Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 09:00 to 11:10

This public panel will explore cybersecurity from US and Japanese perspectives, including issues of trust and transparency and regional cooperation; as well as the geopolitics of submarine cables. Providing insights from both industry and academia in Japan and the United States, it promises to be an engaging session on critical topics for our shared future.

Following the public panel, Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program Director Ariel Stenek will lead an informational session about the program and its offerings, as well as answer questions. Attendees will join breakout rooms where they can connect virtually, share research interests, and discuss the day’s most pressing topics. OIST graduate students and young researchers are invited to participate.

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Friday, October 23, 2020 - 08:00 to 09:00

Join the OIST Foundation for a presentation and discussion with two world-renowned architects on 1) the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s (OIST) revolutionary elements, 2) OIST’s unique properties, and 3) OIST’s bold challenges. Presenters Kenneth Kornberg and Takashi Okamoto were the chief architects who designed much of OIST’s campus.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 10:30 to 12:00

The phrase "A square peg in a round hole" means something or someone conforming to unsuitable surroundings.  It's an unsolved conjecture over a century old that given any shape of hole - in other words any closed curve in the plane - you can always find four points on the curve that form the vertices of a square.  This says that square pegs can be made to fit into any shape hole, not just into square ones! I'll talk about this conjecture, its history, recent progress, and surprising and beautiful connections with famously one-sided surfaces such as the Moebius strip and the Klein bottle.

Andrew Lobb was an undergraduate at Oxford University and then took up a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard University for his PhD studies.  During these studies, he became interested in low-dimensional topology and wrote his thesis on applications of quantum knot invariants to 4-dimensional problems. Dr. Lobb moved back to the UK for a postdoctoral position at Imperial College London, then returned to the USA for second postdoc at Stony Brook which included six months leave to take part in a program at MSRI.  He has been at Durham University in the UK since 2011.


Friday, September 25, 2020 - 07:30 to 08:30

Learn how genes from Neanderthals still influence us from one of the most outstanding leaders in the field of evolutionary genetics. Dr. Pääbo will discuss how Neanderthal gene variants influence fertility, pain sensitivity and severity of SARS-COV-2 infections in people today.

Svante Pääbo is Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology & Adjunct Professor at OIST.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 08:00 to 09:00

We are pleased to announce that this public webinar is rescheduled to Wednesday, September 16 (JST).

Dr. Rita Colwell, one of the most eminent scientists of our time and a member of OIST's Board of Governors, will share her insights into global challenges facing the planet today ranging from the health of oceans to climate change to disease. In addition, she will highlight elements of her new book, A Lab of One’s Own, about the challenges women face in the field of science and how this can be changed.

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(Please kindly note that you will need to re-register even if you previously signed up for this event.) 


Friday, July 24, 2020 - 07:30 to 08:30

Moderated by one of the most outstanding women in the Japanese corporate sector today, and broadcast live from Tokyo, Okinawa, and New York, this webinar presents a conversation between entrepreneurs, business strategists and innovation leaders, which will lead to some practical suggestions for participants interested in exploring entrepreneurship in Japan.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00

Strengthening transnational bonds in the era of online connections: Research and Educational Exchange in the U.S., Japan, and the Philippines
Sponsored by: Fulbright Japan, Fulbright Philippines, OIST Foundation

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Friday, June 5, 2020 - 07:30 to 08:30

Join the OIST Foundation for an on-line discussion about research in the U.S. and Japan on the impact of climate change on coral reefs featuring Dr. Timothy Ravasi, Professor of Marine Science, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) & Dr. Jose M. Eirin-Lopez, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University (Miami, Florida).



Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 08:30 to 09:30

As campuses are shuttered and classes moved online, the spread of COVID-19 poses mid-term and long-term uncertainties, as well as opportunities to implement innovation for positive change for the higher education industry. 


Friday, April 24, 2020 - 07:30 to 08:30

Join this exciting OIST Foundation webinar to learn about the unknown scientific aspects of Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s exhibition to Japan. Featuring Dr. Matthew Perry, a wildlife scientist and descendent of Commodore Perry, the webinar will touch upon the ways in which this early US-Japan interaction formed a base for long-term US-Japan science diplomacy and exchange.