Science Technology Week and Earth Day Special Event "Journey to Space from OIST"


Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 14:00 to 15:30


OIST Auditorium


Science Technology week & Earth day special Lecture

"Journey to Space from OIST"

Join us for an engaging course where you can learn about space in a fun and interactive way, featuring a lecture by Dr. Yuko Kakazu from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and TMT International Observatory. Explore the mysteries of the universe while enjoying quality time with your family. Participate in hands-on experiments that allow you to experience the wonders of space.

April 17th to 23rd is designated "Science and Technology Week" designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and April 22nd is Earth Day. Why not join us for this family science event where you can delve into the exploration of space and discover new and fascinating facts about the cosmos?



Date        : Saturday 20th April, 2024

Venue      : OIST Auditorium

Audience  : Elementary and Junior High School students

Gate open: 13:00

Start         : 14:00

                  "Journey to Space from OIST" 

Close         : 15:30

Note          :This lecture will be in Japanese, with English interpretation provided.

                    After the event, you are welcome to explore our campus.


Registration is required.

Registration has been closed as we've reached the maximum number of applicants.



Yuko Kakazu, Ph.D.

Education, Outreach, and Broader Impacts Manager & Scientist

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and TMT International Observatory

Born and raised in Naha, Okinawa, Dr. Kakazu is the Education, Outreach, and Broader Impacts Manager and Scientist at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and TMT International Observatory. With a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaiʻi's Institute for Astronomy, she is the first Okinawan astronomer. She has held researcher positions at several institutions including the California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, and Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. Previously, she led education and outreach initiatives at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaiʻi. Dr. Kakazu is actively engaged in various leadership capacities, including Director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaiʻi, member of the Board of Councilors at OIST, Trustee and Education Ambassador of the OIST Foundation, and U.S.-Japan Council Council Leader.



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