We, Akihiro Matsumoto and Takaaki Kasuga, were sent out to Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) as representatives from Japan. Twenty-four young scientists from all around the world won scientific contests or competitions to join this seminar. We, Matsmoto and Kasuga, visited Karolinka Institute, Royal Institute of Technology, and Astra Zeneca, a pharmaceutical company. We also presented our research project to about 1,600 high school students. All the activities were enjoyable and we had fruitful time to interact with other participants. This year, professor Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the nobel prize for physiology and medicine. It is the third in as many years for Japan researchers to be awarded the prize. It was honor for us to participate in nobel special lecture, and talk with professor Ohsumi in nobel reception to learn lessons on research in person. Based on advice, we thought our research projects again and got ideas to reconsider our future career as a young researcher.

We sincerely learned through this seminar that our research activities and previous experiences were supported from people around us. We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to our laboratory members, teachers, and family members to support our research. We also would like to express our utmost appreciation to the Japan Prize Foundation and SIYSS committee for giving us this precious opportunity and organizing this seminar.


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