Japan scicom forum 2023

NOVEMBer 21–22, 2023

hosted by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

JSF 2023 Group Photo. Credit: Andrew Scott, OIST / JSF


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


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:

PDF programme

[programme shows in Japan Standard Time] 

DAY 1 (NOV 21)

14:30-18:30 (find your local start time)

14:30 - 14:45: Welcome and housekeeping

14:45 - 15:15: Keynote The Story of Science: Valuing Specialist Communications in a Technical World - by Ali Bailey, Director of Communications and Public Engagement, The Francis Crick Institute, London

15:15 - 15:30: Keynote Q&A

(Group photo will be taken before the coffee break)

15:30 -  16:00: Coffee break

16:00 - 16:05: Workshop preparation

16:05 - 17:05: Workshops (2 in parallel)

17:05 - 17:10: Flash talk preparation

17:10 - 17:55: Flash talks 

17:55 - 18:00: Concluding remarks

18:30 - 21:00: Networking dinner 

DAY 2 (NOV 22)
09:00-12:00 (find your local start time)

09:00 - 09:10: Welcome and housekeeping

09:10 - 10:00: Panel discussion: Many Worlds of Science Communicators by Communication and Public Relations Division (CPR), OIST

10:00 - 10:30: Coffee break

10:30 - 10:35: Workshop preparation

10:35 - 11:35: Workshops (2 in parallel)

11:35 - 11:40: Leeway time

11:40 - 11:50: Concluding remarks

11:50 - 12:00: Bus preparations

Register here (closed)

Registration deadline: Friday, July 9, Monday, 31 July or when all 100 places are filled. Registrants who apply once 100 spots have been filled will be added to the waiting list.

For details on transport and accommodation in Okinawa, please check the 'Conference Participant Logistics Document.' We recommend reserving your flights and hotel as soon as possible.

JSF 2023 is supported by

Gold Sponsorship

Silver Sponsorship

Keynote Sponsor

Silver Sponsorship

Host Organisation

Collaboratiing Organisation

Drink Sponsor

Organising Committee

Ayumi Koso, NIG ·  @iyoumek

Thilina Heenatigala, ELSI ·  @ThilinaH

Tomomi Okubo, OIST ·  @imomofolio

Danielle Ellenby, Kyushu University ·  @DaniEllenby

Merle Naidoo, OIST · @‌merle_naidoo

Euan McKay, Kobe U ·  @euanmckay

Adrian Skov, OIST ·  @SkovAdrian

Volunteer Team

Negar Khalili, Kyushu University

Dania Alkhatib, Kyushu University

Sujata Saini, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Charlotte Valk, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Neville Magielse, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)