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The second All-WPI Research Center Joint Symposium took place

WPI High School Outreach Program: Inspiring Insights into Pioneering Scientific Research


On Saturday, November 24th 2012, the second All-WPI Research Center Joint Symposium titled “Inspiring Insights into Pioneering Scientific Research” was held at the Tsukuba International Congress Center. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with 663 participants, many of whom were high school students.


Last year, Kyushu University’s International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy (I2CNER) hosted the first symposium. The following symposium was organized by the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA).


The day officially began with some remarks from Mr. Kenichi Ichihara, Mayor of Tsukuba, and a keynote lecture presented by Toshio Kuroki, WPI Program Director, sending a message to the young audience. This was followed by five WPI research center presenters who each introduced their center’s research. They also expressed hopes and dreams for the young peoples’ future.


In addition to this, young participants had a chance to try challenging science quizzes while learning about science in a fun and humorous way.


I2CNER’s Deputy Director, Prof. Tatsumi Ishihara, gave a lecture with the theme of "Dream Artificial Photosynthesis; challenge to the creature." After reporting on the current energy situation of the world, he presented the latest research on the method of extracting hydrogen by water splitting with photocatalyst.


The day concluded with an opportunity for the participants to view the booths that each center developed, and for the high school students to personally meet and engage with the WPI speakers and staff.


At the Venue Prof. Tatsumi Ishihara I²CNER's booth I²CNER's booth


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