As 2023 draws to a close, it's worth reflecting on the year that has gone by. New buildings, new president, and a lot of new research – this year, OIST has been getting back on track post-pandemic. We highlight some of the most notable events, people, articles and media mentions of the year gone by.
2023 was a keystone year for OIST. A new lab opened, a new president was appointed, and new faculty have brought the total number of professors at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to above 90. 2023 was also the first year after the COVID-19 pandemic where the doors to OIST could open to visitors – more than a thousand guests came to the Science Festival, and the number of campus visitors have begun their steady rise back towards pre-pandemic levels, and beyond. The outreach program and activities have also come back to firmly situate OIST in Okinawa, bringing in an almost constant stream of guests and school students, and putting OIST scientists all over the prefecture to showcase what we do.
And finally, OIST research has reached far and wide, in both scientific and popular press, with the public now knowing more about quantum engines, sleeping octopuses, new treatments of various diseases, and much, much more.
5 memorable OIST events in 2023
OIST was a hub of activity in 2023, with a diverse range of events that left a lasting impression. Here are some examples of the most significant events that took place this year.
OIST Science Festival 2023
Our researchers convey the appeal of science to Okinawan children and adults alike through curiosity and wonder, in-person for the first time since the pandemic.
Onna × OIST Children's School of Sciences
Though it’s the 13th iteration of summer Children’s School of Science, this year was marked by the end of a three-year hiatus from bringing young students to OIST and allowing about 130 children to experience science at a level beyond school curricula and be inspired by the work we do at OIST.
Top 5 most read research articles published in 2023
From REM sleep in octopuses to the potential for new energy from quantum physics and fluid dynamics, there was plenty to see this year in all fields. Here are some of the most viewed OIST research releases from this year.