Summer School 2017 Program Theme

Where Do We Come From, Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Heading?

“D’où venons-nous ? Que sommes-nous ? Où allons-nous ? (Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?)” This is the title of painting by French artist Pau Gaugin. He paints various figures; from young children to elderly people. You can see Gugin’s view of human life in his painting and at the same time you can see that he is questioning whether you have an idea about your “raison d’etre” and your vision of your future.

We need to create a new future. We have to think how we can utilize science and technology, which problems we should solve, and how. To shape the future, it is the past that we should learn from. The important thing is not only seeing the future, but also taking the future as a continued story from the past.  Researching the past tells us how our predecessors perceived the world and human nature.

Every lecture, workshop and experiment will offer a historical perspective in ISSJ summer school 2017. We will explore history not only as a set of events in the past, but as a stem which extends into the future.

Lecture Style

All lectures are conducted in English. We invite lecturers who with diverse backgrounds to engage with our students. We value discussions over one-sided conversations. Students will share their thoughts, opinions, and concerns with the goal of making a final presentation at the end of the program. 


Housing (Dormitories)

Students will house themselves in the dormitories provided by the universities. As young college prospects, this experience allows the students to immerse themselves in a proper college environment. The dormitory environment will allow the students to live together and give them many opportunities to learn, trust, and work with one another. An irreplaceable experience where lifetime friends are waiting.



Everyday four classes are held: two in the morning, and two in the afternoon. There are also night sessions every evening after dinner where students are able to enjoy themselves or prepare for their presentations. Professors will also be invited as lecturers during the night sessions.


Students will have lectures, workshops, and presentations. All classes will be given in an active learning style. We also plan to have field work and workshops outside the research center’s venue. On the last day of the school, there will be a presentation contest held at the main hall.
Participants are to prepare for the program and will be distributed a syllabus in advance with designated reading assignments and useful learning tips.

Timetable  (Subject to Change)

July 30th
09:30-10:50 Orientation
11:00-12:30 Team Building
02:00-03:30 Project work
03:30-05:00 Robotics / Programing
06:30-08:00 Welcome party (BBQ)
July 31st
09:30-11:00 Project work
11:00-12:30 Biomechanics
02:00-03:30 Zen & Science
03:30-05:00 TBD
06:30-08:00 Workshop (Attendance is voluntary)
Aug 1st
09:30-11:00 Theory of Relativity & Quantum Mechanics
11:00-12:30 Project work
02:00-03:30 Sports medicine
03:30-05:00 TBD
06:30-08:00 Workshop (Attendance is voluntary)
Aug 2nd
09:30-12:30 Experiment (Inorganic Chemistry)
02:00-03:30 Science & Ethics
03:30-05:00 Project work
06:30-08:00 Workshop (Attendance is voluntary)
Aug 3rd
09:30-12:30 Biotechnology / Medical Engineering
02:00-03:30 Project work
03:30-05:00 TBD
Aug 4th
09:30-11:00 TBD (biomechanics)
11:00-12:30 TBD
2:00- moving (Kansai area -> Kanto area )
Aug 5th
09:30-12:30 How to deliver your presentation
02:00-03:30 Cognitive science
03:30-05:00 Project work
06:30-08:00 Workshop (Attendance is voluntary)
Aug 6th
09:30-12:30 Basic Aerodynamics / Mechanics
02:00-05:20 Rocket Experiment
06:30-08:00 Workshop (Attendance is voluntary)
Aug 7th
09:30-11:00 Robotics / Programing
11:00-12:30 Project work
02:00-05:00 Photocatalyst
06:30-08:00 TBD
Aug 8th
09:30-12:30 Science Experiment
/ Organic Chemistry
02:00-05:00 Project work
Aug 9th
09:30-05:20 Final Presentation
All dates
* Everyday night session Event Programs
-TED-ish talk
-Cross Cultural Presentation
-Talk Sessions with researchers
Breakfast 08:00-09:30 / lunch 11:50-02:00 / dinner 05:20-

*Schedule above has not decided. Subject to major change.

List of Lecturers from Last Year(excerpt)

Charlotte Clark (course designer and Science Ethics)

Charlotte is a veteran teacher and course designer, who has run similar programs at Oxford University for the past few years. She is currently working towards her PhD in Shakespeare, at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

  Gary Vierheller (Learn to Present Science)

Has a wide experience in executive coaching/consultation and presentation coaching in Japan for many years. Also was responsible for coaching and creating an English curriculum for Japanese astronauts. Also responsible for special presentation courses at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and SSH(Super Science High School).

 Pavel Hejcik (Science communicator)

Master Degree in Math and Physics Education. PhD. Degree in Engineering.  Science Communicator in a national science museum. Theoretical physics. He studied the rules that govern the invisible world of quantum particles and with the help of mathematics explored phenomena that these rules predict.

Summer School 2017 Program Application Guideline

Dates July 30, 2017(Sun) to August 9, 2017(Wed)
Venue (First half)Ritsumeikan University, Biwako-kusatsu Campus
(Second half) Some facilities in Tokyo and Chiba
Accommodation (First half)Ritsumeikan University, Epock21
(Second half) Tokyo University of Science, Noda seminar house
Requirment 15 – 17 years of age
*Students graduating high school August 2017 are not eligible to apply.
– Applicant must be able to understand lectures in English.
– Applicant must come to the venue by themselves at their own expense.
– Applicant must be in good physical and mental condition.
– All applicants is examined applicant screening.
– Applicant should be enthusiastic, have initiative, and be able to work independently or in cooperation with other students.
Number of Students Accepted 30
Program Cost 250,000yen (Class Programs 120,000yen / Food, Accommodation, and Insurance 100,000yen / local transportation during summer school 30,000yen )
Scholarship All expense 250,000yen (Excluding Transportation to/from the venue from/to your place)
– Examined applicant screening and online-interview
Application Deadline First term : 30th April, 2017

Second term : 30th June, 2017

1) Scholarships are not available during the second term.

2) Application with a scholarship request will be accepted during the first term of application which will end on 30th April 2017.

*Extension requests may be available from countries with conflicting schedules due to academic term or exams.

Organizer International School of Science Founding Project / Katsuiku Education Foundation

How to apply / Application Procedures

ISSJ Summer School 2017 Program take selection process as below.

Step 1  Application

Kindly fill out
①Summer School 2017 Program Application Form
②Essay Sheet
③Financial Aid Request Form below and submit accordingly.

①②③ for those apply with scholarship and ①② for those apply without scholarship. The deadline of the application is 30th April.

Step 2  Confirmation by administration

We will send you a confirmation email of your application within 3 business days.

Step 3  Online interview

We will ask you to take online interview by Skype if needed.

Step 4  Notification of result

We will inform your application result with scholarship details. After that we will send a letter of consent, information of Summer School 2017 Program and list of pre-assignment. For applicants accepted without scholarship, we will also inform the payment details of fee.

Step 5  Submit a letter of consent

Upon submission of the letter and completion of payment for non-scholarship applicants, we will officially confirm your participation in our summer school program.

* Application deadline is on 30th April 2017. (Subject to change)
* Our Scholarship will cover fee (tuition, accommodation, meals, insurance and transportation fee during the program) It does not cover other expenses such as travel fee from/to home to/from the venue.
* Our scholarship is intended to widen the opportunity for students participating in our program. Therefore, we will try to provide scholarships for those who need financial aid based on need and merit and their possible positive contribution by participating in our program.


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