DEC 4 (TUE) Kavli IPMU High School Student Event "Meet the Scientists!"

October 25, 2018
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)



This 4 December (Tue), the Kavli IPMU invites high school students to come to Kashiwa Campus to interact with 13 bright young researchers in cosmology and astronomy. There will be talks, discussions, quizzes, and tea time.

Take the chance to ask a researcher working at the forefront of their field all the questions you can't find the answer to in textbooks. NOTE: The lecture session will be carried out mainly in Japanese, but all other activities will be carried out in simple English.




Stellar Archaeology: A time travel to the First Stars

The oldest stars in our Milky Way galaxy hold the key to explaining how our Universe began, and how it will end. This branch of scientific research is called Stellar Archaeology, and it is a little like being in control of a time machine.

Theoretical astrophysicist Shing-Chi Leung and Observational Astronomer Miho Ishigaki invite you to join the discussion about how the Universe began, what is happening now in the Milky Way, and what to expect in the future.


Shing-Chi Leung (Project Researcher, Kavli IPMU, University of Tokyo): Astronomy

After obtaining his PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Leung joined the Kavli IPMU, University of Tokyo in 2015. He has been studying stellar astrophysics, supernova physics, and running theoretical simulations on the birth of chemical elements.

Miho Ishigaki (Project Researcher, Kavli IPMU, University of Tokyo): Observational astronomy

After obtaining her PhD from Tohoku University, Ishigaki worked at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan before joining the Kavli IPMU as a project researcher in 2015. She uses telescopes, including Japan's Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, to carry out observations of the night sky. She has been studying the Milky Way Galaxy and the spectra of stars.

Short Presentations from 13 Researchers


Can you spot the fake?

Thirteen researchers will talk about their work, but one of them is not telling the truth. See if you can spot the fake presentation.


Thomas Greif (U Heidelberg, Germany): The formation of the first stars, Vinicius Placco (U Notre Dame, USA): Stellar Astrophysics, Britton Smith (U California, San Diego, USA): Formation of the First Stars and Galaxies, Ivanna Escala (Caltech, USA): The Formation History of Andromeda, Jonay Gonzalez-Hernandez (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain): The search of another Earth, David Aguado (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain): The amazing race to find the first star, Sarah Dietz (U Notre Dame, USA): Patterns of motion in carbon-enhanced metal-poor stars in, our Galaxy, Rana Ezzeddine (MIT, USA): Measuring amount of Iron and other heavy elements inside, stars, Bharat Kumar Yerra (NAOC, Beijing, China): Lithium evolution in the Stars and the Universe, Tomoya Kinugawa (U Tokyo, Japan): Gravitational Waves, Anna Schauer (UT Austin, USA): The formation of the first stars in computer simulations, Tilman Hartwig (U Tokyo, Japan): Finding the oldest stars, Danielle Skinner (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA): Evolution of the Universe



Universal Battle

Ask researchers for hints to answer questions about the Universe! A special prize will be given to the winning team.



Tea Time

Have a chat with researchers!

General Information

Date and time: 18:00 - 20:00, 4 December 2018 (doors open at 17:30)
Venue: Media Hall, Kashiwa Library (Kashiwa campus, University of Tokyo)
Host: Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo
Difficulty level: High school curriculum
Admission: Free
Language: Simple English and Japanese (there will be no interpretation)
Seats: 100

Registration form Deadline: 22 November Still available! We will close when we reach the venue's full capacity

NOTE: Please contact the Kavli IPMU Public Relations office if you wish to make a group reservation

Notification: In the event the number of registrants exceeds the number of seats available, participants will be selected at random. Priority will be given to high school students. If the number of registrants is less than the maximum capacity, non-high school students are also welcome to attend.
You will be notified whether you have been granted a seat after 23 November.

04-7136-5981 / Email: (Kavli IPMU Public Relations)
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