11. October 2011 - 10:22


On October 6th, diplomats from 11 embassies in Tokyo representing Austria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Slovakia and Thailand, visited OIST. This visit was part of “Okinawa Industry Tour” arranged by the Institute for International Studies and Training, and its main subject was to introduce the industries of Okinawa.

7. October 2011 - 7:47

OIST was at the forefront at BioJapan 2011 held October 5-7 in Yokohama, the largest meeting of biotechnology industry in Japan.

30. September 2011 - 4:00

by Micheal E. Cooper OIST researcher Hermina Nedelescu combines genetics, microscopy and computational anatomy to unravel the dense neuronal forest of Purkinje cells in the adult cerebellum.

30. September 2011 - 1:15
Dr. Hidetoshi Saze, Principal Investigator of the Plant Epigenetics Unit, was awarded the 2011 Young Investigator Award by the Genetics Society of Japan. Formerly at the National Institute of Genetics in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, Dr. Saze joined OIST on September 1 to study epigenetic regulation of gene activity and trans-generational inheritance of epigenetic memory in plants.
28. September 2011 - 7:10
34 university students attending the Asia-Pacific Youth Science Exchange Forum (APYSEF) at OIST had three concluding words to say to developed and developing nations, ‘Move, Adapt or Drown!’
21. September 2011 - 10:28
Dr. Tsumoru Shintake, who started work at OIST in September, previously worked at the SACLA facility at RIKEN, where he was the main accelerator construction leader overseeing 200 staff who built the C-Band main accelerator.
16. September 2011 - 9:00

The Council for Promotion of OIST, which is chaired by Okinawa Prefecture Governor, Mr. Hirokazu Nakaima, consists of 113 groups from academia and industry in Okinawa. Its purpose is to gain recognition of OIST from the citizens of Okinawa. On September 13th, the Council held a General Assembly Meeting in Naha.

15. September 2011 - 10:30
From September 1st through 4th, 42 students and young scientists, mostly from the Tohoku Region hard hit by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, participated in the Bioinformatics Okinawa Seminar jointly hosted by OIST and the Young Japanese Society for Bioinformatics.
7. September 2011 - 7:05

The goal of the “Okinawa Cooperation Forum 2011” is to deepen cooperation and promote mutual understanding among economic experts in Okinawa and Kyusyu. At the Forum, on September 2nd, OIST’s Mr. Takeuchi gave a talk presenting an overview of the current status and goals at OIST, as well as OIST’s contribution to the local community through planning an R&D Cluster. Many participants showed great interest in OIST and asked questions ranging from the criteria for accepting students from abroad, to recruitment of professors at OIST.

2. September 2011 - 6:22
“The Okinawa 21st Century Vision,” a document outlining future development on the island, stresses the need for an “R&D Cluster” in Okinawa with OIST at the center.
26. August 2011 - 3:22
On August 23, seven students from the Okinawa National College of Technology, accompanied by Professor Hideyuki Yamashiro, visited the OIST campus for a “Science Talk” with Dr. Akito Arima, Co-chair of the OIST Board of Governors (BOG), Chairman of the Japan Science Foundation and the President and Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Human Frontier Science Program.
16. August 2011 - 10:45
A summary of research activities of the OIST Research Units and operations of the Administration which supports the research units in Fiscal Year 2010, covering a period from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, is now available as FY2010 Annual Report.
15. August 2011 - 9:29

By Hitomi Imamura

The Educators’ visit on Monday, August 8, was aimed at stimulating scientific education in local schools and at learning about OIST’s current situation and future plans. The group was made up of 40 people including Mr. Hiroshi Oshiro, the superintendent of Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education.

10. August 2011 - 7:30

From August 1st to August 5th, the OIST and Onna Village Children’s School of Science took place at the Fureai Taiken Center in Onna. This year a total of 55 elementary school students, mostly from Onna village elementary school, participated in the summer school. Students from 1st through 6th grade gathered to learn about the science going on all around us. The school was divided into 3 classes, based on three different themes. and each class was supervised by OIST researchers and staff.