Tsuruoka Fieldwork 2016

Filed in 2016, 2016, Fieldwork, Fieldwork & Internship, News by on April 20, 2016

We are now calling for participants in Tsuruoka Fieldwork scheduled in 2016 (August 18-27), in Yamagata Prefecture.

 About the fieldwork

Biodiversity is one of the features of dynamic ecosystems, and recent advances in genetics have revealed that organisms not only differ from each other at the species level, but that individuals within a population also differ slightly from one another at the genetic level. During this fieldwork, students will explore both levels of biodiversity; at the ecosystems level through the collection and identification of natural micro-organisms present in their surroundings, and at the species level through experimental & computational analysis of DNA sequences.

 *Keio University Institute for Advanced Biosciences (IAB) is located in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, nominated in 2014 by UNESCO as a Creative City of Gastronomy. This state-of-the-art biological research institute was founded in 2001 by Dr. Masaru Tomita, with support from Yamagata Prefecture and Tsuruoka city. A young and dynamic environment as well as a high degree of research freedom is at the core of innovation, and this is reflected not only on an academic level through publication in major science journals, but also through the business successes of no less than 5 venture companies stemming directly from IAB, including metabolomics pioneer Human Metabolome Technologies, Inc. and spider silk bioengineering by Spiber, Inc.. Participating students will ​have a chance to l​earn more about these companies​, and to interact with IAB research staff.

 Location: Keio University Institute for Advanced Biosciences (IAB), Tsuruoka, Japan

Time: August 18-27, 2016

Language requirement: English

Targets: The fieldwork is for both undergraduate and graduate students from EBA partner universities and from Keio University.

Selection process:

– For Keio students: Both undergraduates and graduate students (who are able to communicate in English) are eligible for the program. All you have to do is:

  • Fill out APPLICATION FORM (from: http://goo.gl/vmX1TK) in English
  • Write an 300-word essay stating your interest in the theme of the fieldwork (either in English or Japanese)

Then submit these two materials to eba-submit@ml.keio.jp with subject: “Tsuruoka Fieldwork 2016 Application- Your Name”. The deadline is 9:00 JST, Wednesday, July 20th 2016. Screening result will be announced by July 22, 2016 (Friday).

  *Please note that  students pay your own travel expenses(the fee of transportation and accommodation) (to de decided)

– For ASEAN students, EBA local contacts (see list here)  will have a separate announcement and selection process. Please note that we do not accept application from individual students without the acknowledgement of their school.

Schedule (subject to changes)



August 18 Arrive in Tokyo
Check in at Collaboration Complex Building, Hiyoshi Campus, Keio
August 19th ~ 20th
Pre-Fieldwork Workshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio
August 21st
Leave for TsuruokaField trip in Tsuruoka city
 August 22nd
   AMPM IAB TourFieldwork IntroductionFieldwork at Mt. HaguroCulture IntroductionCulture from Samples
August 23rd Lab activities
   AM Introduction about DNA AnalysisDNA Sample, Extraction
   PM How to interpret resultsExperimentResults/DNADiscussionHow to interpret resultsAnalyze resultsDiscussion
August 24th
   AM Data Analysis
   PM Data Analysis
Bioventure Presentation
ClosingLeave for Tokyo (Hiyoshi)
August 25th ~ 26th Post Fieldwork Workshop
August 27th Leave Tokyo

For further information, contact us at info@eba-consortium.asia

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