Award Ceremony and Events

Event Calender

May 20 (SAT) 1:00pm-1:40pm Lunchtime Special Lecture
5:15pm-5:45pm 'Oshaberi' Bar- Pop-Up Talks-
6:30pm-7:30pm Ice Breaker Reception
May 21 (SUN) 1:00pm-1:40pm Lunchtime Special Lecture
3:30pm-5:00pm Keynote Speech
May 22 (MON) 12:30pm-1:30pm International Mixer Luncheon
5:15pm-5:45pm 'Oshaberi' Bar -Pop-Up Talks-
May 23 (TUE) 1:00pm-1:40pm Lunchtime Special Lecture
6:30pm-7:00pm Fellowship Award Ceremony
Nishida Prize for Promotion of Planetary and Geo-science Award Ceremony
7:00pm-9:00pm Party
May 24 (WED) 1:00pm-1:40pm Lunchtime Special Lecture
5:15pm-5:45pm 'Oshaberi' Bar- Pop-Up Talks-
5:15pm-8:30pm AGU Town Hall Meeting
May 25 (THU) 1:00pm-1:40pm Lunchtime Special Lecture

Keynote Speech

Date and Time May 21 (SUN) PM2 [3:30pm-5:00pm]
Place Convention Hall, International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe
Lecturers Prof. Takaaki Kajita
Prof. Lucy Jones
Language English

Free simultaneous interpretation receivers (English to Japanese) are prepared for public attendess.
If you wish to use it, please submit an application from the form (in Japanese) below.
Keynote Sppech Registration for Public Attendees

How to Participate Pre-registration not necessary.
Please come directly to Convention Hall.

Simultaneous interpretation receivers (English to Japanese) are available for public attendees.

3:30pm-3:35pm  Introduction by
Eric Davidson (President of AGU)
3:35pm-4:15pm  "Disaster Resilience in the 21st Century:
Improving the communication between science and society" 
Lucy Jones
4:15pm-4:20pm  Introduction by
Hodaka Kawahata (President of JpGU)
4:20pm-5:00pm  "Exploring the Universe with neutrinos, grabitational waves and gamma rays"
Takaaki Kajita

Disaster Resilience in the 21st Century:
Improving the communication between science and society

Lucy Jones (California Institute of Technology)
Natural disasters cause untold suffering around the world, cutting short lives and disrupting the function of society. The understanding of natural hazards derived from scientific investigations can and has been used to reduce the impacts of many natural hazards. Society needs science-based decision making now more than ever, as the vulnerability of society is being magnified through population growth in hazardous regions and by the fragility of increasingly complex cities. But we often see science ignored or misunderstood. The reasons for the miscommunication include the human refusal to believe in randomness and the need most people have for stories and emotional connections to being able to understand the implications of information. Further, decision makers often do not understand how their decisions have unintended consequences. This talk will explore what scientists and decision makers can do to improve the communication between science and society.

Exploring the Universe with neutrinos, gravitational waves and gamma rays

Takaaki Kajita (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo)
About 100 years ago, cosmic rays were discovered. This discovery suggested us that there are high-energy phenomena that cannot be studied by optical telescopes. Since then, various studies have been carried out to understand the high-energy and/or tangent phenomena in the Universe. In this talk, I will discuss the recent and near future progress in the observations of the Universe with neutrinos, gravitational waves and very high-energy gamma rays.

Award Ceremony

Date and Time May 23(TUE) 6:30pm-
Place Room A09-A11, Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall

JpGU announces the new JpGU Fellow and Nishida Prize for Promotion of Planetary and Geo-science awardees at the ceremony to be held on May 23.
The recepient of Taira Prize will also be recognized at this ceremony.

Let's celebrate them with a free glass of sparkling wine.

The 2017 JpGU Fellow (Alphabetical order / titles omitted)

Shoji Arai, Robert Geller, Kei Hirose, Tetsuo Irifune,
Katsuhiko Ishibashi, Kenji Konishi, Mitsuhiro Matsu’ura,
Mitsuharu Mizukoshi, Bjorn O. Mysen, Teruyuki Nakajima,
Kunihiko Shimazaki, Danny Summers, Hiroshi Takeda, Yoshiaki Toba,
Koichiro Tsuruda
See HERE for more details.

The 2nd Nishida Prize for Promotion of planetary and Geo-science

This prize is awarded to early and mid-career researchers aged under 45 for their research contribution .
The Nishida Prize is named after Dr. Atsuhiro Nishida, the JpGU Fellow and founder of this prize.
It is managed with the donation from Dr. Nishida.

The 2nd Nishida Prize for Promotion of Planetary and Geo-science Recipients (Alphabetical order / Titles omitted)

Yusuke Ebihara, Masahiro Ikoma, Yuzo Miyazaki, Makiko Nagasawa,
Yoshinori Takano, Hiroshi Tanimoto, Taku Tsuchiya, Naoki Uchida,
Shingo Watanabe, Michiyo Yamamoto-Kawai
More details HERE

Introduction of the Taira Prize Recepient

The Taira Prize was founded by AGU with official cooperation of JpGU in 2015.
The prize is awarded to early- and mid-career researchers in recognition of “outstanding transdisciplinary research accomplishment in ocean drilling.”
This year, we will welcome and recognize Dr.Heiko Palike at this ceremony.


Fellows, recepients of Nishida Prize and Taira Prize will also join us in this event.

Date and Time May 23 (TUE) 7:00pm-
Place Room A09~A11, Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall
* tax included
Advance party registration is only available online from My Account Log in page.
Advance Registration Rate: Regular: 4320 JPY/ Students:1980JPY
Online Deadline: May 22 (MON) at 6:00pmJST

* On-site registration is available, but we will only accept cash after the online deadline.
Please come to the party site and pay the fee there to participate.

-Normal Rate:Regular 5000 JPY / Student 2500JPY

Local SAKE Bar

Please enjoy the delicious local SAKE provided by one of our supporting members 地方都市地域コンベンション関連団体 and Aso Unesco Global Geopark.
*Alcohol will not be provided to underage attendees.


Join the lottery and win an awesome prize!!
The prizes are mostly provided by Exhibitors and winner of 2017 Joint Meeting Prize will get a Free Meeting Pass for 2018 JpGU Annual Meeting .

★The 2017 Party Questionnaire ★
Please share with us your opinion to help us improve this event and win a JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting Souvenir Gift Package!

Click HERE to respond the Party Questionnaire NOW!
-The special gift is given to three respondents who win the drawing.
-Please make sure to enter your JpGU ID if you'd like to participate in this drawing.

Ice Breaker Reception

Date and Time May 20 (SAT) 6:30pm-
Place Poster/ Exhibition Area , Hall7, International Exhibiton Hall
Fee Free of Charge

Ice Breaker Reception will take place at Poster/ Exhibition Area after PM3, from 6:30pm.
*This is an open event to all attendees.
*Alcohol will not be provided to underage attendees.

International Mixer Luncheon

To enhance the exchange of students and early career scientists from all over the world, International Mixer Luncheon will be held during our meeting.
Date and Time May 22 (MON) 12:30pm-1:30pm
Place Banquet Room Sho, 2F Hotel New Otani
Language English
Fee Free of Charge
*Lunch is provided.
How to Apply Registration is required from the Application Form.

'Oshaberi' Bar -Pop-Up Talks-

Pop-up talks is an exciting free talk presentation by students and early career scientists under 35 years old.
Each talk will last 5 minutes and the presentation topic can be anything related to science
(e.g. Research, lifestyle, career etc.)
Presenters will also be given an original designed T-shirt!

Date and Time May 20 (SAT) 5:15pm-5:45pm
May 22 (MON) 5:15pm-5:45pm
May 24 (WED) 5:15pm-5:45pm
Place Mini Stage, Hall 7, International Exhibiton Hall
How to Apply Please see the application details at 'Oshaberi' Bar Webpage.

Lunchtime Special Lecture

We are honored to welcome the world class researchers to deliver lectures about the latest Hot Topics during the lunchtime!
Please bring your lunch and enjoy the lectures.

Date and Time Every day, except for May 22 (MON), 1:00pm-1:40pm
Place Room 103, 1F International Conference Hall
How to Apply No especial application required.
Please come ditectly to the lecture room.

Lectures and Title of Lectures
May 20 (SAT) Dr. Shawn McGlynn (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
"Microbial Individuals and their roles in Biogeochemistry"
May 21 (SUN) Dr. Peter van-Keken (Carnegie Institution for Science Washington)
"The water cycle in subduction zones"
May 23 (TUE) Dr. William Lau (University of Maryland College Park)
"The Asian Aerosol-Monsoon Climate System: A New Paradigm"
May 24 (WED) Dr. Ralph Lorenz (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
"Exploring Titan : An Earth-Like Moon"
May 25 (THU) Dr. Eddie Bernard (Survival Capsule, LLC)
"ew Frontier of Tsunami Science - Deep Ocean Observations"

-Presentations are given in English.
-Lunch box is available to purchase
・ in front of Room 103
・ at the Kitchen Car in the 1F Entrance
* Writing pad chair is available to enjoy your lunch while the lecture.

AGU Town Hall Meeting

AGU Town Hall on International Collaboration and Travel Amid the Global Rise of Nationalism and Populism.

>>See HERE for details.

Date and Time May 24 5:15pm-8:15pm
Place Room 201A, International Conference Hall
Lecturer Eric Davidson (AGU President)
Chris McEntee (AGU's CEO)
How to Participate There is no need of pre-registration. Please come directly to the sute.


If you want to know more about Japan, why don't to participate in the JpGU excursion?
You have 3 choices and each one of them provide you an original, different and fun experience.

Best of Tokyo; Asakusa- Imperial Palace Afternoon Bus Tour

Tour PDF

Date May 24 (WED) afternoon
Time of Departure & Arrival Makuhari Messe 1:00pm Leave Makuhari Messe
5:00pm Arrive Makuhari Messe
Guidace Language English
Fee 4,000JPY (tax included/ person)

-Please come to the Help Desk at 1F International Conference Hall and pay the fee there.
Payment Deadline: May 23 (TUE) at 5:00pm

Registration without payment after the payment deadline will be cancelled.
How to Apply Please register from the Application Form.

Anyone may join the tour but the applicant must be our meeting attendee.
* Friends, family members and colleagues of the attenddees are also welcome in this tour.
Please submit the Application form one by one per participant in case any non meeting attendees are joining.
Schedule Meeting Location: Makuhari Messe
Enjoy Tokyo Skytree from the bus window
Sightseeing at Asakusa Sensoji temple, Nakamise Shopping Street
Enjoy around the National Diet Building from the bus window
Picture at Imperial Palace
Ending Location:Makuhari Messe or Tokyo Station


JpGU will hold our first futsal tournament during the meeting period.
Paticipants from any country are welcome! Sign up and join us!

Date and Time May 21(SUN) 7:00pm-
Details We will hold a Futsal Match, "GEOFUT 17" in ZOZOPARK HONDA FOOTBALL AREA just 5 minutes walk from the Kaihin-Makuhari Station.
There will be 16 teams and a league game will be held.
After the game, we had a n after-party (22:00 - 22:45, you can choose whether you participate it or not);
Food and drinks will be served beside the field. Please enjoy with other participants.

Participation Fee Team -> 5,000JPY/team
Personal Participation -> 500JPY/person
Application Team -> Team Participation Form
Personal Participation -> Personal Participation Form
Item Suggested items: Sports wear, Sports shoes, Shin guards.


Supported by Japanese Geoparks Network, we introduce "Geotours" .
Why don't you plan to enjoy the Japanese Geoparks ?
5 courses to Chichibu, Shimonita Area, Choshi and Mt. Asama North Geopark are waiting for you!
For further details, please visit our webpage.

See HERE for more details.