The third edition of the EURAXESS Science Slam Japan was a great success, thanks to our host the Tokyo Metropolitan University, our sponsor Cactus Communications, and of course thanks to the 5 Slammers and to all the attendees who came to see the live event or who watched it through our streaming channel.
The 5 finalists rivalled in originality and did their best to communicate their research, and gave a hard time to the nine debate groups who had to mark them and decide on a top-3!
In the end, the winners were:
3rd: Ms Lucy LAHRITA, with her Slam: “Turning trash into ca$h using the earth’s smallest inhabitants”
She won an interview to be published soon in this newsletter and online on his/her research subject and personal background!
2nd: Mr Shogo MATSUMOTO, with his Slam: “Maintenance of Bridges - numerical design and un-numerical maintenance“
He won a voucher to free English aditing of his next scientific article, offered by our partner Editage/Cactus Communications!
And 1st prize: Mr Muhammad FAJAR, with his Slam: “MISSION POSSIBLE: Super Nuclear Control Rods”
His desire to communicate, his original angle on the problematic of modern nuclear engineering, and creative use of several different media during his Slam won the audience’s hearts and minds! He won the trip to Europe to visit a research institution of his choice, next year in June, along with all other Slam winners in the 6 EURAXESS Links hubs!
You will soon get a glimpse of the event through pictures which will soon be available on our website, and through the videos of the Slam that we will soon upload on our YouTube channel, so please visit us online!
Thank you again and let’s look forward to the next edition!
Participants (front row, left to right): + Keita HAYASHI - Department of Human System Science + Vincent IRAWAN - Department of Metallurgy and Ceramic Science + Do THANH PHAN - Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering + Muhammad FAJAR - Department of Nuclear Engineering + Manal ZORIGTBAATAR - Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology + Keitaro YAMASHITA - Department of Human System Science Second row: organiser and MC: Prof. Tom HOPE
On June 26 took place the first of these events: the Tokyo Tech Science Slam.
After an internal pre-selection, 6 Tokyo Tech slammers participated to the event and presented their research in their own, original way. Thanks a lot to them!
The audience, composed of about 30 students, researchers and professors had to debate in order to decide of a ranking based on the 4 usual EURAXESS Science Slam criteria: accessibility, style, concept and originality.
It was a tough call, but the winner was elected unanimously by all voting groups to be Mr Muhammad FAJAR, Master Student at the Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors.
Congratulations to him, and all of luck for him toward the final event in October, where he is automatically invinted!
The next sub-slam will take place at the University of Tokyo on 6 August, if you are from this institution and you’re interested in participating or attending, you can learn more on the UTokyo Science Slam webpage!
Jinze YU, PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo Department of Information and Communication Engineering and winner of the UTokyo Science Slam, in a winner pose while slamming his way to the finals!
The second of these events took place on 6 August at the University of Tokyo.
Five Slammers from various departments of the University of Tokyo participated in the event. Each Slam was interesting and well prepared, and showed the Slammers had well reflected on how to present their research work in an original way. Thanks a lot to them!
The audience, divided into several groups, was asked to debate at the very end of the slam in order to decide on a ranking based on the four usual EURAXESS Science Slam criteria: accessibility, style, concept and originality. This time, it was a tough final decision as each group had quite different views, some groups favouring orginiality while others were rather focused on communication skills.
In the end, the winner, elected by averaging results of all voting groups was Mr Jinze YU, PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo, with his story-like slam “When Ibu starts to use DogCupid.com.dog…”.
Congratulations to him, and best of luck for the final event in October, where he is automatically invited!
Competitors, slam your way to a free trip to Europe!
Attendees, have a fun science moment listening and voting for the winner! ! 10 November, Tokyo Tech!!
Congratulations to Mr Kai NARITA, winner of the EURAXESS Science Slam Japan 2014!
More than 125 of you came to attend and participate to the judging in this second edition of the EURAXESS Science Slam in Japan.
The opening session was opened by Dr MISHIMA, President of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, our host; and Dr KARAPIPERIS, S&T Counsellor to the EU Delegation to Japan. Both of them stressed the importance of communication, at an international scale, for present and future researchers to get their works recognised.
Following were slams from our 5 finalists, all very unique and well executed, presenting research in a variety of fields such as electro-communications, human-machine interfacing, data-driven healthcare, nanoscale polymer arranging or materials for enhanced medicine.
The debating voting sessions, performed by all the attendees after each slam, were extremely lively!
And after more than 40 minutes of debate in total, you all designated Mr NARITA and his presentation, Na-rry Potter and Mg, as our winner!
Stay tuned for more adventures of the Mighty Magnesium in Europe!
Thank you all for coming and see you next year!!
In 2013, researchers from all over Japan joined in the first edition of the EURAXESS Science Slam Japan and 5 of them took part in exciting finals in Tokyo.
Thanks to her excellent communication skills, Ms Mugiko KOMATSUDA (read her interview here!) from the University of Tokyo, Dept. of Agicultural and Life Sciences, won the contest and embarked on a trip to Europe.
What's EURAXESS Science Slam Japan 2014?
A Science Slam is a presentation contest where researchers present their work in front of a non-expert audience. The focus is on making research interesting, engaging, entertaining and thrilling to the audience.
The event will take place on Monday, 10 November 2014 at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
This will give researchers (young and less young!) of any nationality based in Japan the chance to showcase their work and talent for giving a lively and interesting presentation.
Each presentation will be performed in English in less than 10 minutes and can be supported by video, audio material, slides or any other kind of media, as well as by scientific equipment.
The event is open to researchers from all fields of research and without age restrictions!
The performance will be graded by the audience and the best performer will win a 4 days trip to Bonn, in the heart of Europe, have the opportunity to participate in a science communication workshop, and meet with a research institution of his/her choice within the European Research Area!
You want to be part of it? Register NOW either as a competitor or as a member of the audience!
You want to share this with your freinds and colleagues? You're welcome! Please also share our FLYER!
Registration for attendees here
Registration for contributors here
Deadline for submissions is 20 October 2014!!
5 Finalists Announced!
Thank you all for your contributions!
After a tough selection process, the 5 finalists were announced on 23 October. The finalists are:
- Ms Yang Miao, PhD Student
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Dept. of International Development Engineering
- Dr Kai KUNZE, Project Associate Professor
Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design
- Ms Zilu LIANG, PhD Student
University of Tokyo, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Information Science
- Pr Olaf KARTHAUS, Head
Chitose Institute of Science and Technology, Dept. of Bio- and Material Photonics
- Mr Kai NARITA, Graduate Student
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Dept. of Metallurgy and Ceramics Science
Congratulations to them!
You can check out their videos on our Youtube channel here!
- 17:00 - On-site Registration
Dr Yoshinao MISHIMA, President, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Dr Leonidas KARAPIPERIS, S&T Counsellor, Delegation of the EU to Japan
- 17:35 - About the Science Slam and EURAXESS
Dr Matthieu PY, Country Representative, EURAXESS Links Japan
- 17:40 - Reviewing the Applications
Review Panel Members
- 17:45 - Slams (10 minutes) and voting (5 minutes)*
17:45 - Ms Yang MIAO: The Unseen World of Wireless Communication
18:00 - Dr Kai KUNZE: Eyewear Computing - Augmenting the Human Mind
18:15 - Ms Zilu LIANG: TailoredHealth: Tailor Your Life Style for Better Health
18:30 - Pr Olaf KARTHAUS: Pollen Biomimetic Polymers via a One-Pot-Reaction
18:45 - Mr Kai NARITA: Na-rry Potter and Mg
*Presentation order was determined by random.
- 19:00 - Final vote and Price Announcement
- 19:15 - Networking Reception
Venue: Tokyo Institute of Technology Ookayama Campus**
Overall directions here
Conference room in front of Ookayama station exit: 東工大蔵前会館
*This schedule may be updated without prior notice
**This event is organised with partial support from Tokyo Institute of Technology
Jury/Reviewer Panel announced!
Anna PINSKY British Chamber of Commerce/Waseda University
Anna is Vice President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and a specialist in Organisational Development. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Waseda University's Institute of Transnational HR Management, and delivers career development workshops for international students at the University of Tokyo's International Center.
Dimitri PERRIN RIKEN/Sciencescope
Dimitri is a researcher at RIKEN in Kobe. His work focuses on computational modelling and on analysis of complex datasets (genomics, bioimaging, etc.), with an emphasis on biomedical and social applications. He is also President of Sciencescope, the society for French-speaking researchers and students in Japan.
Guy FAURE CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research)
Guy is a Senior Research Fellow working on Asian Politics at CNRS. Previously, he headed the Lyon Institute of East Asian Studies (2008-2010) at the ENS Lyon; and the Institute for Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia in Bangkok (2004-2008). He is presently based in Tokyo as the CNRS Representative for North Asia, covering Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Laura INOUE Japanese Society for the Study of Russian History
Laura was previously a teacher of presentation skills to graduate students at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University and Yokohama National University. Her background is in Russo-Japanese history in which she still does some research, and she has degrees from Oxford University, and Sophia University, Tokyo.
Matthieu PY EURAXESS Links Japan
Matthieu has a background in materials science and was a researcher at CEA-Leti (France) and Kyoto University (Japan). He is involved in international relationships for S&T since 2013 and is the EURAXESS Links Japan Country Representative in Japan since August 2014.
Mugiko KOMATSUDA University of Tokyo
Mugiko is in her second year as a Ph.D student majoring Veterinary Medical Science in University of Tokyo. She's working on physiological control of appetite and treatment for overeating in animals. She won the first-ever EURAXESS Science Slam Japan in 2013.
Regine DIETH DWIH (German Research and Innovation Forum) Tokyo
Regine is the Director of the German Research and Innovation Forum (DWIH) Tokyo, a project promoting German-Japanese exchange in science and innovation as well as industry-academia cooperation. She has a background in Japanese and Chinese Studies and Art History.
Tom HOPE Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tom is a sociologist and Associate Professor in the International Student Center of Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research consists of analysis of group interaction with mobile computing and examines the development and maintenance of contemporary forms of community.
Tom KUCZYNSKI EU Delegation to Japan, S&T division
Tom is a Science and Technology Advisor at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan. He earned his PhD in Economics and Finance at the Hiroshima Univesity in 2006.
Online submissions for the Science Slam OPEN NOW and until 20 October 2014!!!
What this is about:
EURAXESS Science Slam Japan 2014 is the second edition of a contest giving researchers based in Japan the chance to showcase their research projects to their peers and the wider public in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.
It is open to researchers of all nationalities, young and less young and from all fields of research. Every participant at the final slam to be held in Tokyo on 10 November 2014 will present a topic related to their research to an audience of non-experts. The slam will be given in English in a maximum of of 10 minutes and can be supported by video and audio material, ppt. slides and any other kind of media available, as well as by scientific equipment. The performances of the participants will be judged by the audience and the jury based on conceptualization, style and originality.
The winner will be awarded a free trip to Bonn, Europe where he or she will attend a science communication workshop along with the winners of the other EURAXESS Science Slams organized in ASEAN, Brazil, China, India and North America. He/She will also have the opportunity to go to a European research institution of his/her choice!
What you need to do:
- Get creative and develop an original idea to present your research project to the world: Tap dancing, singing, old-school presentation, scientific equipment - everything is allowed.
- Two choices!
a/ Make a max. 3-minute video of the presentation to be held in the LIVE finals with your camera phone, digital camera or equivalent.
b/ Make a 3-minute live presentation through Skype with the EURAXESS Links Japan Representative before 15 October 2014.
In both cases, make sure your presentation is in English.
- Complete your registration and follow the instructions at http://goo.gl/lfsuKr and become one of the finalists to compete in the LIVE slam! Contributors can also send the link to their video via email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions is 20 October 2014
Who can take part
The competition is open to participants from all nationalities and all scientific disciplines (including social sciences and humanities).
The competition is open to researchers of all levels from PhD students onwards. (PhD students, postdocs, associate professors, professors, etc.).
To enter the competition participants must be active in Japan as a PhD student/researcher at a recognised university or research institute / centre from public or private sector.
To enter the competition participants must be willing and able to participate in the final EURAXESS Science Slam Japan that will be held in Tokyo on 10 November 2014. Economy return flights/shinkansen tickets (1 per person) and hotel accommodation (up to 1 night) to the finals will be booked and paid for by EURAXESS Links Japan for the finalists based outside Tokyo.
The jury will select 5 finalists from all submissions received at the end of the submission period. Submitted videos will be assessed based on the following criteria, all of equal importance:
- Accessibility for non-experts
- Conceptualisation of slam
- Presentation style
- Originality & Creativity
The "production quality" (image quality, quality of the support material or equipment etc.) will not be a selection criteria, as long as the resolution, light and sound quality allow the jury to see and hear the performance clearly. Videos shot with smartphones, webcams and any video recording devices will all be accepted.
Finalists will be notified by email. The selection will also be announced on the EURAXESS Links Japan website and Social media. The Jury's decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
The 5 finalists will compete at the live finals and will present live in front of a non-expert audience composed of members of the research community and of the wider public.
- The presentations will be done by one person only.
- Every presentation will be done in English.
- A prize will be awarded to the best performer as decided by the audience (100%!!) and the jury (in case of a draw).
- Each presentation shall not exceed 10 minutes.
- Presentations can be supported by video and audio material, ppt. slides and any other kind of media available, as well as by scientific equipment, in accordance with the venue's capacity and security measures.
The Slams will be assessed by the audience divided in four gourps, based on the following criteria:
- Accessibility for non-experts (25 points)
- Conceptualisation of slam (25 points)
- Presentation style (25 points)
- Originality & Creativity (25 points)
By entering the competition, the winner agrees to support EURAXESS Links Japan with the production of further promotional material (which may include photography, filming or interviews) in the context of the Science Slam competitions as the organiser (EURAXESS Links) may reasonably require.
The winner of the LIVE finals will be awarded the first prize. The first prize consists of the following components:
- A free round-trip to Europe (Bonn, Germany) in the spring of 2015.
- In Europe, the winner will be invited to participate in a science communication workshop on "Graphic Facilitation". The workshop will be held in Bonn, Germany.
- "Graphic Facilitation is the use of large scale imagery to lead groups and individuals towards a goal. The method is used in various processes such as meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences." (Source: Wikipedia)
- During the stay in Europe, EURAXESS Links will assist in arranging a meeting at one research organisation/institution of the winner's choice within the European Research Area. In case of a successful meeting arrangement, EURAXESS Links will finance the trip to this institute. However, EURAXESS Links cannot guarantee any meetings with a particular organisation or individual. If no meeting can be arranged, EURAXESS Links will not be held responsible.
EURAXESS Links does NOT cover any travel or other costs unrelated to the actual prize. EURAXESS Links will only cover the following expenses:
- The economy round-trip flight from the city the winner is based in during the time in question to Europe to attend the science communication workshop as arranged by EURAXESS Links.
- The costs for the winner's participation in the science communication workshop.
- The costs for accommodation (4 nights in a hotel) and food during the stay in Bonn, Germany, where the workshop will take place.
- The costs for the travels (bus, train or flight ticket) to the meeting with a research organisation of the winner's choice within the European Research Area (incl. accommodation for up to 2 nights in the respective city).
The prize will not be transferable to another person.
Matthieu PY, PhD |
EURAXESS Links Japan Country Representative |
Doctoral Student from the University of Tokyo wins the Japan Slam
A young doctoral student, Ms Mugiko Komatsuda, was voted the winner of the EURAXESS Links Japan Science Slam event, held at Tokyo Institute of Technology on 16 October.
With what was described by the media as one of the worst typhoons in ten years passing over Tokyo the night before, the event itself went surprisingly smoothly.
There were close to 100 attendees, and all but one of the presenters was able to attend, with people making it from different parts of Japan such as Okinawa, Niigata, Kyoto, and of course Tokyo.
The event began with an introduction by the President of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Professor Yashinao Mishima, who emphasized the importance of good communications not only to help people understand science, but also to secure funding.
The five talks by the young scientists covered soil science, quantum computing, obesity, quantum typhoons, and building resistance to earthquakes.
Voting proceeded in groups, with the audience asked to rate each talk based on its accessibility to non-experts, conceptualization, originality, and arousal of interest. A more detailed summary will be in our next newsletter.
Science Slammers Selected
After a review by our panel, the six finalists have been selected. They are:
- Estimating the biological health of soils with an automated soil fauna monitoring system - Csongor GEDEON - Kyoto University
- Atoms and Nanofibers - Tara HENNESSY – OIST
- How Physical Exercises Affect Obesity and Overeating - Mugiko KOMATSUDA - University of Tokyo
- Quantum Typhoons - Lee James O'RIORDAN - OIST
- Building and Fault – Their Story - Pher Errol B. QUINAY - Niigata University
- Emotions in Cars - Tessa-Karina TEWS - University of Tokyo
To participate in the final on 16 October at Tokyo Institute of Technology, please register here.
Full schedule for the Science Slam
- 17:30 - Opening Address
- 17:40 - About the Science Slam and EURAXESS
- 17:45 - Reviewing the Applications
- 17:50 - Presentations
- 18:50 - Networking Reception
- 20:00 - Prize Announcement
- 20:30 - Finish
What is a science slam?
A Science Slam is a presentation where researchers present their work in front of a non-expert audience.
The focus is on making research interesting, engaging, entertaining and thrilling to the audience.
The audience will vote on the best presentation.
What's EURAXESS Science Slam Japan 2013?
The event will take place on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
This will give young researchers (of any nationality) based in Japan the chance to showcase their work and talent for giving a lively and interesting presentation.
Each presentation will be performed in English, in less than 10 minutes that can be supported by video, audio material, slides or any other kind of media, as well as by scientific equipment.
The event is open to researchers from all fields of research.
The performance will be graded by the audience and the winner will win a trip to Brussels, in the heart of Europe. A city of history, fine culinary delights, a wonderfully rich variety of chocolates and beers, and listed by UNESCO World Heritage for its fabulous buildings.
Once in Brussels, winners will attend the "EURAXESS Voice of the Researchers' Conference", held in Brussels on 21-22 November 2013.
Flight tickets and local accommodation will be provided by EURAXESS Links Japan.
How to attend as a member of the Audience?
To attend as a member of the audience, please register here:
Science Slam Audience Registration
Natalie Cernecka works in external relations. She is currently on a sabbatical deciphering Greek manuscripts as a JSPS Invited Fellow at Keio University. She also holds a Competent Communicator qualification from Toastmasters International, and is involved in organising TEDxMarunouchiWomen as Director of Partnerships.
Anna is an Executive Committee Member of the British Chamber of Commerce of Japan and a specialist in Organizational Development. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Research Center for University Studies at Tsukuba University, and delivers career development workshops for international students at the University of Tokyo's International Center.
Dmitri is a researcher at RIKEN in Kobe. His work focuses on modelling and data analysis for complex systems, with an emphasis on biomedical and social applications.
Barbara is the Science Counsellor for the Delegation for the European Union to Japan.
Has been involved in the EURAXESS initiative since 2008. He also lectures on science, technology and innovation management and policy at the University of Tokyo and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
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