***Japan Geoscience Union Mailnews October Issue
No.316 Oct 10, 2018***
<< Contents >>
| 1. Preface by Hodaka Kawahata, President of JpGU
| (Available in Japanese)
| 2. 【Important】Financial situation of JpGU by Masato Nakamura,
| JpGU Financial Committee Chair
| 3. The JpGU Meeting 2019 Information
| -> 2 Days Left to Submit a Session Proposal (Deadline: Oct 12)
| -> Important Dates
| -> Call for Exhibitors
| -> Regulation on Abstract Submissions Has Revised
| 4. 【Important】Request for Your Consent on the New Privacy Policy
| 5. 3rd Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary Science
| 6. 2019 JpGU Fellowship Program
| 7. Information from PEPS
| -> Latest Articles
| -> SPEPS Call for Papers
| 8. What’s new
| -> Event Information
#1. Preface by Hodaka Kawahata, President of JpGU
(Available in Japanese)

#2. 【Important】Financial situation of JpGU
Masato Nakamura, Chairman of the Financial Committee

I would like to give members a brief update on the financial situation
of JpGU. Between 2012 and 2017 both our income and our expenses
increased dramatically from about 80 million yen to 240 million yen
per year. This was largely due to the increase in the size of the
annual meeting which was matched by an increase in Grants‐in‐aid for
Scientific Research subsidies received. The Union is a public interest
corporation and so is required where possible to balance revenue and
expenses and neither to make a profit nor a loss. Because of this we
have used our income from annual meeting fees to cover the cost of
the annual meeting and membership fees to cover the cost of maintaining
the functions of the association as an academic society (Science
sections, various committee activities etc.), although the latter
expenses become larger than the membership fee income with the
difference being covered by Grants‐in‐aid for Scientific Research
We had expected to continue to receive a Grants‐in‐aid for Scientific
Research subsidy in 2018, but unfortunately our application was denied.
The Finance Committee has therefore reviewed the provisional budget
for 2018 and made many cuts and economies in order to attempt to
balance income and expenses. Despite this, in fiscal year 2018 the
reduction in income has exceeded our saving in expenses, resulting in
a deficit of approximately 20 million yen. Since the Union had about
80 million yen in cash at the end of fiscal year 2017 we are able to
cover this deficit and we do not face any immediate financial peril.

Nonetheless we will clearly have to either further cut spending or
increase our income to sound the finance. The Finance Committee is
therefore talking to the various committees and science sections
about ways to tighten the budget for next year. Also, although the
cost of participating in the annual meeting is covered by the
participation fee, we would like to increase the JpGU cash balance so
that we can cover at least one annual meeting in case of disruption
by natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis or heavy
rain and flooding (unfortunately this is a possibility – recently
several scientific meetings have had to be cancelled due to typhoons
and the earthquake in Hokkaido). In order to do this we must cut the
meeting expenses, and one thing that we have unfortunately had to do
is to charge members over 70 years old (who were previously able to
attend the meeting free of charge) the same meeting participation fee
as graduate students. I would like to apologize for this and hope that
such members will understand why we have to do this.
Further, in order to increase revenues from donations we are working
to be certified as a “a tax-deductible organization for contributions”,
one of the requirements for which is that we create a list of at least
500 donors who have donated 3,000 yen or more. We would therefore
like to ask any member who can afford it to make a donation – for
details of how to donate please see the JpGU homepage. So far this
year we have (as of early October) received donations from about 200
people. Last year we also received donations from about 100 people
making a total of 300 donors, so we will be able to reach our goal if
a further 200 people contribute. The donations we have received so
far are mainly used to support students participating in the annual
By working both to reduce expenditure and to increase revenue the
Finance Committee hopes to normalize JpGU finances in the near future.
We would like to apologize for any inconvenience any of our cuts may

#3. The JpGU Meeting 2019 Information

(1) 2 Days Left to Submit a Session Proposal (Deadline: Oct 12)
The session proposal deadline is approaching in 2days, October 12 at
5:00pm JST.

Session Proposal is available from Session Proposal Online System

*Proposed session list is available from the same session proposal
system above. To see the list, log in with your JpGU credentials and
click “Session List” tab.
Please note that they are the tentative sessions and not approved

【2019 Meeting Website】※Guidelines here.

【Greetings from the 2019 Meeting Chair and Program Committee Chair】
Read the greetings from Kaoru TAKARA, 2019 Meeting Chair and
Kazuaki HORI, 2019 Program Committee Chair from the following URL.

(2) Important Dates
Session Proposal Deadline————-> Oct 12 (THU) at 5:00pm JST
Session Release ———————-> Nov 21 (WED)
Session Schedule Release ————-> Dec 3 (MOM)
Abstract Submission ——————> Jan 8 (TUE), 2019
Meeting Registration —————–> Jan 8 (TUE)
Early Abstract Submission Deadline –> Feb 4 (MON) at 11:59pm JST
Final Abstract Submission Deadline —> Feb 19 (TUE) at 5:00pm JST
Final Program Release —————-> Mar 14 (THU)
Early Registration Deadline ———-> May 8 (WED) at 11:59pm JST
Abstract PDF Release —————–> May 17 (FRI)
JpGU Meeting 2019 ——————-> May 26 (SUN)-30 (THU), 2019

(3) Call for Exhibitors
The online Exhibitors Booth Application is planned to be opened in
November, 2018.

(4) Regulation on Abstract Submissions Has Revised
The Regulation on Abstract submissions has revised on September 3.
Contributors who are planning to submit an abstract are advised to
read the new regulation and be updated.

Main Updates
-The person submitting an abstract must be the first author and
-A total of up to 5 abstracts may be submitted by the same author
including invited presentations.
-The abstract rejection criteria has revised.

Details are available at
#4. 【Important】Request for Your Consent on the New Privacy Policy

As announced and been requested since September 3, we once
again would like to ask all JpGU ID holders who agree to the new policy
but have not acknowledged their consent yet, to take the required action
no later than this Friday, October 12.

If this is not done, we will not be able to provide the service such as;
-Show your information on the search result on the abstract submission
-Send you the monthly Mailnews (this newsletter) and other email
information (since we will not be able to use the email address of the
individuals who do not agree)
-Mail you the Japan Geoscience Letters (JGL) from November issue
(same reason as above)

To acknowledge your consent, please access to your members page at
the URL link below and click “I agree” button displayed on the first
page you see after logging in.
Please note that this is a required procedure that needs to be done
by yourself. JpGU Office cannot do it on your behalf by receiving


If you have any comments or inquiries, please address them to JpGU
Office using the contact form below.

#5. 3rd Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary Science

Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) is now accepting recommendations for
candidates for the 3rd Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary

JpGU has created the “Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary
Science” to honor internationally recognized mid-career researchers
under the age of 45 in 2014.

Application deadline:December 15th Saturday, 2018
Reference: The Nishida Prize Recipients List
#6. 2019 JpGU Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program confers fellowship honors upon individuals who
have made contributions to the field of geoscience research in Japan
by making significant discoveries breakthroughs or paradigm shift,
or contributing to the development of Japanese geoscience and the
dissemination of geoscientific knowledge.

Please see the details shown below and send the documents necessary
for the nomination by the deadline.

Nomination deadline: December 31st Monday, 2018
Reference: JpGU Fellowship Recipients List

#7. Information from PEPS

(1) Latest Articles
The following articles were published. You can download and read
interesting articles from the PEPS web site at:

< Space and planetary sciences >
@Yuuya Nagaashi et al.
“Laboratory Experiments on Aggregation of Particles in ….”
@Yuichi Otsuka
“Review for Generation Mechanisms of Post-Midnight ….”
@Tulasi Ram S. et al.
“Unseasonal development of F-region irregularities ….”
< Atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences >
@Sean Davis et al.
“Revisiting ozone measurements as an indicator of tropical ….”
< Human geosciences >
@Christopher Gomez et al.
“Point-cloud Technology and 2D Computational Flow ….”
< Solid earth sciences >
@Takashi Nakagawa et al.
“On the evolution of the water ocean in the plate-mantle …”
< Biogeosciences >
@Kenji M Matsuzaki et al.
“Mio-Pliocene paleoceanographic history of the Japan Sea …”
@Akihiko Ito et al.
“Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) from soil surfaces and their …”
< Interdisciplinary research >
@Song Lu et al.
“Biomass burning history in East Asia during the last 4 million years …”
@Wataru Tanikawa et al.
“Geophysical constraints on microbial biomass in subseafloor ”

(2) SPEPS Call for Papers
The reception of articles for a new SPEPS (Special call for excellent
papers on hot topics) series has been started in September.
We are looking forward to receiving your excellent manuscripts on:
” Stratigraphy and paleoclimatic/paleoenviromental evolution across
the Early–Middle Pleistocene transition in the Chiba composite section,
Japan, and other reference sections in East Asia “
Submission deadline: March 31, 2019

For more information, please see the SPEPS page at:

#8. What’s new

(1) Event Information

Geological Museum Special Exhibition
– Time of the Earth, Time of Human-
Date: Aug 21 (TUE) – Nov 18 (SUN), 2018
Place: Geological Museum, Tsukuba, Ibaraki

NUMO Seminar “Explanatory Meetings on the Nationwide Map of Scientific
Features for Geological Disposal”
Date: Oct 13 (SAT) – Dec 18 (SUN), 2018
Place: Ishikawa, Tottori, Shimane, Kumamoto, Iwate, Gifu, Kyoto, Hyogo,
Yamaguchi, Kochi, Akita, Aichi, Shizuoka, Kanagawa
(available in Japanese)

Bosai Kokutai 2018
Date: Oct 13 (SAT)- 14 (SUN), 2018
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight & Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, Tokyo
(Available in Japanese)

JAMSTEC Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences Open House
Date: Oct 27 (SAT), 2018
Venue: JAMSTEC Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences, Kanagawa

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