20 Sep 2011

Asia-Pacific Youth Science Exchange Forum in Okinawa September 23-26 2011

Asia-Pacific Youth Science Exchange Forum in Okinawa September 23-26 2011
A forum for the exchange of ideas among youth from the Asia-Pacific region

The aims of the forum are as follows:

  • Strengthen ties between Okinawa and island communities across the Asia-Pacific.
  • Develop Okinawa as a “center of international exchange in science and technology”.
  • Foster the development of human capital in Okinawa.

The Forum is youth-driven, rather than top-down, providing a space for young scientists and youth leaders to present their ideas and initiatives.  Extensive access to leading young researchers in fields related to the Forum Focus will allow them the opportunity to refine and discuss their ideas in a supportive environment, while showcasing what Okinawa and OIST have to offer grad students as we move toward the opening of the Graduate University.

Date

September 23-26, 2011

Venue

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, Japan 904-0412

OIST Seaside House
7542 Onna, Onna-Son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, Japan 904-0411

Theme

“Coral Reefs, Island Nations, and the Future of Asia-Pacific Coastal Communities in the 21st Century”

Concept

Student and expert presentations and discussions on the problems facing the Pacific in the next 50 years and suggested ways to face these issues (e.g. global climate change effects on reefs, acidification, storm frequency overfishing, sea level rise, depopulation, reliance on tourism as an industry).

Participants

36 undergraduate students, ages 18-23, comprising 5 students from Okinawa, 6 students from other parts of Japan (of whom 3 are from foreign countries), 25 students from Asia-Pacific countries, with a focus on Pacific island nations (Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Palau, Philippines, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Australia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea).

8 Panel members (expert ecologists, reef biologists, sustainable development experts, etc.)

Jointly organized by

uryukyu_logo_small  University of the Ryukyus
OIST_globe  Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Promotion Corporation

 Overview and Program

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is a new graduate university.

The purpose of OIST is to conduct world-class research and education in science and technology in Okinawa and to contribute to the self-sustaining development of Okinawa and to the advancement of science and technology worldwide. OIST currently has 42 research units with more than 200 researchers - the majority of whom are non-Japanese - who are conducting multi-disciplinary research in neuroscience, molecular sciences, mathematical and computational biology, and environmental science. OIST has launched a program of international courses and workshops that have already achieved worldwide recognition. Full accreditation as a new graduate university is expected in November 2011.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Kaoru Natori
Communications and PR Section, General Affairs Group
Okinawa Institute of Science Technology Promotion Corporation (http://www.oist.jp)
TEL: +81-(0)-966-2389    FAX: +81-(0)-966-2887    E-mail: kaoru.natori@oist.jp