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"Start-up" -- FD Workshop regarding the shape & form for Outreach at Osaka University

2011-3-8 (Tue) 10:00 a.m. - 5:30p.m.

The Center for the Study of Communication-Design and Kaitokudo for the 21st Century will jointly hold a faculty development (FD) workshop "'Start-up' -- FD Workshop regarding the shape & form for Outreach at Osaka University" on Tuesday, March 8.

Amid recent growing expectations for social contributions by universities, individual researchers are being asked to include outreach in the purposes and results of their research and share needs and problem-consciousness with citizens by explaining such to the public.

One facet of such activities have been interactive events called "Science Cafés," a type of event that has been held more than a thousand times throughout Japan.

The government's Council for Science and Technology Policy announced "Basic Policies for Promoting Dialogue with the Public about Science and Technology" in June 2010. The government has designed a policy that obliges researchers involved in large projects to have interactive dialogue with the public.

Naturally, some researchers may be unclear as to how to deal with this. Other researchers may want to conduct outreach, but not know how. They may wonder, for example, "Will people come together for such activities?", "Conventional open seminars and symposiums are inadequate?", "Can researchers in liberal arts be involved in outreach?", and "What does outreach mean in my case?"

This workshop will be held in order to clarify what sort of outreach might exemplify, for OU personnel. the unique aspects of Osaka University. This workshop is viewed as a start-up event and is being held in cooperation with in-house researchers who have already engaged in such.

We will hold a series of such workshops in the next academic year and create specific plans and implement them while exchanging opinions among participants. We hope this will lead to preparing and sharing various outreach activities and operational procedures.

Whether research pertains to the sciences or the liberal arts, big or small, does not matter. Please join with us in discovering outreach that can satisfy both organizers and participants!

Workshop Program


  • 1. Purposes and introduction of guests
  • 2. Report and issue presentation from persons who experienced outreach -- Citing Science Cafés as examples


  • 3. Finding out and sharing of challenges of outreach activities -- organizing troubles and challenges of outreach
  • We will think about "Why is outreach needed?" & "Why is dialogue needed?"  and discuss methods to proceed with workshops.

The schedule has not been finalized yet. Details will be posted here later.

Venue: Matching Seminar Room, Student Commons, 2nd floor, Education and Research Building 1, Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of Communication-Design (CSCD), Osaka University, Kaitokudo for the 21st Century

Intended for: Faculty, staff, and post doctoral fellows who are interested in outreach activities

There is no fee for attending.

How to apply:

Individuals wishing to participate in this workshop are required to send (1) your name, (2) the name of your department, and (3) your job title to the address below by Friday, March 4.

Note that if you intend to participate in the after-workshop party, please inform the organizers of such. Furthermore, if you intend to participate in the after-workshop party, please bring a lunch.

For more information, contact: HIRAKAWA Hideyuki, Associate professor, Center for the Study of Communication-Design

Email address: hirakawa[at] (As you can likely see, when using this address, please replace [at] with @.)

Date: 2011-3-8 (Tue) 10:00 a.m. - 5:30p.m.
Registration: Registration by email is necessary.

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