The First Seminar in Taiwan on UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 Attracts the Participation of Over 100 Scholars
國內首次舉辦SDGs13單一聯合國永續發展目標研習會,吸引逾百名學人參與

            In response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, National Cheng Kung University’s Office of Research and Development and its Department of Civil Engineering held Taiwan’s first large-scale seminar on SDG 13, attracting over 120 participants for an active, engaging event. The seminar was aimed at creating ripple effects and demonstrated the ambition of NCKU and participating scholars to pursue a more sustainable environment.

            During the opening ceremony, Tsair-Fuh Lin, a distinguished professor of the Office of Research and Development, represented NCKU President Dr. Huey-Jen Jenny Su for the opening remarks and shared NCKU’s research achievements and international collaboration experience in climate action research. Participants came from National Taiwan University, National Sun Yat-Sen University, National Chung Hsing University, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, and NCKU Disaster Prevention Research Center and included prominent scholars from Taiwan as well as young scholars brimming with potential. Interdisciplinary content was presented in a clear, engaging manner, and research and assertions on seminar topics were detailed in layperson terms to provide participants with a straightforward understanding of professional knowledge. Throughout the event, the participants attentively listened to presenters, and they were able to engage and proactively interact during activities.

            Associate Professor Hung Ching, who served as the seminar convener, explained that due to climate change becoming the new norm, the frequency and severity of its impacts may increase. Taiwan’s history of severe disasters include the devastation of central and southern Taiwan by Typhoon Morakot in 2009, severe casualties caused by the 2016 Meinong earthquake, and the burial of residents due to debris flow in the mudstone area of Yanchao in southern Taiwan. NCKU has actively guided research teams in investigating how natural disasters occur and in devising constructive prevention, management, and coping strategies. In doing so, NCKU demonstrates leadership in academic research.

            Professor Chih-Hsin Chang, representing the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, shared Taiwan’s statistical research results on severe disasters around the world. Chang also explained how the occurrence of disaster incidents has contributed to recent improvements in disaster prevention awareness and capabilities. Chang proposed potential issues in discussions on disaster prevention and protection between Taiwan and overseas countries, and emphasized the cruciality of preparing disaster prevention strategies for an aging society.

            Kun-Yi Lin, a distinguished professor of National Chung Hsing University, imparted knowledge on biowaste recycling and reuse technology development, the conversion of biowaste into resources, and the feasibility of lignin reuse. According to Lin, the technology is currently in the experimental stages and is intended to develop into a continuous mass-production technology that converts lignin-derived vanillyl alcohol into fuel, focuses on increasing the production rate of vanillyl alcohol, and produces vanillyl alcohol for use in food products.

            Finally, I-Yun Hsieh, an associate professor at National Taiwan University, shared her research results on electric vehicles during her doctoral studies at Massachusetts Institution of Technology. Setting the country with the fastest growing electric vehicle market, namely China, as her research target, Hsieh employed economic analysis methods to research influential factors and environmental benefits of the development of electric vehicles in China.

            Through the seminar, participating scholars appreciated the value of sustainable development in Taiwan and recognized NCKU’s willingness to serve and contribute to society. The participants were encouraged to participate more actively in sustainable development–related activities and to devote themselves to achieving global sustainable development.

            為響應聯合國永續發展目標(SDGs),成功大學研發處以及土木工程學系於今年11月5日舉辦國內首次用單一永續發展目標的大型研習會,本次活動吸引120餘人參與,場面活潑熱絡-期待更多的後續漣漪與效應,展示成功大學和與會學人共同追求一個更永續環境的決心。

            開幕由成大研發處林財富特聘教授代表蘇慧貞校長致詞,並說明成大過去在這方面的研究成果和國際合作面向。與會學人來自台灣大學、中山大學、中興大學、國家災害防救科技中心(NCDR)、成大防災研究中心,包含國內的知名學者以及頗具潛力的年輕學者們;跨領域的座談內容皆以非常清楚幽默的呈現方式,深入淺出地闡述對於不同議題的研究及主張,讓這些專業知識變得更平易近人,台下聽眾也聚精會神地聽著,並皆能在活動中交流與熱烈互動。

            主辦人洪瀞副教授於會中說明氣候變遷已為新常態,其所帶來之衝擊可能變得更頻繁與劇烈。回顧台灣過去重大災害歷史,從2009年莫拉克風災重創中南部地區,到2016美濃地震造成台南市嚴重傷亡,以及南部燕巢泥岩土石流掩埋居民等悲劇。成大均發揮其學術研究領頭羊的角色,用心輔導校內研究團隊鑽研各種自然災害發生,不懈於提出具建設性的預防、管理、補救對策。

            張志新博士代表國家災害防救科技中心,分享我國針對國際重大災害事件的統計研究成果,一方面說明相關災害事件在近年來災防意識與能力提升下的改善,另一方面提出我國與國際上針對災害防救的潛在議題,強調提前部屬高齡人口的災防策略的重要性。

            中興大學林坤儀特聘教授分享發展生質廢棄物回收再利用,將其資源化,說明木質素再利用之可行性。林教授說明目前仍在實驗階段,未來期能達到連續量產之成果,衍生物香草醇作為轉換原料,聚焦在香草醛的產率,產出之可用於食用品之香草醛。

            臺灣大學謝依芸助理教授分享其攻讀美國麻省理工學院博士期間研究電動車議題的相關成果,以全球最大也成長最快的電動車市場:中國為研究對象,透過經濟學的分析方法研究影響中國發展電動車的影響因素及其環境效益。

            多位學人於現場了解台灣對於永續發展的重視,肯定成功大學爭取服務與貢獻的願景,即表示未來將更積極進取參與相關活動,共同承擔全球永續發展之艱鉅任務。