The first 'Core to Core' workshop took place this week (21-22 March) at the Institute of Archaeology with attendees from Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Denmark and the UK. The International Research Networks for Indigenous Studies and Cultural Diversity (IRIS) project runs for five years and aims to investigate what drives and sustains past and present cultural diversity in global human society, with a central focus on the role of indigenous cultural traditions. It is led from the Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies at Hokkaido University in Japan, and incudes partner institutions in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. The project hopes to foster and encourage the establishment of new academic exchange and a mentoring system that involves both Japanese and oversears research institutes. To find out more about this project visit their website here and click on the PDF below to view the workshop agenda and list of discussions.