JCC 15th Anniversary Talk Series
Reviewing My Research
~ A lecture by Nobel Prize physicist Professor Takaaki Kajita ~

10 January 2024

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Join us for our very first JCC 15th Anniversary Talk Series with physicist Professor Takaaki Kajita and hear from him exclusively in person as he reviews his research and works on neutrinos and gravitational waves, including the discovery of neutrino oscillations – which shows that neutrinos have mass – that eventually led to his winning of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015. He will be mentioning about his attitude towards research as well. The lecture will be held physically at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) and also streamed live our JCC FB page.



10 January 2024 (Wednesday)


2pm – 3pm


Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
Embassy of Japan in Singapore

4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372
Online (On JCC Facebook Live)


※ Registration required for physical attendance only


2:00pm Opening remarks by Embassy of Japan in Singapore
2:05pm Lecture by Professor Takaaki Kajita
2:35pm Q&A session
2:55pm Closing remarks by Japan Creative Centre (JCC)


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Professor Takaaki Kajita was born in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, Japan in 1959. He studied at Saitama University and at the University of Tokyo, where he received his doctorate in 1986. His doctoral advisor was Professor Masatoshi Koshiba, who was one of the founders of neutrino astronomy and later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2002.

Since 1988, Professor Kajita is affiliated with the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR) at the University of Tokyo and became its director in 2008. In 2015, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations. He also served as the President of the Science Council of Japan between 2020 and 2023.


The inner detector of the Super-Kamiokande.
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The Standard Model used by modern physics has three types of a very small and elusive particle called the neutrino. In the Super-Kamiokande detector, an experimental facility in a mine in Japan in 1998, Professor Kajita and his colleagues detected neutrinos created in reactions between cosmic rays and the Earth’s atmosphere. Measurements showed deviations, which were explained by the neutrinos switching between the different types. This means that they must have mass. The Standard Model, however, was based on neutrinos lacking mass. Therefore, the model needs to be revised after his discovery.

Source and for more information: The Nobel Prize


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