Astronomical Society of Japan

Junior Session Home Page

Organized by: Astronomical Society of Japan (in Japanese)
Co-organized by: Society for Teaching and Popularization of Astronomy (in Japanese)
Supported by: Planetary Society of Japan


Why not participate in the Junior Session ?

Astronomical Society of Japan organizes a Junior Session during the semi-annual conference of the Society so that junior high and senior high school students can make their own presentations as part of the conference. Following are the main objectives.

People talk about students increasingly shying away from science subjects. However, we do not think that students have lost interests in science. We hope that through this junior session a little more students may become interested in astronomy and science in general.

4th Junior Session - Announcement

Astronomical Society of Japan will hold the 4th Junior Session during the spring semi-annual conference in 2002. One of the objectives of the session is to let students learn a little more about the present astronomy and enjoy it. If you have ever done anything relating to astronomy we would very much like you to participate. You need not worry about the level of your presentation. We only hope that as many of you as possible will develop interests in astronomy and science.

Making your application

Date and Place:
One day during the conference period, 28 to 30 March 2002, at Ibaragi University in Mito, some 60 miles to the north east of Tokyo, Japan. We will provide further details as soon as a proper conference programme has been fixed.

Junior and senior high school students, either as a group or as individuals. We do accept participation by adults, but the main speakers must be students. Overseas students will be welcome.

Presentation contents:
Any study relating to astronomy.

Style of presentation:
Please choose either oral or poster session. You may do both. If you are unable to come to the conference site we will also accept presenting poster only with papers (Let us know at the time of your application).

Application and acceptance:

  1. Application deadline: 10th January 2002. Later applications will not be accepted. Please send your application form by post. Please write on the envelope in red "Junior Session Application". Applications by e-mail is also accepted only if you are living outside of Japan. Send e-mail to the caretaker bellow.

  2. Postal address:
    Astronomical Society of Japan, Annual Conference Section
    c/o National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    2-21-1 Ohsawa, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8588, Japan.
  3. Please ensure that following items are included in your application form. The style of writing is not restricted in any way.

  4. We will look at each application at the Junior Session Committee and let you know if your application is accepted or not.

  5. If your application is accepted please produce an A4 size 2-page draft paper and send it to the same annual conference section. It will be printed as a junior session proceeding. Deadline of submission is scheduled to be 15th February 2002. Precise deadline will be notified to applicants. The same Junior Session Committee will also examine draft papers.

  6. Style of presentation requested by applicants will mostly be accepted, but in some rare cases we may ask you to reconsider.

Method of presentation:
Please use OHP during oral presentations. The size of poster board is 180cm vertical and 90cm horizontal. If you have any other requests please direct those to the caretaker of the session bellow.

Other remarks:

Past Junior Sessions

1st Junior Session

This was held during the spring semi-annual conference of the Astronomical Society of Japan in 2000. It was the first attempt by the Society, but there were 14 oral presentations and 3 poster presentations. They were of good quality. The conference was held at the Science Faculty of Tokyo University during 3 to 5 April 2000.
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Papers (in Japanese)
2dn Junior Session

This was held during the spring semi-annual conference of the Astronomical Society of Japan at Chiba University in 2001, supported by the Planetary Society of Japan, Chiba Prefecture Education Board, and Chiba University.
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Papers (in Japanese)
3rd Junior Session

The 3rd Junior Session was held during the autumn semi-annual conference of the Astronomical Society of Japan in 2001. There were 6 oral presentations and 1 poster presentation. In addition, Internet streaming was conducted for the first time.
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Papers (in Japanese)

Junior Session Caretaking Committee

The Committee is made up of following 16 members:
Hidehiko Agata, Jyun'ichi Arimoto, Naomi Ishikawa, Masamitsu Ohyama, Tomoko Ono, Bunji Suzuki, Tomoyasu Tanikawa, Hiroyuki Naito, Tomoya Nagai, Masayoshi Nishimura, Naoko Hasegawa, Naoki Matsumoto, Kyoko Muroi, Kentaro Yaji, Hitoshi Yamaoka, Makoto Yoshikawa, Jun'ichi Watanabe

Inquiries should be directed to:
Makoto Yoshikawa
ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science)
3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510, JAPAN