The 6th BAIRAL Research Meeting for 2021
“Science and the Internet”


BAIRAL (B’AI RA League) is a study group by young research assistants (RA) of the B’AI Global Forum of the Institute for AI and Beyond at the University of Tokyo. Aiming to achieve gender equality and a guarantee of rights for minorities in the AI era, this study group examines relationships between digital information technology and society. BAIRAL organizes monthly research meetings with guest speakers in a variety of fields.


Date & Venue

・Date:Thursday, December 9, 2021, 18:00-19:30 (JST)

・Venue:Zoom Meeting(No registration required)



Guest Speaker

Ikkatai Yuko (Associate Professor, Kanazawa University)



While the internet is widely used nowadays, “participation” has become one of the most important keywords for understanding modern society. In recent years, citizen science, a collaborative research project between experts and citizens (non-experts), has been emerging as a way for citizens to participate in scientific research. Also, crowdfunding, which is the process of raising research funds from citizens via the internet, is getting a lot of attention. In this talk, citizen science and crowdfunding for scientific research will be introduced with an overview and examples, and the differences between Europe and the United States and Japan, especially the current situation and issues in Japan will be discussed.



B’AI Global Forum, Institute for AI and Beyond at the University of Tokyo



Hiroki Kato (PhD Student, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo)

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