Science Challenge 2021


Monday, March 15, 2021 (All day) to Friday, March 19, 2021 (All day)





OIST Science Challenge workshop will be providing participants with a unique opportunity to extend their scientific education and experience research. We also offer valuable information and tips to help them prepare for a doctoral program. Through a series of activities with faculty, postdocs, as well as with PhD students, the participants will learn about research conducted at OIST, and skills needed to survive and enjoy a PhD life. At the end of the workshop, participants will be asked to present a submitted slide presentation on the theme "Transcending Borders" in light of their experience throughout the week. The presentation will be shared with the OIST community.


"Transcending Borders"

This year's theme is "Transcending Borders".

The biggest challenge in 2020 globally was indeed the pandemic of COVID-19. Scientists around the world have been putting all their effort to overcome this unprecedented situation regardless of their differences such as nationality, race, gender, religion, etc. We would like to hear how you challenge yourself to go beyond barriers that exist in the world of science. We would like to hear how you challenge yourself to go beyond barriers that exist in the world of science. What are your struggles as a young scientist (ex: language, discipline, independency, etc.)? What are the borders you'd like to tear down, so you can accomplish your goal in research? This workshop will be a chance to reflect on why you are drawn to science, and how you plan to capitalize on that motivation to make your future endeavors a success. 

Date & Venue

Date: March 15 (Mon) - 19 (Fri), 2021
Venue: Zoom



  • Bachelor or master students in STEM majors
  • Able to take part in the OIST Science Challenge 2021 in full

Application is not open for public this year. Only those who passed the screening for 2020 will be invited.

Application Documents

  • Slide Presentation - on the theme "Transcending Borders" (no more than 6 slides)
  • Statement (200 words in English) - describe reasons why you wish to apply for the workshop, and upload it on the last page of the slide presentation (see sample).
  • Save (as PDF preferred) and submit your presentation under 30MB.


Application materials will be carefully reviewed based on the following criteria.

  • Passion and curiosity for Science
  • Creativity
  • Clarity

From submitted applications, about 30 candidates will be selected and invited to the workshop. During the final slide presentation of those candidates, the following criteria will also be considered:

  • Engagement with the audience
  • Respect of time constraints

Visitors are welcomed to join the final presentation!

Science Challenge Team would like to encourage everybody to join the final presentation by the participants, from 10AM to 12:30PM on Zoom on March 19, 2021. You will hear the interesting and fresh ideas of young scientists! The Zoom link will be shared in the webpage here (Only available for OIST members)


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