Center for the Studies of Higher Education, Nagoya University

Assistant Professor Yoshiko SAITOH


Yoshiko Saitoh was born and grew up in Tokyo. While she had studied materials science at University of Tokyo, she was also awarded the teaching license of mathematics at junior/senior high school. After she finished her Ph.D in Materials science, she became a special post-doctoral fellow at RIKEN.

While in RIKEN, she decided to change her research field to science and technology studies (STS) and moved her position to a National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) research fellow.

In 2003, she joined a group of Center for Technology and Society (CTS), which was the newly established center at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). After CTS has closed along with institutional reform, she has kept working on science and technology issues, such as human resources, communication, ethics, literacy, etc. at several research organizations.

Since April 2006, she has just started her studies in Higher Education and Science & Technology at CSHE in Nagoya University.

*Last Update: March 15th, 2017.


  • The Young Scientists’ Prize, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, April 2013.
  • Poster Award (Yoshiko Saitoh & Kazuhisa Todayama "The Hundred Mysteries of the Universe: an attempt to pass the initiatives in science communication to citizens"), Forth Living Knowledge Conference 2009, August 2009.
  • Student Award Silver Medal ("Modulated Photocurrent Measurements on Icosahedaral Quasicrystals of Al-Pd-Re System"), Material Research Society 1998 Fall Meeting, December 1998.
  • Young Student Award, the Japan Institute of Metals & the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, March 1996.

*Selected Publications

[Plese visit Japanese page for publications and presentations in Japanese.]


  • Y. Miura, Y. Nakamura, J. Yasuda, T. Konishi, K. Senyo, A. Furuzawa, and Y. Saitoh, “The Systematic Demonstrations of Physical Phenomena in a Weightless Environment—Examples of Active Learning”, Proceedings of the 12th Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC12), pp. 017012-1 – 017012-4, (Mar. 2014).
  • Yasuyuki Nakamura, Jun-ichiro Yasuda, Tetsuro Konishi, Katsumi Senyo, Akihiro Furuzawa, Yoshiko Saitoh, and Yuichi Miura, “Concurrent Use of Demonstrations and Simulations for Teaching of Basic Physics”, Proceedings of the 12th Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC12), pp. 017037-1 – 017037-4, (Mar. 2014).
  • Shinichi Kobayashi and Yoshiko Saitoh, “Chapter 7. Japanese experience with centres of excellence”, Promoting Research Excellence - New Approaches to Funding, OECD, pp.165-186, (Feb. 2014).
  • Yoshiko Saitoh, "Career Development Skills Training for PhD Students and Graduates in Japan” [Research Material], Nagoya Journal of Higher Education, 12, pp.279-299 (2012).
  • Bruce Macfarlane and Yoshiko Saitoh, "Research Ethics in Japanese Higher Education: Faculty Attitudes and Cultural Mediation", Journal of Academic Ethics, 6(3), pp.181-195, (2009; online first 2008).
  • Diana Hicks, Hiroyuki Tomizawa, Yoshiko Saitoh, and Shinichi Kobayashi, "Bibliometric techniques in the evaluation of federally funded research in the United States", Research Evaluation, 13 (2), pp.78-86, (August 2004).

Handbooks etc.

  • Jane Creaton, Toshiki Nakai, and Yoshiko Saitoh, "Eight Principles for linking research and teaching", (April 2010).
  • Center for the Studies of Higher Education, "Science Communication Starter's Kit: A guide for Scientists", (March 2009).
  • Center for the Studies of Higher Education, "Researching Japanese Higher Education: 1998 - 2008", (August 2008).
  • Center for the Studies of Higher Education, "Study Tips for First-Year Students at Nagoya University: Aiming for Scholarly Citizenship", (March 2008).
  • Center for the Studies of Higher Education, "Seven Suggestions from Professor Tips", (March 2008).

*Recent Presentations

Oral presentations

  • Yoshiko Saitoh & Kazuhisa Todayama, "What do laypersons want to know about the Universe?" Aug. 26th 2010, 4S/JSSTS Joint Meeting 2010, (The Univ. of Tokyo Komaba Campus, Aug. 25-29 2010).
  • Yoshiko Saitoh, Kazuhisa Todayama, "The transition of the "science communication" concept in postwar Japan", Oct. 31st 2009, 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) Annual Meeting 2009 (Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, in Arlington, USA, October 28th to 31st, 2009).
  • Yoshiko Saitoh, Kazuhisa Todayama, "Laboratory-based training of science communication: the Hundred Mysteries of the Universe project", Aug. 21st 2008, 4S/EASST conference 2008 (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherland, Aug. 20th to 23rd 2008).
  • Kazuhisa Todayama, Yoshiko Saitoh, and Yasunori Yamanouchi, "Why do citizens patronize the Astrophysics Laboratory?", Aug. 22nd 2008, 4S/EASST conference 2008 (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherland, Aug. 20th to 23rd 2008).
  • Yoshiko Saitoh, Yasunori Yamanouchi, Toshiki Nakai, Kazuhisa Todayama, "A case of NANTEN relocation: successful "citizens' patronage towards science"", 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) Annual Meeting 2007, Double Tree Plaza Montreal (Canada), October 13, 2007.
  • Yoshiko Saitoh. Tetsuji Iseda, Kotaro Kuroda, Kazuhisa Todayama, "The rise of "Cafes Scientifique" in Japan and its discontents", Third Living Knowledge Conference, Ecole des Mines de Paris (France), September 1, 2007.
  • Yoshiko Saitoh, Tetsuji Iseda, Yasuo Fukui, Kotaro Kuroda, Kazuhisa Todayama, "Citizens' Patronage towards Science; Challenge for reforming science and technology literacy and related actions in Japan", Aug 25th 2006, EASST Conference 2006 (University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Aug 23rd to 26th 2006).
  • Yoshiko Saitoh, Tom Hope, and Shinichi Kobayashi, "Non-academic careerpaths of experts on science & technology", Aug 27th 2004, 4S/EASSTconference 2004 (Ecole des mine de Paris, France, Aug 25th to 28th 2004).

Poster / Exhibition

  • Yoshiko Saitoh, Kazuhisa Todayama, "The Hundred Mysteries of the Universe: an attempt to pass the initiatives in science communication to citizens", Fourth Living Knowledge Conference 2009 (Queen's University Belfast, UK, August 27th to August 29th, 2009).
  • "The Hundred Mysteries of the Universe"Euroscience Open Forum 2008 Outreach Exhibitionï¼?ira de Barcelona, Spain, July 18th to 22nd 2008ï¼?
  • Kazuha Katoh, Yoshiko Saitoh, Tom Hope, and Minako Kusafuka, "designing new forms of knowledge production: exploring the potentialsof information design", Futureground 2004: Design Research Society International Conference 2004 (Monash University, Australia, Nov 17th to 21st 2004).
  • Kazuha Katoh, Yoshiko Saitoh, and Shinichi Kobayashi, "Designing "artist-in-residence for research"", International 6th Asian Design Conference (Epochal Tsukuba, Japan, Oct 14th to 17th 2003).

*Teaching Experience

[PG: postgraduate course, UG: Undergraduate course]

Instruction at Nagoya University

  • Preparing Future Faculty (PG)
  • First Year Seminar (UG)

Part-time Lecturing at Other Institutions

  • The History of Science (UG)
  • Designing Curricula (UG)
  • Seminar on Teaching (UG)

As a Guest Lecturer

  • On being an University Student (UG)
  • Management of Higher Education (PG)
  • Workshop for Employability Development(PG)

*Professional Service

  • Council member (2002-), Editorial Board member (2012-), The Japan Society for Research Policy and Innovation Management (Formerly: The Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management)
  • National Expert, OECD/CSTP/RIHR (2011-2012)
  • Organizer, Study Group on Happy Living (2011-2012)
  • Project member, The Hundred Mysteries of the Universe (2006-)
  • Organizer, Cafe Scientifique Nagoya (2006-)