Media Section

The Media Section is in charge of press relations, science writing, video, and photos. Media is also in charge of OIST's social media assets Facebook, Twitter, and  Youtube. Media also produces OIST print publications.

Acting Manager and Media Relations

Tomomi Okubo

Tomomi Okubo acts as the contact point between OIST members and media companies and journalists. She also contributes to web stories, social media contents, and events.

Contact: tomomi.okubo@oist.jp , 098-982-3447

Tomomi Okubo outside smiling

Multimedia Communications Specialist

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott has strayed a little from his start in marine biology. Ever since he got his hands on a video camera, he’s been driven to document the natural world on film. The call of science never left though, and he’s been combining his twin passions for science and storytelling ever since gaining his masters in science communication. It’s a path that's taken him from waist-deep mud his native Scotland to shark cages in New Zealand, urban rainforests in Singapore and corals under curfew in Honduras. He has an abiding passion for comedy too, and and on ongoing interest in using it as a science communication tool. Whether in the lab, the TV studio, and now to the reporter’s beat at OIST, “Scotty” is ready to be amazed by the stories Okinawa has to offer. 

Contact: andrew.scott@oist.jp

Andrew Scott

Web and Multimedia Assistant

Kaori Serakaki

Kaori Serakaki is the Web and Multimedia Assistant for the Media Section. She was born and raised in Onna Village, the home of OIST. After graduating from the University of the Ryukyus, she worked as a TV director in Tokyo. After being diagnosed with adult Asperger’s Syndrome, she switched to web design and intellectual property management. She is also interested in using design and video for science.

Contact: kaori.serakaki@oist.jp

Science Writing Fellows

The Media Section invites science communicators to spend 6 months writing articles for internal and external news, taking photographs, making videos, and doing social media as members of the Communications Division members. If you are interested in a fellowship, please email media@oist.jp for more information on how to apply.

Erica Overfelt

Erica Overfelt has worked in an environment similar to OIST, just three times smaller and in the middle of Missouri. However, don't let that diminish her experience on science communication. To Erica, science is in every realm of life and its communication to the world is vital. Whether that be seeing science at every glance while hiking Kilimanjaro or wondering how fast the molecules are moving while cooking, it is always there for her. Erica has left the University of Missouri for a semester to join the OIST Media Section. Growing up her favorite Godzilla character was King Ceaser, who resembles the shisas all over Okinawa. At every glance, Erica is reminded of her childhood and is ecstatic to embark on her science journey here at OIST.

Contact: erica.overfelt@oist.jp

Erica Overfelt

Christopher Richardson

A biologist by training, Christopher Richardson has had a career spanning small tech startups and management consulting giants. More than once he’s ditched the city for global travel, working with and writing about important causes, spending time with trees and getting deep beneath the water. Combining the common thread of communication, he went on to complete the MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. Here Chris led the team behind Imperial’s quarterly print digest, weekly radio show, and infiltration of science events across the city. He also launched the WonderLabs podcast, interviewing academics from top institutions across Europe – a project he is excited to continue in Japan. With the Fellowship torch in his hand, Chris aims to showcase the fascinating work taking place behind closed doors, and help put OIST firmly on the map.

Contact: Christopher.Richardson@oist.jp

Christopher Richardson