Researcher Database

Shishin Kawamoto
Faculty of Science Physics Quantum Physics
Associate Professor

Researcher Profile and Settings


  • Faculty of Science Physics Quantum Physics

Job Title

  • Associate Professor


Research funding number

  • 90593046

J-Global ID

Research Interests

  • Science, technology and society   STS   Science Communication   サイエンスコミュニケーション   Dual-use   Scientific Literacy   科学リテラシー   コミュニケーション教育   Developmental Biology   再生生物学   再生   進化生物学   環形動物   組織学   

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Sociology/history of science and technology
  • Humanities & social sciences / Science education
  • Life sciences / Developmental biology

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 2014 - Today Hokkaido University Faculty of Science Associate professor
  • 2013/04 - 2014/03 Hokkaido University Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education
  • 2012/10 - 2013/03 東京工業大学 環境エネルギー協創教育院 特任助教
  • 2011/04 - 2012/09 Aoyama Gakuin University
  • 2008/11 - 2012/09 Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering
  • 2007/04 - 2008/10 Tokyo Institute of Technology Integrated Research Institute
  • 2000/04 - 2007/03 Rakuno Gakuen University


  • 2001/04 - 2007/03  Hokkaido University
  • 2005/10 - 2006/03  Hokkaido University
  • 1999/04 - 2001/03  Hokkaido University
  • 1995/04 - 1999/03  Hokkaido University  School of Science  Biological Sciences

Association Memberships


Research Activities

Published Papers

  • Trial of “Science Cafe Sapporo | Online”Possibilities and Issues Suggested by Audienceʼs Evaluation
    Trial of, “Science Cafe Sapporo, Online” Possibilities, Issues Suggested, by Audienceʼs Evaluation
    Japanese Journal of Science Communication 29 79 - 91 2021/08 [Not refereed][Invited]
  • 学際研究プロジェクトにおける異分野研究者間コミュニケーション―インタビュー調査によるプロジェクト維持要因の仮説作成―
    天野麻穂, 片岡良美, 川本思心
    年報 科学・技術・社会 29 51 - 68 2020 [Refereed]
  • 包摂的/再帰的サイエンスコミュニケーション研究をめざして
    サイエンスコミュニケーション 9 (2) 12 - 17 2019 [Not refereed][Invited]
  • MIKAMI Naoyuki, YOSHIDA Seiko, KURATA Nobuo, HAYAOKA Eisuke, NAGATA Motohiko, YAGI Ekou, UEKI Tetsuya, KAWAMOTO Shishin, SASAKI Kaori
    Journal of Science and Technology Studies 科学技術社会論学会 15 (0) 159 - 170 1347-5843 2018 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • デュアルユース研究とRRI : 現代日本における概念整理の試み
    科学技術社会論集 14 134 - 157 2017/11 [Refereed][Invited]
  • 川本思心
    Japanese Journal of Science Communication 19 135 - 146 2016/07 [Not refereed][Invited]
  • 川本思心
    科学技術コミュニケーション 19 117 - 134 2016/07 [Not refereed][Invited]
  • 早岡 英介, 郡 伸子, 藤吉 亮子, 池田 貴子, 鳥羽 妙, 川本 思心
    科学技術コミュニケーション 北海道大学高等教育推進機構 高等教育研究部 科学技術コミュニケーション教育研究部門(CoSTEP) (17) 35 - 55 1881-8390 2015/07 [Refereed][Not invited]
    福島第一原子力発電所の事故以降,主に放射能リスクをテーマとしたリスクコミュニケーションの取り組みが各地で進められてきた.だが,多くは啓蒙的な説明会にとどまっており,専門家と一般市民との間に十分な双方向の対話の場を生み出せていない.こうした状況を克服するためには,リスク情報を正確かつ受け手側に配慮しながら発信できるリスクコミュニケーターの育成が急務である.北海道大学CoSTEPでは2014 年度にリスクコミュニケーション選択実習という新しい実習を設け,福島の農業と放射能リスクをテーマに活動した.最終的に2015 年2 月から3 月にかけ,三つの対話イベントを実施した.本実習では,「コンテンツの制作能力」「コミュニケーションの場を生み出す能力」「適切なフレームを協働構築する能力」の三つの能力を育成することを目指し,TV番組等を活用して実習中に何度もリスク問題を取り上げて議論を重ねたこと.実際に福島で調査したこと.現地取材した映像を実習メンバーで編集してサイエンス・カフェ等で映像レポートとして上映したことの三つが大きな特徴である.これらの実践を通して「当事者性」「主体性」「多様な価値観」を獲得することができ,上記三つの能力にポジティブな効果がもたらされた.
  • Miki Saijo, Tsutomu Suzuki, Makiko Watanabe, Shishin Kawamoto
    KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY, KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT, IC3K 2013 454 357 - 369 1865-0929 2015 [Refereed][Not invited]
    This study compares the process of inter-agency collaboration among multi-disciplinary agencies within Japan as they work to provide well-coordinated care for the elderly through a Community Care Access Center (CCAC). Using the KJ method, also known as an "affinity diagram", in two group meetings (before and after CCAC establishment) with practitioners and administrators from 6 agencies in the city of Kakegawa, Japan. 521 comments by agencies were coded into 37 categories. In comparing the comments from the two meetings, the portion of negative comments regarding organization management decreased, while comments on the shared problems of the CCAC increased. A multiple correspondence analysis indicated that the 6 agencies shared a greater awareness of issues after the establishment of the CCAC, but the problems pointed out by the visiting nurses agency differed from those of the other agencies.
  • An Analysis of Multi-disciplinary & Inter-agency Collaboration Process - Case Study of a Japanese Community Care Access Center.
    Miki SAIJO, Tsutomu SUZUKI, Makiko WATANABE, Shishin KAWAMOTO
    KMIS 2013 470 - 475 2013/09 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Shishin Kawamoto, Minoru Nakayama, Miki Saijo
    PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE 22 (6) 674 - 690 0963-6625 2013/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
    There are various definitions and survey methods for scientific literacy. Taking into consideration the contemporary significance of scientific literacy, we have defined it with an emphasis on its social aspects. To acquire the insights needed to design a form of science communication that will enhance the scientific literacy of each individual, we conducted a large-scale random survey within Japan of individuals older than 18 years, using a printed questionnaire. The data thus acquired were analyzed using factor analysis and cluster analysis to create a 3-factor/4-cluster model of people's interest and attitude toward science, technology and society and their resulting tendencies. Differences were found among the four clusters in terms of the three factors: scientific factor, social factor, and science-appreciating factor. We propose a plan for designing a form of science communication that is appropriate to this current status of scientific literacy in Japan.
  • Using a scientific literacy cluster to determine participant attitudes in scientific events in Japan, and potential applications to improving science communication
    KAWAMOTO Shishin, Minoru Nakayama, Miki Saijo
    Journal of Science Communication 12 (1) 2013/03 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • 鈴木 努, 川本 思心, 西條 美紀
    科学技術コミュニケーション 北海道大学 高等教育推進機構 高等教育研究部 科学技術コミュニケーション教育研究部門(CoSTEP) 12 3 - 18 1881-8390 2012 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Most universities in Japan conduct course evaluation as part of the faculty development program, and many methods to improve course content have been proposed. However, few studies discuss the improvement of omnibus courses. In this paper, we suggest a new method to improve omnibus courses, especially their consistency and relevance. We designed an omnibus course named "Clean Energy Business and Social Acceptance," which consisted of six serial lectures, each conducted by a different lecturer. Prior to the running of the course, we interviewed the lecturers and formulated a conceptual netwo...
  • Toshihiro Mukai, Shishin Kawamoto, Yuzuru Ueda, Miki Saijo, Naoya Abe
    ENERGY POLICY 39 (9) 5440 - 5448 0301-4215 2011/09 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Although previous studies have addressed the reliability of residential PV systems in order to improve the dissemination of the systems among individual users and societies, few have examined users' perception of their own PV systems, which might contain solutions to firmly establish the system into society. First, the present paper examined the extent to which residential PV system users understand specification, reliability, and failure risk of their own systems. Second, causal factors affecting users' satisfaction with PV systems were examined. By analyzing data collected in Kakegawa City, this paper revealed that users did not appropriately understand the basic specifications of their residential PV systems, and in particular, the fact that the systems sometimes failed and therefore needed proper maintenance. Furthermore, a strong causal relationship between users' expectations of financial return from the system and their level of satisfaction was confirmed empirically. These results suggested that excessive focus on profitability and relatively low interest in the systems' reliability and failure risk should be addressed more to avoid problems that could potentially hamper the establishment of this technology into society. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • 川本思心
    Journal of Japanese Society for Engineering Education 59 (5) 50 - 57 2011 [Refereed][Invited]
  • 川本 思心, 浅羽 雅晴, 大石 麻美
    Japanese journal of science communication 北海道大学科学技術コミュニケーター養成ユニット 0 (5) 19 - 40 1881-8390 2009/03 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Dialogues with community constituents are indispensable for scientists whose research fields and applications are closely related with communities throughout the research processes of consensus building on executions of research projects, making decisions on research policies, sharing the products of the projects, corrections. What kind of guidance is required for scientists to maintain a dialogue with the society? Using mailing list and web portfolio, we recorded a process of planning and executing a science cafe with two researchers who research for reintroduction of Crested Ibis (Toki) i...
  • NOHARA Kayoko, KAWAMOTO Shishin, KUSAKABE Osamu
    Journal of JSEE 公益社団法人 日本工学教育協会 56 (4) 114 - 122 1341-2167 2008/07 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Engineering students are increasingly expected to perform as “global engineers” to lead the society as opinion leaders in finding proper directions for science and engineering developments. The Tokyo Institute of Technology is offering “the knowledge, thinking ability, and skills as the basis for its students to play active roles as international leaders reaching across the boundaries of professional areas.” This new trial, including overseas internship programmes, is unique as it tries to provide “international liberal arts education that is capable of answering the needs of engineering st...
  • 川本 思心, 中山 実, 西條 美紀
    Japanese journal of science communication 北海道大学科学技術コミュニケーター養成ユニット 3 40 - 60 1881-8390 2008/03 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Studies on the mechanism of head and tail regeneration in Enchytraeus japonensis (Annelida, Oligochaeta)
    KAWAMOTO Shishin
    2007/02 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • S Kawamoto, C Yoshida-Noro, S Tochinai
    JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ZOOLOGY PART A-COMPARATIVE EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY 303A (8) 615 - 627 1548-8969 2005/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
    The Enchytraeida Oligochaeta Enchytraeus japonensis propagates asexually by spontaneous autotomy. Normally, each of the 5-10 fragments derived from a single worm regenerates a head anteriorly and a tail posteriorly. Occasionally, however, a head is formed posteriorly in addition to the normal anterior head, resulting in a bipolar worm. This phenomenon prompted us to conduct a series of experiments to clarify how the head and the tail are determined during regeneration in this species. The results showed that (1) bipolar head regeneration occurred only after artificial amputation, and not by spontaneous autotomy, (2) anesthesia before amputation raised the frequency of bipolar head regeneration, and (3) an extraordinarily high proportion of artificially amputated head fragments regenerated posterior heads. Close microscopic observation of body segments showed that each trunk segment has one specific autotomic position, while the head segments anterior to the VIIth segment do not. Only the most posterior segment VII in the head has an autotomic position. Examination just after amputation found that the artificial cutting plane did not correspond to the normal autotomic position in most cases. As time passed, however, the proportion of worms whose cutting planes corresponded to the autotomic position increased. It was suspected that the fragments autotomized after the artificial amputation (corrective autotomy). This post-amputation autotomy was probably inhibited by anesthesia. The rate at which amputated fragments did not autotomize corresponded roughly to the rate of bipolar regeneration. It was hypothesized then that the head regenerated posteriorly if a fragment was not amputated at the precise autotomic position from which it regenerated without succeeding in corrective autotomy.

Books etc

  • 北海道大学高等教育推進機構, 北海道大学, 北海道大学生活協同組合 (Editor平成ポプラ並木、第一農場、ポプラ並木、花木園)
    北海道大学出版会 2021/04 (ISBN: 9784832914100) v, 112, 14p
  • 松田, 毅, Wolff, Jonathan, 柳川, 隆 (Joint workChapter 14: Exploring the Contexts of ELSI and RRI in Japan: Case Studies in Dual-Use, Regenerative Medicine, and Nanotechnology)
    Springer 2020/03 (ISBN: 9789811586880) xi, 312 p.
  • (Joint translation第17章「サイエンスコミュニケーション―人類の帰結)
    Gilbert, John, John K, Stocklmayer, Susan,Searle, Suzette D, Grant, Will J, Orthia, Lindy, Trumbo, Craig, Cheng, Maurice M, Wong, Ka Lok, Lee, Arthur M. S, Mok, Ida Ah Chee, Lamberts, Rod, Reiss, Michael J, Michael Jonathan, Perera, Sean, Rennie, Léonie J, Dillon, Justin, Hobson, Marie, Lee, Yeung Chung, Corbett, Julia B, Seleti, Yonah, Bryant, Chris 慶應義塾大学出版会 2015/04 (ISBN: 9784766422030) xx, 331p
  • 科学技術コミュニケーション入門―科学・技術の現場と社会をつなぐ
    梶雅範, 野原佳代子, 西條美紀編 (Contributor第10章「楽しみとしての科学技術コミュニケーション」)
    培風館 2009/05
  • シンカのかたち 進化で読み解くふしぎな生き物
    北海道大学CoSTEPサイエンスライターズ (Joint work執筆統括・執筆)
    技術評論社 2007/03


Awards & Honors

  • 2020/10 北海道大学 令和元年度北海道大学エクセレントティーチャーズ
    受賞者: 川本思心;種村剛;村井貴;池田貴子;西尾直樹
  • 2019/08 北海道大学 平成30年度北海道大学エクセレントティーチャーズ
    受賞者: 川本思心;種村剛;池田貴子;西尾直樹
  • 2018/09 北海道大学 平成29年度北海道大学エクセレントティーチャーズ
    受賞者: 川本思心;種村剛;村井貴;池田貴子;西尾直樹
  • 2017/08 北海道大学 平成28年度北海道大学エクセレントティーチャーズ
    受賞者: 川本思心;種村剛;村井貴;池田貴子;西尾直樹
  • 2008 日本工学教育協会 論文・論説賞
    受賞者: 野原佳代子;川本思心;日下部治

Research Grants & Projects

  • 日本の科学技術リテラシー像構築の議論における「専門家」の政治性に関する研究
    日本学術振興会:科学研究費助成事業 基盤研究(C)
    Date (from‐to) : 2021/04 -2024/03 
    Author : 標葉 靖子, 川本 思心
  • Construction of scientific inference program based on philosophy of science and of statistics
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
    Date (from‐to) : 2020/04 -2024/03 
    Author : 松王 政浩, 島谷 健一郎, 森元 良太, 川本 思心
  • 新型コロナウイルス感染症を踏まえたデュアルユース性が懸念される公衆衛生研究の国際動向及び倫理規範・監督体制確立のための研究
    Date (from‐to) : 2021/04 -2024/03 
    Author : 三成寿作, 木賀大介, 花木賢一, 河原直人
  • Practical Research and Development of Competency Based Assessment Indicators for Science Communicators
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
    Date (from‐to) : 2020/04 -2023/03 
    Author : 川本 思心, 奥本 素子, 種村 剛, 小林 良彦, 標葉 靖子, 定松 淳
  • 「実験社会」における社会実験化の手法と影響に関する検討
    科学技術振興機構 社会技術研究開発センター:科学技術の倫理的・法制度的・社会的課題(ELSI)への包括的実践研究開発プログラム・プロジェクト企画調査
    Date (from‐to) : 2020/10 -2021/03 
    Author : 見上公一
  • 日本学術振興会:科学研究費補助金(基盤C)
    Date (from‐to) : 2016/10 -2019/03 
    Author : 川本思心
  • 日本学術振興会:科学研究費補助金(基盤研究(B))
    Date (from‐to) : 2011/04 -2015/03 
    Author : 西條美紀
  • 日本学術振興会:科学研究費補助金(若手研究(B))
    Date (from‐to) : 2011/04 -2015/03 
    Author : 川本思心
  • 科学技術リテラシーの実態調査と 社会的活動傾向別教育プログラムの開発
    JST-RISTEX:「科学技術と人間」 研究開発プログラム「21世紀の科学技術リテラシー」
    Date (from‐to) : 2007/10 -2009/11 
    Author : SAIJO Miki
  • ヤマトヒメミミズの再生における頭尾決定機構
    Author : 川本思心

Educational Activities

Teaching Experience

  • Social Responsibility of ScientistsSocial Responsibility of Scientists Hokkaido University
  • Research, Technology and EthicsResearch, Technology and Ethics Hokkaido University
  • Physics for students not in science coursesPhysics for students not in science courses Hokkaido University
  • History of Science and Technology, and Science CommunicationHistory of Science and Technology, and Science Communication Hokkaido University
  • Introduction to the history of scienceIntroduction to the history of science Hokkaido University
  • Discover Hokkaido UniversityDiscover Hokkaido University Hokkaido University
  • Communication in Science and Technology I: Self Promotion Skills for Graduate Students ICommunication in Science and Technology I: Self Promotion Skills for Graduate Students I Hokkaido University
  • International Agricultural and Livestock Hygiene ScienceInternational Agricultural and Livestock Hygiene Science Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
  • History of Science and Technology and Science Communication
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 理学院
    キーワード : 科学史、科学技術コミュニケーション、科学技術社会論
  • Communication in Science and Technology I
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 理学院
    キーワード : 科学技術コミュニケーション、サイエンス・ライティング、社会的意義、セルフプロモーション、ソーシャル・メディア
  • Inter-Graduate School Classes(General Subject):Inter-Disciplinary Sciences
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 大学院共通科目
    キーワード : 科学技術コミュニケーション、サイエンス・ライティング、社会的意義、セルフプロモーション、ソーシャル・メディア
  • Communication in Science and Technology I
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 工学院
    キーワード : 科学技術コミュニケーション、サイエンス・ライティング、社会的意義、セルフプロモーション、ソーシャル・メディア
  • Research in Natural History Sciences 2
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 博士後期課程
    開講学部 : 理学院
    キーワード : 博士論文
  • Seminar in Natural History Sciences 2
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 博士後期課程
    開講学部 : 理学院
    キーワード : 博士 論文講読 
  • Communication in Science and Technology I
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 博士後期課程
    開講学部 : 工学院
    キーワード : 科学技術コミュニケーション、サイエンス・ライティング、社会的意義、セルフプロモーション、ソーシャル・メディア
  • The World of Science and Technology
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 全学教育
    キーワード : 科学史、生命科学、科学技術社会論、科学技術コミュニケーション
  • The World of Science and Technology
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 全学教育
    キーワード : 物理学、文学と科学と歴史、生物学、スケーリング、科学エッセイ
  • The World of Science and Technology
    開講年度 : 2020
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 全学教育
    キーワード : 大学、コミュニケーション、図書館、取材、インタビュー、ライティング

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