16 Sep 2011

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 Sep 2011
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 Sep 2011

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 Sep 2011
“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 Aug 2011
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 Aug 2011
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 Aug 2011

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 Aug 2011

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 6thgrade 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.

8 Aug 2011

If you want to know what is truly special about the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, you can now watch OIST - The Movie.

8 Aug 2011

The powerful Typhoon, Muifa, brought very heavy rainfall and strong winds to Okinawa over a period of more than 40 hours. On Saturday, August 6, 609 mm of rain fell in 24 hours, the heaviest rainfall on Okinawa since data became available in 1981.

1 Aug 2011
The OIST Welcome Club, a volunteer group of OIST employees and their family members which holds weekly language classes, welcome parties for new arrivals, potluck dinners, group excursions, and other activities to bring people together.
26 Jul 2011

Unna Festival is Onna Village’s local summer festival, and this year it took place at Onna Village Community Center on July 22 and 23. Since the summer break for local schools began a few days ago, many children and parents joined the festival to spend the hottest days of the summer. OIST set a booth and displayed the scale model of the OIST campus, science posters and OIST promotional videos to teach visitors about OIST and science and technology in general. The scale model of the OIST campus attracted the interest of many children.

14 Jul 2011
The Okinawa Job Museum 2011 took place at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City on July 12.