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Family Experience: Wonderland of Science in Homecoming Day 2023

Kazuo Emoto (Director, Office of Communications / Professor, Department of Biological Sciences)


(Top) Associate Professor Masaki Ando and (Bottom) Associate Professor Kyoko Ito giving their lectures

The Graduate School of Science holds a lecture event, "Experience the Wonderland of Science with Your Family," on the occasion of Homecoming Day at The University of Tokyo. The purpose of this event is to have alumni bring their children and grandchildren so that the children, who will carry the future, can experience the fun of science. This time, for the first time in four years, on-site participants were invited to Koshiba Hall, and the event was held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 in a hybrid format with real-time streaming on the YouTube Faculty of Science channel.

After an opening address by Head of Department Shinichi Okoshi, Associate Professor Masaki Ando of the Department of Physics gave a lecture on the mysteries of gravity and the universe under the title of "A Story of Gravity and the Universe. The style of asking questions to the audience during the lecture deepened the sense of familiarity with the speaker, and the participants listened to the lecture with great interest as the level of difficulty increased in depth as the lecture progressed. During the Q&A session, many questions were asked through Slido, and there was no end to the number of hands raised from the audience asking for questions. Next, Associate Professor Kyoko Ito of the Department of Biological Sciences gave a lecture on the function of genes in Arabidopsis thaliana under the title of "Looking at the budding of plants. The lecture, which was interspersed with questions from the audience, was well received by the participants. During the Q&A session, questions from the children in the audience did not stop, and the session came to an end with regret.

The lecture was viewed 689 times including live-streaming and on-demand viewing, with 36 groups of 84 people participating on-site. According to the questionnaire, there were a wide range of participants from elementary school students to the general public, and many of them expressed satisfaction with the lectures.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all participants, Lecturers, and all those who cooperated in the preparation of the event and on the day of the event.


The Rigaku-bu News, November 2023