Discussion including participants from beyond Japan
From July 29 to 31, students in the Humanware Innovation Program participated in the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences’ 7th Student-organized Young Researchers Workshop Camp, held at KKR Kyoto Kuniso in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto. This event is held to enable students to interact with colleagues working in different fields and to advance interdisciplinary research with a global outlook. Some of our students also worked on the organizing committee.
The event was attended by a total of 74 students including, in addition to HWIP students, domestic and international students from the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, students in Nagoya University’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Program in Green Natural Sciences, and graduate students and postdocs from Asia, Europe, and South America. The three-day program was jam-packed with poster presentations, group discussions, and other stimulating activities.
Opportunities to consider future directions
The first and second days featured special lectures by Tomonobu Watanabe, Team Leader in the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, and Professor Azusa Kamikouchi of Nagoya University’s Graduate School of Science. Team Leader Watanabe talked about motivations for engaging in research, while Professor Kamikouchi gave a fascinating account not only of her own research, but of issues such as balancing research work with parenting duties.
Comments from the HWIP students in attendance included: “it was good practice for international conference presentations and joint research projects,” “the importance of improving my communication skills was brought home to me,” and “I really identified with the researcher’s way of life as described in the special lecture.”