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"Joint Symposium of Misasa-2012 and Geofluid-2"

Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth's Interior: special emphasis on the role of fluids

March 18 ~ 21, 2012

First Circular

We are pleased to announce the international symposium "Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth's Interior: special emphasis on the role of fluids", to be held at Misasa, Japan, on March 18 (Sun.)~21 (Weds), 2012. The symposium is jointly organized by the Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior (ISEI), Okayama University (as Misasa-2012), and by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas Project "Geofluids: Nature and dynamics of fluids in subduction" (as Geofluid-2).

About ISEI

The Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior (ISEI), Okayama University, located in Misasa, a well-known hot-spring resort in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, is a leading joint usage/research center (authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan, MEXT), equipped with state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities and expertise. The institute has been the host to a large number of collaborative researchers from worldwide, and is actively conducting researches in the areas of high-pressure/high-temperature experimental Earth materials science and geochemistry/geochronology, aiming at understanding the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and other planets. (ISEI web page )

About Geofluids

The five-year project "Geofluids: Nature and dynamics of fluids in subduction" (project leader: Eiichi Takahashi) was initiated in 2009 as a "Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas" (sponsored by MEXT). Fluids within the Earth, such as those slab-derived in subduction zones, migrate and spread widely in the mantle and crust in various forms (aqueous fluid, gas-rich fluid, melt and supercritical fluid). The project integrates a wide range of scientific approaches (observational, experimental and theoretical) concerning geofluids and their related processes (e.g. earthquakes, magmatism, metamorphism, hydrothermal activity) in subduction zones and other geodynamic settings. The goal of the project is to better understand the origin and physical/chemical properties of geofluids and their roles in geodynamic processes. (Geofluids web page)

Scientific program

The main theme of the symposium is "Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth's Interior: special emphasis on the role of fluids". The symposium will cover researches of diverse scientific approaches, ranging from high pressure/temperature experiments, geophysical/geological observations, geochemical/geochronological analyses, physicochemical characterization and theoretical modeling, aiming at an integrated understanding of the various aspects of dynamics and evolution of the Earth's Interior. The following four scientific sessions have been planned:

  • Subduction zone and dynamics of the Earth
  • Nature of fluids in subduction processes
  • Physics and Chemistry of Earth Materials
  • Structure and dynamics of the deep Earth's Interior
  • Invited speakers (as of Dec. 12, 2011):

    BURGMANN, R. (UC Berkeley, USA) (under negotiation)
    CALDWELL, T.G. (GNS Science, New Zealand)
    Churikova, T. (Inst. Volcanology & Seismology, Rusian Academy Sci., Russia)
    FAUL, U. (Boston University, USA)
    HERMANN, J. (ANU, Australia)
    KATSURA, T. (Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Germany)
    KIRBY, S.H. (USGS Menlo Park, USA)
    LIN, J.F.(Univ. Texas Austin, USA)
    MCKENZIE, D. (University of Cambridge, UK)
    Parise, J.B. (Stony Brook University, USA)
    Rabinowicz, M. (Midi Pyrenners Observatoire, Paul Sabatier Univ., France)
    SCHMIDT, M.W. (ETH. Switzerland)
    WANG, Y (CARS, Univ. Chicago, USA)
    WANNAMAKER, P.E. (Univ. of Utah, USA)

    Immediately following the symposium (at the evening of March 21 (Weds), a separate event celebrating Prof. Eiji Ito's recipient of the Bridgman award is also planned at the same venue (Blanc Art Misasa).


    The symposium will be held at "Misasa-cho Sogo Bunka Hall" (March 18 (Sun.)) and "BlancArt Misasa" (March 19 (Mon.)~21 (Weds)), both in Misasa. Misasa is a small town located in Tottori prefecture on the western part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Misasa is accessible from Haneda Airport by air (~1 hr.) plus airport shuttle bus (~1 hr.), or by rail or bus from Osaka-Kansai International Airport (~4 hr.). More travel info.

    Important dates

    Second circular: December 15, 2011
    Third circular: January 31, 2012
    Call-for-abstracts starts: January 5, 2012
    Abstract submission deadline: February 15, 2012
    Symposium: March 18 (Sun.)~21 (Weds), 2012

    Local organizing committee

    Kanzaki, M.(ISEI) Chair, Director of ISEI
    Yokoyama, T. (Tokyo Inst. Tech.) Co-chair
    Yoshino, T. (ISEI) Program Committee Chair
    Takahash, E. (Tokyo Inst. Tech.) Project leader of "Geofluids"
    Xue, X. (ISEI)
    Yamazaki, D. (ISEI)
    Yoneda, A. (ISEI)
    Yamashita, S. (ISEI)
    Okuchi, T. (ISEI)
    Tomioka, N. (ISEI)
    Shimojuku, A. (ISEI)
    Hamada, M. (Tokyo Inst. Tech.)
    Nakamura, H. (Tokyo Inst. Tech.)
    Sakuma, H. (Tokyo Inst. Tech.)
    Kawamura, K. (Okayama Univ.)


    The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan (MEXT)