NAIST is active in the local community in order to raise awareness of scientific research among the general public. To achieve this, NAIST holds an Open Campus event during the Takayama Science Festival at Takayama Science Plaza, a facility next to NAIST built to encourage interaction between culture and technology. The university also holds open lectures for the general public and industry to promote a better understanding of its work. Many past open lectures can be accessed by members of the public via the Internet.