JASAL2017 follow up

Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for your support over 2017, and a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the JASAL2017 conference in December. It was wonderful to see so many people gathered from all round Japan and from around the globe, and it was really stimulating to share our current research and activities.

We have a couple of announcements for those who participated in JASAL2017. First, we wanted to let you know that a couple of personal items were found at the conference site. If you lost something on that Saturday could you please contact us so that we can make arrangements for you to get the item back? In the email, please tell us what it is that you lost, so we can send it to you: jasalorg@gmail.com. KUIS will keep the items until the end of January.

Second, we’d like to announce that there will be a special issue of SiSAL journal (coming out in June 2018) with papers from JASAL2017. Participants as well as presenters can submit. The Call for Papers is here.

We are looking forward to your submissions!

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KUIS SAC tour on Friday 15th

If you would like to take a tour of the KUIS (Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba) SALC on Friday, December 15th, 15:00-16:00  please sign up  here by Monday December 11th. There is no charge to take part in the tour.

Of course, there will be chances to tour the SALC on Saturday at JASAL2017, but coming a day early to tour the SALC will leave you more time to network on the Saturday!

Conference Program Online

Hello! The program for JASAL2017 is ready and online. Browse through and get excited about the conference.

We have two things to highlight – first, the early bird deadline is Wednesday the 15th. Register now for the lower rate. The other thing is our Newbie Support. We’d like to help people who are new to JASAL attend the conference. So, if 1) JASAL2017 is the first time you will join a JASAL event, 2) you have no institutional support, 3) you live outside the Kanto area, and 4) you are not presenting, please email  jasalorg@gmail.com  by Wednesday, November 15th to put your name in our drawing box. Winners will receive ¥5,000 towards their travel expenses.

JASAL2017 Schedule is ready!

Take a look at the schedule for JASAL2017, on December 16th, 2017 at KUIS in Chiba. We have a great program lined up, with a range of presentations from student users of self-access spaces as well as researchers from overseas as well as Japan, which are going to help us enrich our learning environments. There will be time for networking and sharing ideas more informally, too, during tea breaks, and over lunch, and at the evening reception. It’s going to be an inspiring day!

JASAL2017 Registration Open

Registration is open for JASAL2017, and a tentative schedule is up on the website.  Our plenary speaker will be Dr. Garold Murray (Okayama University), who will be presenting on “Self-Access Environments as Self-Enriching Complex Dynamic Ecosocial Systems”. We have 35 presentations this year, as well as ten poster presentations, and they all look very exciting! Register now to make sure you get our early bird discount, and book a tasty Asian Cafe buffet lunch.

JALT PanSIG 2017 conference weekend

JASAL had a busy weekend! On Friday there was a tour of the self-access centre at Akita International University. Take a look at the photos! And on Saturday we held an open discussion forum at the JALT PanSIG 2017 conference, attended by around 40 people and led by Andy Tweed. Photos and details here. Thanks to everyone who attended, and thanks, Andy, for all your hard work in making both events successful.