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.
Students Committee Representative
Japan Super Science Fair 2020