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区切りをつける【Putting a break】

posted Feb 1, 2020, 3:31 PM by Yoshitaka Uchida   [ updated Feb 1, 2020, 9:53 PM ]






It is hard to admit that it is already Feb. 

In this year, one of the projects that I have been involved, SATREPS-KAMPAI, will end. The project aims to mitigate lead contamination issues in Zambia. My role was to lead the environmental scientists' group and I have been doing my best. 

There are number of great outcomes from this project. More than ten dissertations and theses were produced based on the project, both from Hokkaido University and University of Zambia. 

Peer-reviewed papers have also been published. The papers produce new connections with other scientists for me. These new connections are potentially new projects and sciences. I became a bit tougher, based on my regular visits to Africa and so as my students. 

We had a regular meeting for the project a few days ago, discussing how to put a break on this project. Our group has been managing a big field studies in Zambia, planting a lot of trees and researching underground water. We started talking about what to do with this site. 

Kabwe, Zambia, is still known as one of the most polluted cities in the world. We could not change this fact so far, thus we need to move on to the next step... By the way, the photo was taken at a "cat-cafe" in Japan, my favourite healing spot.