OIR Participation in Past International Conferences


XXXIst General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAUGA 2022), Busan, Korea, Hybrid Meeting

The International Astronomical Union General Assembly (IAUGA 2022) in Busan, Korea, was postponed for one year due to COVID-19. Contrary to expectations that only a small number of participants would visit the site, about 1,500 of the total 2,000 participants attended the meeting in person. The NAOJ exhibition booth promoted NAOJ's research activities, including the Subaru Telescope (Subaru Telescope 2.0) and the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC), and provided recruiting information mainly for young researchers. The exhibition booth attracted approximately 750 attendees, who engaged in a lively dialogue with the exhibition staff.



237th Meeting, American Astronomical Society (AAS 2021), Virtual Exhibition

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 237th AAS Meeting (January 11-15, 2021) was held in an online format consisting of virtual exhibitions. The NAOJ virtual booth was kept active throughout the entire six-day period of the meeting, where we shared information about NAOJ and NAOJ’s invitational programs for international researchers and students. A total of 3,075 attendees were present at this virtual meeting, together with the 59 organizations (including NASA and NSF) who participated as virtual exhibitors.



233rd Meeting, American Astronomical Society (AAS 2019), Seattle, U.S.A.

This was the second time we set up an exhibition booth at the AAS Meeting. This time, in addition to publicizing NAOJ’s activities and recruiting overseas researchers, we participated in the outreach program held on the third day. Through this program, we introduced the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) of the Subaru Telescope to local junior/senior high school students by using custom-designed, spectrograph cards.


International Astronomical Union Symposium 358: Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ― a roadmap to action within the framework of the IAU centennial anniversary (IAUS 358), NAOJ, Mitaka Campus, Tokyo Japan

IAUS 358, the first IAU Symposium dedicated to “diversity and inclusion” to promote equality for minorities and persons with disabilities, was held in the Mitaka Campus, gathering 124 participants from 31 different countries. We supported the organization of this symposium as a core member of the Local Organizing Committee.



231st Meeting, American Astronomical Society (AAS 2018), Washington D.C., U.S.A.

This was the first time we took part in the AAS Meeting as an exhibitor. Our booth was a huge success, where we attracted more than 200 visitors and handed out every single piece of our promotional materials, including brochures and leaflets introducing NAOJ’s recruitment programs and research projects.


2018 Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP 2018), Fukuoka City, Japan

The “Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2018” (CAP 2018) in Fukuoka City was the first CAP conference held in Japan. The newly constructed Fukuoka City Science Museum served as the venue for the conference and welcomed a total of 446 participants from 53 different countries. We supported the organization of this conference as a member of the Local Organizing Committee.


2018 XXXth General Assembly of International Astronomical Union (IAU GA 2018), Vienna, Austria

The IAU General Assembly (IAU GA) gathered more than 1,200 participants, and we were successful in distributing all materials that we had prepared for this event. A newly created photo panel (1.8-m width x 2.3-m height) featuring a dark matter map from a Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) survey was well-received, allowing us to better publicize NAOJ’s research activities such as the Subaru Telescope and HSC, and to effectively recruit young talents.



East Asian Young Astronomers Meeting 2017 (EAYAM 2017), Ishigaki Island, Japan

The East Asian Young Astronomers Meeting 2017(EAYAM 2017) was held in Ishigaki Island. We supported the organization of this meeting as a member of the Local Organizing Committee.