Voting open

Voting is now open, please see the candidate list and cast a vote. Voting will close at 5pm, Friday 18th March.

ORC Election 2020 Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the online ballot for electing the new ORC Office starting on April 1st, 2020. Congratulations to all!

ORC Assembly (February 25)

Join us for the last ORC Asssembly of the current ORC Office on Tuesday 25 February 2020 from 12pm to 1pm (Seminar Room C210).

ORC Election 2020

Registration of candidates for ORC Office Election is open until Wednesday Feb. 5!

If you know any OIST colleague who you think might be suitable for the role, please send your nomination to

On January 10, 2020, ORC Office has announced the organization of an election to select a new office (OIST PRP 4.5.2): 2 Researcher Representatives, 1 Researcher Representative Alternate, 1 Chairperson and 1 Secretary.

ORC Assembly (December 16)

Join us for the last ORC Asssembly of the year on Monday December 16 from 12pm to 1pm (Seminar Room C700).
Refreshments will be served.


12:00 - 12:05 Welcome and Introduction
12:05 - 12:30 Guest: Prof. Jeff Wickens, Ombudsman
12:30 - 12:45 Report on Faculty Assembly (Cathal Cassidy)
12:45 – 13:00 Looking back on 2019 and ORC updates for 2020

ORC Assembly (October 21)

Bring your lunch and join us in Seminar Room C209 on Monday, October 21 at noon, for this month's ORC Assembly. The Provost, Mary Collins, will be our guest. She will talk about her actions following the results of ORC’s Researcher Survey, conducted last March (Researcher Survey Report). Researcher Appreciation Week (RAW!) will also be presented and discussed.

ORC Assembly (August 22)

Bring your lunch and join us in Seminar Room C700 on Thursday, August 22 at noon. This month, our guest will be Felix Rehnberg (R&D Cluster Programs Section) who will talk about an exciting new OIST business development program. 


Guest: Felix Rehnberg (R&D Cluster Programs Section)
Report on Faculty Assembly*
Misc. updates*
Question Time*

ORC Assembly (June 20)

Please join the OIST Researcher Community (ORC) Assembly! This month, our guest will be Mary Collins, Provost.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00

Seminar Room C700 (Lab 3, Level C)
You may bring your lunch in the room

ORC Assembly (April 25)

Please join the OIST Researcher Community (ORC) Assembly! This month, we will discuss the results of the Researcher Survey.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00

Seminar Room C209 (Central Bldg., Level C)

Introducing Science Digest

Are you applying for a PI position? Do you give talks where you need to explain your work quick and simple? Do you enjoy discussing your work and getting ideas from your peers?  Science Digest is the place for you. Science digest is preferably following the format of “Chalk Talks”, but the slide presentation is also fine. This is where the speaker talks about their work for about 20 minutes (usually using a chalk board), followed by a lengthy discussion session with everyone present. Once a month, the ORC will host a speaker.

Researcher Survey

The ORC with the support of the Faculty Affairs Office are conducting a survey this month (March 8th-April 8th) for the research community. The results from this survey will be combined with results from a previous survey done by the students. This survey will likely be repeated on a yearly basis to gauge satisfaction with the research culture and work-life balance of researchers, as OIST continues to grow and expand. Please follow this link to participate in the survey:

ORC Assembly

Please join the monthly ORC Researcher Assembly!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
Seminar Room B503 (Central Building, Level B)

- Report and discussion on the latest Faculty Assembly
- Student survey and ORC survey
- Introducing "Science Digest", a monthly science lunch talk
- Report on OIST Science Speed Dating and RUT Networking Lunch 
- Monthly schedule

First RUT Networking Lunch 2019

ORC would like to invite you to Research Unit Technician (RUT) Networking Lunches. Our first event for the year will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 12pm to 1pm.

OIST Science Speed Dating

No Valentines plan this year? Don’t worry! Who needs cheap flowers and unhealthy chocolates when you’ve got science instead?

Call for Volunteers - Excellence in Mentoring Award

The Excellence in Mentoring Award honors Faculty members’ strong commitment to outstanding mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement of their group members and OIST employees. 

Volunteers from OIST Researchers Community (ORC) are needed to serve on the Award Selection Committee.

ORC Election Results

Results of ORC elections were announced on December 14, 2018. Were elected:

Chair: Guillaume Vares
Secretary: Crystal-Leigh Clitheroe
Representatives: Kimberlie Ward, Jelena Katic, Cathal Cassidy

The final composition of ORC Advisory Board and Representatives in Committees will be announced during the next ORC Assembly on January 23, 2019.

Welcome to the Dark Side!

Thank you all for joining us today for our little "Welcome to the Dark Side" Q&A session with Mark Daly!

Valentine's ORC Assembly, C209 @ 13:00-14:00

This Wednesday, 14 February, after you have had lunch with your personal Valentine, please join the OIST Researcher Community (ORC) Assembly at Seminar Room C209, Center Building, at 1:00 pm.

Seminar: "Labour of love: early careers in pursuit of well-being"

Friday, 10 November 2017, 14:00-15:00 @ Seminar Room C700, Lab 3

New ORC office composition

As of today, November 2nd 2017, the new ORC Office consists of:

  • Chair: Panagiotis Grammatikopoulos
  • ORC Secretary: Florine Paraz
  • Researcher Representatives: Emilio Juarez Perez, Robin Ohmann
  • Researcher Representative Alternate: Tapan Sabuwala
  • Advisory Board: Georg Fischer, Ivan Koludarov, Michael Kuba, Lars-Goran Ofverstedt, Kirk Sato, Rory Cerbus

The term for each ORC Office is for up to two years, according to the PRP.

The ORC Representatives webpage and webmail list will be updated soon.

ORC election results

The ORC election result was announced by OIST's IT department on November 1st. There were fourty six (46) votes for all three officer positions. The new ORC office will be announced once all positions are filled: the candidates who got the most votes for each position will have to confirm acceptance of the position, and there will have to be internal voting regarding the 2nd Researcher Representative and Researcher Representative Alternate positions, since there were more than two candidates with equal votes.

Update from the Faculty Assembly: Life Support for OIST community

The OIST Faculty Assembly met on September 23, 2016. ORC representatives Zach Hensel and Giulio Giusteri attended the meeting. There was some discussion of the new KAKENHI application incentives between faculty members and the Dean of Researcher, Mary Collins. The only new information relevant to ORC members came from the VP of Human Resources, Machi Dilworth:

Brainstorming ORC-sponsored activities

This is an open call to OIST Researchers for suggestions and volunteers to help organize ORC-sponsored academic and social activities. Please see the attached document for a copy of the presentation Zach Hensel gave to the ORC general meeting on Sept. 14. If you're interested in helping to organize something or just have a cool idea, you can e-mail Zach directly (, e-mail the ORC officers (, submit a comment on the ORC website, or talk to any of us in person.

Faculty Assembly: Updates for ORC members from the August 16 meeting

Please see the attached PDF for a copy of the presentation to the ORC General Meeting on September 14, 2016. It details information from the August  16 Faculty Assembly meeting that may be of interest to OIST researchers. It also includes an overview of the roles of ORC representatives to the Faculty Assembly.