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Thank you for visiting RIKEN Yokohama Institute on our annual Open Day!

On Oct. 8 (Sat.), RIKEN Yokohama Institute held its annual Open Day in collaboration with the neighboring Yokohama City University.(photo1) Nineteen-hundred people visited the institute this year. While enjoying the clear fall weather, people engaged themselves in numerous activities such as lectures, seminars, experiments, quizzes and poster presentations.

There was high interest in attending lectures by scientists talking about their research. Among the three lecturers was Dr. Misao Itoga from Plant Science Center who introduced his research in a talk entitled The Beauty of Bryophytes for Cleaning Water.

Recordings of the lectures given by Dr. Misao Itoga and Dr. Toshihisa Ishikawa will be available (in Japanese) for viewing on the official RIKEN YouTube Channel at a later date. (See bottom for more RIKEN web links.)(photo2)

The Center of Research Network for Infectious Diseases held a seminar on Preparing for Infectious Diseases: Tuberculosis in Asia, by Dr. Shinsaku Sakurada from the Department of Respiratory Diseases, Research Institute, National Center for Global Health and Medicine. There was a high turnout with many eager questions about the topic.(photo4)(photo5)

Gaming activities such as RIKEN Yokohama Trivia Quiz and The 5th Pipette Tips Time Trial: You Are The One! had lots of mostly young participants.(photo6)(photo7)

Gaming activities such as RIKEN Yokohama Trivia Quiz and The 5th Pipette Tips Time Trial: You Are The One! had lots of mostly young participants.(photo10)
Poster presentations and displays on research results also attracted many people who listened keenly to the explanations given by researchers.(photo8)(photo9)(photo11-14)

Yokohama Science Frontier High School students once again volunteered to support Open Day efforts this year, helping us with experiment activities.(photo16)
The mascot character of the Yokohama City University "Yocchi" enjoyed popularity among children.(photo15)

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to those of you who visited and to those who volunteered their time and effort. We plan to keep improving our activities, and we hope to see you again in 2012!

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(photo2) Dr. Misao Itoga (Plant Science Center) speaks on The Beauty of Bryophytes for Cleaning Water.

(photo4) Plant Science Center Hands-on Event: Try Extracting DNA from Broccoli!

(photo6) Center for Genomic Medicine Open Laboratory: Demonstration of Genome-wide SNP Genotyping: How We Find the Differences between You and Me

(photo8) Visitors tried communicating with foreign researchers at Omics Science Center.

(photo10) Research Center for Allergy and Immunology Hands-on Event: The 5th Pipette Tips Time Trial: You Are The One!

(photo12) Air balloons were popular with small children. They were distributed at BASE's displays of research results: How Social Media will Change Research Culture.

(photo14) At the Systems and Structural Biology Center, two high school students listen intently to the explanation given by staff.

(photo16) Yokohama Science Frontier High School students once again volunteered to support Open Day efforts this year, helping us with experiment activities.

(photo1) The visitors waited outside for as long as 30 minutes prior to the start of the Open Day. When the doors opened at 10 a.m., a stream of people came into the institute building.

(photo3) The Center of Research Network for Infectious Diseases held a seminar on Preparing for Infectious Diseases: Tuberculosis in Asia.v

(photo5) Systems and Structural Biology Center Hands-on Event: Let's Make a Bright Fluorescent Protein!

(photo7) Omics Science Center Open Laboratory: Genome Analysis Facility Tour

(photo9) Bioinformatics and Systems Engineering Division's displays of research results: How Social Media will Change Research Culture

(photo11) Plant Science Center had real samples for their display on research results: Biomass in the Environment.

(photo13) Research Center for Allergy and Immunology's Commentary on the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (the discovery of dendritic cells) provided a current and timely topic. A large-size dendritic cell display model also drew a lot of attention.

(photo15) The mascot character of the Yokohama City University "Yocchi" enjoyed popularity among children.