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The 4th Japan SciCom Forum 2022 on October 21 online

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Japan SciCom Forum

Japan SciCom Forum

image: Local and foreign science communication experts and learners will gather online for the fourth Japan SciCom Forum conference on October 21, hosted by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). view more 

Credit: OIST

A range of experts in social and political science, communications, science engagement, and media production will contribute to keynote talks, workshops, and a panel discussion at the 4th Japan SciCom Forum (JSF 2022). Topics include media production for scientists, running hybrid and online events, public perception of COVID-19 vaccines, and tips for participating in TED talks.

The fourth edition of JSF 2022 will be hosted by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) online on October 21, 2022, 10:00 to 17:00 JST, with the support of EurekAlert! AAAS, Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Impact Science, Miratuku, and Falling Walls Engage.

“Science communication is more important than ever. Across mediums, our work must communicate the relevance and impact of science to make it accessible,” said Heather Young, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at OIST. “We are very proud to host this year’s Japan Scicom Forum to help contribute to training and development within the profession.” 

JSF is a community of science communication researchers, practitioners, and learners that gathers annually for the conference and bimonthly for online professional sharing. JSF organization has held three annual conferences, which were hosted by ELSI in Tokyo and gathered over 400 press officers, researchers, and students from across Japan. Last year’s conference was held online and had a significant number of international participants.

“The overarching goal of JSF is to build a network and professional identity, share knowledge and highlight best practices and new tools, and boost the English-language and international initiatives of Japanese higher education and research institutions,” said Thilina Heenatigala (ELSI), JSF organizing team. Ayumi Koso (NIG), JSF organizing team, added, “After three years of running the JSF conference, we are adapting a model to move the conference around Japan, and we are excited to have OIST to host this year.”

Registration is free. Participants from outside Japan are welcome. See the schedule and register here:


Tomomi Okubo
Manager, Media Relations Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
Tel: +81-080-6483-2675

Thilina Heenatigala
JSF Organising Team
Japan SciCom Forum (JSF)
Tel: +81-3-5734-3163

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