OIST Science Challenge 2023


OIST Science Challenge workshop provides 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 "How will your research impact future society?" in light of their experience throughout the week. The presentation will be shared with the OIST community.
Airfare, accommodation, and meals during the workshop will be provided by OIST.


"How will your research impact future society?"

This year's theme is "How will your research impact future society?"
In the light of challenges that lie ahead for future generations, we would like you to think about how your research will impact future society. Ideally, you should elaborate in which way science will be able to shape society and how science can be helpful to provide solutions to challenges that affect society. In addition, you will have the opportunity to reflect on how scientific findings can be communicated to society, while attending the workshop.

Date & Venue

Date: March 11th -18th, 2023
Venue: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University OIST Main Campus

Application Deadline: December 31, 2022


  • Bachelor or master students in STEM majors
  • Currently living in Japan.
  • Able to take part in the OIST Science Challenge 2023 in full

*Currently, there are no COVID-19 restrictions related to eligibility criteria. However, depending on the development of the COVID-19 situation the format of the workshop may change.

Application Documents

  • Slide Presentation -on the theme "How will your research impact future society?" (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 20 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


E-mail: gradschool.event@oist.jp (OIST External Engagement Section)

*Please beware that the office will be closed from December 29th until January 3rd, due to Japanese national holidays. We will only respond to inquiries after coming back to the office.