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Class Information

Information Booklet


Class Schedule


* See P.6 of "Information Booklet" PDF file (To Be Added) for detailed venue locations.

** October 13 is designated to work on on-demand online classes.

*** You must take at least one of the English or Japanese courses.



- Seats will be announced on the day.

- The above schedule is subject to change without notice.

Exploring Diversity in Academia

This course consists of presentations by current students (FC Student Coordinators) and a panel discussion by professors, that helps you learn about a wide range of as well as common areas of research activities in SOKENDAI, envision your research career, and build a new network with other students and professors coming from various research fields and backgrounds.

​On-site (at Hayama Campus)
Tuesday, October 10, 15:15-17:15
Wednesday, October 11, 9:00-14:00
Panel Discussion (120 minutes)
SOKENDAI professors from several departments give a panel discussion on their own “research cycle,” from designing research, finding a research question to presenting the research result.

Presentation by FC Student Coordinators (240 minutes)
The Coordinator deliver a presentation on their research and campus life in a way that participants from different research background would understand and broaden their interests.
Yoshikazu Ishibashi, Associate Professor, Center for Educational Planning and Development (CEPD)
Satoshi Mayama, Lecturer, CEPD
Kazuko Miyashita, Associate Professor, CEPD


Researchers and Society

In contemporary society, researchers are expected to have not only expertise in their specialty but also to fulfill their social responsibility as researchers. This course will offer opportunities to think about the roles of researchers in society through lectures and workshops.

[1]Research Integrity




Tuesday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 31

Learning Materials

To Be Announced


As research activities are often supported by society and research results can have huge social impacts, research integrity is an important part of responsible conduct of research. In this part, students will discuss various issues in research integrity, and learn basic rules in research practice.


Yukinori Onishi, Lecturer, Research Center for Integrative Evolutionary Science (RCIES)

[2]Social History of Research


​On-site (at Hayama Campus)


Wednesday, October 11, 14:10-15:40


Social roles and responsibilities of researchers have been changing over time. This part will provide a lecture on the process in which social basis of research and relation between researchers and society has come to take the current forms. In particular, it will discuss social responsibilities that emerged after the two great wars in the 20th century.


Kaori Iida, Associate Professor, Research Center for Integrative Evolutionary Science (RCIES)

[3]Seeing Your Research from Different Perspectives

Deadline for pre-assignments is October 9


On-site (at Hayama Campus)


Thursday, October 12, 9:00-14:30


Contemporary research activities are closely intertwined with society and could affect the public in many ways. Thus researchers are expected to explain their activities to various actors in society. Often, different stakeholders frame problems differently, which can make communication between researchers and the public difficult. This part will find and consider controversial cases of sciences as an example to discuss communication difficulties through a lecture and group work.


Thilina Heenatigala, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

Communication Skills for Researchers(English)

This course is offered in two versions, English(Scientific Writing & Academic Presentation) and Japanese(研究者のための"伝える"技術). Please select one of them. Optionally, you may  take both courses.

The ability to clearly communicate one's ideas, whether in the spoken or written medium, is essential for any researcher. The aim of this session is to develop basic scientific writing and oral presentation skills. Students will learn how to improve the composition of their reports and make effective presentations so that their ideas can be more easily understood by the reader or audience.

この授業は英語コース(Scientific Writing & Academic Presentation) か日本語コース(研究者のための“伝える”技術)のどちらかを選択してください。両方受講することも可能です。


Scientific Writing & Academic Presentation (English)



Course Duration

Tuesday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 31

Learning Materials

          Scientific Writing

          Academic Presentation


※ "Academic Presentation" consists of five parts in total. After submitting each Practice, you will receive an email with a link to download the next Part.


Scientific Writing

The lecture will focus on basic strategies for making your writing easier to understand for the reader. We will briefly cover overall paper structure and focus on the structure of sentences and paragraphs. In addition, you will also learn strategies for avoiding confusing language and highlighting key information. These points will be illustrated using simple, concrete examples. In addition, you will reinforce these techniques through several practice exercises.

Academic Presentation

Academic presentation covers how to orally communicate your research in a limited time with slides or a poster, with the goals of not only disseminating your findings but also eliciting valuable feedback from the audience. In this lecture, you will learn fundamental skills to improve your presentations, including structuring your talk, making effective visual aids, and incorporating the visual materials into your talk.


Jeremiah S. Sechrist, Special-Appointment Lecturer, Center for Educational Planning and Development (CEPD)

Taji Gohmaru, Lecturer, National Institute of Genetics





10月10日(火)〜 10月31日(火)


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木下充代 統合進化科学研究センター 准教授


Notes on the course

  • Active participation in all sessions is a condition for granting credits.

  • We use Dropbox and Google Forms to distribute class materials and submit assignments.

  • The password for this webpage, connection links (connection information) for Dropbox, and Google Form are for participants use only and should not be shared with others.

  • Do not record the class content without permission of the instructor(s).

  • Do not redistribute class handouts without permission from the instructor(s).

  • Do not use personal identifiable information obtained in class for any purpose other than that for which it was obtained.

[About on-site sessions]

  • Please be seated 5 minutes before the class each day. The seating chart will be announced on the day.

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