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[Online] STEAM for Innovation #3: The OIST Experiment


Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 20:00 to 21:00


Zoom link will be provided upon registration


言語 / Language: 英語 / English

セッション主催者 / Session organiser: OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) and OIST Foundation

セッション実施形態 / Session style: オンラインセッション / Online session

セッション概要 / Session description

Considered by some to be on the periphery of Japan, how might Okinawa be reimagined as a new center for innovation and research on the world’s most cutting-edge topics? How might a global scientific institution that operates in English with faculty and students from over 50 countries foster more inclusion and global connections in Okinawa and throughout Japan? These questions and more will be discussed as we examine the creation, mission, and vision of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST).

OIST was creatively constructed with the assistance of Nobel laureates from around the world and opened its doors in 2012. In a few short years it has gained global notoriety, including having been listed as the top institution in Japan for scientific research quality and number 9 globally. The University has also incubated new companies and is fostering an innovation ecosystem in Okinawa.

This is the third session of the three session series of STEAM for Innovation!You can see #1 (18th Feb):The Art of Science and Science of Art [ENG] and #2 (25th Feb):STEAM教育の現状とその可能性 [JPN] sessions on YouTube! 

登壇者 / Speakers

  • Dr. Mary Collins / Provost, OIST
    Mary Collins is an immunologist and virologist. From 2005-15 she directed the Medical Research Council Centre for Medical Molecular Virology at University College London, a national hub for research and training in viral epidemiology, genetics and engineering. Collins has developed viral vectors for clinical use in gene therapy and vaccination and has studied viral and vaccine regulation of the immune response. From 2009-2014 Collins was also Dean of the Life Science Faculty at University College London. In September 2016 Collins relocated to Onna-son, Okinawa to take up the role of Dean of Research, then in 2018 Provost, at OIST.
  • Dr. Tadashi Yamamoto / Dean of Research at OIST
    Dr. Tadashi Yamamoto is Dean of Research and Professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), where he also oversees the Cell Signal Unit. Professor Yamamoto is an expert in molecular biology and molecular oncology who received his Ph.D. from Osaka University. He is Team Leader at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences and previously served as Chair of the Department of Cancer Biology, The Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo. Dr. Yamamoto has also served as a Visiting Scientist at the National Cancer Institute at the NIH in the United States and has won numerous awards including the Tomizo Yoshida Award from the Japanese Cancer Association, the Fogarty Scholar-in-Residence of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S., and the 1989 Asahi Prize. In addition, he was awarded a research grant from the Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund and also won the Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund Prize.  
  • Mr. David Janes / Senior Advisor to the President for Institutional Development, OIST
    David Janes is Senior Advisor to the President for Institutional Development at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Managing Director of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation in New York. In these roles Mr. Janes leads OIST’s strategic development efforts in the United States and Japan, assists OIST in fostering relationships and building networks with leaders in U.S.-Japan relations, scientific and technology focused foundations, and cutting-edge corporations in both countries, and provides strategic advice to OIST’s President and senior leadership. Aiming to be among the world’s top science and technology universities and one of the most innovative educational institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, OIST is poised to make significant contributions to the sustainable development of Okinawa, to scientific research in Japan, and to science and technology globally. With a dynamic tech transfer program and incubator, the University is also focused on enhancing entrepreneurship in Okinawa and other areas of Japan.

■参加方法/ How to participate

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Option②: Facebookよりサインアップする(オンラインのみ) / Sign-up through Facebook


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