2nd Circular and Call for Papers

International Symposium on Isotopomers
(ISI 2001)

Yokohama, Japan, 23-26 July, 2001

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Dear Colleague,

Science and organizing committee of ISI2001, JST, IAEA, and EC are inviting you to participate in the First International Symposium on Isotopomers. The symposium will be held on 23-26 July, 2001 in Yokohama, a port city facing to Pacific 30 km south of Tokyo, Japan, covering isotope studies of important molecules. The updated information is available at the URL: http://nylab.chemenv.titech.ac.jp/ISI2001/isi2001.html.


Isotopes have been used to trace material cycles in the atmosphere, the oceans, the terrestrial environment and the biosphere. Researches have been developing from single isotope analysis to multi-isotope analysis. The site-specific analyses of isotopes are progressing in isotope-containing molecular species, isotopomers, such as organic molecules on IRMS and/or site-specific NMR, O3, N2O and others very recently by several determining methods. The term, isotopomer (isotope-containing molecules), includes two aspects: multi-isotopes and intramolecular isotope distributions. Since the term, isotopomer, is relatively new, it is accepted in this Symposium as a widely defined term including isotopes.


The focus of the Symposium is to exchange the latest scientific achievements in the measurement and data analysis of isotopomers from the studies of environmental changes to further application in a variety of fields. The Symposium will call for papers from a wide area of researches on isotope-containing molecules with or without site-specific information to achieve this objective as follows.

The papers to be presented at the Symposium will be composed of invited papers, accepted oral and poster papers. Participation by younger generations as well as by newcomers in the field of molecular based isotope studies is encouraged.

Plenary lectures:

Dr. Yoichi Kaya, Research Institute of Innovative Technologies for the Earth, Japan
Rudolph A. Marcus, California Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Gerard. J. Martin,
Eurofins Scientific, France
Dr. Hanns L. Schmidt, Technical Univ. of Munich, Germany

This symposium is closely related with a session on isotopomers in Third IAEA Conference on the Study of Environmental Change Using Isotope Techniques, 23-27 April 2001, Vienna, Austria, which will be co-organized by JST.


Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
European Commission (EC; Host for the 2nd ISI)

With sponsorship of

City of Yokohama
Geochemical Society of Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology
& some other organizations

Science Committee

Dr. Naohiro Yoshida, Chair, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Pradeep
Aggarwal, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria
Dr. Giovanni Bidoglio, Joint Research Center, European Commission, Italy
Dr. Carl Brenninkmeijer, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Dr. Claude Guillou, Joint Research Center, European Commission, Italy
Dr. Leo Hollberg, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Dr. Masahiro Kajiwara, Meiji Pharmaceutical Univ., Japan
Dr. Hideaki Koizumi, Hitachi, Ltd., Advanced Research Lab., Japan
Dr. Masao Minagawa, Hokkaido Univ., Japan
Dr. Haruo Nagai, Anritsu Corporation, Japan
Dr. Takeshi Nakatsuka, Hokkaido Univ., Japan
Dr. Brian N. Popp, Univ. Hawaii, USA
Dr. Andreas Rossmann, Technical Univ. Munich, Germany
Dr. Mark Thiemens, Univ. California San Diego, USA
Dr. Kiyoji Uehara, Keio Univ., Japan
Dr. Eitaro Wada, Kyoto Univ., Japan

Organizing Committee

Mr. Maurice Bourene, Delegation of the European Commission
Dr. Venkatesh Iyengar,
International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria
Mr. Shigeo Sahto, CREST, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, Japan
Mr. Kei Sato, CREST, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, Japan
Dr. Yasuhiko Fujii, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Ms. Naomi Hori, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Masamichi Ishikawa, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Japan
Dr. Tomoyuki Kikugawa, Anritsu Corporation, Japan
Dr. Minoru Sakairi, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Japan
Dr. Hiroyuki Sasada, Keio Univ., Japan
Dr. Sakae Toyoda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Kiyoshi Tsuji, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Keita Yamada, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Naohiro Yoshida, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Date and Venue of the Symposium:

The Symposium will be held for 3 days from 24 to 26 July (Tuesday to Thursday) in 2001. Registration and icebreaker party is scheduled in the evening of 23 July. The sessions are in the daytime of 24 to 26, and the symposium banquet with a special session is scheduled in the evening of 25 July at the Sankeien Garden, (URL: http://city.yokohama.jp/ne/sights/spot/h/sankei-e.html), a traditional garden of Japanese historical mansion facing to the Pacific. The venue for the Symposium is Yokohama Symposia
(URL: http://www.yoke.city.yokohama.jp/symposia/symposiae.index.html),
100m to the Yokohama port. Yokohama is the historical city for opening of the once and long closed Japan 100 years ago, one of the main site of the 2002 World Cup also, 1.5 hr direct limousine and/or express train from Narita Int'l Air Port, and 30 km south of Tokyo down town.

Important dates of the Symposium:

The schedule of the Symposium is as follows:

10 April 2001: Deadline for submission of short abstracts of 200 words for the review for the program. Deadline for early registration.

20 June 2001: Deadline for submission of extended abstracts. Deadline for hotel reservations and late registrations. Final announcement.

23-26 July 2001: International Symposium on Isotopomers, submission of manuscripts for the proceedings.

The web site (http://nylab.chemenv.titech.ac.jp/ISI2001/isi2001.html) is being updated.


All participants should complete the Symposium Registration Form (Form A, attached at the end of this information package) and send it by e-mail or fax to JTB/Yokohama Office, together with the payments. No registration fee except for food and beverages is charged to participants.

*Registration as a student is only possible with a certificate from your university/institute attached to the registration form. If the registration form is not accompanied by proof of student status, the normal fee will be applied.


Advance payment for registration should be remitted in Japanese Yen by :Credit Card (only VISA, MasterCard, or Diners Club acceptable), Bank transfer to:

Account name : Japan Travel Bureau, Inc.

Account number.: 0043079 (ordinary account)

Bank name : The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Branch name: Yokohama Branch

In case of paying by bank transfer, please pay the bank commission charge. Please be sure to attach a copy of the bank remittance receipt to the Conference Registration Form to avoid possible problems.

On-site registration:

Food and beverage fees at on-site registration should be paid in cash or by a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Diners Club) in Japanese Yen. Bank drafts, personal and traveler's checks, and bank transfers will not be accepted. The registration desk will be open on 23 July, 2001, 17:00-20:00, at Yokohama Symposia, and will stay open during the Symposium.

Cancellation Policy:

For food and beverage cancellation, a written request should be sent by e-mail or fax to JTB/Yokohama Office:

On & before 14 July 2001: 80% of the remitted amount will be refunded after the symposium.

On & before 20 July 2001: 50% of the remitted amount will be refunded after the symposium.

After 20 July 2001:There will be no refund. However, a copy of the Symposium Abstracts will be sent to the applicant after the symposium.

Abstract and Proceedings:

Extended abstracts are distributed at the registration desk free of charge. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in camera-ready form as a CD-ROM by the JST soon after the symposium. In addition, selected papers will be submitted for publication in a special issue of a scientific journal.

Instruction for the authors:

Short abstract of ca. 200 words is to be sent by e-mail to the Organizing Commitee (nylab@chemenv.titech.ac.jp). Please copy and use Form B (attached at the end of this circular) in your text of e-mail.

Extended abstract (Two sheets of A4 paper) together with the Submission Form (Form C) should be sent either by e-mail to LOC in PDF or MS-Word format, or by mail to the Secretariat of the Symposium. Details of the format of the extended abstract will be posted on the web site and you can download a template or a sample file.

Manuscript for the proceedings (of ca. 4 pages on A4 sheets) should be prepared electronically in the format which will be instructed on the web site, and submitted via 3.5-inch floppy and CD-ROM disks together with the hard copy at the registration desk of the Symposium.

Letter of Invitation

If requested by a participant, the Organizing Committee will send a letter of invitation. This invitation letter is intended specifically to assist the participant in obtaining travel funds or appropriate visas and does not imply any financial support. Written requests in any form should be sent to Symposium Secretariat.

Travel Support:

Limited travel support is available for the scientists who may have difficulties in obtaining travel fund to attend the Symposium. Because of the limited amount of funding available for this purpose, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to decide who will receive travel support. To request travel support either fully or partly, please contact the Symposium Secretariat.


The Local Organizing Committee of the Symposium has reserved sufficient rooms at discount convention rates to accommodate all participants and accompanying persons. Symposium attendants will be accommodated at Hotel New Grand or The Hotel Yokohama. The Hotel Reservation Form D (attached) should be sent by e-mail or fax to JTB/ Group Tours Office Yokohama before 20 June, 2001. Reservation request should be accompanied by the remittance of a \20,000 (JPY) per room hotel deposit. No reservation will be confirmed in the absence of a deposit.

Hotels and their room rates are


Hotels (Category)





To Yokohama Symposia



Hotel New Grand (Deluxe)



5min on foot.

Historic Hotel.




The Hotel Yokohama (Superior)



3min on foot.

Tasteful Hotel.


Sakuragicho Washington Hotel (Standard)



20min on foot. (8 min by bus)

1min on foot from Sakuragicho Sta.


San-ai Yokohama Hotel (Economy)



30min on foot. (10 min by taxi)



  1. Room rates include breakfast.
  2. 10% service charge and 5% tax will be added to your bill when checking out
  3. *Indicates the charge for single occupancy for a twin or double room.
    **Only 10 rooms with shower (no bath). Please make reservation as soon as possible.
    ***including service charge.
  4. The \20,000 hotel deposit will be deducted from the hotel bill.


In case of hotel cancellationCwritten notification should be sent by e-mail or fax to JTB. Deposits will be refunded after deducting the following cancellation charge.

When notification is received by JTB

Up to 9 days before the first night of stay: \2,000

3-7 days before: 30% of daily room rate

2 days before: 50% of daily room rate

One day before or no notice given: 100%

Travel Related Information

< Passports and Visas >

All foreign visitors entering Japan must have a valid passport. Participants should obtain a visa, if required, from a Japanese Consulate or diplomatic mission in their home country prior to their departure. It is the responsibility of participants to obtain all documents necessary for entry into Japan. For details, you are advised to contact their local travel agent or air carrier.

< Japan >

We recommend Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) as a source of information on Japan in general, concerning travel geography, language, communication, and other matters. JNTO is an arm of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has offices in major cities throughout the world. Contact the office nearest to you to ask any questions or to obtain maps, brochures, and other documents, all free of charge. Information on JNTO, including a list of its overseas offices, is found on the homepage at http://www.jnto.go.jp

< Yokohama >

Yokohama, located 30 km south of Tokyo, is the second largest city in Japan. The city dates back to 1859 when the port was first opened to foreign trade. Since then the port has grown in step with Japanfs economic growth. Like many other port cities, Yokohama has a distinct cosmopolitan atmosphere. Chinatown and the international shopping streets have allured Japanese tourists for many years while many foreign nationals in Japan have found a home in Yokohama. Please access the following sites for further information on Yokohama.

City of Yokohama: http://www.city.yokohama.jp/index.html

Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau:


< Climate and Clothing >

The climate in Yokohama during the period of the conference will be very warm between 22 and 31 degree C, and humid. All the Symposium rooms are air-conditioned. Attendants are advised to bring some light clothing.

< Currency Exchange >

Only Japanese yen (\) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Credit cards may be used at hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Yen can be purchased at foreign exchange banks and authorized money changers on presentation of your passport. The exchange rate fluctuates daily, but the U.S. Dollar is equivalent to 108 Yen in November, 2000.

< Travelerfs Checks and Credit Cards >

Using travelerfs checks is not so popular in Japan. Travelerfs checks are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in major cities. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and VISA are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, restaurants, and nightclubs.

< Tipping and Service Charge >

You will be free from tipping worries since it is not common practice in Japan. However, some restaurants add a 10-20% service charge as well as a 5% consumption tax to each bill.

< Access to Yokohama >

Most international flights arrive at New Tokyo International Airport (Narita)

a) Airport Limousine

Airport limousine buses are available from Narita Airport to Yokohama City Air Terminal (YCAT) in downtown Yokohama. They depart from the airport arrival lobbies and are operated between 6:45A.M. and 10:20P.M. at 10-30 minutes intervals. It takes about 120 minutes from the airport to YCAT(the one way fare: \3,500).We recommend you to take taxi from YCAT to most hotels (10-20 minutes).

b) JR Narita Express Train

The JR Narita Express provides a direct connection from Narita to Yokohama station. The Narita Express leaves Narita Airport at hourly intervals between 7:43AM and 9:43 PM. Running time is about 60 minutes(fare \4,380). Most hotels can be reached from Yokohama Station in 10 to 20 minutes by taxi.

c) JR Rapid Train

The JR rapid train also directly connects Narita and Yokohama station. The train leaves Narita Airport at hourly intervals between 7:00AM and 9:15PM. Running time is about 120 minutes (fare \1,890). Most hotels can be reached from Yokohama Station in 10 to 20 minutes by taxi.

Note: We do not recommend you to take taxi from Narita airport to Yokohama. It will cost more than \30,000 if you take a taxi from Narita Airport to Yokohama.

* We would appreciate it if you could send a copy of the announcement to the scientists who might be interested in the Symposium but have not received this announcement. Please let us know if you can nominate potential contributors to the Symposium.



Scientific Contents of the Symposium

Naohiro Yoshida

Prof., PI of CREST Project on isotopomers, JST

Department of Environmental Science and Technology

Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering

Tokyo Institute of Technology

4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502, JAPAN

Phone +81-45-924-5506 (office), Fax +81-45-924-5506

E-mail: nylab@chemenv.titech.ac.jp

URL: http://nylab.chemenv.titech.ac.jp/ISI2001/isi2001.html

Secretariat of the Symposium

Secretary to Dr. N. Yoshida at JST

Department of Environmental Science and Technology

Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering

Tokyo Institute of Technology

4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502, JAPAN

Phone +81-45-924-5506 (office), Fax +81-45-924-5506

E-mail: nylab@chemenv.titech.ac.jp

Administration of the Symposium

Mr. Shigeo Sahto

General Manager

Kaya Environment Research Office

Japan Science and Technology Corporation

Tel.+81-3-5469-0502 Fax.+81-3-5469-0503

E-mail: ssahto@envr.crest.jst.go.jp

Accommodation (address and tel&fax numbers have been changed since 15 March 2001)

Mr. Tadahiro Honda & Ms. Atsuko Ono

Japan Travel Bureau (JTB)

Group Tours Office Yokohama

15F, Yokohama Nishiguchi KN Bldg.
2-8-4 Kitasaiwai, Nishi-ku

Yokohama 220-0004, JAPAN

Tel. +81-45-316-4602 Fax. +81-45-316-5703

E-mail: danyoko9@mnm.jtb.co.jp

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact either Dr. Naohiro Yoshida, Ms. Naomi Hori, Mr. Shigeo Sahto, Mr. Tadahiro Honda, or Ms. Atsuko Ono.

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