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The WPI participated in AAAS 2012.

The WPI participated in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, "Triple A-S") Annual Meeting.

The AAAS is the biggest international non-profit organization for the advancement of science in the world.In addition to organizing membership and activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many other scientific books and reports.

The Annual Meeting of the AAAS is a widely recognized scientific event, with various networking opportunities and global media coverage. The 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting was held on February 16 to 20 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Vancouver Convention Centre, the venue of AAAS 2012

The WPI participated in the AAAS 2012 Annual Meeting´s exhibition as part of the "Japan Pavilion Booths", on February 17 to 19. Our exhibit introduced the WPI program and 6 of its institutes through poster and video displays, and the distribution of brochures. We propagandized WPI program, which aims to build "globally visible" research centers in Japan, and many people in the venue seemed to be interested in our high research standard and outstanding research environment.

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WPI booth at JAPAN PAVILLION and WPI staff

About 2700 people including general citizen visited our booth over the three days, and all brochures were quickly picked-up by the participants.

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Scenes from "Family Science days"

Acting as press officers, staff from the 6 WPI institutes spoke to scientific journalists from various countries, and were also interviewed by a local daily newspaper.

We wish to incorporate these experiences into the outreach activities of the WPI and IFReC in the future.

The AAAS 2013 will be scheduled on February 14-17 in Boston, MA, USA.

(Photos & Report: Jun SAKANOUE)

Selected photos from AAAS 2012