Takaaki Kasuga
National Institute of Technology, Kagawa College


I would like to express my gratitude to the Japan Prize Foundation for allowing me to participate in Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) 2016. It was an unforgettable experience.

 There were mainly two impressive points for me in SIYSS 2016.
First, I was deeply moved when I participated in the Nobel-related events such as Nobel lectures, reception, ceremony, banquet and so on. At a reception, I had a conversation with Prof. Yoshinori Ohsumi, Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine and I asked him to give me advise about my future research activity. He said, “Find your collaborators while you are young and respect them”. I realized that we cannot do anything without others and fruitful results do not come easily and often it takes a steady effort and patience through the Novel-related events and the conversation with Prof. Ohsumi. These experiences increased my motivation for future research activities.

 Second, I was so impressed by other participants, especially their knowledge and thoughts. There were 24 students from 17 countries with 24 different researches and most of participants and coordinators are younger than me. However, they have concrete opinions and confidence in their research. They looked like young scientists rather than students. Actually, I hardly realize that I am a scientist but I have changed my mind through SIYSS events and discussion with other participants.

 I participated in SIYSS2016 as a first KOSEN (National Institute of Technology) student. It was little bit difficult to explain what KOSEN is for foreigners and I had no confidence in my research and skills. However, after this seminar, I have realized a merit of KOSEN which KOSEN students can start their research earlier than university students. Probably, if I was not a KOSEN student, I couldn’t participate in SIYSS 2016.

 Lastly, I would like to thank all who let me have these wonderful opportunities.      

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