Seminar/Workshop Series for Researcher Professional Development Vol. 10
(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.


Socializing & Networking at Global Academic Events

Date & Time

Friday, November 12, 2021 at 16:00–18:00


Researchers aim to influence the world through their own research. In addition to pursuing activities toward publishing and presenting on the global stage, the subtle skills of socializing and networking with the international community are key elements in developing the researcher's work. In this seminar, an experienced technical rewriter and trainer on international conference presentations will provide us with a lecture and role-play activity so we can learn how to communicate at international academic social events, such as banquets and open receptions, held during international conferences. The skills of socializing and networking require personal courage as well as strategically applying basic techniques, where meeting only one of these requirements is insufficient.


  • 1. Lecture
    • Basics of socializing with self-confidence by such techniques as mingling
    • Fundamentals of "elevator pitch" as an ad hoc introductory presentation
  • 2. Role-play Activity
    (Volunteer researchers will participate in mock demonstrations, and the lecturer will give them feedback, in the setting of participating in an online international exchange meeting where big names gather.)
  • 3. Q&A Session

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 Wednesday, November 10.

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, November 9, 2021 at noon

Application Form

※Applications will be closed when the capacity is reached.

※We are looking for people who will participate in mock demonstrations in the role-play activities. Please assume that the demonstrators will be asked to introduce themselves or their research in 1 to 2 minutes. If you are interested in it, please submit the following "Role-Play Activity Application Form" (Thursday, November 4, 2021 at noon) in addition to the above "Application Form."

Role-Play Activity Application Form

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.

■We prohibit any recording, including "screen-shots," other audio or visual copying of the seminar.

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