***Japan Geoscience Union Mailnews January Issue
No.387 12 JAN 2024***
<< Contents >>
| 1. Foreword by Yukihiro Takahashi, President of JpGU
| 2. 2024 Meeting Information
| -> Meeting Outline
| -> Call for Abstract Submissions for JpGU 2024 [Opening has been postponed.]
| -> Fee Table [IMPORTANT]
| -> Meeting Registration
| -> Union, Public, Joint and Co-sponsored Session Information
| -> Tentative List of Invited Authors
| -> OSPA: Entry and Request for Participating as Voluntary Judges
| -> Key Dates
| 3. Exhibition at JpGU Meeting
| 4. From Committees
| -> Working Group for the JSAI Competition
| 5. Information from PEPS
| -> Notice of APC (Article Publication Charge) Update
| -> Extension of Submission Deadline for SPEPS Special Collection
| -> Latest Articles
| 6. From Science Council of Japan
| 7. What’s New
| -> Event Information
| -> Research and Funding Calls
| -> Career Opportunity
#1. Foreword by Yukihiro Takahashi, President of JpGU

We will start accepting abstract submissions for JpGU 2024 next week.
While the majority of participants were on-site at AGU at the end of
the last year, JpGU will continue to hold the meeting in a hybrid
format this year in order to meet the diverse needs of the participants.
The early submission deadline is 23:59 on Thursday, February 1, and
the final deadline is 17:00 on Thursday, February 15. Since JpGU is a
place where researchers and students in a wide range of fields of
earth and planetary sciences gather together, we hope to have more
sessions with a wider frontage than those presented at individual
societies’ meetings, where researchers in a wider range of fields and
those who usually present at other meetings can participate across
the boundaries. Recently, society in general and universities and
institutions in particular have become increasingly aware of the
importance of diversity, equality, equity, and inclusivity. I hope
that the JpGU meeting will be a place where diversity, especially
in research, can be realized. In addition to the various subjects
and approaches in the traditional earth and planetary sciences, I
feel that related fields, such as ecology, agriculture, and disaster
prevention, are also becoming part of the global earth and planetary
sciences. We hope that you will encourage your friends and acquaintances,
including those who have never presented in earth and planetary
meetings before, to submit papers. I hear that a session on the Noto
Peninsula earthquake is being considered, and I hope that it will be
more meaningful if presentations are made not only by seismologists
but also by geographers, remote sensing specialists, medical
specialists, social scientists, and others. In addition, I believe
that we should further promote exchanges among experts in the field
of information processing, especially machine learning and artificial
intelligence, which have a high affinity with each other as analytical
tools. Last June, JpGU and the Japanese Society for Artificial
Intelligence (JSAI) jointly hosted a session at the annual conference
of JSAI, where heated discussions took place. This led to the joint
holding of the “GeoSciAI2024 ~Challenge for deep learning model
development in the earth and planetary science~” by the two societies
(an award ceremony is being discussed for the period of JpGU meeting).
This event is open to all, including undergraduate students and high
school students, even if you are not a member of the society or an
expert in machine learning, so please feel free to apply (see the
announcement in this newsletter).

#2. 2024 Meeting Information

(1) Meeting Outline

[JpGU Meeting 2024]
Date: Sun, 26 – Fri, 31 May 2024 *for 6 days
Meeting format: Hybrid (on-site + online)
On-site venue: Makuhari Messe Chiba, Japan (International Conference
Hall & Exhibition Hall 6)

(2) Call for Abstract Submissions for JpGU 2024 [Opening has been postponed.]

Due to a technical problem with the JpGU Members System, we were
unable to begin accepting abstract submissions scheduled for 11 Jan.
In order to take time to investigate the cause of the problem and to
restore the system, we have postponed the start of the abstract
submission to 14:00, Tuesday, 16 January [JST].

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to those who had
planned to submit their papers, and thank you for your understanding.

Abstract submission opens: 14:00 Thu, 11 JAN 2024 -> 14:00 Tue, 16 JAN
Early submission deadline: 23:59 Thu, 01 FEB
Final submission deadline: 17:00 Thu, 15 FEB

* Early-bird submission rate applies to the submissions paid by the
early deadline at 23:59 JST on Thursday, 01 February. Please note
that standard rate applies automatically after this date.

[To submit your abstract: click “Abstract Submission” tab after
logging in to the JpGU members site and proceed]

Details on abstract submission will be available soon at

[ 2024 Session Information]


We look forward to receiving many abstracts!

(3) Fee Table [IMPORTANT]

[Abstract submission fee]
Early-bird submission: 6,600 JPY/abstract *tax included
Standard submission: 8,800 JPY/abstract *tax included

* Please note that abstract fee is not refundable once the payment is

[Registration Fee]
The registration fee will be the same for both on-site and online
registration. (There is no one-day ticket.)

Member discount rate: 25,300 JPY/ Standard rate: 36,300 JPY *Tax incl.
*K-12 teachers (JpGU Member only): free
(Standard rate for K-12 teachers (non-members): 17,600JPY)

< Graduate students/ Seniors (JpGU member only)>
Member discount rate: 12,100 JPY/ Standard rate: 17,600 JPY *Tax incl.

[Important Notes]
– Members discount rates apply also for AGU, AOGS and EGU members.
– Early-bird rate applies to the abstract submission fees that are
paid by the early deadline. Please note that standard rate will
automatically be charged after this deadline.
– Senior (70 or above) rate applies exclusively to JpGU members.
Standard rate applies to AGU, EGU, AOGS members or Meeting
participation ID holders even in this age range.
– Undergraduate students can participate free of charge. (online
registration is required)
– Please be noted that abstract submission fee and registration fee
are not refundable once processed.

(4) Meeting Registration

The meeting registration for the 2024 meeting is scheduled to
open at 14:00 on Thursday, 07 March.
Please note that the early registration deadline (18 April) will be
set for presenters to upload their presentation materials such as
e-posters to the meeting portal site (Confit).

The details of the registration procedure are available at

(5) Union, Public, Joint and Co-sponsored Session Information

[Union Sessions]
Some Union sessions have restrictions on submissions. If you wish to
present in a Union session, please make sure to check the “Acceptance
of submission” column of the following link.

U-01 [E] Geosciences helping to work towards a carbon neutral society
U-02 [E] Remote Sensing Role in Sustainable Development
U-03 [E] Advanced understanding of Quaternary and Anthropocene hydroclimate changes in East Asia
U-04 [E] Geospatial Applications for Societal Benefits
U-05 [E] Environments of the Anthropocene
U-06 [E] Equity/Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for the geoscience
U-07 [E] Interactions between Earth system change and marine ecosystems
U-08 [E] What is the true value of Knowledge Creation? Science and Society, Collaboration and Evaluation
U-09 [J] How can we utilize leading measurements and SNS to create environmental / disaster prevention maps?
U-10 [J] Science Council of Japan and JpGU
U-11 [J] Biogeochemistry of CO world
U-12 [J] Future of Earth and Planetary Sciences Boosted by Artificial Intelligence
U-13 [J] Academic publishing of JpGU: 10th anniversary of PEPS
U-14 [J] Raising the profile and impact of community engagement in geoscience

[Public Sessions]
Abstract submissions for Public sessions will be received only from
invited authors. Please refer to the following link for details.

O-01 [J] Earth and Planetary Science Top Seminar
O-02 [J] Why do organisms create biominerals? ~Advancement of science by blending of Art-thinking~
O-03 [J] Can you survive natural disasters by learning in school?
O-04 [J] Ocean science communication -different cultures, different ways-
O-05 [J] Stationary linear rain band: its generation mechanism, prediction and disaster mitigation
O-06 [J] Geoparks and Sustainability
O-07 [J] Kitchen Earth Science: its potential for producing diverse goals by hands-on experiments
O-08 [J] Poster presentations by senior high school students

[Joint Sessions]

[Co-sponsored Sessions with JpGU Society Members]

(6) Tentative List of Invited Authors

Invited authors are listed on the following webpage.

Please note that this is a tentative list. Final list will be available
after the abstract submission deadline.

(7) Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA): Entry and request
for participating as Voluntary Judges

The entries for OSPA will open soon!

Application period: 14:00 Tue, 16 January – 23:59 Thu, 15 February 2024 [JST]
How to apply: Entries are accepted at the JpGU Members System
– The applicant must be a student AT THE TIME OF PRESENTATION.
– The applicant must be the contributor (the first author and the
presenter) of the abstract.

[Major changes from 2023 applicable in 2024]
Since there will be no online poster session, only on-site posters
will be reviewed for poster presentations. Uploading an e-poster is
required to be formally approved as presented, but please note that
only presentations with on-site poster presentations will be
reviewed for OSPA even if an e-poster has been uploaded.

Details are available at

[Request for Volunteer Judges]
Each year we have a high number of entries for Outstanding Student
Presentation Award (OSPA), therefore your cooperation as judges
is a very important part of it.

If you would contribute to the judging, please checkmark “Yes” to the
“Judges for the Outstanding Student Presentation Award” question when
you submit your abstract. This can be done until 17:00, 15 February.
If you do so, you will be automatically registered in the student
award judge system (to be open later.)
We plan to post the names of the judges who have reviewed more than
5 presentations on our website to acknowledge our appreciation of your

(8) Key Dates

Abstract submission opens -> 14:00 Wed, 11 Jan -> 14:00 Tue, 16 Jan
Early abstract Submission deadline -> 23:59 Thu, 01 Feb
Final abstract Submission deadline -> 17:00 Thu, 15 Feb
Meeting registration opens ———> 14:00 Thu, 07 Mar
Acceptance notification ————> Wed, 27 Mar
Final program release ————–> Fri, 29 Mar
Presenters registration deadline —> 23:59 Tue, 18 Apr
e-poster/ on-demand video upload start -> Tue, 23 Apr
Abstract PDF release —————> Fri, 17 May

#3. Exhibition at JpGU Meeting

The exhibition will be held as a hybrid of on-site and online.
The application period is scheduled to start in March.

#4. From Committees

(1) Working Group for the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence
(JSAI) Competition

GeoSciAI2024 ~Challenge for deep learning model development in the
earth and planetary science~

The Japan Geoscience Union and the Japanese Society for Artificial
Intelligence will jointly host a model development competition in
Geoscience! In recent years, AI technology has developed remarkably,
which affects the vast research fields. Geoscience is a research
field where various physical, chemical, and biological phenomena
are intricately intertwined, and the information is vast and diverse
in terms of both quantity and quality. Therefore, the contribution of
AI technology is becoming extremely significant in recent geoscience.
This competition aims to promote the integration of the geoscience
and information science through a model competition event.

There will be one proposal each from the earthquake, the meteorology,
and the space weather field.
Participants are required to register through the web page and submit
a technical paper summarizing the model development and results.

Anyone can participate in the competition
#You do not need to be a member of JpGU or JSAI

Late January 2024: Open of web page and each task
April 2024: Release of evaluation data, Technical paper instruction
Early May 2024: Deadline for submission
Late May 2024: Notification of results, Award Ceremony @ JpGU 2024

#5. Information from PEPS

(1) Notice of APC (Article Publication Charge) Update
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation with PEPS.
We are planning to renew the APC of PEPS in accordance with the
renewal of our publication agreement with SpringerNature, but the APC
fee is still under negotiation. We will inform you of the new APC as
soon as it is decided.
Also, SpringerNature will apply the new APC to accepted papers.

(2) Extension of submission deadline for SPEPS special collection
The submission deadline for the following SPEPS special issues have
been extended.
We welcome your submission.

– “Progress on science and instruments for Martian Moons eXploration
(MMX) mission”
(Submission deadline: 31 October 2024)

– “Past variability of Asian monsoon and its influence on surrounding
regions on various timescales”
(Submission deadline: 30 June 2024)

– “Geophysical Properties and Transport Processes in the Deep Crust
and Mantle”
(Submission deadline: 31 March 2024)

(3) Latest Articles
The following articles were published.

@ Masaya Kuramochi, Hiroaki Ueda, Tomoshige Inoue, Meiji Honda,
Koutarou Takaya:
Coherent amplification of the Okhotsk high, Korean trough, and
northwestern Pacific subtropical high during heavy rainfall over Japan
in August 2021.

@ Naofumi Yamaguchi:
Validation of appropriate estimation criteria for the number of
components for separating a polymodal grain-size distribution into
lognormal distributions.

@ Ayumi Sugiyama, Tetsuo Ibara, Kazuyo Nagaosa, Atsunao Marui,
Kenji Kato:
A unique prokaryotic vertical distribution in the groundwaters of
deep sedimentary geological settings in Hokkaido, Japan.

@ Mitsuhiro Matsu’ura:
Reconsideration of the energy balance in earthquake faulting.

#6. From Science Council of Japan

JpGU acts as liaison with the Science Council of Japan.
Below is the archive of the distributed newsletters from the Science
Council of Japan.


(Available in Japanese)

#7. What’s New (Please confirm contents from the associated official website)

(1) Event Information
*Events may be canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.
Please check the event website for the latest information.

ELSI Annual Public Lecture 2024
Date: 01 Feb 2024
Place: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama, Tokyo

ELSI Annual Public Lecture 2024

PERC International symposium on Dust & Parent bodies (IDP2024)
Date: 26-28 Feb 2024
Place: Tokyo Skytree Town Campus of Chiba Institute of Technology
(CIT), Tokyo

International Symposium “Submarine caldera volcanoes”
Date: 6-10 Mar 2024
Place: Kobe University Centennial Hall, Kobe, Japan

Date: 7-12 Jul 2024
Place: Keio Plaza Hotel, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

9th Global Energy and Water EXchangesOpen Science Conference

(2) Research and Funding Calls

Survey on SPring-8 usage and needs
[Application deadline: 31 JAN 2024]

(3) Career Opportunity

Faculty position announcement for one assistant professor position
in RIAM, Kyushu University
[Application deadline: 26 JAN 2024] 20241129_eed_e.pdf

Recruitment of Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Biodiversity and
Environmental Assessment Research Center (BioEnv), JAMSTEC
[Application deadline: 30 JAN 2024]

Research Technician or Research Technician (II) or (III) at Global Ocean
Observation Research Center, Research Institute for Global Change,
[Application deadline: 04 FEB 2024]