Japan scicom forum 2022

October 21, 2022


hosted by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)


Perspectives on global outreach from PIOs and leading scientists



Hands-on sessions with experts in global press, social media and more



Discussion and community-building to give science communication in Japan a global reach


Keynote speaker:

Massimiano Bucchi (Ph.D. Social and Political Science, European University Institute, 1997) is Full Professor of Science and Technology and Society and Communication, Science and Technology at the University of Trento and Director of the International Master programme SCICOMM.

Website: https://mb.soc.unitn.it/english/

Science communication and outreach, especially to global audiences in English, is taking off in Japan. Japan Scicom Forum brings together communicators, writers, scientists, journalists and select experts from abroad to inspire and boost the cohesion of scicomm in Japan, learn new skills and inform the community with best practices. Keynote talks will reflect on research-media interactions from the perspectives of both scientists and press professionals. Workshops will provide hands-on training to support communicators and scientists working in Japan as they engage in global outreach. Open discussion and networking opportunities are spread over the program. Registration is free and the event will be in English.




programme Schedule:

[programme shows in Japan Standard Time]

Oct. 21 (find your local start time)

Part one:

10:00-10:10 - Welcome by JSF organizers and Peter Gruss (OIST)

10:15-10:55 - Flash Talks by invited speakers:

  • Yoko Shimpuku (Hiroshima University)

    • Research Publicity Process in the International Public Relations Team

  • Diego Pitta de Araujo (National University of Singapore)

    • Editorial illustrations: on the communication between art and science (or the lack of it)

  • Andrew Jaspan (360info)

    • An introduction to 360Info, an open access global information agency

  • Lauren Sallan (OIST)

    • Tips from TED: Communicating Natural Science Research to the Largest Public Audiences

11:00-12:00 - Workshops (2 in parallel):

  • Online and Hybrid Post-COVID by Elizabeth Tasker (JAXA/TFOM)

  • Media Producing 101 for Scientists'by Ann Yamamoto (Rikkyo University) and Narasaki Masashi (Creative Director, Learn about Learning)

12:30-14:00 - Networking Lunch by The Future of Meetings (TFOM)

Part two:

14:00-14:10 - Remarks by JSF organisers and Heather Young (OIST)

14:10-14:40 - Keynote by Massimiano Bucchi (University of Trento) on Public Perception of COVID-19 Vaccination in Italy: The Role of Trust and Experts’ Communication

14:40-14:55 - Q&A with Keynote Speaker

14:55-15:00 - Break

15:00-16:00 - Workshops (2 in parallel):

  • Reflecting on Online Communication on Social Media with a SNS Simulation for Digital Media Literacy Education by Yoko Miyazaki (SmartNews Media Institute) and Marcos Sadao Maekawa (Keio University)

  • Equity and Sustainability of Scientific Conferences by Kate Whitfield (Zeroverse)

16:00-16:50 - Panel Discussion on Science Engagement by Falling Walls Engage

16:50-17:00 - Conclusion


The conference registration will be open until October 7, 2022. Register here.

Networking lunch:

The applications for proposing a table for the JSF22 networking session are now open until October 7, 2022. Apply here.



Ayumi Koso, NIG · @iyoumek

Thilina Heenatigala, ELSI · @ThilinaH

Tomomi Okubo, OIST · @imomofolio

Lucy Dickie, OIST · @LucyEDickie

Danielle Ellenby, OIST · @DaniEllenby

Rei Takahashi, UTokyo · @reirei353