Science Festival 2019

This event was held on November 16th, 2019. See photos at the OIST Science Festival 2019 Flickr album.

Shuri Restoration Fundraising Drive

To all visitors to the OIST Science Festival 2019,

Thank you very much for coming to the OIST Science Festival 2019. We received 5,200 visitors, and many people enjoyed the programs, such as the science shows, lectures and demonstrations.
The photos are available here: OIST Science Festival 2019

We also conducted a fundraising drive to help with the restoration of Shuri Castle. Thanks to the elementary school, junior high school, and high school students who volunteered, we received 241,605 JPY in donations, which will be used by the Okinawa Prefectural Government for the restoration of Shuri Castle.

Thank you very much to all contributors,
OIST Communication and PR Division

Poster with photo of Shuri Castle and appeal in English and Japanese asking for donations for restoration.
Poster used at the Science Festival donation booth.


Saturday, 16 November 2019
OIST Campus
1919-1, Tancha, Onna
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Poster for Science Festival 2019

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Science Cafe
Science Programs


11:30-12:30 Auditorium All Science Show

The Magic of Science!

Christopher Eugene Petoukhoff
OIST Femtosecond Spectroscopy
Can you touch fire without being burned? Can objects levitate in the air, with no strings attached? Have you ever seen something appear out of thin air? Are these magic tricks? Or are they science? Come witness firsthand and learn about the magical world explained by science!
15:00-16:00 Auditorium Elementary+ Kids Lecture

Okinawan Soundscapes

Nicholas Ryan Friedman
OIST Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit
When a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? What do animals do in the forest when no one is around? Come experience the enchanting soundscapes of Okinawa. Learn about island ecosystems, animal behavior, the science of sound, and more!
11:00-12:00 B250 Elementary+

Breeding New Rice for Life-Style Related Diseases in Okinawa

Dr. Hidetoshi Saze
OIST Plant Epigenetics Unit Assistant Professor
Dr. Sachihiro Suzuki
OIST Office of the EVP for Technology Development and Innovation
Lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes due to unhealthy diets and lack of exercise is a serious problem in many countries as well as Okinawa. OIST has been developing a new rice species for lifestyle-related diseases. In this talk, we will talk about the technologies that were used for establishing this rice and our current project together with Onna-village.
14:00-15:00 B250 Elementary+

The mysterious world of very low temperature

Dr. Mamoru Yogi
Assistant professor Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus
The temperature that is overwhelmingly lower than the daily temperature is called "cryogenic temperature". Why did people aim for cryogenic temperatures? What happens at cryogenic temperatures? I'm going to talk about a mysterious world of very low temperatures.

Science Cafe

13:00-13:45 B713 Elementary+

The story of a traveling honey bee and a jumping mite

Maeva Techer
OIST Ecology and Evolution Unit Research Fellow
Honey bees are present almost everywhere on the planet, but did you know that was not the case a century ago? We all know honey bees for producing sweet honey but now they are facing troubles in a different part of the world. Let me tell you what we know about honey bees origins and history and how one of them, the Western honey bee, met on its world tour some nasty followers that now spread almost everywhere.

Science Programs

High-Protein Ice Cream Made using Liquid Nitrogen

Have you experienced a super cold world? Let's see what happens when it gets to -196C!!


Having Fun Building Paper Möbius Kaleidocycles

Have you ever built a paper ring which can change its shape and move inside out? We will build very new types of beautiful paper rings with you which show all colors of the rainbow when they move!


Experience the World of Computers

Curious about what a “super” computer looks like or does? Come here and let’s experience the wonderful world of computers.

Hands-on, Lab

Let's Observe plant leaves by electron microscope!

If you look at the cross-section of a plant leaf by a scanning electron microscope, you can see that it has many different structures. Then you can infer functionality from the structure.

Hands-on, Lab

The world of life observed with a cryo-electron microscope

We introduce how can we see the world of life with cryo-electron microscope at a temperature of -196 degree.

Hands-on, Lab

Inside world of termites

Termites are the invisible rulers of the forests. They can digest wood faster than any organism alive! The digestion process is complicated, but “microbes” present inside the termites help them. At the OIST Science festival, we will explore the inside world of termites.

Hands-on, Lab

Fantastic voyage into the nano world

Let’s explore bacteria and viruses in 3D virtual reality

Hands-on, Lab

Let’s do Chemistry Magic!

Do you want to see how bright and colorful chemistry can be? Do you want to make toothpaste for elephants? Then come to our booth and find out about many sides of chemistry and do some chemistry magic!

Hands-on, Lab

Robot Perception

Can robots adapt to inverted vision? Can you? Let’s use Lego and inversion goggles to find out!

Hands-on, Lab

Play with AI

Did you know AI play games too? Watch AI robots battle. Play a nostalgic computer game against an AI. Can you beat the machine?

Hands-on, Lab

Be friends with robots!

Try to become friends with humanoid robots.

Papercraft: The shisa that follows your gaze

Why is that shisa always staring at me? Come to make an optical illusion shisa with paper and scissors, and learn about the science behind it.
Participants must be able to use scissors.


3D ants

Ants, like humans, have brains and muscles! Find out how they look like visualized in 3D.


Instagram Photo Booth

The perfect place to take a photo to keep your memory of OIST Science Festival 2019!


Wonders of Ants & OKEON Chura mori Project


The Biodiversity Around Us and Invasive Species: Can you identify a fire ant?

Japanese Only

Read more at the website.


You will be Professor Ants from today!

Japanese Only


Monster toothpaste, mysterious liquids, and clay brains

Visit us to learn about chemistry, physics, and our cool brain.


Programming with Neko-chan

Learn to program with cats, fish, squirrels and mice all on your computer with Scratch!
Sessions at 10:30, 11:15, 13:00, 13:45, 14:30, and 15:15. Seats can be reserved online, and there will be 10 seats set aside for walk-ins in each session.
Everyone is welcome to join the Live Coding session 12:00-13:00 (no reservation needed).


What do scientists do?

Research? Inventions? Discoveries? What do you do? Do you use futuristic technology and equipment? It's all very easy to explain. Please ask me anything!


Watch Weird Animals Evolve - In 3D


OIST PhD Program and Research Internship Program

Come meet the OIST admissions team to learn more about the PhD Program and Research Internship Program.



Take a dive into the plankton! From the very tiny to the very big (yes plankton can be big!) meet the floating organisms that run the ocean ecosystem.

Observation of C. Elegans.

Observation of C. elegans. Do you know what it is? Let’s observe it with a microscope!


Can honey bees save the coral reefs?

Did you know that honey bees could help save the Okinawa coral reefs? Come and learn what is red soil erosion and how beekeeping and wild flowers pollination can reduce it. Honey bees will need new homes for spring and you can help us make their hives easy for them to find by painting unique designs.


Fun with Light!

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


Food Vendors

You will get to taste a variety of international foods.

Cutlet Sandwich

Quiche, Baked sweets, Stroop waffles

Elly's café
Veggie Taco-rice, Veggie Taco-dog, Shaved ice

Fried Chicken

Okinawan Noodle Fukugi
Okinawan Noodle

Wankara Wankara
Shaved ice, Sorbet

Bar amo
Garlic Chicken, Soft drinks

Bubble tea, Bagels, Pie

Pork Burger, Wraps

Bagels, Bread

Kukuru no Yado
Curry, Steak sandwich, Cakes, Soft drinks


Baked sweets, Muffins, Scorns

Café Kijimuna
Taco rice

Veggie Taco rice, soft drinks

Churros, Non-alcohol Mojito

Sun Moon Lake Tea
Bubble Tea


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