***Japan Geoscience Union Mailnews January Issue
No.304 Jan 11, 2018***
<< Contents >>
| 1. Preface by Hodaka Kawahata, President of JpGU
| 2. The JpGU Meeting 2018 Information
| -> Abstract Submission and Meeting Registration Now Open!
| -> Union, Public and Joint Session Information
| -> Invited Authors Info
| -> Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) Entry Started!
| -> Travel Support for Students
| -> Call for Exhibitors
| -> Business Meeting & Student Working Program (part time job)
| -> Event Information
| -> Important Dates
| 3. From Committees
| -> Committee for Diversity Management and Talent Pool
| 4. 2018 Japan Geoscience Union Scientific Award “Miyake Prize”

| -> Latest Information of PEPS
| 5.Information from PEPS
| -> PEPS First Impact Factor to be Announced in June 2018!
| -> New Year’s Greeting Posted on the PEPS Editors’ Blog
| -> Latest Information of PEPS
| 6. What’s new
| -> Event Information
#1. Preface by Hodaka Kawahata, President of JpGU

I would like to wish all JpGU members throughout the world a very
happy new year. Please let me take this opportunity to make some
comments about two of the main JpGU activities: the JpGU annual
meeting and our open access e-journal Progress in Earth and
Planetary Science.

Last year we were very pleased to hold the first JpGU-AGU Joint
Meeting. This was such a great success that we intend to do it all over
again and hold our second joint meeting in two years time in 2020.
This year we will hold the regular JpGU Annual Meeting from May
20th to 24th 2018 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. We have
accepted 235 different scientific sessions, many more than we held
in 2016, and I would like to thank everyone for submitting so many
interesting session proposals. I think the stage has been set for an
exciting and useful meeting. As always, we hope our meeting will
provide a platform for active and friendly communication between
JpGU members which will lead to advances both in Earth and planetary
science research and to new public outreach. In this way we hope to
make our small contribution to humanity’s well-being. I am looking
forward to meeting JpGU members at the meeting.

The meeting abstract submission website will be open from January
10th to February 19th 2018 closing at 5:00 pm JST and the Early-bird
Submission Deadline is 11:59 pm JST on February 5th 2018. The
meeting registration website will be open from January 10th to May
24th 2018 and the Early-bird Registration Deadline is 11:59 pm JST
on May 8th 2018.

Future JpGU Annual Meetings are scheduled as follows: JpGU Annual
Meeting 2019 will be held from 26th to 30th May 2019 at Makuhari
Messe in Chiba, Japan. The second JpGU-AGU joint meeting will be
held at the same place from 24th to 28th May 2020. In 2021 the
meeting venue will move to the new Yokohama International Convention
Center, which is being built to the north of the Exhibition Hall at Pacifico
Yokohama, and will be held from 30th May to 3rd June 2021.

PEPS is published by JpGU and its fifty-member societies. Our first articles
were published in April 2014 and as of 21st December 2017 PEPS has
published 153 high quality scientific articles authored by over 1,000
researchers. Our papers have been accessed more than a quarter of a
million times and citations continue to steadily increase. Last year PEPS
was included in Elsevier’s Scopus database and accepted for indexing in
the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) database, one of the major
databases of the Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thompson Reuters) Web
of Science. As a result our first Impact Factor (IF) will be announced
next June. The JpGU will continue to work hard to cement PEPS’ position
as one of the top level international journals in our field. I would like
once again to encourage all JpGU members to consider PEPS as an
excellent place to publish important new work.

This year we will again keep the slogan “For a borderless world of
Geoscience” as we continue to collaborate with AGU, EGU and AOGS on a
number of different areas both large and small. Finally, we will of course
continue with our mission of promoting Earth and planetary sciences and
reaching out to the public.

I hope that everyone has a prosperous and successful 2018.

Hodaka Kawahata
President, Japan Geoscience Union

#2.The JpGU Meeting 2018 Information

(1) Abstract Submission and Meeting Registration Now Open!

***Final abstract submission deadline: Feb 19 at 5:00pm JST***
Early submission Deadline: Feb 5 at 11:59pm JST

***Submission Fee***
Early submission: 3,240 JPY (tax included)
Normal Submission: 4,320 JPY (tax included)

【Important Note】

-Payment of the submission fee should be considered as one of the
submission processes in order to complete a submission.
Payment must be completed by Feb 5 at 11:59 pm JST to receive a
discounted rate. Normal fee is charged for payments after the early deadline.
-Submissions not paid by the final deadline are automatically withdrawn.

Log in with your JpGU ID and password from the URL below.
Click “Abstract Submission” button on the left side and go to
“Submit/View Submission Info” page.

*Additional Resources*

We are waiting for your submissions!

** Early Meeting Registration Deadline: May 8, at 11:59pm JST***

JpGU offers a different rate on the registration fee depending
on the membership category. Please refer to the following URL for
more information.

Log in with your JpGU ID and password from the URL below.
Click “JpGU Meeting” button on the left side and go to the “Meeting
Registration” page.

【Cancellation Policy】

We will refund the registration fee after deducting commission to all
those who requested a cancellation before May 8.
To receive a refund, cancellation must be informed by the designated

(2) Union, Public and Joint Session Information

Many attractive sessions are going to be hosted at 2018 meeting.
Don’t miss them!

[Union Sessions]
U-01 JpGU-AGU Great Debate: Role of Open Data and Open Science in
May 23 (Accept submissions only from invited authors)

U-02 Pacific-type orogeny: From ocean to mantle

U-03 Cryoseismology – a new proxy for detecting surface environmental
variations of the Earth –

U-04 Employment and work-life-balance of female geoscientists in Japan:
International and Interdisciplinary comparison
May 21 (Accept submissions only from invited authors)

U-05 Future of Scientific Publishing in Geosciences
May 22 (Accept submissions only from invited authors)

U-06 How JpGU will manage environment and disaster?
May 23 (Accept submissions only from invited authors)

U-07 Future Earth-GRPs integration for global environmental research
May 20 (Accept poster presentations)

U-08 Developing the Future Plan and Road Map for Earth and Planetary
Science Research  
May 21 (Accept submissions only from invited authors)

[Public sessions]
Public sessions are sessions open to public and free of charge.
They will be held on May 20.
Presenters are mostly invited authors. Abstract submissions are available
for sessions with “Accept poster presentations” note.

O-01 Geoscience education in future high school: “Integrated Geography”
and “Basic Earth Science”

O-02 Poster presentations by senior high school students

O-03 Recent Advances in Earth and Planetary Science

O-04 Mental Care and Communication Strategies for Researchers

O-05 Kitchen Earth Science: brain stimulation by hands-on experiments

O-06 The connection between earth sciences and society by Geoparks
-Results and issues in the past decade-

O-07 Collaboration and Co-creation between Geoscience and Art
(Accept poster presentations)

[Joint Sessions]
See for details
of joint sessions with our partner Unions (AGU/ EGU/ AOGS)

**Today’s Pick-Up Sessions**
A-OS08 Seasonal-to-decadal climate variability and predictability

A-HW21 Human-Natural system interactions and solutions
for environmental management

H-CG23 Turbidity current: from triggers for the generation to the
depositional and morphological processes

S-VC39 Pre-eruptive magmatic processes: petrologic analyses,
experimental simulations and dynamics modeling

(3) Invited Authors Info
Invited authors are listed on
Please note that this is a tentative list. Final list will be open after
the abstract submission deadline.

(4) Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) Entry Started!
The entry for OSPA is now being accepted!
The deadline is Feb 19 at 5:00pm JST.


In order to apply for OSPA, the presenter must be the first author and
submitter of the presentation. (Third party application is not available.)

To apply, log in to with your
JpGU ID and password. Open the “Abstract Submission” tab on the left
side.Click “Outstanding Student Presentation Award” button and follow
the instructions.

[Call for OSPA Judges]
Volunteer judges are an integral part of the judging process of
Please select a section you are judging if you agree to be a volunteer
judge for OSPA during the abstract submission process.
You will be contacted from the representatives of the section later.

(5) Travel Support for Students
JpGU is now accepting applications for financial support for students
in order to attend the 2018 meeting.

Eligible applicants:
Applicant must be a student (high school to graduate school) at the
time of application.
Applicant must be the first author and the presenter (posters included).
Will be required to provide your information to JpGU.

Students in minority groups in nationality and gender will be
given priorities.

Deadline for application: February 21(WED), 2018

Abstract submissions after the confirmation of the recipients are not

(6) Call for Exhibitors
JpGU Meeting is calling for applications to Exhibition. As the
largest meeting on geoscience in Japan, the JpGU Meeting not only
attracts many more exhibitors year by year, but Exhibition becomes
much more popular to participants including students. Please note
that we have already accepted a certain number of applications, so
that we will not be able to accept applications once all the places
are taken. Could you please be a part of JpGU 2018 Meeting to promote
your products, projects and services, and to expand your communication
network? We are looking forward to receiving your application.

(7) Business Meeting & Student Working Program (part time job)
We will start the applications after the program schedule is finalized,
around the end of March.

(8) Event Information

*More information is coming up on our website.

GEOFUT 18 (Pre-registration)
A futsal competition will be held at night after the scientific sessions.
Anyone, regardless of age, gender or nationality as well as futsal skills,
is welcome to join the game.

International Mixer Luncheon
To enhance the exchange of early career scientists from all over the
world, JpGU will host the International Mixer Luncheon during the meeting.

Award Ceremony
JpGU announces the new JpGU Fellow and recipients of Miyake Prize at
the award ceremony.
The recipient of Taira Prize will also be recognized.

The party will be held soon after the award ceremony. Please enjoy meeting
new people, delicious food and beverages.

Field Trips
JpGU will conduct our very first two field trips featuring the special
scientific spots in Chiba on May 25.

YAMA Course: Filed trip for “Chibanian”

:The first Japanese GSSP candidate “Chiba Section” and its adjacent

UMI Course: Special Tour to SHIRASE and PERC
This is a special tour to the scientific wealth in Funabashi and Narashino
are, boarding a retired Antarctic research vessel “Japanese icebreaker
SHIRASE” and visiting Planetary Exploration Research Center, Chiba
Institute of Technology.

Other Events
-Lunchtime Special Lecture
World class researchers deliver lectures during everyday lunchtime!
Please bring your lunch and enjoy the lectures.

-NASA-JAXA Hyperwall
HYPERWALL is a high-resolution video wall capable of displaying multiple
data visualizations.
Presentations on the latest researches by NASA and JAXA experts will be
delivered using this dynamic screen.
Please come and join us for this wonderful experience!
May 19: Lectures for High School Teachers
May 20: For High School and Junior High School Students
May 21/22: For Researchers
May23: For High School Student and researchers

-‘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.

(9) Important Dates

Early Abstract Submission Deadline –> Feb 5 (MON) at 11:59pm JST
Final Abstract Submission Deadline –> Feb 19 (MON) at 5:00pm JST
Acceptance Notification—————-> Mar 13 (TUE)
Final Program ————————-> Mar 14 (WED)
Early Registration Deadline ———–> May 8 (TUE) at 11:59pm JST
Abstract PDF Release —————–> May 11 (FRI)

#3. From Committees

(1) Committee for Diversity Management and Talent Pool

The Committee requests for a response to a survey (5-10min) regarding
harassment. We welcome any researchers who can cooperate to the survey
in Japanese.

#4. 2018 Japan Geoscience Union Scientific Award “Miyake Prize”

JpGU is now accepting recommendations for candidates for the
recipient of Japan Geoscience Union Scientific Award “Miyake Prize”.
The prize is named after Prof. Yasuo Miyake who provided a proposal
and a donation for support.
Nominees must be recommended to be considered for selection, and we
will recognize recommendations from the candidate him or herself, as
well as those from others. They shall then be recommended from among
the nominations reviewed by the Evaluation Committee, it acting as
an advisory body to the JpGU President. Successful nominees shall be
those from among the recommended nominations who are then approved
by the JpGU Board of Directors.

Deadline for application: February 15 (THU), 2018

#5. Information from PEPS

(1) PEPS First Impact Factor to be Announced in June 2018!
Following our recent inclusion in the Scopus database, PEPS has been
accepted for indexing in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
database, one of the major databases of the Clarivate Analytics (formerly
Thompson Reuters) Web of Science. We expect that our first Impact
Factor will be announced in June 2018.
We hope that our inclusion in the major indexing databases will give
you all further assurance that PEPS is the best journal in which to
publish your important new research results.

(2) New Year’s Greeting Posted on the PEPS Editors’ Blog
A New Year’s greeting from Yasufumi Iryu, the PEPS Editor in Chief,
has been posted on the PEPS Editors’ Blog.

(3) Latest Information of PEPS
Graphical updates of PEPS are available at:


#6. What’s New

(1) Event Information

Significance-which is the eastern Japan great earthquake archive symposium
– earthquake disaster archive a hit prefecture puts into effect in fiscal year 2017
Date: Jan 11 (THU) 13:00-16:30
Venue: Tohoku University accident scientific international research center

Blue Earth Science/Tech 2018

Date: 2018 Jan 16 (TUE)- 17 (WED)
Venue: Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, Yokohama, Kanagawa
(Available in Japanese)

2nd IRIDeS Action-oriented Disaster Risk Reduction Symposium
Date: Jan 17(THU) 15:00-18:30
Venue: Tokohu University, Miyagi
(Available in Japanese)

The University of Tokyo- JAXA Collaboration Symposium
Date:Jan 22(MON) 10:00-17:50
Venue:5F Takeda Hall,Takeda Building,Asano Campus,The University of Tokyo
(Available in Japanese)

9th RIHN Tokyo Seminar
-Global Environment and Democracy: Learning in the Anthropocene –
Date:Jan 27 (SAT) 10:00-17:00
Venue:Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo

Global Center for Asian and Regional Research Workshop
-Current Study on Earthquake Prediction and How to Make Full
Use of Disaster Prevention Information-
Date:Feb 2(FRI) 13:00-16:30
Venue:Shizugin Hall Euphonia, Shizuoka
(Available in Japanese)

Institute for Disaster Reconstruction and Regeneration Research(IDRRR) Symposium
Date:Feb 2(FRI) 13:00-17:00
Venue:Yurakucho Asahi Hall, Tokyo
(Available in Japanese)

The 33nd International Symposium on Okhotsk Sea & Polar Oceans, 2018
Date: Feb 18(SUN) – 21(WED)
Place: Mombetsu, Hokkaido

The Museum of Nature and Human Activities Forum
-Study of Dinosaur Era in Japan-
Date: Feb 18(SUN) 13:00-17:30
Place: The Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo
(Available in Japanese)

JAXA Space Education Symposium
Date:Feb 24 (SAT)13:00-17:30 – 25(SUN)9:00-15:30
Venue:National Consumer Affairs Center(Sagamihara-shi,Kanagawa-ken)
(Available in Japanese)

2017 Quantum Beam Science Festa
Date:Mar 2 (FRI) – 4(SUN)
Venue:Ibaraki Prefectural Culture Center
(Available in Japanese)

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