Japan SciCom Forum (JSF) is a community of science communicators. We aim to build a network to share knowledge, highlight best practices and new tools, and boost English-language science communication in Japan. The JSF organises an annual conference and regular online meetups called 'socials' to gather the community.
The annual conferences hosted by the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo in 2018, 2019, 2021, and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) hosted 2022 and 2023. These conferences gathered over 500 press officers, researchers and students from across Japan. The community now meets bimonthly online for relevant presentations, and shares job postings and events via a mailing list with over 300 members.
JSF logo concept:
The logo forms four human figures representing communication, network, and collaboration. The colours represent the diversity of experts and people of JSF. The design highlights JSF's vision: to build a diverse community from Japan and abroad to advance science communication in Japan through collaboration.
The JSF logo is designed and conceptualised by a graphic design expert, Kaori Serakaki. As a designer, Serakaki has contributed research activities of many scientists at OIST through illustrations and design during her time at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). Born and raised in Onna Village in Okinawa, Serakaki witnessed the growth of OIST and continues to support science through her design and illustration skills.