HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2020 (online event)

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The HIRAKU 3MT Competition is an exciting opportunity for doctorate students to effectively explain their research within a limited time-span of three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The Competition aims to develop the doctorates’ presentation and research communication skills while leading to the broader society (as the audience) further enhancing their understanding of doctorate resources and researches.

The Competition will be conducted entirely online within Zoom this year. Members of the Audience who pre-register for the event will be provided a link to the Zoom Webinar and will have the opportunity to vote and decide the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the division/s for which they have registered for. Therefore, please feel free to pre-register (links are found below) for the Japanese Division and/or English Division to join the audience and get the chance to vote.

What’s the HIRAKU 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition?

The Competition has been held as a part of the initiatives of the consortium program, “Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users (HIRAKU)” (Lead Partner Organization: Hiroshima University, Co-Partner Organizations: Yamaguchi University and Tokushima University), with the aim of promoting the advancement and development of young researchers through regional collaboration. The HIRAKU 3MT Competition has been held annually since 2015, with this year being the 6th edition of the Competition. This has been realized as a result of the collaboration with public and private universities in the Western Japan primarily located in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, as well as a large number of institutions/corporations in public and private sectors. This year’s Competition will be conducted entirely online, expanding the scope of the eligible participants to all doctorates in Japanese universities.

Date & Time

November 21 (Saturday), 2020
Japanese Division: 13:00 – 15:00
*The Japanese Division will also be broadcasted online as a part of “Science Agora 2020” hosted by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
English Division: 15:30 – 17:30

Program

【Japanese Division】
13:00 Opening Session
 Opening Remarks: OCHI Mitsuo, Ph.D., President, Hiroshima University
 Guest Speech: McEWAN Alastair, Ph.D., Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Australia
13:10 The Three-Minute Presentations by the Japanese Division Finalists
14:10 Panel Talk with Doctorate Students: “Our Future Society, Our Future Life”
 Moderator: HONDA Takayuki, Ph.D., Freelance Science Communicator
14:45 Closing Session
 Award Ceremony:
 Closing Remarks: HARAYAMA Yuko, Ph.D., Executive Director, RIKEN / Former Executive Member,
 Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office, Japan

【English Division】
15:30 Opening Session
 Opening Remarks: OCHI Mitsuo, Ph.D., President, Hiroshima University
 Guest Speech: McEWAN Alastair, Ph.D., Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Australia
15:40 The Three-Minute Presentations by the English Division Finalists
16:40 Panel Talk with Doctorate Students: “Our Future Society, Our Future Life”
 Moderator: SHIMADA Kazuyoshi, Ph.D., Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
17:15 Closing Session
 Award Ceremony:
 Closing Remarks: HARAYAMA Yuko, Ph.D., Executive Director, RIKEN / Former Executive Member,
 Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office, Japan

*Details/times of the Competition are subject to change. Please refer to this official website to check the latest news.

Registration to Join the Audience

We have officially closed the registration window.
For those who were not able to register before the Zoom Webinar audience limit was reached, please note that we will also be livestreaming the Competition simultaneously on YouTube.

For those who pre-registered:
As the Zoom Webinar audience limit was reached, we will provide the URL link to our YouTube livestream instead.
Please note that only registered audience members who are able to join via the Zoom Webinar will have the chance to vote for the recipient of the People’s Choice Award.

Judging Panel

There will be a Judging Panel for each division (Japanese/English). The Panels will consist of university/enterprise officials, experts, amongst others, invited from within and outside of Japan.  
Details and the latest news on the respective Judging Panels will be announced on the website below.
>> http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/hiraku/event/competition_2020/judgingpanel/

Prizes

●Winner
The Winner of each division will receive a certificate, a \300,000 scholarship and more.
●Runner-Up
The Runner-Up of each division will receive a certificate, a \150,000 scholarship, and more. 
●People’s Choice
The People’s Choice (to be decided by the Audience Polls) of each division will receive a certificate, a \80,000 scholarship, and more. 
*In addition to the above, several video presentations from the Semi-Final Stage will be selected for a Sponsor Award, (these awards will be specifically titled after the special sponsors’ names).

Inquiries/Contact

The HIRAKU 3MT Operating Office (the Competition Office)
Global Career Design Center at Hiroshima University
7-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8514
TEL:082-424-2058 E-mail:hiraku3m■hiroshima-u.ac.jp ※Please replace ■ with @.


Host Organization:
“Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users (HIRAKU)” under the Building of Consortia for the Development of Human Resources and Science and Technology


Special Sponsors:

Please feel free to click the respective [Information Movie] links to watch the promotional videos of each of the Special Sponsors.

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Sponsors:
KYOWA HAKKO BIO CO.,LTD. Yamaguchi Production CenterTODA KOGYO CORP.NH Foods Ltd. R&D CenterNomura Research Institute, Ltd.

Cooperators:
Springer Nature

This Competition is held with the comprehensive support of Springer Nature, especially in regard to promotional activities. This support is a result of Springer Nature being in agreement with the purpose of the Competition, which is to develop the doctorates’ presentation and research communication skills, while leading to broader society (as the audience) further enhancing their understanding of doctorate resources and researches.
Website: https://www.springernature.com/jp/campaign/3MT-E

Japan Science and Technology Agency
This Competition will be broadcasted online as a part of “Science Agora 2020” held by JST.
Website of Science Agora: https://www.jst.go.jp/sis/scienceagora/en/

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