HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2019 – Reports

The 5th HIRAKU 3MT Competition was successfully held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Higashi Hiroshima Arts & Culture Hall (Kurara). In front of 270 people as public audience, 25 doctorate students from 6 universities in the West-Japan showcased their research with a single slide in a limited three minutes, in a language appropriate to non-specialist audience.

Congratulations to the following winners, determined by the judging panel and audience’ votes.

◎List of HIRAKU 3MT Presenters
>> English Section
>> Japanese Section

○ 2019 Winner: Hanako Umehara from Hiroshima University

○ Global Challenge Award: Azusa Matsumoto Reardon from Hiroshima University
“Voices of Syrian Refugee Camp”

○ Runner-up (English Presentation): Vu Ha Thu from Hiroshima University
“Encouraging farmers to adopt organic fertilizer: Can experience sharing substitute for subsidy?”

○ Runner-up (Japanese Presentation): Miki Tanaka from Hiroshima University
「Improve the “Quality of Life”. 脳梗塞患者のQOL低下を防ぐには」

○ People’s Choice (English Presentation): Jade Dhapnee Zarate Compendio from Hiroshima University
“Are there still wild chickens in the Philippines?”

○ People’s Choice (Japanese Presentation): Hanako Umehara from Hiroshima University
>> For the rest award winners, click here.
>> Springer Nature, one of the Special Sponsors, issued the press release on HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2019.

HIRAKU 3MT 2019 Group Photo


After the 25 presentations by doctorate students, 19 groups of high school students, or future doctorates-to-be, made poster presentations at high quality, which have impressed the audience.

Congratulations to the winners below at the Poster Session by High School students, determined by the judging panel, incorporating voting results by the audience.

◎Create your Future with One Piece of Poster! (19 posters from 10 high schools)
>> List of Posters/presenters

○ Winner – Gold
English Presentation: Kota Kajiyama, Yuma Shimokawa (Hiroshima Gakuin Junior & Senior High School)
“Chicken Egg Development under Microgravity Condition – Challenge to Space Agriculture – ”

Japanese Presentation: Natsuki Yoshiyuki and nine others (Hiroshima Prefectural Kamo Senior High School)

○ Winner – Silver
English Presentation: Azumi Uchida (Hiroshima Jogakuin Junior & Senior High School)
“Why do we perspire when we smell citrus fruit?​”

Japanese Presentation: Moeka Kobayashi and five others ((Hiroshima Minami High School)

○ Winner – Bronz
English Presentation: Nagi Kimura (Ehime Prefectural Matsuyama Central Senior High School)
“What is good timbre of saxophone in classical music​”

Japanese Presentation: Nagisa Watanabe and four others (Hiroshima Prefectural Saijo Agricultural High School​)

High school students presenting at the “Create your Future with One Piece of Paper! Poster Session”


Host: HIRAKU Operating Council Office (Global Career Design Center, Hiroshima University)
Co-Host: Global Science Campus Hiroshima, Hiroshima University Organization of the Leading Graduate Education Program (“Phoenix Leader Education Program for Renaissance from Radiation Disaster” and “TAOYAKA PROGRAM for creating a flexible, enduring, peaceful society”)
Special Sponsors: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Springer Nature, Chugai Technos Corporation, TODA KOGYO CORP., THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LTD., Micron Memory Japan G.K and Mazda Motor Corporation
Sponsors: KYOWA HAKKO BIO CO.,LTD. Yamaguchi Production Center, NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION, NH Foods Ltd. R&D Center, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
Supported by: Higashi-Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education,Hiroshima University Sendajuku, Toastmasters International
Funded by: Nakatsuji Foresight Foundation


Open Opportunities

Call for Applications