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INDEX
  1. 01Application Theme
  2. 02Research Support
  3. 03Application Requirements
  4. 04Application Process
  5. 05Deadline
  6. 06Schedule
  7. 07Awards
  8. 08Handling of copyrights and rights related to research
  9. 09Frequently Asked Questions

When entering each of the Science Castle competitions, please make sure you have read all of the information on this page before entering.

*The year 2024.ASIA,Entry forms for the Tokyo/Kanto and Osaka/Kansai competitions will be released in due course.

The Science Castle in ASIA 2024(Application Site)is now open.

01

Application Theme

  • Research in all STEM-related fields, including the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and the arts, or anything that simply starts with "Turning everyday wonders into scientific adventures," is accepted.
  • Selection Criteria (click here for a detailed explanation)
    1. Curiosity
    2. Idea / Conceptual
    3. Research Methodology
    4. Practicability
  • For past abstracts, please refer to this page.
02

Research Support

  • Oral presenters will be given the opportunity to brush up on their research, discussion, and presentation methods through online mentoring sessions by Leave a Nest members.
  • Oral and poster presenters can conduct online research consultations if they wish
03

Application Requirements

The event is open to high school/secondary school students aged 13-17 or older, depending on the country.

  • Ideally, only one presenter is eligible to present for the oral presentation; however, you may request to include more than one presenter to support the presentation in case of language problems.
  • For team applications, the maximum number of team members is 6. Team members will be listed on the record only if they are registered at the time of application.
  • Those who are not enrolled in junior high school, high school, technical college, etc., or are on leave of absence for some reason are also eligible to apply.
  • If applying after high school graduation, the applicant must be a pre-college student.
  • For competitions in Japan, judging and presentations will be conducted in Japanese. Nationality is not required.
  • The official language of Science Castle in ASIA is English.
04

Application Process

  • Please prepare an email address that can be used to verify the identity of the individual research representative.
  • You will be required to register for a "Leave a Nest (LNEST ID)" with the relevant e-mail address.
  • You will be asked to fill out an entry form and submit data through your LNEST ID.

To create your LNEST ID(Please click here).

Application guide (video) will be available

Application forms will be released as they become available.

05

Deadline

For more details on the Science Castle in ASIA conference, please refer to:(click)Please check (the provided link or resource) for more information.

Oral presentations for the Science Castle Japan (Tokyo, Osaka): August 31, 2024

Poster presentations for the Science Castle Japan (Tokyo, Osaka): September 30, 2024

06

Schedule

ASIA Competition

  • Application start: March 1st
  • Application deadline: May 24th
  • Notification of selected presenters: June 10th
  • Research support period: August to September
  • Conference dates: October 19-20, 2024

Domestic conferences (Tokyo, Osaka)

  • Start of application 6/1
  • Application deadline (oral presentations) 8/31
  • Application Deadline (Poster Presentation) 9/30
  • Announcement of Presenters
  • Research Support Period
  • Convention Tokyo 2024/12/7
  • Convention Osaka 2024/12/21
07

Awards

For oral presentations, there is the "Best Presentation Award" determined through deliberation by the judges, and "Company Awards" set up by each partner.

For poster presentations, there are also the "Best Poster Award" and "Encouragement Award".

Examples of awards in 2023

Science Castle 2023 Kanto
Science Castle 2023 Chugoku-Shikoku Conference
Science Castle 2023 Kansai Conference

08

Handling of copyrights and rights related to research

  • The copyright of the application documents belongs to the applicant.
  • However, Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. and the organizers and co-organizers shall have the right to use all or part of the application information by publishing it in electronic or paper media or by other means.
  • Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. and the organizers and co-organizers will not normally impose any restrictions on the applicant's research simply because they have applied or presented at Science Castle.
09

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enter oral presentations if I am working in a team?

Of course, it is possible to register a research theme that a team is working on. However, the presenter is limited to one person, and no changes to the representative are allowed after registration. It is also possible for the same team to make multiple entries with different representatives using the same research theme. In that case, please ensure that the content of the "Passion for Research and Development" and "Discussion" sections reflect the unique qualities of each representative. (※ We will review the entries fairly based on the differences in content between the entries.)

Is it possible to register the same abstract for oral and poster presentations?

You can register with the same presentation title. Please register each person using the same ID.

Is it possible to enter and participate in two or more conferences?

You can enter multiple conferences. Please register your presentation titles for multiple conferences using your Leave a Nest ID. However, regarding participation, if you are selected for an oral presentation, you can only participate in one conference. If you are selected for poster presentations at multiple conferences, you can participate in multiple conferences.

When participating in two or more conferences, is it okay to register with the same presentation title?

You can register with the same presentation title. Please register each person using the same ID.

What if I don't have a mentor?

Even if you are not directly involved in the research, please try to find a teacher at your school, such as your homeroom teacher, who can register for you. If you cannot find a teacher, it is also possible for a parent or guardian to register. In that case, please write "Guardian" in the affiliation field.

If research results are not available yet, is it not possible to enter?

No problem, you can still enter. In the "Results" and "Discussion/Perspectives" sections, please include your anticipated results (e.g., I think the results will be like this, but there are other possibilities, etc.) and your predicted discussion points (e.g., If the results are like this, then we can consider these implications, and future research should proceed in this direction, etc.). Additionally, it would be helpful to include a timeline of when you expect to have these results, as it will make your presentation clearer and more understandable.

What kind of research mentoring will you provide for oral presentations?

A Leave a Nest employee will conduct an online interview. The content of the interview will involve reviewing your research slides and providing feedback to make your presentation more understandable and to better convey your enthusiasm for your research.

Is it okay to register the presentation title in English even for domestic conferences?

Yes, you can register in English.