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Seminars and Lectures open to the Public

Osaka University Symposiums -- Sharing scholarship and research at Osaka University with society

Under themes reflecting social situations and its historical backdrop, Osaka University will share its scholarship and research with the public. This symposium is intended for a wide range of people and consists of lectures and round-table talks by outside experts and OU faculty and staff members.

Date & Time
Once or twice a year
Venue Osaka city


Tekijuku, the primary root of Osaka University -- Events sponsored by Tekijuku Commemoration Center

img_03.jpgThe Tekijuku Commemoration Center and the Tekijuku Memorial Association based at the center hold special exhibitions, lectures, and commemorative lectures in order to introduce materials and results of research about OGATA Koan, the founder of Tekijuku and a scholar of Western learning and doctor at the end of the Edo Period. Lectures are also held on his students, pioneers in creating a modern Japan. The Tekikuku Memorial Association also holds guided tour to visit historical places relating to Tekijuku and OGATA Koan for members of the association.

Date & Time Special exhibition -- early June
Tekijuku Workshop -- September ~ October
Tekijuku Commemorative Lectures -- around November
Tekijuku tour (for Tekijuku Commemoration Association) -- around June and November

Tekijuku Commemoration Center [Link in Japanese]

Details [Link in Japanese]

Events sponsored by The Museum of Osaka University -- Ordinary exhibitions, themed exhibitions, and special exhibitions


Ordinary exhibitions, themed exhibitions, and special exhibitions

The Museum of Osaka University holds a variety of exhibitions. Its ordinary exhibitions introduce academic tradition at Osaka University, researchers who made great discoveries and contributions, advanced activities in natural science, and activities at Osaka University leading Japan and the world in a variety of fields. Themed exhibitions and special exhibitions share academic research results at Osaka University with visitors in an easy-to-understand manner. In line with these themed exhibition and special exhibition, workshops and museum lectures are held.

Hours Monday ~ Saturday (10:30 ~ 17:00. Visitors are allowed to enter by 16:30 p.m.)
Closed Sundays, national holidays, During the Year-End and New Year’s holidays (Dec. 28 – Jan. 5)
Admission fees There is no charge for admission
Address Machikaneyama Shugaku-kan, The Museum of Osaka University (1-20, Machikaneyama-cho, Toyonaka City, Osaka)



Science Cafés

Science Café@Machikaneyama introduces the history of Osaka University and results of its academic research.
Date & Time September ~ October (5 cafes), December ~ March (4 cafes)
Venue Seminar Room, 3F, Machikaneyama Shugaku-kan, The Museum of Osaka University (1-20, Machikaneyama-cho, Toyonaka City, Osaka)

Details [Link in Japanese]

Lectures open to the public by outstanding faculty members at Osaka University

img_06.jpgOsaka University was the first university that held courses open to the public. Lectures have always been delivered in a spirit of practical scholarship.
Date & Time September ~ December
Venue Osaka University Nakanoshima Center (4-3-53, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City)

Details [Link in Japanese]

Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku -- Joint courses with Asahi Culture Center without admission fee

img_07.jpgHandai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku was established at the time when Osaka University Nakanoshima Center was built in 2004. Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku courses are joint courses with Asahi Culture Center. By making use the strengths of a comprehensive university on topics such as culture, history, art, science, technology, and health care, lecturers give presentations on results of unique research conducted at Osaka University.
Date & Time 1 ~ 3 courses per month
Venue Osaka University Nakanoshima Center (4-3-53, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City)

Details [Link in Japanese]

Osaka University & Osaka Gas Academic Cooking

img_08.jpgOsaka University & Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. have jointly been holding a series of unique lectures on a particular food followed by the cooking and eating of that food. Through lecture related to the daily life, participants can enjoy learning.
Date & Time On an irregular basis
Venue Osaka Gas Cooking School Senri
(1F, Senchu PAL, 1-3-141 Shinsenri Higashi-machi, Toyonaka)

Details [Link in Japanese]

i-SPOT lectures by Osaka University's Kaitokudo for the 21st Century -- free joint courses with Osaka City

img_09.jpgOsaka University's Kaitokudo for the 21st Century and the Osaka City Planning and Coordination Bureau are jointly sponsoring semester courses open to the public.The theme and style of the courses is "learning together." Six courses in a variety of fields are provided twice a year.
Date & Time June ~ September, December ~ March
Venue i-Spot, Osaka City Information Publication Bureau, 2nd floor, Yodoyabashi Odona, 4-1-1 Imabashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Details [Link in Japanese]

Osaka & Kyoto Open Cultural Lectures -- Themes of lectures centering on Osaka and Kyoto

img_10.jpgOsaka University's Graduate School of Letters and Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Ritsumeikan University's School of Letters, and Ritsumeikan Osaka Office have joint classes open to the public. The themes of these lectures center on Osaka and Kyoto and aspects shared in their history and culture.
Date & Time May ~ July (8 classes), October ~ December (8 classes)
Venue Ritsumeikan University Osaka Office, 14th Floor, Osaka Fukoku Life Insurance Bldg., 2-4 Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka

Details [Link in Japanese]

Nature Walk on Machikane-yama -- Observe plants in Machikaneyama, a luxuriant forest located in an urban area

img_11.jpgOsaka University's Kaitokudo for the 21st Century holds Nature Walk on Machikane-yama. This is a field workshop to observe plants in Machikaneyama on the Toyonaka campus. Participants will walk through Machikaneyama. Such trekking and expeditions are popular with participants. Plants will be discussed in the class after walk.
Date & Time Spring, autumn
Venue Surrounding area of Machikaneyama, Toyonaka camups, Machikaneyama Shugaku-kan, The Museum of Osaka University, Studio in Kaitokudo for the 21st Century

Details [Link in Japanese]

Free Lab Café -- free café on your way home

img_12.jpgHow about stepping into philosophy, art, history, or science on your way home from work? Lab Café is lectures and talks held at the community space, Art Area B1, in the concourse of Naniwabashi Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line. Faculty members or others at Osaka University serve as café masters, providing programs in which guests and participants talk about a variety of topics such as philosophy, art, science and technology, railroads, manga, sports on weekday evenings.

Date & Time Every month
Venue Art Area B1 (Concourse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line)

Details [Link in Japanese]

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