Seminar/Workshop Series for Researcher Professional Development Vol. 8 (Online Seminar)

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This is the Seminar/Workshop Series for Researcher Professional Development, held regularly by “the Comprehensive Support Project for the Strategic Professional Development Program for Young Researchers.” Participation is free of charge, and please feel free to invite others and join in.


How to Give an Impressive Pitch Presentation to Introduce Your R&D Activities in Global Situations

Date & Time

Friday, August 13, 2021 at 16:00–18:00


If you aim to become a world-class researcher, it is important that you are able to fascinate people, as a crucial part of your global R&D strategy, with your research stories. In such situations as socializing at international conferences and interviewing for research grants or research positions, you often have to give, even spontaneously, a "pitch presentation" to promote your ideas and presence to the right people in a very short time. Considering the importance of pitch presentation skills in your research career, this seminar introduces you to the basic know-how and structure of a successful pitch presentation. It also touches on the key design principles of the "pitch deck" (presentation slides) as a powerful promotional tool.


  • Fundamentals of pitch presentations
  • Key design considerations for your pitch deck (slides)
  • Demonstrations and comments
  • Q&A

Speaker & Trainer

Ron Read

Ron Read is Osaka Branch Manager of Human Global Communications Co., Ltd., previously Kurdyla and Associates Co., Ltd. He graduated in Journalism from the University of Oregon and has worked as a radio news reporter-producer and a newspaper editor. He now rewrites technical papers, corporate communications, and academic books, and he gives presentation training to researchers and executives. He has given seminars at Kyoto University, Osaka University of Arts, Panasonic Corp., and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has collaborated with several technical societies (IEICE, IPSJ, J-SER, KVeCS, etc.). He serves as secretary of the Kinki Macintosh Users Group. He writes a quarterly column on technical writing, "Author's Toolkit," for an IEICE Journal.


Zoom Webinar
※Participation is free of charge.
※This seminar can be viewed only in English.
※Zoom information will be sent via email to those who have applied for participation by Thursday, August 12.

Target Participants

  • Researchers (regardless of research career or research field), graduate students aiming to become researchers, and people from universities, research institutes, or companies who take interest in researcher development.
  • Up to 1,000 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application for Participation

Please apply using the form below. Once your application is complete, you will receive an automatic e-mail reply from us.
Application deadline: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at noon

Application Form

※Applications will be closed when the capacity is reached.
※We are looking for two example "pitch presenters." If you are interested in giving a pitch talk at this seminar, please see the details on the above "Application Form." The deadline of applying for the presenters is Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

How to Participate

1. Using Zoom

Please join in using Zoom in one of the following ways.
The necessary information including URL, meeting ID, and passcode will be sent to you via e-mail at a later date.

■Using the app
Please install the Zoom app from this page in advance.

■Using a browser
If you are unable to use the Zoom app, you can also participate using your web browser. If you are using a browser, please visit this page to create a Zoom account.

2. Notes

■Please upgrade or reinstall the latest version of the app even if you have already installed the Zoom app. If you have an older version of the app, you may not be able to access the seminar.

■Please check this page for the recommended system requirements.

■We recommend checking the settings of your device and network in advance (Zoom test meeting).

■Please make sure you have a stable connection on the day of the seminar. If you are unable to participate in the seminar due to your connection, device, or network settings, JST will not be able to assist you. Also, JST will not be responsible for any inconvenience caused to you regarding the use of Zoom.

Contact for Inquiries

Comprehensive Support Project Office for the Strategic Professional Development Program for Young Researchers
Office of Developing Human Resources for R&D Programs
Japan Science and Technology Agency