Open Campus

OIST Open Campus
~Welcome to the World of Science~


Date:Sunday, 8th November
10:00~17:00 (Entrance closes at 4:30pm)
Venue:OIST Campus 
(1919-1, Tancha, Onna MAP

OIST welcomes you to the Open Campus 2015! You will be able to explore the leading-edge of science. There will be many science programs for you to enjoy. Let's have an adventure at OIST!

About Parking:OIST parking is limited (about 300). Temporary parking (Akama Athletic Field) is also available.

Free Shuttle Bus from Naha:Registration for the free shuttle bus service will start from Mon. 26th Oct. Please visit here for the registration.


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Program schedule will be up shortly. Please stay tune!

10:30-11:30 Seminar Room
Let’s Explore Okinawa of Paleolithic Times!
Speaker:Masaki Fujita (Curator, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum)
Can you imagine what kind of people lived in Okinawa, and how they lived here, tens of thousands of years ago? By excavating and researching ancient relics, we are able to catch a glimpse of Okinawa’s past. I would like to talk about the latest findings from recent investigations in Okinawa, and to tell you about the Paleolithic people of Okinawa.


11:45-12:45 Auditorium
Japan’s ocean resources generate the power
Speaker: Tumoru Shintake ( Professor, OIST Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit)
We need to reduce the use of fossil fuels as much as possible to prevent global warming, which is the reason for local downpours, unusual weather, and the rising ocean level. Fortunately, Japan and Okinawa are surrounded by the rich ocean. Today I will talk about research to obtain energy from the ocean. In the latter half, we will practice how to draw a technical sketch, a skill that is useful both for study and for research.


13:00-14:00 Seminar Room
Medical Practice in Antarctica
Speaker: Minoru Hara (OIST Medical Doctor)
Japan started Antarctic research expeditions in 1956. Since then, every year Japan has sent winter teams to Antarctica, and now the 56th Japanese Antarctic research expedition is spending the winter there. Icebreakers can reach the Antarctic continent only during the short summer period. Therefore, Antarctica will be completely cut off from the outside world for 10 months, from February to December. The wintering team has to survive the cruel winter period alone. In order to ensure the team’s health, a medical doctor is also sent to Antarctica as a member of the team. I will share some stories about medical practice in Antarctica.


14:00-15:00 Auditorium (Target Age: Over 6 years old) 
Science Show
~Physics of the World Around Us~

Speaker: James Schloss (OIST Student)
"Do you know what makes a balloon pop?" "What about the secrets of gravity?" "Can you imagine the extremely cold world of -196 C?" If you look around carefully, there are many cool things happening in the world around us. Let's explore the wonders of physics together!


15:30-16:30 Seminar Room (Target Age: Over 6 years old) 
The Ways of Ant
Speaker: Prof. Evan Economo (Assistant Professor, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit)
Ants have evolved ingenious solutions to nature’s problems. They are farmers, trappers, builders, herders, gliders, water-walkers, and much more. Perhaps most interesting of all – like humans, they form complex societies that function with no central control. We explore the many oddities of the ant world.


①10:30-11:00 ②11:30-12:00 ③13:00-13:30
④14:00-14:30 ⑤15:00-15:30 ⑥16:00-16:30
Lab 1
 (Target Age: Over 6 years old) 
State-of-the-art research equipment at OIST
Speaker: Dr. Mizuki Shimanuki (Manager, Imaging and Instrumental Analysis)
Come learn about advanced research equipment used at OIST. Plain casual talk. Anyone is welcome.

(Target Age: over 16 years old)

13:30-15:00 Lab 3
What goes on in a fluid mechanics lab?
Speaker: Rory Cerbus (Postdoctoral Scholar, OIST Fluid Mechanics Unit)
Fluids are all around us. We usually don’t pay attention, unless our flight is bumpy or a typhoon hits. I would like to introduce some of the ways scientists try to think about fluids, especially the kind of motion called turbulence. Because the math is difficult, we usually have to rely on experiments. However, experiments are usually done in a closed room, so it may seem like research is a little bit of a mystery. I would like to introduce you to some of the ways we measure the motion of fluids. I will also try to convince you why this is interesting.


(For All Ages)

-Exploring light! Hands-on
How does a telescope work? What is light? Can you really make things invisible? Let’s find out by exploring the world of light!

-Fascinating shapes of soap films and magnets Display Hands-on
(1) Soap bubbles and beyond: let’s experience how soap films can be shaped and how they can shape their frames.
(2) Magnetic balls: Let the force be with us in the creation of fascinating sculptures.

-Honeybee Observation Hive Display
Take a peek inside the world of the bee hive! Watch how the Queen and her workers manage their society – with no danger of being stung!

-Ocean Energy Display Hands-on
Come and see the mechanics of wave energy power and electric generator.

-"Yuntaku" Laboratory of Okinawan Pottery (Kitagama) Display Hands-on
OIST successed to analyze the traditions of Okinawan pottery "Kitagama" by using state-of-the-art machines! You can talk with scientist about the research on pottery while having a tea in a beautiful handmade cup. You will be able to play with six different clays for pod, and you can even get to experience a potter's wheel! If you are lucky, you can talk with pottery masters of Kitagama...

-Look inside the Brain with a Computer Display Hands-on
Thanks to the modern digital neuron reconstrustion and modeling techniques. Scientist can now look deeply inside the brain to study how it works. Let's look inside the brain together!

-Experiments with liquid nitrogen Display Hands-on
Have you experienced extreme cold? Let’s see what happens at -196c! Many interesting properties are only observed at low temperatures, such as super conductivity. Familiar objects can behave differently at very low temperatures, and can change in size, texture and other material properties. This can be experienced firsthand with frozen marshmallows!

-Kitchen Chemistry  Hands-on Tickets
Do you know you can do lots of scientific experiments with the stuff from your kitchen? Let's become a scientist and explore fun science of colors!

- Marine Aquaria Display
Come and see the octopus, cuttlefish, and squid of Okinawa. Free hugs! …from an octopus.

-Walking on Water?! Hands-on
Come and see if you have what it takes to walk on water!

-Deciphering Earth's History Hands-on 
Some sparkle. Some glow. Some lived 500 million years ago. Some recently got hurled from volcanoes. What different types of rocks can we find on the Earth, and what can they tell us about our history? Come find out how to identify limestone or granite, and learn why Japan is so geologically active.

-Research Integrity, Health and SafetyDisplay
In order to implement cutting-edge research, it is necessary to provide a safe environment for the researchers. We will introduce how we maintain a safe environment at OIST.

-Underwater Exploration Hands-on
Out in the ocean where it’s too deep to dive, scientists use remotely-operated robots to study the seafloor and animals that live in the depths. For one day, let’s become the pilot of an underwater robot and explore the underwater world!

-Let’explore the fantastic, small world of atoms with an electron microscope Hands-on Lab Tour
Like all other materials, human bodies consists of various types of small particles, like atoms. What do you know about it? Atoms can be observed with a transmission electron microscope (TEM). OIST's TEM has world world-class resolution (0.078 nm). Please come see the TEM room and enjoy the small world with the electron microscope.

-Programming with Neko-chan Hands-on Tickets
Learn to make games and animations with cats, fish, dragons and knights with Scratch!

-See Your Heartbeat! Hands-on
See your own ECG (heart beat electrical pattern) on a display screen. One person at a time. No medical interpretation is available!

-Everyday Items Magnified! Hands-on
You can use a microscope to look at everyday items! See a variety of items in a new way!

-Let's Take a Look inside the Laboratory Lab Tour
The OIST G0 Cell Unit's laboratory will be open to public! You can see and learn about various types of laboratory equipment. You can also learn about the G0 Cell Unit's research.

-Let’s interact with learning robots!Hands-on Lab Tour
Have you ever seen learning robots? Interact with a variety of robots and see how they learn.

-Meet the Computer world Hands-on Lab Tour
Let’s meet and experience Super Computers and computer world.

-Wonders of Ants Hands-on Display
Did you know that there are over 10,000 species of ants? They do so many interesting things. For example, ants are known as social insects because they live in colonies where they work together. Let's explore the wonders of the ant world!

"What can I study at OIST?" "How can I get into OIST?" You can get information about OIST admission, life at OIST, etc.

You will get to taste variety of international foods.

Food Vendors

Okinawa soba FUKUGI ・GOZZA ・Indian Food SHIVA ・Antre ・Fu-Mi- Grandma's Andagi ・Mame Porepore ・Churauni Cafe Kafuu ・Parlar Saokoma ・On the Beach ・Agu no Kakurega ・Restaurant de SU-SU-SOO ・Sara no ueno Shizen ・Lekkernijen ・Le temps riche ・DOSHA ・Cafe Bar GoME ・Old Spice ・Burger Shop H&S


(Registration Required)
※Registration will start on Mon. 26th Oct.

Outward (From Okinawa Prefecture Government to OIST) ※Select one from the below
  Departure OIST  
A: Departing from Okinawa Prefecture Government 8:30 9:30


B: Departing from Okinawa Prefecture Government 11:00 12:00


Return (From OIST to Okinawa Prefecture Government) ※Select one from the below
  Departure Okinawa Prefecture Government  
A: Returning to Okinawa Prefecture Government 14:00 15:00


B: Returning to Okinawa Prefecture Government 17:00 18:00



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