature Science


    ・Heinz Blatter
    September 14 (Wed) 16:30-18:00 Cryosphere and Climate
    September 15 (Thu) 16:30-18:00 Land Ice and Snow
    September 16 (Fri) 16:30-18:00 Sea Ice
    September 20 (Tue) 14:45-16:15 Glaciers
    September 20 (Tue) 16:30-18:00 Ice Sheets
    September 21 (Wed) 14:45-16:15 Past of the Cryosphere
    September 21 (Wed) 16:30-18:00 Future of the Cryosphere

    ・Wilhelm Hagen
    September 27 (Tue) 16:30-18:00 Antarctic Ocean Ecosystems
    September 28 (Wed) 16:30-18:00 Comparison of Antarctic and Arctic Ocean Ecosystems
    September 29 (Thu) 16:30-18:00 Antarctic Zooplankton and Krill
    September 30 (Fri) 16:30-18:00 Mammals in the Polar Oceans

    ・Common Program
    September 26 (Mon) 15:00-18:00 Climate Change Seminar

    In this special lecture, we will invite the world's famous researchers in polar research to study the cutting edge of the Antarctic and polar science. This is also a valuable opportunity to study and communicate with foreign researchers in English. This lecture is not only for those who want to learn about Antarctica and the Arctic, but also for those who are interested in earth science or English courses. We hope that those who are interested in learning about Antarctica and the Arctic, as well as those who are interested in earth science and lectures in English, will participate in this special lecture.

    If you want to attend this special lecture, please register by Septermber 5. Click HERE for registration.

    This special lecture is a common course for HSI and graduate school students.
    It is a required course in the IAI Curriculum of the Graduate School of Environmental Science.
    If you have any questions regarding the special lecture, please contact the following.

    Shin Sugiyama (Institute of Low Temperature Science)
    TEL: 011 706 7441