IURS2024 in Tokyo

IURS Tokyo 2024

Join us in Tokyo for IURS!

The IAFOR Undergraduate Research Symposium 2024 in Tokyo
In conjunction with The 16th Asian Conference on Education (ACE2024)

Key Information
  • Attendees must attend both Online and Onsite sessions. The presentation session is onsite in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, November 26, 2024.
  • Symposium Dates:
    Day 1 (Online): Saturday, November 2, 2024 (10:00 JST | UTC +9)
    See times on other time zones
    Day 2 (Onsite in Tokyo): Tuesday, November 26, 2024 10:00-14:00 (TBC)

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 30, 2024
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2024
  • Language Requirement: Participants are expected to participate and present in English.
    Participants should have an Intermediate to Advanced EFL/ESL proficiency level.

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  • Professor Grant Black
    Professor Grant Black
    Chuo University, Japan
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Dr Melina Neophytou
    Dr Melina Neophytou
    The International Academic Forum, Japan
  • Apipol Sae-Tung
    Apipol Sae-Tung
    The International Academic Forum, Japan

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Attendees must attend both Online and Onsite sessions. The presentation session is onsite in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, November 26, 2024.

Day 1 (Online): Saturday, November 2, 2024Day 2 (Onsite in Tokyo): Tuesday, November 26, 2024

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9) - See times on other time zones

09:50-10:00 – Delegate Check-in
Login to the Zoom session.

10:00-10:15: Welcome Announcements and Introduction

10:15-10:45: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 1
This session is aimed at students considering postgraduate study and a possible career in academia.

10:45-10:55: Break

10:55-11:20: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 2
In this session, students have the chance to bring their own questions in small groups and discuss their own feelings about future career paths.

11:20-11:30: Break

11:30-12:00: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 3
Students learn how to conduct themselves at conferences, during solo presentations, panels, and roundtables. How to ask and answer questions as well as how to deal with difficult situations and disagreements will also be covered.

12:00-12:30: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 4
Roundtable Sessions
Students with research in similar fields engage in discussions based on themes decided by a session chair with knowledge of the relevant field.

12:30-12:40: Break

12:40-12:55: Professional Development/Capacity Building Session 5
This session will focus on the skills involved in communicating ideas publicly. Students will need to know how to effectively communicate their ideas in one-on-one scenarios and in small groups.

12:55-13:00: Closing Remarks

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
All IURS Tokyo 2024 delegates are expected to be in Tokyo and ready to present on Tuesday, November 26, 2024.

Event Venue
Toshi Center Hotel
Address: Hirakawacho 2-4-1, Chiyoda Ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81 3-3265-8211
Access: https://ace.iafor.org/location/

Symposium Schedule
10:00-10:20 – Student participant registration
10:20-10:30 – Welcome from IAFOR Chairman
10:30-11:00 – Final briefing session
11:00-11:55 – Poster set up and practice
11:55-12:15 – Break
12:15-13:45 – Poster Presentation session
13:45-13:55 – Concluding remarks

What to Prepare
Participants must bring a physical copy of their poster presentation onsite.
We are unable to print the posters onsite.

It is recommended that participants use one of the following sizes for their posters:
- A1 size (594 mm wide by 841 mm high)
- B1 size (728 mm wide by 1030 mm high)
- A0 size (841 mm wide by 1189 mm high)

What to Wear
Delegates should prepare formal wear for their presentations.
This entails suits for men and a suit or suit dress for women.
Jeans, athletic shoes, sneakers, boots, and sandals are not permitted.

- This symposium is for university students currently enrolling in an undergraduate programme only
- Please contact us if you have not received any participation details within 7 days before the Online Day set for each symposium
- A certificate will only be given if the participant attends both days
- Please bring your student ID to the onsite day

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How to Participate

  • Go to the online submission form
  • The information you enter will be used for Letters of Acceptance, Certificates, and Listings on the website
  • Submit your abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • Your abstract will be reviewed and the results will be returned to you by Monday, September 16
  • If your abstract is accepted you will be invited to register for the symposium
  • Upon payment of the registration fee, you will receive a confirmation email containing your official receipt

Presentation Format

The presentation format at IURS is poster presentation only.

(Onsite) Poster Presentation

A poster presentation provides a relaxed presentation atmosphere in which the presenter uses a poster pinned to a poster board (1800 mm high by 900 mm wide) to illustrate their research. Presenters will often engage with interested participants on a one-to-one basis, providing excellent opportunities for networking, discussion and relationship building. The dimensions of the poster boards are fixed. Therefore, posters should be printed in portrait rather than landscape orientation.

Submit an Abstract

We encourage submissions that approach the following streams from a variety of perspectives.

  • Architecture, Geography and Urban Studies
  • Culture, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
  • Economics and Business Studies
  • Education
  • Ethics, Religion and Philosophy
  • History, Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Language, Literature, and Linguistics
  • Media, Film and Communication Studies
  • Political Science: Administration, Governance and Finance
  • Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences
  • Public Policy (including Health and Education)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
  • Sociology, Social Work and Social Concerns
  • Sustainability: Ecology, Energy and the Environment
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Register for the Symposium

To confirm your participation, please register by Friday, October 4, 2024. Registration fees are 5,000 JPY.
Registration fees are partially subsidised by the IAFOR Global Scholars Fund.
If you have any questions about registration please visit our FAQ page.

Registration Benefits

    - Listed as a presenter in the Symposium Guide
    - A Certificate of Presentation
    - Print-quality PDF of the Symposium Guide
    - Admission to all IURS sessions
    - Admission to all parallel sessions of the Asian Conference on Education (ACE2024) in Tokyo.
    - Ability to watch recordings of all connected conference sessions during and after the conference (catch-up)

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Professor Grant Black
Chuo University, Japan


Professor Grant Black is a professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, where he has taught Global Skills and Global Issues since 2013. Grant is engaged in diverse roles as a global manager, systems builder, executive leader and university professor. His research and teaching areas include global management skills, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and organisational management. He also has taught Japanese Management Theory at J. F. Oberlin University (Japan), and a continuing education course in the Foundations of Japanese Zen Buddhism at Temple University Japan. Previously, he was Chair of the English Section at the Center for Education of Global Communication at the University of Tsukuba where he served in a six-year post in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a BA Highest Honors in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Japanese Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci) from the Department of Management in the School of Business at the University of Leicester. Dr Black is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession in the UK. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Grant is President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan), a Tokyo-based firm specialising in international and intercultural project management, communication projects, and executive leadership and training. He is the director of the Nippon Academic Management Institute (NAMI) and the author of Education Reform Policy at a Japanese Super Global University: Policy Translation, Migration and Mutation (Routledge, 2022). He serves as a Vice-President for the International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

Professor Grant Black is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR. He is a member of the Business & Economics section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Dr Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan


Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

Dr Melina Neophytou
The International Academic Forum, Japan


Dr Melina Neophytou is an Academic Coordinator at IAFOR, working closely with academics, keynote speakers, and IAFOR partners to shape academic discussions within the Forum. Her work involves bringing conference programmes together, refining scholarship programmes, and building an interdisciplinary and international community throughout IAFOR’s network. She currently leads various projects within IAFOR, such as the Forum discussion sessions and the authorship of Conference Reports. Her latest role at IAFOR is facilitating the IAFOR Undergraduate Research Symposium (IURS).

Born in Germany and raised in Cyprus, Dr Neophytou holds a PhD in International Development from Nagoya University, Japan. She received an MA in International Development from Nagoya University, majoring in Governance & Law with a minor in Rural Development, and a BA from the University of Cyprus in European Studies. She specialised in political sociology, the welfare state, and contentious politics throughout her academic career, expanding from local contexts in Thailand and Cyprus to theory and practices of regionalisation. Her research has now shifted to the Japanese welfare state, family values within Japanese society, and their relationship to family policies. She is interested in state-society relations by uncovering how informal social ideas and contention influence formal social policy.

Apipol Sae-Tung
The International Academic Forum, Japan


Apipol Sae-Tung is an Academic Coordinator at IAFOR, where he contributes to the development and execution of academic-related content and activities. He works closely with the Forum’s partner institutions and mediates conference reports and roundtable discussions for the Forum’s international conference programme. He recently began facilitating the IAFOR Undergraduate Research Symposium (IURS).

Mr Sae-Tung began his career as a Program Coordinator for the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He was awarded the Japanese Government’s MEXT Research Scholarship and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, Japan. His research focuses on government and policy analysis, particularly on authoritarian regimes. He currently takes part in research projects on international student education in Thailand, Southeast Asian politics, Japan-Asia digital economy, and AI-language model training.

Mr Sae-Tung holds an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from Thammasat University, where he studied foreign policy analysis and Thailand-China relations. He also holds a BA in History from the same institution, with a focus on modern Western and Southeast Asian comparative history and historiography.

Mr Sae-Tung has interned for the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Japan, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Thailand. Mr Sae-Tung served on the Lifelong Learning Team while with UNESCO, working specifically on projects enhancing education access through online platforms among Thai NEET individuals and supporting Myanmar migrant children in providing shelters and access to proper education along the Thai-Myanmar border.