OIST's Visiting Programs

TSVP-Discussion (Chris Bowman)

Theoretical Sciences Visiting Program (TSVP)

The Theoretical Sciences Visiting Program (TSVP) was launched in June 2021, with the goal of bringing leading theoretical researchers to OIST for extended visits. In keeping with OIST's interdisciplinary mission, the TSVP spans all theoretical sciences including, but not limited to, mathematics, theoretical physics, computational sciences, and theoretical life sciences.

The TSVP encompasses three separate activities, Visiting Scholars,  Thematic Programs, and Domestic Visitors. Visiting Scholars (VS) are individual visitors, usually staying at OIST from 3 to 12 months. From 2023 the TSVP will also host Thematic Programs (TPs), where several researchers visit OIST at one time (2 weeks to 3 months). Where it fits the goals and timeframe of the TP, a symposium linked to the program can be hosted at OIST. The next calls for Visiting Scholars and pre-proposals for Thematic Programs are not expected until the second half of 2023. Since 2023 the TSVP also hosts Domestic Visitors (DV) who stay for shorter terms, these are on a rolling deadline (application).

These webpages provide information about the program, and associated events, including lectures intended for a general audience. More information can be found on the Events page or by subscribing to this iCal calendar.

You can learn more about the TSVP from a news article about the arrival of the first visitors published on the OIST website in English and Japanese.

In April 2023, the TSVP co-hosted the French-Japanese Seminar on "Metaverse and Virtual Reality", read about it here (Japanese version).



Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program (DVSP)

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program (DVSP) emphasizes novel and innovative approaches in research by inviting top-tier faculty to spend their sabbatical time at OIST (Program Overview). While the TSVP is focused on theoretical researchers, candidates for the DVSP are usually experimental scientists.

An overview of all OIST Visiting Programs can be found below.


Visiting Programs Overview


TSVP and DVSP Talks

An archive of all TSVP and DVSP Talks is embedded below as Youtube playlist. These talks are intended for general audiences, with topics spanning from Blackholes, via Mathematics and Neuroscience, to Quantum Mechanics.