MISASA-III Second circular

[Mar. 12, 2008] The scientific program is released.

[Jan. 29, 2008] The conference fee is revised.

[Jan. 23, 2008] The conference fee is updated.

[Dec. 11] The invited speakers list is updated.

[Dec. 5] The invited speakers list is updated.

[Nov. 28] The application form and the rtf formatted abstract form are updated.

COE-21 International Symposium, MISASA-III
“Origin, Evolution and Dynamics of the Earth”

We are pleased to announce the third COE-21 International Symposium at ISEI, “Origin, Evolution and Dynamics of the Earth: a tribute to Prof. Eiji Ito”, that will take place in Misasa, Western Japan, on March 21-23, 2008.

The scientific aims of this symposium are to present and discuss recent developments in state-of-the-art research for the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and planet in view of material sciences. Contributions will be primarily from geochemical, petrological and experimental researches but other related areas, including geology, seismology and geodynamics will also be welcome if relevant to the general theme.

This symposium will be held in honor of Prof. Eiji Ito’s great contribution to Earth and planetary science and high-pressure science and technology.  He started his academic career in April, 1969 at Thermal Spring Research, which was the predecessor of the Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI), Okayama University, and will retire his professor position at the end of March, 2008.  Throughout his career, he contributed a great deal of high-pressure Earth science research, and his word has taught us volumes about the structure, dynamics and evolution of the Earth.  In this symposium, we would like to express our special thanks for his great contribution to the Earth sciences.

General Schedule of the Symposium

Evening, March 21, 2008 Welcome reception (Hotel St. Palace)
Morning, March 22 Scientific session, “Structure of the Earth” (Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall)
Afternoon, March 22 Special session for a tribute to Prof. Eiji Ito (Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall) Poster session (Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall)
Poster session (Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall)
Evening, March 22 Banquet (Hotel St. Palace)
Morning, March 23 Scientific session, “Dynamics and evolution of the Earth” (Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall)
Afternoon, March 23 Scientific session, “Origin of the terrestrial planets” (Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall)

Contributions at the symposium will consist of both oral presentations and posters. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 15, 2008.

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Invited Speakers

Advisory Committee members for the ISEI COE-21 program

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Important dates

November 20, 2007 Distribution of 2nd circular (including application form, abstract format, costs and payment details)
December 27, 2007 Deadline for receipt of application forms
January 15, 2008 Deadline for payment of the conference fee
February 15, 2008 Deadline for submission of abstract
March 1, 2008 Distribution of 3rd circular (including details of program, poster format, travel arrangements etc.)
March 21-23, 2008 MISASA-III

Please note that early application after receiving the 2nd circular is highly recommended.

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Oral and poster presentations will be held during Misasa-III. Because of the limited schedule, the number of oral presentations will be limited.

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Registration *Registration protocols are revised (Dec. 7)

1. All participants (including invited speakers and members of the Organizing Committee) must submit the enclosed Application Form before the deadline of December 27, 2007. Applicants will be notified shortly after this date if they have been accepted as participants.
Download Application Form [PDF] [MS-Word] *Accomodation status fields are added (Nov. 28)

2. After receiving notification of acceptance, participants should pay the conference fee by the deadline of January 15, 2008. The payment form is included below and should be returned by fax or post.
Download Paymanet Form [PDF] [MS-Word]

Application and Payment forms should be sent by Email or Fax.

E-mail: coe@misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp Fax number: +81-858-43-2184

Housing reservation

We have booked 50 single rooms at Hotel St. Palace Kurayoshi, which is located in front of Kurayoshi JR station, about 15 min from the symposium site by bus. Free-of-charge bus transportation will be available between the hotel and the symposium site every morning/evening during the symposium. The banquet will be held in this hotel. If you want to reserve this hotel through us, please let us know by e-mail (coe@misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp). Note that the hotel charge is sometimes cheaper if you reserve your room by yourself.

Travel Information

Participants will arrive on March 21 (Fri) afternoon and depart on May 23 (Sun) evening. Travel information can be found under “Venue".

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Conference fee *Information about vegetarian lunch is revised. (Jan. 29)

Professional 15,000 JPY
Student 5,000 JPY
Accompanying person 5,000 JPY

The conference fee will include main on-site costs: a welcome reception, lunch on the 22nd and 23rd, a banquet, refreshments and an abstract volume. Please note that the conference fee does not include the accommodation fee.

*[revised] Let us know by e-mail, if you prefer vegetarian lunch, in advance. (Deadline February 15, 2008)

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We have a limited budget to support participants. If you need financial support, please inform us what kind of travel expense support you need. Potentially available supports are:

1. International round trip air fare for Japan (economy class only).

2. Domestic travel to Misasa (through the most economical route).

3. Hotel accommodation during the symposium (6100 yen per night per person).

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Abstract Deadline:
February 15, 2008.

Abstracts (1-2 pages in A4 size) can be submitted by email as an attached document (MS Word or rtf files only). The format is summarized as follows and a format file can be downloaded on the following page (Download abstract format [MS-Word] [rich-text format])

Abstract format
Page size Maximum of 2 pages (A4 size) Margins (Top: 26 mm, Bottom: 38 mm, Left: 26 mm, Right: 24 mm) (Height and width of text box: 25 cm x 16 cm including title; single column text block)
Font Times New Roman, Line spacing: 1.2
Title 14 pts., centered, bold, upper case, 1 blank line
Author(s) centered, superscripts for affiliation, underline for corresponding author, 1 blank line
Affiliation(s) 10 pts., centered, superscripts for affiliation, email addresses, 2 blank lines
Main text 12 pts., Justified, line spacing: 1.2, no paragraph indents; paragraphs separated by 1 blank line
References 10 pts., line spacing 1.0, second line should be indented by 4 spaces
Figures/Tables embedded in the text, individual characters not smaller than 3 mm

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Organizing Committee

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21 Century COE program from Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior, Okayama University / Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan

Venue & travel information

Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall

Ohze 999-2, Misasa Tottori-ken 682-0195, Japan Tel: +81-858-43-3512, Fax: +81-858-43-0647

Travel information

Participants will arrive on March 21 (Fri) afternoon and depart on May 23 (Sun) evening.

From Tokyo-Narita International Airport:

Airport limousine buses leave every 15 min for Tokyo-Haneda Domestic Airport. The bus ride takes approximately 90 min. All Nippon Airways (ANA) connects between Tokyo-Haneda Domestic Airport and Tottori Airport, the nearest airport to Misasa (four flights per day). The flight takes approximately 1 hour. From Tottori Airport, an airport limousine bus takes you directly to Misasa. A limousine bus scheduled for Misasa leaves 10 minutes after each airplane arrival.

From Osaka-Kansai International Airport:

A railway service (Japan Railway) is available for transfer between Osaka-Kansai International Airport and Kurayoshi station, the nearest railway station to Misasa. The railway connection is as follows: (1) airport limited express "Haruka" from Osaka-Kansai International Airport to Shin-Osaka station (departing every 30 min); (2) limited express "Super-Hakuto" from Shin-Osaka station to Kurayoshi station (five trains per day).

Kurayoshi station to Misasa:

Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall is located next to the Misasa town office. From Kurayoshi station, a local bus service to Misasa is available. You can take a bus bound for “Misasa Hot Spring (三朝温泉行き)” and get off at the “Misasa-cho Yakuba-mae (三朝町役場前)”. The Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall is located in front of the bus stop. You can also take a Taxi from the Kurayoshi station (about 15 minutes ride).

The detail information can also be obtained from our web site. For further advicement, please contact the MISASA COE-21 office.

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Contact Us

MISASA COE-21 office, Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior, Okayama University Misasa, Tottori-ken 682-0193, JAPAN

Tel: 81-858-43-3789, Fax: 81-858-43-2184, E-mail: coe@misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp

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