Past Events

[Webinar] Carbon Negative Technology Innovations Fighting Climate Change

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This webinar will feature innovative technologies capable of reducing and sequestering carbon across the built and natural environments.

Presenters include:
* Christie Gamble, Senior Director of Sustainability, CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
* Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, ECOncrete Tech LTD
* Yabing Qi, PhD, Professor, OIST speaking on next generation solar cells

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The Future of Climate U.S.-Japan Dialogue Series Webinar#3: Mitigating Climate Impact Via Innovation

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Panelists include Ms. Naoko Yamazaki, Council Member at The Earthshot Prize and Astronaut (retired) JAXA; Dr. Noriyuki Satoh, Professor, Marine Genomics Unit (OIST) and a global expert on coral preservation in the face of climate change, Ms. Afshan Jamshaid, Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit at OIST; and Ms. Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator in Hawaii (and Palo Alto). This cross-cutting webinar will look at the science behind new energy technologies as well as the need and potential for deploying them and what this can mean for the future in both countries. Moderated by Dr. Jennifer L. Costley, Director of Physical Sciences, Sustainability, & Engineering, New York Academy of Sciences.

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The Future of Oceans In An Era of Climate Change [Webinar]

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This webinar aims to focus on the impact that climate change is having on oceans and marine life and the effects this will have on the U.S., Japan, and the world.

Panelists include Dr. Robert Dunbar, Professor, Earth System Science, Stanford University; Dr. Timothy Ravasi, Professor, Marine Climate Change Unit, OIST, and Dr. Alex Wegmann, Director of Science for the Palmyra Program, The Nature Conservancy.

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The Future of Biodiversity in the Pacific Region: Conserving a Threatened Island World [webinar]

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This webinar is the first of the U.S. - Japan Dialogue Series on the future of climate, presented by the OIST Foundation. 

“Islands” are often compared to the concept of canaries in the coal mine when it comes to climate change. It is on islands that we often see the initial signs of climate change and where it can have rapid impact on biodiversity and signal changes that will soon be coming to other parts of the world.

Join the OIST Foundation as we  explore this topic with panelists  Dr. Evan Economo (Professor, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit – OIST) along with Dr. Rosemary Gillespie (Professor and Schlinger Chair of Systematics, Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley) and Dr. George Roderick (William Muriece Hoskins Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management – UC Berkeley), who have both been engaged in working on such issues on Pacific Islands for the past 30 years.

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A Campus Like No Other: OIST's Revolutionary Architecture - Featuring Kenneth Kornberg and Takashi Okamoto


Join the OIST Foundation for a presentation and discussion with two world-renowned architects on 1) the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s (OIST) revolutionary elements, 2) OIST’s unique properties, and 3) OIST’s bold challenges. Presenters Kenneth Kornberg and Takashi Okamoto were the chief architects who designed much of OIST’s campus.

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[Webinar] US and Japanese Perspectives on Cybersecurity and Undersea Cables


This public panel will explore cybersecurity from US and Japanese perspectives, including issues of trust and transparency and regional cooperation; as well as the geopolitics of submarine cables. Providing insights from both industry and academia in Japan and the United States, it promises to be an engaging session on critical topics for our shared future.

Following the public panel, Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program Director Ariel Stenek will lead an informational session about the program and its offerings, as well as answer questions. Attendees will join breakout rooms where they can connect virtually, share research interests, and discuss the day’s most pressing topics. OIST graduate students and young researchers are invited to participate.

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[Webinar] The Neanderthals in Us: How Neanderthal Genes Influence Us Today


Learn how genes from Neanderthals still influence us from one of the most outstanding leaders in the field of evolutionary genetics. Dr. Pääbo will discuss how Neanderthal gene variants influence fertility, pain sensitivity and severity of SARS-COV-2 infections in people today.

Svante Pääbo is Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology & Adjunct Professor at OIST.

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[Webinar] Oceans, Climate, Cholera, and the Corona Virus: A Discussion with Dr. Rita Colwell


We are pleased to announce that this public webinar is rescheduled to Wednesday, September 16 (JST).

Dr. Rita Colwell, one of the most eminent scientists of our time and a member of OIST's Board of Governors, will share her insights into global challenges facing the planet today ranging from the health of oceans to climate change to disease. In addition, she will highlight elements of her new book, A Lab of One’s Own, about the challenges women face in the field of science and how this can be changed.

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(Please kindly note that you will need to re-register even if you previously signed up for this event.) 

The Science of Entrepreneurship in Japan [Webinar]


Moderated by one of the most outstanding women in the Japanese corporate sector today, and broadcast live from Tokyo, Okinawa, and New York, this webinar presents a conversation between entrepreneurs, business strategists and innovation leaders, which will lead to some practical suggestions for participants interested in exploring entrepreneurship in Japan.

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(Zoom) Strengthening transnational bonds in the era of online connections


Strengthening transnational bonds in the era of online connections: Research and Educational Exchange in the U.S., Japan, and the Philippines
Sponsored by: Fulbright Japan, Fulbright Philippines, OIST Foundation

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