The Swedish Japanese Youth Science Program is a recently developed exchange program between Swedish and Japanese students. The aim is to have a broader cross-cultural understanding of natural sciences, research and the school system. Plans are to have two exchange weeks per year were Japanese students travel to Sweden in the spring and Swedish students travel to Japan in the fall to take part in a science week filled with experiments, lectures, sights and insights.
The project is at its start and at the moment 15 Japanese students (and two teachers) are in Stockholm, Sweden exploring the science and culture of the town.
Tired but excited Japanese students arrive to Stockholm on the late Sunday evening.
Students at the top of The Royal Institute of Technology.
At the first day the students got an introduction by the project managers from The Swedish Federation of Young Scientist (Förbundet Unga Forskare) and Jacob Lagerros, member of the board.
Later they travelled to the Royal Institute of Technology were they ate lunch, saw a great view of Stockholm City and got to experiment on labwork at Vetenskapens Hus (House of Sciences).
Lab work held by Alf Pettersson at ”Vetenskapens Hus” (House of Sciences).
Professor Maki of the institute held a presentation of his research work of motion detection, computer vision, perception and robotics. We enjoyed a typical “Swedish fika” (coffe and cake) with the professor and got to get to know each other further and discuss science communication and the differences between studying at a Swedish or Japanese University.
Professor Atsuto Maki at The Royal Institute of Technology.
Christer Fuglesang, professor in astroparticle physics and also the only Swede who has been in space, spoke of his travel and research. We got to learn how experiments can be issued in space and what kinds of tests an astronaut has to go through. Professor Fuglesang also showed how one can live in space, what to do in the freetime and how to eat food and play with the weightlessness.
Lecture by Professor Christer Fuglesang at ”Vetenskapens Hus”.
We continued the afternoon walking in Stockholm City, seeing “Nordiska Kompaniet”, one of the most exclusive warehouses in Sweden, and also visit the folk friendly “Gallerian” where the students got to shop and see a typical Swedish galleria in the middle of the town.
Dinner was eaten at “Nytorget6” where the traditional Swedish meal “köttbullar” (meatballs) was on the menu. Now we are back at the hotel in the southern part of Stockholm after visiting a supermarket and buying some evening snacks and comparing food assortments.
Tomorrow waits a new day filled with activities and excursions in the spirit of the Noble Prize.