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posted Sep 23, 2016, 12:24 AM by Yoshitaka Uchida Hokudai

     I was in Saga for a conference. I would love to listen to as many talks as possible but the half of the time in Saga, I was actually polishing up my students' talks and/or just listening talks related to my projects (which was not that fun really...). In my opinion, these conferences are for making new connections or for getting to know new scientific areas. Thus, I made a lot of new connections with young scientists, particularly looking at Africa as their field and I talked with many who are running next-generation sequencers for soil microbial analyses. I was busy but it was very fruitful. 
     Many tell me that they have no idea what my scientific research field is but I really believe that I have to even further broaden my research area to do what I want to do. By the way, Saga wasn't too bad. Many believe basically it is even too hard to find where Saga is on the Japan map but I totally enjoyed the clean and sophisticated University atmosphere, as well as the local foods and scenery.