Retreats held by GCOE Integrative Life Science

  • M. Nasu (Project Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences)
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In Oiso

Two and a half years have passed since the establishment of “The GCOE Integrative Life Science based on the Study of Biosignaling Mechanisms”, which is on its halfway mark to the goal. And for the School of Science GCOE, the third retreat was held in November 2009. Two graduate schools and an institute (Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Science and Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences), which used to have weak horizontal ties, have joined to set up the GCOE Integrative Life Science. By reinforcing their cooperation with one another, they are aiming to establish a higher-level education and research system in order to build up strength and compete in the world.

That is to say, keeping and strengthening the cooperation in a harmonious way would be one of the keys to success as one of the GCOE centers. One of the programs we conduct for that is the retreats. In a retreat, which allows us to stay a little distance away from our ordinary research lives, we learn about one another's researches through oral and poster presentations and have an opportunity to discuss them. In spring, a retreat was held by the two graduate schools and the institute mentioned above. And in autumn, a retreat was held by the Graduate School of Science alone.

The most important thing in the past retreats, I think, was that we were able to make personal connections. Even if we are just fledglings as a researcher now, we are expected to open a door to the world and fly ahead at a certain stage of our research lives. Thus, the human networks we made in the retreats would mean that we have made them linked right in front of the door we are going to open. Through the two retreats we had, however, we realized that the Japanese are too shy to get actively acquainted with people they contact for the first time although they do want to socialize with others more. This time, we arranged a “Student Exchange Meeting” aimed for promoting exchanges among the students, which turned out to be an exciting experience. I hope good interactions will result in good researches. In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone who helped us organize the retreats for their kind cooperation.