TEDxTohokuUniversity 2020 Conference


November 8, 2020 | 9:30~17:30 | Online

We usually pay attention only to the things we can see on the surface, but many times, that is only the tip of the iceberg. The HIDDEN details and stories are what adds meaning and depth to what we consider as reality, yet we fail to appreciate these, or fail to attain the 秘伝 ( 秘 "hi": secret, 伝 "den": teach) methods and techniques that are passed on only to the chosen and meritorious in order to fully grasp experiences.

TEDxTohokuUniversity 2020 Conference


9:30〜9:45  Opening w/President Hideo Ohno

<<Session 1>>
10:00〜10:20 Talk 1: Masafumi Sato: 「自然栽培の田んぼから」
10:20〜10:40 Talk 2: Asuka Jusen: "Fall and Rise of Japan’s Climate Policy"
10:40〜11:00 Panel Discussion ①
11:00〜11:15 Performance #1 by Tabidaiko 


<<Session 2>>
11:25〜11:45 Talk 3: János Négyesi: "The underrated efforts of a successful elite athlete"
11:45〜12:05 Talk 4: Oskar Hellström: "書道 – Where history and self-expression meets."

12:05〜12:25 Panel Discussion ②

<<Session 3>>
13:25〜13:45 Talk 5: Martin Robert: "The secret Life of Bacteria"
13:45〜14:05 Talk 6: Dalila Burin: “The world and our body are not before our eyes. They are right behind. “
14:05〜14:25 Panel Discussion ③
14:25〜14:40 Performance #2 by GO∞HIP


<<Session 4>>
14:50〜15:10  Talk 7: Justin Velgus: "How to rediscover your city’s past: tips from a tour guide and amateur historian"
15:10〜15:30 Talk 8: Ilona Schaal: "How Protecting Our Joy Can Save Lives"
15:30〜15:50 Panel Discussion ④
15:50〜16:05 Activity : "Origami"
16:05〜16:45 Discussion Sessions (Breakout rooms for 8 Speakers)
16:45〜17:00 Closing speech

TEDxTohokuUniversity 2020 Conference


Dalila Burin
Assistant Professor, Tohoku University

Dalila is an Assistant Professor at Smart-Aging International Research Center at Tohoku University. She has done her PhD in Neuroscience from University of Turin, Italy and also been awarded two renowned Italian awards for young researchers in 2016. With a keen interest in the field of research, Dalila likes to discover the HIDDEN phenomenon and explore them. She loves riding bikes, water sports such as swimming and surfing, and is a foodie.

Janos Negyesi
Assistant Professor, Tohoku University

János Négyesi is an Assistant Professor at Tohoku university and his research is based on motor control and learning. He completed his bachelors in 2009 and his masters in 2011 specializing in biomechanics and performance analysis. He was also director of a Biomechanics Lab in Hungary and trained Hungarian Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. His experience with training the team made him realise how winning requires many factors that are passed on from the seniors and coaches. He aims to convince the audience of the same.

Jusen Asuka
Professor, Tohoku University

Jusen Asuka is a professor in the Center for Northeast Asian Studies at Tohoku University. He has previously worked for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Hayama, Japan as the director of the climate change group. He has a Ph.D. from University of Tokyo, an MBA from INSEAD. His primary areas of interest are energy policy, environmental policy and international environmental/energy cooperation, and is also regularly involved in groups dealing with climate change in Japan. He is a football fan.

Oskar Hellstrom
Elementary school teacher, Sendai

Oskar Hellstorm is from Finland and works part-time at a retirement home and teaches introductory courses on Japan to elementary school children. He has his bachelor degree in logistics from Arcada University, and has received a 師範 degree in Japanese calligraphy. He has also served in the military for a year after High School. He connects the theme to himself and feels that his knowledge of calligraphy was HIDDEN from him and when he discovered it, he loved the 秘伝 knowledge that was passed on to him. He spends most of his time practising Japanese calligraphy and usually plays sports such as soccer and disc golf.

Illona Schall

Ilona Schall is Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist and Certified NLP Master Practitioner and author of opium of the Almond Tree. She has her PhD in Christian Counseling, was a candidate in M.M Master in Ministry, and Bachelors in Business Administration. She struggled with identity and validation as a young girl. In moments like this she was aided by the joy that was hidden inside her and gave her the power in her life. She has been a winner of People’s Choice Award in a Republic of Georgia Beauty Pageant in 1998 and also earned medals for completing a marathon in 2017 and triathlon in 2018.

Martin Robert
Associate Professor, Kyoto University

Martin Robert is an Associate professor at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in University of Kyoto. He holds a Ph.D degree (1996) in the field of biochemistry from McGill University. His research includes cellular aging, immune signals, bacterial metabolism, protein analysis among others. The bacterial world is mostly hidden from us but plays an important role in the ecosystem. Even so, human knowledge on the subject is only the tip of the iceberg. This is what drives Martin to dig deeper.

Justin Velgus
SenTIA, Sendai

Justin Velgus is currently working at SenTIA. He moved to Sendai after his studies in Akita. After a few years of teaching English, he worked with the Fukushima government to promote Sake and agricultural products overseas. For him, "hidden" means something that is waiting to be discovered. He is on a hunt to discover the history and past of Sendai that seems to have been lost in the Earthquake. He has written exclusively about travel and culture of the city and is a long term advisor to Gozain.

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Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan