***Japan Geoscience Union Mailnews May Issue
No.294 May 10, 2017***
<< Contents >>
| 1. Preface by Hodaka Kawahata, President of JpGU
| 2. The JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017 Information [Important]
| -> Pre-registration
| -> Information for Presenters
| -> Registration Information
| -> Mobile App
| -> My JpGU
| -> Announcements from Sessions
| -> Keynote Speech
| -> Poster Printing Service
| -> Rental Rooms for Business Meetings
| -> Final Call for Student Working Program (Part-time Job)
| -> Important Dates
| 3. Meeting Event Information
| -> Award Ceremony
| -> Party
| -> Seminars & Workshops
| -> Lunchtime Special Lecture
| -> Joint Meeting Special Photo Contest [Application Deadline: May 15 at 5;00pm JST]
| -> Exhibitors Short Seminars
| -> “Oshaberi” bar (Pop-Up talks)
| -> GEOFUT 17
| -> Tokyo Asakusa Half-day Bus Tour [A few seats left!]
| -> Geotours
| 4. Call for OSPA Judges
| 5. OSPA Judge mark stickers
| 6. Information from PEPS
| -> Awarded Papers
| -> Exhibition at JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017
| -> Latest Information of PEPS
| 7. What’s new
| (Available in Japanese)
|[Ad]★ Nature Astronomy -Authors Interview; Dr. Kentaro Terada!★
#1. Preface by Hodaka Kawahata, President of JpGU
We are very pleased to have the first joint meeting of two unions, JpGU
and AGU. The meeting will be held at Tokyo Bay Makuhar Hall and its
neighboring facilities from Saturday, 20th to Thursday, 25th May, 2017.
The program committee led by co-chairs, Prof. Huixin LIU and Prof. Tetsuo
IRIFUNE, fixed the program and we ended up accepting 5,562 abstracts
which is an increase by 20% comparing to those of 2016 (4,515). We are
expecting aprox. 8,000-9,000 participants from 50 countries and regions
around the globe and thus it will be the largest meeting we have ever had
in our history.
All sessions in this meeting will cover frontier researches in all areas
of Space and Planetary Sciences, Atmosphere and Hydrospheric
Sciences, Human Geosciences, Solid Earth Sciences, and Biogeosciences.
We believe that a large number of attractive abstracts were submitted.
Our goal is to provide the best platform for participants to enjoy the
meeting and experience all sorts of valuable discussions and communications
as well as help them promote their own science and the contribution to
the wellbeing of human race. I believe the key to achieve this is the
positive attitude of each and every one of the participants. Therefore we
highly appreciate your cooperation by presenting high-quality presentations
and exchanging your knowledge on important geo-scientific issues
among academia, research institute and public to make our first joint
meeting a successful and fruitful one.
Now, let me introduce the highlight events during our meeting. Starting
with an open event to all attendees, Ice Breaker Reception will be held at
International Exhibition Hall 7 on Saturday, 20th from 6:30pm. Keynote
Speech by two outstanding researchers Prof. Takaaki Kajita and Prof. Lucy
Jones will take place at Convention Hall (A and B) on Sunday, 21st at PM2
(3:30pm-5:00pm) . This event is organized by JpGU and AGU commemorating
the first joint meeting. A daily event, Lunchtime Special Lecture will be
held at Room 103, on the 1st floor of International Conference Hall during
lunch break (1:00pm-1:40pm) . These lectures are made in English by
world class researchers, Dr. Shawn McGlynn (20th), Dr. Peter van-Keken
(21st), Dr. William Lau (23rd), Dr. Ralph Lorenz (24th) and Dr. Eddie
Bernard (25th). Lunch boxes will be sold in front of the lecture room.
The 2017 JpGU Fellow and recipients of Nishida Prize for Promotion of
Promotion of Geo- and Planetary Science will be awarded together with
the introduction of Taira Prize at Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall A09-11 on
23rd at 6:30 pm. Official party is scheduled after the award ceremony
at Room A09-A11 at Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall on 23rd from 7:00pm
with exciting entertainment.
Looking at the scientific side, we have many attractive sessions and
here I’d like to focus on union sessions presented in English. The
information is as follows; U-05 Innovative research at the intersection
of geoscience and health science at Room 101 on Sunday, 21st in AM2
(10:45pm-12:15pm), U-03 Discoveries from Subseafloor Sampling
and Monitoring using Scientific Ocean Drilling at International Conference
Room(IC) on Monday, 22nd from AM1-AM2 (9:00am-12:15pm),
Future of Scientific Publishing in Geosciences at Room 101 on Tuesday,
23rd from AM1-AM2 (9:00am-12:15pm), followed by JpGU-AGU great
debate in PM1(1:45pm-3:15pm) and “How JpGU will manage environment
and disaster?” at Room 101 on Thursday, 25th from AM1-AM2
(9:00am-12:15pm). In addition to this, we will welcome public attendees
to public sessions aimed to promote scientists’ outreach activities and
to enhance the social understanding towards research fields of our union.
In 2017, open-to-public day is extended to two days on Saturday, 20th
and Sunday 21st.
By the way, do you know anything about “Makuhari”, the place where
the 2017 joint meeting is held? First of all, I’d like to give you some information
about its location. The nearest train station to Makuhari Messe is
“Kaihin-Makuhari Station” on JR Keiyo line. There are three lines, Keiyo
Line, Tozai Line and Sobu Line, to go to the east from JR Tokyo Station.
Keiyo Line, which runs in the southernmost side, was constructed over
the reclaimed land. This means the place used to be the bottom of the
sea three decades ago. After 15 min leaving Tokyo Station on Keiyo
Line, the train passes Tokyo Disney Resort and changes its direction
from east to northeast. Then passing through Futamata-Shinmachi
Station, the junction with Musashino Line, the train changes a direction
to southeast and soon after you can see Shimosa plateau far away.
The plateau ranges between 10-40 meters above the sea level. It
forms a sea cliff along the old seashore line. If you take Sobu Line
running the northernmost, you can see the topographic change clearer.
The origin of the name “Makuhari” remains unclear though there are
some theories. But there is a true story related to “Makuhari”. This
place is famous for the first trial of sweet potatoes (‘Satsumaimo’ in
Japanese) production during the Edo era. ‘Satsuma’ is the old name
for Kagoshima Prefecture and ‘imo’ means potatoes. ‘Satsumaimo’ is
a combination of these two words, thus, sometimes it is misunderstood
that the origin of sweet potatoes is Kagoshima Prefecture.
However, originally, it was introduced from South America through
China to Ryukyu (Okinawa Pref. now) the southernmost part in Japan,
and then Satsuma. The eighth general of Edo Shogunage, Yoshimune
Tokugawa ordered this trial to Konyo Aoki who was a Confucian scholar
in about 1735.Konyo succeeded in the trial manufacture cultivation of
the sweet potatoes and made it widely available in Japan. This
succeeded as ‘Satsumaimo’ has high fecundity even in sterile land
because it has a symbiotic relationship with special bacteria which perform
nitrogen fixation. Nitrogen fixation is a phenomenon that makes
nitrogen compounds, which works as a nourishment of the plant by
using normal atmospheric nitrogen.
At the time of Great Tenmei famine in 1782-1786, more than ten thousand
people died in the northern part of Japan due to the unusually cold climate.
This could have been partly attributed to large scale of volcanic eruptions.
Even during the famine, ‘Satsumaimo’ grew enough to save a lot of
lives from starvation. To honor his achievement, “Konyo Shrine” was built in
‘Makuhari’ the trial place and it still exists nowadays near “Makuhari Station”
on Sobu line. How about taking Sobu Line to see the historical place in
Makuhari if you have a chance? You can take a bus from “Makuhari Station”
(Sobu-line) to “Kaihin-Makuhari Station” (Keiyo-line) to get to the
Please come to Makuhari Messe and join us on our first joint meeting.
Your participation is essential to make it successful.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Makuhari Messe in May.
#2. The JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017 Information [Important]
All attendees need to make a registration in order to attend the
meeting. Please note that abstract submission fee does not register
you to the meeting.
To make a meeting registration, please access
and log in with your JpGU ID and password.
After logging in, open the “2017 Joint Meeting” tab on the left side
and click “Meeting Registration”. Select the item (one-day or full
meeting pass) and proceed to the payment.
*Attendees of public session can participate free of charge.
*Senior member, undergraduate student or younger can attend
the meeting free of charge but are requested to finish a meeting
registration before coming to the venue. A long time is expected
to take if not registered in advance.
(2) Information for Presenters
-Presenters must bring their own laptop computers.
(Computers not equipped in presentation rooms.)
*Please come to the headquarters (205) if you feel difficulties in bringing a computer.
-Projector is equipped in each presentation rooms.
The proper connectors to the projector are miniD-sub15pins or HDMI.
For the use of HDMI, please contact our staff in your presentation room.
The set-up size of the screen is 16:9(can be arranged to 4:3).
New for 2017:
-Poster board is in landscape orientation.
[Board Size: W:180cm×H90cm]
There is no limitation on the size and number of sheets of the poster if they fit the board size.
*Please note that PCs, tablets or any electric devices that needs a power supply to operate
during your poster presentation are not available in the Exhibition Hall.
-Each session may have 2 poster core times, Daytime Core Time and Evening Core Time.
Daytime core time is scheduled between AM2-PM2.
*Some sessions may not have this at convener’s preference.
Evening core time is at PM3 (PM2 on 25th ).
-Posting time is 9:00am-6:30pm. Please remove your poster at the end of the posting time.
Posters not removed by the due time are discarded by the secretariats.
**All presenters should contact their session conveners using the designed form
for cancellation of the presentation.
(3) Registration ( Check-in )Information
All participants are required to make a registration in order to attend the meeting.
After the registration, a meeting pass (name tag) is issued.
*Please wear your name tag all the time during the meeting.
Location: East Entrance, 1F International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe
May 20th- 24th 8:00am-6:30pm
May 25th 8:30am-16:45pm
Please bring your printed Registration e-ticket to the Check-in Counter.
This is a self-checking in system scanning a barcode in the Registration e-ticket.
*Please go to C Counter if you forget to bring the Registration e-ticket.
*We also accept e-tickets shown on your electric devices. (full-size only)
-Presenters and attendees of Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall, International Exhibition
Hall 7 are also required to issue their meeting passes at the check-in counter
at International Conference Hall before attending.
-Pre-check in for the following day is available every day at 5:00pm-6:30pm (-7:00pm on 19th ).
-North Entrance is for re-entry use. Please show your meeting pass at the gate.
Nonmembers do not receive a discount for the meeting registration fee.
If you wish to receive a member’s discounted rate, please acquire a new ID and
make its payment using a new account.
*Annual due is charged.
The nonmember ID (starting with 17-) will be automatically deleted after the meeting.
【For Undergraduate Students】
Please make sure to bring your student ID in either English or Japanese and check-in
through a student lane.
Undergraduate students who don’t bring the student ID will be charged a registration fee.
(4) Mobile App
Mobile App will be launched after the release of abstracts (May 11).
(5) Introduction of My JpGU
Please utilize My JpGU to make an appeal to the participants.
(6) Announcements from Sessions
Please check the following URL for latest updates on presentations.
Presenters may apply from the following form to modify your presentation.
(6) Keynote Speech
Prof. Lucy Jones (California Institute of Technology) and Prof. Takaaki
Kajita (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo) will deliver keynote speeches.
Date and Time: May 21st, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Place: Convention Hall, 2F International Conference Hall
(7) Poster Printing Service
JpGU has partnered with printing company, Kinko’s to print posters for pick up
at the International Exhibition Hall 7.
The application should be submitted from Kinko’s online system.
(All instructions are in Japanese.)
We provide language assistance to those who need it.
Please refer to our website for further information about assistance
for international presenters.
-with English assistance> May 17 at 5:00 pm JST
-without assistance (direct application)> May 18 at 10:00am
Details & Application
(8) Rental Rooms for Business Meetings
JpGU rents presentation rooms when they are not occupied during the
meeting. The room reservation will be accepted on first-come basis.
Please visit the page below for more details.
(9) Final Call for Student Working Program (part time job)
Why don’t you join to JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting as a staff?
We recruit part-time workers at JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting.
You can choose from various jobs so that you can work at a convenient
time for you.
You can apply your job through the online system.
Please make sure you are allowed to work as a part-timer or receive wages.
(10) Important Dates
May 11: Abstract PDF Release
May 20-25: JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017
* Meeting of Presidents of Society Members: May 23 at lunchtime
* General Meeting of Delegate: May 23 during PM2 at Convention Hall B
#3. Meeting Event Information
The meeting event information is posted online and more
information is coming up!
Check it out and sign up NOW!
(1) Award Ceremony
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 recipient of Taira Prize will also be recognized at this ceremony.
Let’s celebrate them with a free glass of sparkling wine.
Date and Time: May 23(TUE) 6：30pm-
Place: Room A09-A11, Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall
The party will be held on May 23rd starting with delicious food,
beverages, local SAKE tasting and fun lottery game!
Date and Time: May 23 (TUE) from 7:00pm
Place: Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall A09-A11
Online Registration: April 13-May 22 at 6:00pm JST
Fee *Tax included:
-Advance: Regular 4320JPY / Student: 1980 JPY
-Onsite: Regular 5000JPY / Student: 2500JPY
(3) Seminars and workshops for Meeting Participants
We introduce special seminars only for meeting participants.
Registered meeting participants can attend them free of charge.
“How to get your paper accepted”
“Tips for increasing acceptance rates and impact factors of research
“Avoiding common errors made by Japanese authors”
“Tips for a Successful Manuscript Submission”
“How to Write Effective Reviews (and Improve Your Own Manuscript)”
Please visit “Seminar” page for more details
(4) Lunchtime Special Lecture
Date and Time: May 20th – May 25th, 1:00pm-1:40pm
*except for May 22nd (MON)
Place: 103, 1F International Conference Hall
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)
“New Frontier of Tsunami Science – Deep Ocean Observations”
(5) Joint Meeting Special Photo Contest [Application Deadline: May 15 at 5;00pm JST]
Commemorating the first joint meeting, we will hold a Special Photo Contest.
The awarded photo will receive the opportunity to be a poster of the 2018 JpGU
Meeting. The photo can be anything related to geoscience.
Please come to the contest site on the 1st floor at International Conference Hall,
next to Help Desk and enjoy the contest.
Details & Application
(6) Exhibitors’ Short Seminar
You can enjoy various “Exhibitors’ Short Seminar” on the Mini Stage
at International Exhibition Hall 7.
Seminars include introduction of projects, hands-on training of the
tools, information for students, and young researchers’ trend, and
other special information.
Please get in touch with the hot and useful information!
Please visit “Exhibitors’ Short Seminar” page for more details.
(7) ‘Oshaberi’ Bar -Pop-up Talks-
☆Showtime Extended! ☆
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.)
Date and Time: May 20th (SAT) 5:15pm-6:00pm
May 22nd (MON) 5:15pm-6:00pm
May 24th (WED) 5:15pm-6:00pm
Place: Mini Stage, International Exhibition Hall 7
(8) GEOFUT 17
A futsal excursion will be held after the scientific sessions on 21 May,
the second day of the meeting.
Anyone, regardless of age, gender or nationality as well as futsal skills,
is welcome to join the game. If you want to join, please submit your
application from the designed form. We accept application from either
personal participants or team participation.
Date and time: May 21st (SUN), 7:00pm- 11:00 pm (Time table including after-party)
Place: ZOZOPARK HONDA FOOTBALL AREA (20 min. walk from Makuhari Messe)
Supported by Japanese Geoparks Network, we introduce “Geotours” for
Why don’t you visit and enjoy “Geopark” after meeting?
1.Bus tour around Chichibu
2.Shimonita（Walk around town）
3.Shimonita（World heritage Arafune cold storage）
4.The formation of Choshi’s land where two ocean currents meet and
offshore dolphin watching
5.Mt. Asama North Geopark “A journey on demon’s mischief”
Please visit “Geotours” page for more details
# 4. Call for OSPA Judges
Each year the number of students who apply for Outstanding Student
Presentation Award (OSPA) are increasing and this year is no
The volunteer judges are essential to this Award.
Please see the details shown below if you are interested in
volunteering and supporting us and submit your application.
Deadline: May 15th at 5:00pm JST
Application Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5ah61CBzZnlP827RENzD9B0jfHSEmLE1UcN6sum0Y7TL5rw/viewform
We look forward to receiving many applications.
5. OSPA Judge mark stickers
A booth for OSPA judges is located on the 1st floor of International
Conference Hall, next to the cloakroom.
Here judges can get the ‘OSPA Judge’ mark sticker. The use of this
sticker is voluntary, but it will provide a prioritized assistance during
**Sticker Image and details**
6. Information from PEPS
(1) Awarded Papers
We are pleased to announce that two papers published on PEPS
have qualified for the PEPS Most Cited Accessed Paper Awards 2017
and three papers have qualified for the PEPS Most Accessed Paper
More details are available at:
(2) Exhibition at JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017
We are going to have a PEPS booth at the JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting
2017 in Makuhari. We look forward to your visiting our booth at the
JpGU and Friends area in the International Exhibition Hall 7.
(3) Latest Information of PEPS
Graphical updates of PEPS are available at:
#7. What’s new
(Available in Japanese)
Nature Astronomy Authors Interview; Dr. Kentaro Terada!
■ Access here to read the interview.
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