Excuse me for the delay in sending you the 2nd circular of ISI. Now, the science and organizing committees of ISI 2008 are inviting you to participate in the Forth International Symposium on Isotopomers. The symposium will be held at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Kagaku Miraikan in Japanese) (http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/index_e.html) on 4-8 Oct., 2008 in Odaiba area, the Tokyo water front. The registration and an icebreaker party are scheduled on 4th Oct. The sessions are in the daytime from 5th to 8th Oct. covering isotope studies of important molecules, and the symposium banquet is scheduled in the evening of 6 Oct. The updated information is available at the URL: http://nylab.chemenv.titech.ac.jp/ISI2008/isi2008.html.
Isotopes have been used to trace material cycles in the solar system, planets, atmosphere, oceans, terrestrial environment, the biosphere, and also inside of the living organisms. Research is now developing from the determination of the bulk content of a single isotope to multi-isotope, mass independent fractionation (MIF) of oxygen and sulfur isotopes, doubly substituted isotopomers, and site specific tracer analysis at the molecular level: these new approaches constitute the study of isotopomers. The progress of several analytical techniques, such as Laser Ablation, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Continuous Flow-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (CF-IRMS), Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) and others, permits these analysis; MIF, clumped isotopes, site-specific analysis of isotopes at natural abundance level, thus providing invaluable information for a better understanding of biogeochemical processes occurring in nature. Site specific labeled isotopomers allow the study of biochemical mechanisms and pathways, the response of organisms to agents of chemical change and of metabolic networks. The study of isotopomers has an increasing number of applications in numerous scientific fields ranging from earth and planetary sciences, environmental studies (including global warming) to life sciences relevant to many areas of interests for human activities (agriculture, food authentication, pharmacology, health care etc.). Mass independent isotope fractionation and clumped isotope measurements have developed into a new field of applications, ranging from solar system evolution to paleo and present atmospheric chemistry.
The purpose of the Symposium is to look into the latest scientific achievements in the measurement and analysis of isotopomers, from the studies of planetary sciences to extended applications in environmental and life sciences including food authenticity and biomedical research. Mass independent chemical measurements and theory are also included. The Symposium will call for papers from a wide range of research on isotope-containing molecules with site-specific information and/or multi-isotopic measurements, as follows:
The papers to be presented at the Symposium will comprise invited papers, accepted oral and poster papers. In addition to more experienced researchers, the participation by younger generations of the isotope and/or isotopomer community as well as newcomers to the community is especially encouraged.
There will be a joint symposium related to the COE-program on Habitable Planets (COEHP) before ISI. The details of the COE-program on Habitable Planets are on the web pages http://coe21.geo.titech.ac.jp/ENG/index.html, http://coe21.geo.titech.ac.jp/snowball2008/index.html where you may find out some related sessions to ISI. You may also attend this symposium without extra charge except for the banquets. The following activities are scheduled from 27 Sept. to 8 Oct. 2008.
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The 1st ISI was held in 2001 in Yokohama, Japan, the 2nd ISI in 2003 in Stresa, Italy, and the 3rd ISI in 2006 in La Jolla, USA. Thanks to the great effort and enthusiasm of the hosts, science and organizing committee members, and the attendants, the last 3 symposia were really successful. Now, we would like to announce that the 4th ISI will be held in Tokyo, Japan from 4th to 8th, Oct., 2008. You may find the archives of the URLs of those symposia at the following URL; http://nylab.chemenv.titech.ac.jp/isi-e.html. The next 5th ISI will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in late June, 2010.
The Symposium will be held for 5 days from 4th to 8th Oct. (Saturday to Wednesday) in 2008. Registration and icebreaker party is scheduled in the evening of 4th Oct. The sessions are in the daytime from 5th to 8th Oct. and the symposium banquet is scheduled in the evening of 6 Oct. at the Hotel Nikko Tokyo. The venue for the Symposium is National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Kagaku Miraikan in Japanese) (URL: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/index_e.html ) 100m to the Tokyo Bay.
The schedule of the Symposium is as follows:
|15 Aug. 2008:||Deadline for submission of short abstract of less than 100 words for the review for the program.|
|22 Aug. 2008:||Deadline for early online registration.|
|31 Aug. 2008:||Deadline for online hotel reservation.|
|14 Sept. 2008:||Deadline for submission of extended abstracts. Deadline for online registration. Final announcement.|
|4-8 Oct. 2008:||International Symposium on Isotopomers, submission of manuscripts for the proceedings.|
The web site (http://nylab.chemenv.titech.ac.jp/ISI2008/isi2008.html) is being updated.
All participants should complete the Symposium Registration Form which is available at
together with the payments for registration (including icebreaker, lunch, extended abstract and proceedings), banquet, and hotel accommodation separately.
|Registration Fee||regular person||student, accompanying person|
|registration by 22 Aug. 2008||\35,000||\25,000|
|registration after 22 Aug. 2008||\45,000||\30,000|
|one day registration||\15,000||\10,000|
*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.
For registration and banquet cancellation, a written request should be sent by e-mail or fax to JTB Office:
|By 19 Sept. 2008:||80% of the remitted amount will be refunded after the symposium.|
|By 25 Sept. 2008:||50% of the remitted amount will be refunded after the symposium.|
|After 25 Sept. 2008:||There will be no refund. However, a copy of the Symposium Abstracts will be sent to the applicant after the symposium.|
Extended abstracts are distributed at the registration desk. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in camera-ready form as a CD ROM by the LOC soon after the symposium.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com).
The Local Organizing Committee of the Symposium has reserved sufficient rooms at discount convention rates to accommodate all participants and accompanying persons. The Hotel Reservation is available at the web site (web site prepared by JTB which will be shown in http://nylab.chemenv.titech.ac.jp/ISI2008/isi2008.html).
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.
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. Optional tours will be available in the URL, and please contact it individually: http://www.jtbgmt.com/sunrisetour/index.aspx
Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1800s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area. (URL: http://www.tourism.metro.tokyo.jp/english/tourists/spot/area_intro/odaiba/index.html)
The climate in Tokyo during the period of the conference will be moderate between 15 and 25 degree C. All the Symposium rooms are air-conditioned. Attendants are advised to bring some light clothing.
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 and Euro is equivalent to 105 and 160 Yen, respectively in May, 2008.
Using traveler’s checks is not so popular in Japan. Traveler’s 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.
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.
Most international flights arrive at New Tokyo International Airport (Narita).
Free shuttle bus is available every 15-25 minutes, from11:00am to 8:00pm from the hotels to Kagaku Miraikan (URL: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/e/guide/route_shuttlebus.html).
|To hotels 1)||To hotels 2)|
Airport limousine buses are available from Narita Airport to Tokyo City Air
Terminal (TCAT). They depart from the airport arrival lobbies and are
operated between 6:55A.M. and 11:00P.M. at 10-30 minutes intervals. It takes
about 60 minutes from the airport to TCAT(one way fare:\2,900).
TCAT(Suitengu-mae Station)−Mitsukoshi-mae: Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, 2 min.
Mitsukoshi-mae−Shinbashi: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, 7 min.
Shinbashi−Funeno-kagakukan: Yurikamome Line, 15 min.
Funeno-kagakukan−Kagaku Miraiknan: 5 min. walk
The JR Narita Express provides a direct connection from Narita to Tokyo
station. The Narita Express leaves Narita Airport at hourly intervals
between 7:43AM and 9:43 PM. Running time is about 60 minutes, \2940).
Tokyo−Shinbashi: JR Yamanote Line or Keihin-tohoku Line, 3 min.
Shinbashi−Funeno-kagakukan: Yurikamome Line, 6 min.
Funeno-kagakukan−Kagaku Miraiknan: 5 min. walk
Some Narita Express trains stop at Shinagawa Station (90 minutes, \3110).
Shinagawa−Oimachi: JR Keihin-tohoku Line, 4 min.
Oimachi−Tokyo Teleport: Rinkai Line, 7 min.
Tokyo Teleport−Kagaku Miraikan: free shuttle bus
We do not recommend you to take a taxi from Narita airport
to Tokyo. It will cost more than \30,000.
From Shinbashi Station to Odaiba area: approximately 30 minutes, about \3000
from Tokyo Station to Odaiba area: approximately 35 minutes, about \4000
* 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.
Ms. Mitsuko Nishijima
Mr. Mitsuhiro Kurosu / Ms. Tomomi Tsukayama / Mr. Yosuke Tanaka
When you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact either Dr. Naohiro Yoshida, Ms. Mitsuko Nishijima, Mr. Mitsuhiro Kurosu, Ms. Tomomi Tsukayama, or Mr. Yosuke Tanaka.