Miki Horie, Ph.D.

Ritsumeikan Primary School
Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior High School

Welcome to Japan Super Science Fair 2020!

This year has been a big challenge for everyone around the world. Covid-19 has brought us various difficulties in our daily lives and made us think more seriously about the advancement of science and technology in order to secure our safety and humanity. I believe we should take this whole phenomenon as a part of continuing challenge for our individual and social growth, rather than just a temporary disorientation of our societies, so that we can motivate our students to be more flexible and hopeful about creating their future.

The 18th JSSF will be held this year online for the first time. We have prepared various online programs, which will take place over three weekends (Oct. 31st, Nov. 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th). We have also made sure the programs are accessible to all the participating schools located in various time zones around the world. We hope that these online spaces, for scientific exchange and global collaboration will provide a similar quality experience like what we usually have had at past JSSF events. The Student Committee members this year are also highly motivated and excited about trying new ideas to make the 18th JSSF a considerable success. Our conference will continue to provide numerous learning experiences that inspire young minds and build friendships. My hope is that we enable all participants a meaningful opportunity to be motivated to continue to strive for a higher level of scientific literacy, a well-developed sense of social contribution, authenticity towards their professional mission, and non-ethnocentric attitudes towards people of various backgrounds.

We, Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior High School are very proud of being one of the few designated schools as a "Super Science High School (SSH)" for an uninterrupted five terms since 2003 by the Japanese government. This event is part of our SSH Project, and I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the generous support provided by the government.

In closing, I hope that JSSF serves as a platform that empowers all participants a way to freely create networks, which will become valuable in their future when they play a significant role as the next generation of global leaders.

Aoi Inoue

Students Committee Representative
Japan Super Science Fair 2020

The 2020 student organizing committee would like to welcome you all to this year’s Japan Super Science Fair. This will be the 18th JSSF and the first JSSF to be held entirely online. As the chairperson of the JSSF 2020 student committee, it is my aspiration to capitalize on the challenging situation we find ourselves due to the global COVID-19 pandemic by utilizing the Internet and technology to create an engaging and unique experience for all the participants.

We are at work planning many events for all the participants to be involved in and excited about hosting JSSF 2020 online. The student committee is striving to preserve all the key elements of what has made past JSSFs great while providing the best possible online experience for everyone. Participants will be provided with opportunities to share their research, collaborate on solving problems, and exchange opinions online during the event. We hope that everyone will take advantage of these opportunities to improve their research, increase their knowledge, and expand their networks and form new bonds of friendship. We are strongly convinced that the friendships we will make here will be cherished for the rest of your lives.

This year’s JSSF will not only be our very first time holding a science fair online but will also be the first time experiencing an online event for many of you. I am sure most of you would agree that 2020 has been quite hectic. The current reality of closed borders and strict social distancing rules would have seemed like science fiction last year. This new reality has forced us to reevaluate and find new ways to communicate with each other. Harnessing the power of technology, which has been rapidly evolving to help people stay connected around, let us work around the difficulties we are facing now to continue to share precious moments together and celebrate our shared interests in science.

I would like to conclude by once again expressing my sincere wish to make the most of the situation we find ourselves in by creating a unique JSSF that brings everyone back together and all the participants can call their own. Thank you.