About

Azusa Minamizaki is a researcher at Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute for the Origin of Particles and the Universe. Minamizaki’s work involves generating positive public relations for the School of Science, Nagoya University and Belle II Collaboration at KEK. 

Minamizaki has a Ph.D. (science) in particle physics from Ochanomizu University in Japan, where she also completed her bachelor’s and master’s courses. After receiving her Ph.D, Minamizaki joined the public relations office at the headquarter of the University of Tokyo as a project researcher in 2010, and worked on both domestic and international academic communication strategy. As working for the biggest university in Japan, she dealt with various fields of study, including astronomy, biology, medical science, social science and literature, from small scale sciences to big international projects. She was also coordinator for the edgy, free magazine series Academic Groove. In 2013 she moved to the United States. In her first two years, she lived in Princeton, New Jersey and worked as a freelance science communicator for Japanese institutes. She has written technical and cultural articles, including an interview series about international collaboration between Princeton University and the University of Tokyo. She moved to Pasadena, California in 2016. She worked on social media strategies and local outreach activities as an outreach initiative scientist for Caltech/IPAC and the Thirty Meter Telescope.

2010年お茶の水女子大学大学院人間文化創成科学研究科博士課程修了(素粒子物理学)。同年より東京大学本部広報室にて研究成果・学問の情報発信担当のサイエンスコミュニケーターとして、2013年5月まで勤務。2013年からフリーランスのサイエンスコミュニケーターとして科学や大学についての執筆・ビデオ制作を行い、2016年よりカリフォルニア工科大学のIPACにアウトリーチコーディネータとして所属し、ソーシャルメディア管理、地域のアウトリーチ活動、及び、カリフォルニア工科大学が参加している30m望遠鏡の広報活動を行なった。2018年より名古屋大学素粒子宇宙起源研究所の広報室に研究員として所属。同大学理学部広報委員会、高エネルギー加速器研究機構で行われている国際共同実験Belle II 実験の日本アウトリーチチームに参加している。

Work

Education

  • March 2010: PhD (Physics) Ochanomizu University
  • March 2007: MSc (Physics) Ochanomizu Univerisity