Media Section

The Media Section is in charge of press relations, science writing, video, and photos as well as OIST's social media assets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. The section also produces OIST print publications and started podcast from 2019.

Manager and Media Relations

Tomomi Okubo

Having worked in communications and public relations in different sectors and countries, Tomomi Okubo developed an extensive network of media and related professionals. With an MBA from two French universities, she plans and implements strategic communications at OIST. Tomomi has been acting as the contact point between OIST members and the media, both domestic and international. During her tenure, OIST has received prominent domestic and international coverage. Tomomi also contributes by writing newspaper columns and web stories, posting social media, organizing events, and doing whatever else will bring OIST greater name recognition.

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.

Anna Aaronson

Anna Aaronson earned her undergraduate degree in English literature and neuroscience, then spent a year studying neurodegenerative diseases. Combining her passions for writing and the brain, she recently completed the MS in Science Journalism program at Boston University. Alongside science communication, Anna enjoys painting, long hikes in her native California, and strong cups of coffee. A global travel and Japanese food enthusiast, she is thrilled to join the vibrant OIST community and to delve into the many stories it has to offer.

Contact: ANNA.AARONSON@OIST.JP

Anna Aaronson

Dani Ellenby

After studying Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, Dani Ellenby initially moved into an education career, working at an education tech start up and also as a private tutor. She then decided to move into science journalism and multimedia, recently finishing an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. There, she contributed to the university magazine and radio shows and tried her hand at science writing and documentary filming and editing. During her time as a science communication fellow, Dani is excited to shine a light on the fascinating research and day-to-day life at OIST.

Contact: danielle.ellenby@oist.jp

Photo of Dani Ellenby