Past Events


TSVP Talk: "Platon's Symmetry" by Dr. Kyoji Saito

2022年10月6日 (木) 16:00 17:10
L4E48, Zoom

Dr. Kyoji Saito, University of Tokyo / Kyoto University. Language: English (no interpretation). Target audience: General audience / everyone at OIST and beyond. Freely accessible to all OIST members and guests without registration (also via Zoom).


[Software Week 2022] Blender (Advanced)

2022年10月5日 (水) 13:00 15:00
Lab3 Level C, C700

Introducing more advanced usecase of Blender for yoru research


[Seminar] Dr. Naoki Takeishi "Numerical study about inertial migration of red blood cell under a Newtonian fluid in a microtube"

2022年10月5日 (水) 10:30 11:30

Target audience: Interns, Students, PostDocs, and those who are interested in the same research field.

Language: English


[Software Week 2022] MATLAB by MathWorks Japan

2022年10月5日 (水) 10:00 12:00
Center Bld. C210

Software Development Practices with MATLAB


Seminar "Formation of satellite systems around Jupiter and Saturn" by Prof. Yuri Fujii

2022年10月4日 (火) 15:00 16:00
Lab1 C016 / Zoom

Speaker: Prof. Yuri Fujii, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University


STEP Up for Mental Health Challenge

2022年10月4日 (火) 11:00 13:00
STEP Up for Mental Health Challenge

Do you want to support positive mental health and wellbeing? Do you also want to increase your steps count?

If so, then join the Ganjuu Team on Tuesday 4 th October 2022 from 11am-1pm to complete the Tell Step Up for Mental Health Challenge organized by Tell Lifeline. For World Suicide Prevention Day and Mental Health Awareness Day we hope you will join us in walking 21,007 steps in honor of the 21,007 lives lost to suicide last year in Japan.

You can organize and register a team of up to 4 people using the link below. Regardless of whether you register a team you can join us on Tuesday 4 th October to do the step up challenge. We plan to meet at 11am outside the entrance to Lab 4 and we can walk the challenge together around the grounds surrounding OIST.


[Seminar] Dr. Andreas Thomasen "Contemporary approaches to variational quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry"

2022年10月4日 (火) 9:00 10:00
L4E01 and Zoom

Target audience: Interns, Students, PostDocs, and those who are interested in the same research field.

Language: English


Prof. Nobutaka Hirokawa (The University of Tokyo) Plenary Lecture on OIST Workshop

2022年10月3日 (月) 17:30
Sydney Brenner Lecture Theater (Seminar Room B250)

OIST Workshop | Main organizer: Marco Terenzio (Molecular Neuroscience Unit) | This lecture is open to entire OIST community | Website


OIST Workshop on Axonal Degeneration and Regeneration

2022年10月3日 (月) 17:202022年10月7日 (金) 11:40
Day 1@B250, Days2-5@OIST Seaside House

OIST Workshop | Main organizer: Marco Terenzio (Molecular Neuroscience Unit) | OIST members are welcome to attend all scientific sessions - contact organizer for details | Website | Program


Fall 2022 Lean Startup Entrepreneurial Training Program: 3-day Opening Session

2022年9月30日 (金) 17:302022年10月2日 (日) 17:00
Seminar Room L4E01

Language: English

Reservation required


The Second Marie Sklodowska Curie Award/第2回 羽ばたく女性研究者賞

2022年9月30日 (金) 12:002022年12月12日 (月) 12:00

Application Period :Friday, September 30 – 12:00 Monday, December 12 2022 (Japan Time)


Intro to Entrepreneurship Training Program

2022年9月30日 (金) 9:00 16:00
Seminar Room L4E01

Language: English

Reservation required.


TSVP Talk: "Collective Intelligence in Living/Nonliving Systems" by Dr. Takashi Ikegami

2022年9月29日 (木) 16:00 17:10
L4E48, Zoom

Dr. Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo. Language: English (no interpretation). Target audience: General audience / everyone at OIST and beyond. Freely accessible to all OIST members and guests without registration (also via Zoom).



2022年9月29日 (木) (All day)2022年9月30日 (金) (All day)

Please address inquiries to the President's Office.


The Trust Landscape in Japan and Implications for SDGs

2022年9月28日 (水) 20:00 21:00

Edelman Japan President and CEO Meghan Barstow presents highlights from Edelman’s Trust Barometer 2022 research highlighting Japan and contrasting it with the rest of the world.

NOTE: This session will be delivered in English and simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Japanese.


Faculty Lunchtime Seminar (Prof. Kaz Tanaka)

2022年9月28日 (水) 12:10 12:50
L4E48 (Lab 4, Level E)

Title: Dynamic Nature of Memory Representation and the Hippocampal Network


Memories are encoded through long-lasting changes in the network of the brain. These memory traces can interfere with each other and therefore lead to instability of the representations. Indeed, a previous study discovered that instability is preferentially embedded within spatial maps in memory engram cells in the hippocampus even though their activity is still functionally linked to memory-relevant behaviors (Tanaka et al., 2018). Notably, higher instability of place cells is often observed in aberrant network states caused by various factors, including aging, stress, or epileptic seizure, which cause memory impairments (e.g., Yan et al., 2003; Kim et al., 2007; Karnam et al., 2009). These studies highlight two distinct types of instability leading to the opposite outcomes of hippocampal memory. In my talk, I will introduce our unpublished studies aiming at 1) elucidation of neuronal underpinning that survives extreme plasticity yet supports memory and 2) development of a novel approach to reset the aberrant network state. These studies will provide fundamental insight into physiological and pathological instability in the neuronal network.

This seminar is open to the OIST community. Visit



Ganjuu Center Relocation

2022年9月28日 (水) (All day)2022年9月29日 (木) (All day)
Former President's House

Ganjuu Wellbeing Service is moving!

Our new location will be the Former Presidents House near the faculty housing and Lab5. The move will take place on 28 th -29 th Sept. The service will be temporarily closed but will be open on Monday 3 rd October.

We hope to see you there.


Decolonizing Science and Moving to Inclusive Science

2022年9月27日 (火) 22:002022年9月28日 (水) 0:30

Colonial scientific practices are embedded in current scientific research, policy, education, and outreach. It is therefore necessary to acknowledge and undo colonial structures and processes and change practices and mindsets within science and scientific communities. A keynote presentation and subsequent panel will address colonial scientific practices, the negative scientific developments that are caused by them, and how to move towards an inclusive science system, globally.


“ROZ” Fosters Scientific Careers Through Inclusivity, Interactivity, and Internationalism

2022年9月27日 (火) 2:00 3:00

Along with OIST president Peter Gruss and assistant professor Paola Laurino, this session will engage participants and viewers in career questions and answers such as: “At the start of my career, am I better off seeking collaborations, avoiding them in the name of independence, or placing myself somewhere on a continuum between the two?”


Valuing Value: How any Organization Can Measure Stakeholder Value and “Ethical Capitalism”

2022年9月26日 (月) 22:002022年9月27日 (火) 0:30

What is a “good” company, and how can it create the highest possible value for itself and each of its stakeholders?

NOTE: This session will be delivered in English and Japan via simultaneous interpretation.


[Hybrid Seminar] "Improved models for Alzheimer’s disease; plaques, synapses and a protective role for microglia" by Prof. Frances A. Edwards, UCL

2022年9月26日 (月) 16:00 17:00
D015, Lab 1 (Hybrid)

"Improved models for Alzheimer’s disease; plaques, synapses and a protective role for microglia"

by Prof. Frances A. Edwards, Dept Neuroscience Physiology & Pharmacology, University College London


Food Drive - September 26th-30th, 2022

2022年9月26日 (月) 9:002022年9月30日 (金) 17:00

Food Drive from 26-30 September 2022. All donations will be delivered to HelpOki. Expiry date of donated items should be no earlier than November 2022.



2022年9月23日 (金) 9:002022年9月25日 (日) 15:00




秋分の日 Autumnal Equinox Day

2022年9月23日 (金) 0:00

National holiday


Uke Club Meeting - Seaside Lounge OR Beach!

2022年9月22日 (木) 20:00

Ukulele club is back!


[Seminar] "Is π-single bonding possible?" by Prof. Manabu Abe

2022年9月22日 (木) 13:30 14:30
C209, Center Bldg

Speaker: Manabu Abe, Ph.D. (Professor, Hiroshima University)


Investing in Science, Investing in Humanity

2022年9月21日 (水) 21:00 22:00

Within the context of Japan, but also balanced against a global view, Dr. Gruss and The Japan Times reporter Tomoko Otake will discuss the importance of investing in research excellence for the benefit of humanity.


[Seminar] "Electron Spin Resonance Measurement of a Single Molecule by Combining RF Signal with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy" by Prof. Tadahiro Komeda (Tohoku University, IMRAM, Japan)

2022年9月21日 (水) 17:00 18:00
B250(Sydney Brenner Hall), Center Building

Title: Electron Spin Resonance Measurement of a Single Molecule by Combining RF Signal with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy


The application of magnetic molecules to the materials of the devices for the quantum information process attracts attention. It is critical to make the sharp spin state of the molecule coupled efficiently with the electric current and substrate. The double-decker phthalocyanine complex of bis(phthalocyaninato)terbium(III) (TbPc2) molecule showed intriguing single-molecule magnet (SMM) behavior and was examined on the substrates Au(111) and Ag(111). Here, we studied the TbPc 2 molecule adsorbed on the superconducting substrate of NbSe2 to demonstrate the use of the mix states between the SMM spins and the superconducting state. By combing with the radio frequency microwave injection shown in Figure 1, we can manipulate the qubit system of the SMM molecule.

Experimentally, we show the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) studies at the sample temperature of 400 mK (Unisoku, Japan) for the system of TbPc 2 molecules. The system is equipped with 10 T magnet and the microwave injection system.

First, we observed Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (YSR) states formed by the superconductor and the magnetic molecule systems, which appear in the superconducting gap. Figure 2 shows the YSR state induced by the magnetic field of the TbPc 2 molecule, which can be manipulated with the molecule's structural configuration. Next, we examine the ESR/NMR signals detected by the RF signal injection (Figure 3). This has been achieved by monitoring the YSR signal intensity as the function of the RF frequency. The plot shows the resonance at the frequencies expected for the ESR/NMR resonances of the TbPc 2 molecule. We anticipate our results can be contributed towards the utilization of SMM as the building blocks of the future spintronics devices as well as fascinating application to the data storage or quantum computing.

[1] Shahed, S. M. F.; Ara, F.; Hossain, M. I.; Katoh, K.; Yamashita, M.; Komeda, T. ACS Nano 2022, 16, 7651-7661


HPC User Group Meeting

2022年9月21日 (水) 13:00

The OIST High-Performance Computing User Group Meeting. Learn all about the newest news. Everybody is welcome!


[Seminar] Mr. Hyeok-Jun Yang "Searching for hidden phases born of a quantum spin liquid"

2022年9月21日 (水) 13:00 14:00
L4E48 / Zoom

Target audience: Interns, Students, PostDocs, and those who are interested in the same research field.

Language: English


Allies, Advocates, and Partners: Communicating Social and Environmental Issues Effectively

2022年9月20日 (火) 23:002022年9月21日 (水) 0:30

Leadership mentor, teacher, and sustainability expert Betsy Reed will speak on the importance of engaging allies, advocates, and partners in the community. She will be interviewed by Heather Young, vice-president of communications at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST).


“The Little Island that Could”: Creating a Better Future for Okinawa Through Partnership

2022年9月20日 (火) 20:00 22:30

This presentation will share examples of ways Okinawans are addressing local carbon emissions, improving health, promoting employment and industry development, and improving the marine environment.

This session will be delivered in Japanese and simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English.


OIST Representation Theory Seminar

2022年9月20日 (火) 16:30 17:30
on Zoom
Kai Meng Tan, National University of Singapore Title: Young’s seminormal basis vectors and their denominators

敬老の日 Respect for the Aged Day

2022年9月19日 (月) 0:00

National holiday


The 92nd IUVSTA workshop on Advanced Spectroscopy and Transport for 2D Materials at Surfaces & The 4th Asia-Pacific Symposium on Solid Surfaces (APSSS-4)

2022年9月18日 (日) 15:002022年9月21日 (水) 18:00
OIST Conference Center

Website | Registration | Scientific sessions are open to OIST members. Pre-registration required. Please contact to register.


TSVP Talk: "What Is Quantum Mechanics About?" by Dr. Leon Loveridge

2022年9月15日 (木) 16:00 17:10
L4E48, Zoom

Dr. Leon Loverdige, University of South-Eastern Norway. Language: English (no interpretation). Target audience: General audience / everyone at OIST and beyond. Freely accessible to all OIST members and guests without registration (also via Zoom).


[Seminar] Comparative analysis of the cobia (Rachycentron canadum) genome identifies ephx1 as a novel putative master sex-determining gene in teleosts

2022年9月15日 (木) 14:00 15:00
OIST Seminar room C210

Speaker: Dr Xueyan Shen , Senior Lecturer Aquaculture Institute, James Cook University Singapore.

Hosted by: Dr. Roger Huerlimann, OIST Marine Climate Change Unit


Cobia ( Rachycentron canadum ) is the only member of the Rachycentridae family and exhibits considerable sexual dimorphism in growth rate. Sex determination in teleosts has been a long-standing basic biological question. The molecular mechanisms of sex determination/differentiation in cobia species is completely unknown. We reported high-quality, chromosome-level genome sequences of male cobia with a genome assembly size of 586.51 Mb (contig/scaffold N50: 86.0 kb/24.3 Mb) and female cobia, 583.88 Mb (79.9 kb/22.5 Mb). (...)


Sustainability For All Workshop

2022年9月15日 (木) 12:00 13:00
Lab 3 C700

Learn about the fundamentals of climate change and climate action in this interactive workshop organized for the OIST community.


September 14: Seminar on the amended Ethical Guidelines for Life-science and Medial Research Involving Human Subjects (Annual Training for HSR Researchers)

2022年9月14日 (水) 10:30 11:30
C209 or Zoom (Pre-registration is required)

Dr. Kenji Matsui, Director of Bioethics and Medical Law Research, National Cancer Center Japan, update you about the amended Ethical Guidelines of Life-science and Medical Research Involving Human Subjects. This seminar is open to OISTers. Pre-registration is required.


Seminar "Towards Sustainability in Construction with Concrete" by Dr. Ravindra Gettu

2022年9月12日 (月) 15:00 16:00
C015 Lab1/ Zoom

[Speaker] Dr. Ravindra Gettu, VS Raju Institute Chair Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India


[Seminar] The R&D pathway to growing aquaculture through innovative technologies

2022年9月12日 (月) 14:00 15:00
OIST Meeting room L4F01

Speaker: Professor Dean R. Jerry, Tropical Futures Institute, James Cook University Singapore, Australian Research Council Hub for Supercharging Tropical Aquaculture through Genetic Solutions, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.

Hosted by: Dr. Roger Huerlimann, OIST Marine Climate Change Unit

Abstract: As the farming of aquaculture species matures the industry is progressively adopting innovation to increase productivity and lower risk due to disease and environmental perturbations. Technologies based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, rapid diagnostics, biosensors, and integration of genomic data are being developed in efforts to obtain precise information on the health and well-being of the cultured species, along with allowing finer-scale management of the production system. (...)


TSVP Talk: "Sub-Riemannian Geometry Is Everywhere!" by Dr. Sebastiano Nicolussi Golo

2022年9月9日 (金) 10:40 11:50
B250 (Center), Zoom

Dr. Sebastiano Nicolussi Golo, University of Jyväskylä. Language: English (no interpretation). Target audience: General audience / everyone at OIST and beyond. Freely accessible to all OIST members and guests without registration (also via Zoom).


R U Okay Day and World Suicide Prevention Day

2022年9月8日 (木) (All day)2022年9月10日 (土) (All day)
Center Court

To mark R U Okay Day (Thursday 8 th September) and World Suicide Prevention Day (Saturday 11 th September) at OIST, Ganjuu Wellbeing Service will have a stall at lunchtime at center court where they will be sharing information, leaflets, giving away World Suicide Prevention Day wrists bands and raising money for the Okinawan Lifeline, a charity that provides out of hours telephone support for people in crisis.

Where yellow on Thursday 8 th September to support R U Okay Day :)


Conversational French Lessons - Registration Open

2022年9月7日 (水) 18:002022年12月1日 (木) 18:00
Room next to ATM

Conversational French Lessons - Registration Open for September to November


Faculty Lunchtime Seminar (Prof. Kenji Doya)

2022年9月7日 (水) 12:10 12:50
B250 (Center Building, Level B)

Title: Inference, control and the cortical circuits


The duality of sensory inference and motor control has recently been recognized as the commonality in computations required for the posterior distributions in Bayesian inference and the value functions in optimal control. Meanwhile, an intriguing question about the brain is why the entire neocortex shares a canonical six-layer architecture, while its posterior and anterior halves are engaged in sensory processing and motor control, respectively. Here we consider the hypothesis that the sensory and motor cortical circuits implement the dual computations for Bayesian inference and optimal control,

Yasha and Akiko (FAO)


TSVP Teatime

2022年9月1日 (木) 16:30 17:15
Lab 4 Level D Break Area (L4D01)

"TSVP Teatime": informal discussions and getting to know each other


Seminar: "Switching thermometry for dynamical investigations of thermal processes at nanoscale" by Dr. Maciej Zgirski

2022年9月1日 (木) 14:00 15:00

Speaker: Dr. Maciej Zgirski, Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences


Welcome to Class of 2022 New Students

2022年9月1日 (木) 10:30
OIST Auditorium

Welcome Ceremony for Class of 2022 New Students


Uke Club Meeting POSTPONED

2022年9月1日 (木) (All day)

Uke Club meeting postponed due to probable typhoon


[Seminar] When does taxonomy matter?

2022年8月29日 (月) 11:00 12:00
Lab4 L4F01 Seminar Room

Speaker: Professor Andrew Baird, Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University

Hosted by: Professor Timothy Ravasi, OIST Marine Climate Change Unit

Abstract: Molecular approaches have revolutionised our understanding of the systematics and evolution of most branches on the tree of life, including corals. Over the last twenty-five years molecular research has revealed that few of the 18 families and 111 genera recognised by Veron (2000) were monophyletic. New techniques and vision promise a more robust and consistent species level taxonomy, but it will take time and there is always likely to be some uncertainty. It is therefore important to establish when taxonomy matters and when it does not. (...)