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Global Communication Contest 2016 again raises important questions

September 8, 2016

Tokyo Tech's Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences (ACLS) hosted the 4th Global Communication Contest at Suzukakedai Campus on August 10. This year's unanimous winner was Takashi Imada, a 1st-year master's student from the Yamamura Lab with his talk on Sex from the view of molecular biology.

Professor Yuki Yamaguchi's opening greeting
Professor Yuki Yamaguchi's opening greeting
Associate Professor Martin Meldrum making a comment on speeches
Associate Professor Martin Meldrum making a comment on speeches

The ACLS Global Communication Contest is held annually to promote friendly competition and improved communication among budding scientists. Participants give seven-minute speeches on a topic of their choice and then have three minutes to answer questions from the audience. Performances are evaluated by judges, who are made up of ACLS professors and lecturers, based on three criteria — how engaging the topic is, how understandable the speech is, and how willingly the speaker communicates with his or her audience.

Once again, the array of topics in the 2016 contest was vast, ranging from the future of drug creation and the section of the brain that helps us make decisions to the fascination with Starbucks and the social and cultural significance of food. The audience was treated to two hours of informative talks, colorful visuals, and sporadic touches of clever humor.

Best Speech Award, 1st Place & Audience Award

Takashi Imada

Sex from the View of Molecular Biology

Takashi Imada
Takashi Imada

Best Speech Award, 2nd Place

Kazuhiro Hiratsuka

Introduction to Basal Ganglia

Kazuhiro Hiratsuka
Kazuhiro Hiratsuka

Best Speech Award, 3rd Place

Norwich Mungkalaton

Food Diplomacy: Explore Cultures — One Dish at a Time

Norwich Mungkalaton
Norwich Mungkalaton

Each year, the winners of the contest are announced and presented with a certificate at a barbeque held after the main event. This year, a seasonal thunderstorm forced the festivities to continue indoors, but that did not stop the speakers, judges, and members of the audience from enjoying each other's company together with food and drink.

A toast to all those involved
A toast to all those involved
Winners in 2016
Winners in 2016

Speakers and speech titles

Speech Title
Shun Nogawa (Ito/Kotera Lab)
Genetic testing
Masaki Wakabayashi (Suzuki Lab)
Synaptic plasticity in drosophila
Kazuhiro Hiratsuka (Nakamura Lab)
Introduction to basal ganglia
Takashi Imada (Yamamura Lab)
Sex from the view of molecular biology
Norwich Mungkalaton (Konagaya Lab)
Food diplomacy: Explore cultures -- One dish at a time
Yoshiki Tanaka (Ito/Kotera Lab)
Human genome
Kayo Osako (Nitta Lab)
Inside the head of bad with directions
Keisuke Haraguchi (Iwasaki Lab)
Why are we different
Naoto Kakami (Ishida Lab)
The future of drug creation
Yuta Kino (Nakashima/Yamada Lab)
Antisense therapy
Ayaka Kyuji (Hisabori/Wakabayashi Lab)
Why do people love Starbucks?
Ryuichi Kondo (Kamachi Lab)
Easier production of methanol


Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences (ACLS)