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Recreation

Conversational French Lessons - Registration Open

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 18:00 to Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 18:00
Room next to ATM

Conversational French Lessons - Registration Open for September to November

Recreation

BeActive Group Fitness Classes

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 09:00 to Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 17:30
Village Center Meeting Room and Ocean View Meeting Room

Registration is OPEN for all BeActive Fitness Classes

*Classes are FREE to the OIST Community

Classes have limited numbers and new safety guidelines.

Visit webpage for more information on available classes and times.

Outreach

Food Drive - September 26th-30th, 2022

Monday, September 26, 2022 - 09:00 to Friday, September 30, 2022 - 17:00

Food Drive from 26-30 September 2022. All donations will be delivered to HelpOki. Expiry date of donated items should be no earlier than November 2022.

Public Lecture

Valuing Value: How any Organization Can Measure Stakeholder Value and “Ethical Capitalism”

Monday, September 26, 2022 - 22:00 to Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 00:30
Online

What is a “good” company, and how can it create the highest possible value for itself and each of its stakeholders?

NOTE: This session will be delivered in English and Japan via simultaneous interpretation.

Public Lecture

“ROZ” Fosters Scientific Careers Through Inclusivity, Interactivity, and Internationalism

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 02:00 to 03:00
Online

Along with OIST president Peter Gruss and assistant professor Paola Laurino, this session will engage participants and viewers in career questions and answers such as: “At the start of my career, am I better off seeking collaborations, avoiding them in the name of independence, or placing myself somewhere on a continuum between the two?”

Public Lecture

Decolonizing Science and Moving to Inclusive Science

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 22:00 to Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 00:30
Online

Colonial scientific practices are embedded in current scientific research, policy, education, and outreach. It is therefore necessary to acknowledge and undo colonial structures and processes and change practices and mindsets within science and scientific communities. A keynote presentation and subsequent panel will address colonial scientific practices, the negative scientific developments that are caused by them, and how to move towards an inclusive science system, globally.

Wellness

Ganjuu Center Relocation

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 (All day) to Thursday, September 29, 2022 (All day)
Former President's House

Ganjuu Wellbeing Service is moving!

Our new location will be the Former Presidents House near the faculty housing and Lab5. The move will take place on 28 th -29 th Sept. The service will be temporarily closed but will be open on Monday 3 rd October.

We hope to see you there.

Campus Service

[RC] Insurance Company Visits OIST

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 11:00 to 15:00
Resource Center Center Bldg next to the ATM

English-speaking insurance agent Wiltec in Chatan visits OIST. [When]11:00-15:00 [Where]Resource Center in the Center Building(right next to the ATM)

Lecture

Faculty Lunchtime Seminar (Prof. Kaz Tanaka)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 12:10 to 12:50
L4E48 (Lab 4, Level E)

Title: Dynamic Nature of Memory Representation and the Hippocampal Network

Abstract:

Memories are encoded through long-lasting changes in the network of the brain. These memory traces can interfere with each other and therefore lead to instability of the representations. Indeed, a previous study discovered that instability is preferentially embedded within spatial maps in memory engram cells in the hippocampus even though their activity is still functionally linked to memory-relevant behaviors (Tanaka et al., 2018). Notably, higher instability of place cells is often observed in aberrant network states caused by various factors, including aging, stress, or epileptic seizure, which cause memory impairments (e.g., Yan et al., 2003; Kim et al., 2007; Karnam et al., 2009). These studies highlight two distinct types of instability leading to the opposite outcomes of hippocampal memory. In my talk, I will introduce our unpublished studies aiming at 1) elucidation of neuronal underpinning that survives extreme plasticity yet supports memory and 2) development of a novel approach to reset the aberrant network state. These studies will provide fundamental insight into physiological and pathological instability in the neuronal network.

This seminar is open to the OIST community. Visit https://groups.oist.jp/faculty-lunch

Seminar

[Seminar] Updating internal models for reward-based sequential choice decisions in the rat cingulate-motor circuits

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00
Meeting Room D015, Lab1

Speaker: Dr. Daigo Takeuchi The University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Department of Physiology

Title: Updating internal models for reward-based sequential choice decisions in the rat cingulate-motor circuits

Seminar

Quantum Gravity group meeting: Mirian Tsulaia

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 14:00
Lab 4, E01

Quantum Gravity group meeting.

Speaker: Mirian Tsulaia.

Title: "On Chiral Higher Spin Gravity"

Public Lecture

The Trust Landscape in Japan and Implications for SDGs

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 20:00 to 21:00
Online

Edelman Japan President and CEO Meghan Barstow presents highlights from Edelman’s Trust Barometer 2022 research highlighting Japan and contrasting it with the rest of the world.

NOTE: This session will be delivered in English and simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Japanese.

External Events

The 35th Board of Governors Meeting

Thursday, September 29, 2022 (All day) to Friday, September 30, 2022 (All day)

Please address inquiries to the President's Office.

Industry Relations

OIST Innovators Society - Fireside chat

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 16:00 to 17:00
Seminar room L4F01 (Lab4)

The Innovators Society is hosting a fireside chat with Japan-centric Angel Investors- Hiroaki Watatani and Yuki Shirato .

In contrast to venture capitalists, angel investors are typically wealthy individuals who invest their own money in early-stage startups in exchange for ownership equity or convertible debt.

Lecture

TSVP Talk: "Collective Intelligence in Living/Nonliving Systems" by Dr. Takashi Ikegami

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 16:00 to 17:10
L4E48, Zoom

Dr. Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo. Language: English (no interpretation). Target audience: General audience / everyone at OIST and beyond. Freely accessible to all OIST members and guests without registration (also via Zoom).

Research

Intro to Entrepreneurship Training Program

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 09:00 to 16:00
Seminar Room L4E01

Language: English

Reservation required.

Research

Fall 2022 Lean Startup Entrepreneurial Training Program: 3-day Opening Session

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 17:30 to Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 17:00
Seminar Room L4E01

Language: English

Reservation required

OIST Workshops

OIST Workshop on Axonal Degeneration and Regeneration

Monday, October 3, 2022 (All day) to Friday, October 7, 2022 (All day)
OIST Seaside House

Originally scheduled for October 2021, this workshop has been rescheduled to October 2022 due to the situation with COVID-19. The new dates are Oct 3 - 7, 2022.

OIST Workshop | Main organizer: Marco Terenzio (Molecular Neuroscience Unit) | OIST members are welcome to attend all scientific sessions | Website

Recreation

Zumba toning classes by Chika Price

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 18:30 to Monday, November 28, 2022 - 20:00
Ocean View Room
Zumba toning classes by Chika Price
Seminar

[Seminar] Dr. Andreas Thomasen "Contemporary approaches to variational quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry"

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 09:00 to 10:00
Zoom

Target audience: Interns, Students, PostDocs, and those who are interested in the same research field.

Language: English

Wellness

STEP Up for Mental Health Challenge

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 11:00 to 13:00
STEP Up for Mental Health Challenge

Do you want to support positive mental health and wellbeing? Do you also want to increase your steps count?

If so, then join the Ganjuu Team on Tuesday 4 th October 2022 from 11am-1pm to complete the Tell Step Up for Mental Health Challenge organized by Tell Lifeline. For World Suicide Prevention Day and Mental Health Awareness Day we hope you will join us in walking 21,007 steps in honor of the 21,007 lives lost to suicide last year in Japan.

You can organize and register a team of up to 4 people using the link below. Regardless of whether you register a team you can join us on Tuesday 4 th October to do the step up challenge. We plan to meet at 11am outside the entrance to Lab 4 and we can walk the challenge together around the grounds surrounding OIST.

Training

Introduction to HPC and scientific computing - Session 1

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 13:00 to 15:00
C700

This training course will show you how to make best use of the high-performance computing resources at OIST. In the first session we show you how computing clusters are organized and introduce the fundamental concepts of parallel computing.

Seminar

Seminar "Formation of satellite systems around Jupiter and Saturn" by Prof. Yuri Fujii

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 15:00 to 16:00
Lab1 C016

Speaker: Prof. Yuri Fujii, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Training

[Software Week 2022] MATLAB by MathWorks Japan

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 10:00 to 12:00
Center Bld. C210

Software Development Practices with MATLAB

Seminar

[Seminar] Dr. Naoki Takeishi "Numerical study about inertial migration of red blood cell under a Newtonian fluid in a microtube"

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 10:30 to 11:30
C700

Target audience: Interns, Students, PostDocs, and those who are interested in the same research field.

Language: English

Seminar

Seminar: “Biomechanics of biting and cutting in leaf-cutter ants” by Dr. David Labonte

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 11:00 to 12:00
Seminar Room C209 - Ctr Bldg

Speaker: Dr. David Labonte, Imperial College London

Campus Service

[RC] Insurance Company Visits OIST

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 11:00 to 15:00
Resource Center Center Bldg next to the ATM

English-speaking insurance agent Wiltec in Chatan visits OIST. [When]11:00-15:00 [Where]Resource Center in the Center Building(right next to the ATM)

Training

[Software Week 2022] Blender (Advanced)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 13:00 to 15:00
Lab3 Level C, C700

Introducing more advanced usecase of Blender for yoru research

Training

Introduction to HPC and scientific computing - Session 2

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 13:00 to 15:00
C700

A beginner's introduction to using the clusters and other computing resources at OIST. This is the second, hands-on session.

Training

[Software Week 2022] COMSOL by COMSOL Japan

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 10:00 to 12:00
C210

COMSOL seminar by COMSOL Japan

Prospective Students

OIST NetCafé (Online Information Session) in October 2022

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
Online

This session will be done in Japanese. The program will start off with OIST general introduction, PhD & Research Internship admission process, financial support and student life followed by the panel discussion by 2 OIST PhD students.

Holiday

スポーツの日 Sports Day

Monday, October 10, 2022 - 00:00

National holiday

Seminar

[Seminar] "Why does diversity matter in a research institution? From my personal experiences at RIKEN" by Dr. Yuko Harayama

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 10:30 to 11:30
B250, Center Bldg

Speaker: Dr. Yuko Harayama, Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University

Campus Service

[RC] Insurance Company Visits OIST

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 11:00 to 15:00
Resource Center Center Bldg next to the ATM

English-speaking insurance agent Wiltec in Chatan visits OIST. [When]11:00-15:00 [Where]Resource Center in the Center Building(right next to the ATM)

Seminar

Pyroaerobiology: Elucidating the composition, diversity, and ecological role of microorganisms in wildfire smoke

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 10:00
Zoom

Dr. David Vuono, Assistant Research Professor, Colorado School of Mines.

Language: English, no interpretation. All are welcome to attend.

Seminar

[Seminar] "Bacterial type V secretion systems: structure, function, and evolution" by Prof. Dirk Linke

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 15:00 to 16:00
Seminar Room C210

Speaker: Prof. Dirk Linke, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway

E-mail: dirk.linke@ibv.uio.no

Language: English

Research

Fall 2022 Lean Startup Entrepreneurial Training Program: Mid-checkin

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 09:00 to 12:00
Seminar Room L4E01

Language: English

Reservation required

Campus Service

[RC] Insurance Company Visits OIST

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 11:00 to 15:00
Resource Center Center Bldg next to the ATM

English-speaking insurance agent Wiltec in Chatan visits OIST. [When]11:00-15:00 [Where]Resource Center in the Center Building(right next to the ATM)

Seminar

[Seminar] Prof. Toshiyuki Gotoh "Computational Science for Cloud Turbulence"

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 10:30 to 11:30
B503

Target audience: Interns, Students, PostDocs, and those who are interested in the same research field.

Language: English

Symposium

Japan Scicom Forum 2022 - Hosted by OIST

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 10:00 to 17:00
ONLINE (Zoom link will be provided for the registrants)

Science communication and outreach, especially to global audiences in English, is taking off in Japan. Japan Scicom Forum brings together communicators, writers, scientists, journalists and select experts from abroad to inspire and boost the cohesion of scicomm in Japan, learn new skills and inform the community with best practices. Keynote talks will reflect on research-media interactions from the perspectives of both scientists and press professionals. Workshops will provide hands-on training to support communicators and scientists working in Japan as they engage in global outreach. Open discussion and networking opportunities are spread over the program. Registration is free and the event will be in English.

This year, OIST is honored to host virtually this event.

Workshop

OIST-Tohoku University Joint Workshop on Biodiversity: From Genes and Species to Ecosystem Services and Resilience

Monday, October 24, 2022 (All day) to Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (All day)
Tohoku University and Zoom

Biodiversity plays a central role in humankind’s interaction with the biosphere, lying at the heart of all ecosystem structure and functioning. Biodiversity describes the variability and connectivity of life across different levels (from bacteria to plants and animals) and dimensions (from genetic to ecological and from taxonomic to functional):

This workshop will bring together practitioners and enthusiasts of biodiversity research from Tohoku University and OIST to illuminate this fascinating theme from multiple angles, with the aim of discovering complementary perspectives and collaborative opportunities.

Seminar

[Seminar] Prof. Frank Pollmann "Exploring Quantum Phases of Matter on Quantum Processors"

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 16:00 to 17:00
Zoom

Target audience: Interns, Students, PostDocs, and those who are interested in the same research field.

Language: English

Research

Fall 2022 Lean Startup Entrepreneurial Training Program: Final Presentations

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 09:00 to 12:00
Seminar Room L4E01

Language: English

Reservation required

Holiday

文化の日 Culture Day

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 00:00

National holiday

OIST Workshops

International Conference on Embodied Cognitive Science (ECogS) 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022 (All day) to Friday, November 11, 2022 (All day)
OIST Seaside House

Originally scheduled for November 2021, this workshop has been rescheduled to November 2022 due to the situation with COVID-19. The new dates are Nov 7 - 11, 2022.

OIST Workshop | Main organizer: Tom Froese (Embodied Cognitive Science Unit) | Website | OIST members are welcome to attend all scientific sessions

Public

OIST Science Festival 2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022 (All day)
OIST main campus

Holiday

勤労感謝の日 Labor Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - 00:00

National holiday

OIST Mini Symposium

OIST Mini Symposium "Phylogeny and Classification of Termites"

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 (All day) to Thursday, December 1, 2022 (All day)
OIST Main Campus (C210)

OIST Mini Symposium | Organizing unit: Evolutionary Genomics Unit | Open to OIST members | For non-OIST members: Please contact the organizers for information on how to participate.

Originally scheduled for the end of November 2020, this OIST Mini Symposium has been rescheduled to the end of November 2022 due to COVID-19. The new dates are Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2022. We ask for your understanding that the dates are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Holiday

New Years Holiday 年末年始 2023

Thursday, December 29, 2022 (All day) to Tuesday, January 3, 2023 (All day)

National holiday

Holiday

成人の日 Coming of Age Day

Monday, January 9, 2023 - 00:00

National holiday

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