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ISI 2008; Registration site open and 2nd circular update, Tokyo, Japan, 4-8 Oct., 2008


Naohiro YOSHIDA <[log in to unmask]>


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The 4th International Symposium on Isotopomers (ISI2008)
Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan, 4-8 October 2008
2nd Circular and Call for Papers (updated on 4 June)
Dear Colleague,

Registration site has been officially opened and the 2nd circular of ISI2008 
has been updated accordingly. 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) 
( 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:

Background and objectives
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.

Scope and topics
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:

a. Life and Atmospheric Evolution
b. Global Change and Material Cycles
c. Application of Food Analysis and Authentication
d. Biomedical and Metabolic Applications
e. Theory and Simulations of Fractionation
f. Advances in Measurements

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 

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, 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.

27 Sept.; Outreach program (1)
28 Sept.; Symposium: Research Perspective of COE21 "How to Build Habitable 
Planets?" (Multidisciplinary Researches on Habitable Planet), Registration 
and Icebreaker
29 Sept.; International Symposium of "From Genome to Snowball Earth", 
Phylogenic Evolution; Genome vs Paleontology
30 Sept.; Surface Environmental Change
1 Oct.; Role of Solid Earth and Modeling
2 Oct.; Modeling of Snowball Earth, banquet
3 Oct.; Habitable Planets in the Universe

4 Oct.; Outreach program (2), Registration and Icebreaker for ISI2008
5 Oct.; ISI
6 Oct.; ISI, banquet
7 Oct.; ISI
8 Oct.; ISI

Conference Language

Conference Proceedings
Will be published

Short history and forthcoming symposia
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; 
It is our pleasure to announce that the next, 5th ISI will be held in 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in late June, 2010.

Science committee
Dr. Naohiro Yoshida, Chair, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Pradeep Aggarwal, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria
Dr. Thomas Brenna, Cornell University, USA
Dr. Matthew Johnson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr. Claude Guillou, European Commission, Italy
Dr. Roberto Gonfiantini, Institute of Geosciences and Georesources, Italy
Dr. Masahiro Kajiwara, Meiji Pharmaceutical Univ., Japan
Dr. Yasuko Kasai, National Institute of Information and Communications 
Technology, Japan
Dr. Naohiko Ohkouchi, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and 
Dr. Gerald Remaud, University of Nantes, France
Dr. Andreas Rossmann, Technical Univ. Munich, Germany
Dr. Hiroyuki Sasada, Keio Univ., Japan
Dr. Mark Thiemens, Univ. California San Diego, USA
Dr. Frank Tittel, Rice University, USA
Dr. Eitaro Wada, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan

Organizing committee
Dr. Naohiro Yoshida, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Manfred Groening, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria
Dr. Claude Guillou, European Commission, Italy
Dr. Keisuke Koba, Tokyo Univ. Of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Dr. Toshi Nagata, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
Ms. Mitsuko Nishijima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Antra Pandey, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Thomas Roeckmann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Dr. Sebastian Danielache, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Eiichi Takahashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Mark Thiemens, Univ. California San Diego, USA
Dr. Sakae Toyoda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Kiyoshi Tsuji, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Yuichiro Ueno, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Keita Yamada, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Chisato Yoshikawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Date and Venue of the Symposium
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: ) 100m to the Tokyo Bay.

Important dates of the Symposium
The schedule of the Symposium is as follows:

      31 July 2008:
     Deadline for submission of short abstract of less than 100 words for 
the review for the program.

      15 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 ( is 
being updated.

All participants should complete the Symposium Registration Form which is 
available at (English) (Japanese)
together with the payments for registration (including icebreaker, lunch, 
extended abstract and proceedings), banquet, and hotel accommodation 

      Registration Fee
     regular person
     student, accompanying person

      registration by 15 Aug. 2008
     JPY 35,000

      registration after 15 Aug. 2008
     JPY 45,000
     JPY 30,000

      one day registration
     JPY 15,000
     JPY 10,000

      one banquet
     JPY 10,000
     JPY 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 

Cancellation Policy
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.

Abstract and Proceedings
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.

Instruction for authors
Short abstract of less than 100 words is to be sent by e-mail to LOC 
([log in to unmask]). Please use Form A (see web site). Extended 
abstract (Two pages of A4 paper) should be sent either by e-mail to LOC in 
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 at Manuscript for the 
proceedings (up to 8 pages of A4) should be prepared electronically in the 
format which will be instructed on the same web site, and submitted via 
3.5-inch floppy or compact disks together with the hard copy and Form B 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 ([log in to unmask]).

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 ([log in to unmask]).

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

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.

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 
Optional tours will be available in the URL, and please contact it 

Odaiba Area
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:

Climate and Clothing
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.

Currency Exchange
Only Japanese Yen (JPY) 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, 

Traveler’s Checks and Credit Cards
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.

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 National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Kagaku 
Miraikan in Japanese)
Most international flights arrive at New Tokyo International Airport 

a) Airport limousine bus to the hotels listed on the registration web page
Airport limousine bus is available from Narita Airport to the hotels listed 
on the registration web page (URL:

1) To the hotels in Odaiba area : 65 min.-75 min. JPY 2700
  a.. Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington
  b.. Grand Pacific Tokyo Le Daiba
  c.. Hotel Nikko Tokyo
Free shuttle bus is available every 15-25 minutes, from11:00am to 8:00pm 
from the hotels to Kagaku Miraikan (URL:

2) To Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier: 89-90min. JPY 3000
  a.. Ginza Washington Hotel: 2 min. walk from Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza 
  b.. Shinbashi Station: 5-7 min. walk from the hotel.
  c.. Shinbashi-Funeno-kagakukan: Yurikamome Line, 16 min. JPY 370
  d.. Funeno-kagakukan-Kagaku Miraikan: 5 min. walk.
Time table of airport limousine busses at 2nd terminal (departure time at 
1st terminal is 5-10 min later)

      To hotels 1)
     To hotels 2)













b) Airport limousine bus to TCAT
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 
Mitsukoshi-mae-Shinbashi: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, 7 min.
Shinbashi-Funeno-kagakukan: Yurikamome Line, 15 min.
Funeno-kagakukan-Kagaku Miraiknan: 5 min. walk

c) JR Narita Express Train to Tokyo
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, JPY 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

d) JR Narita Express Train to Shinagawa
Some Narita Express trains stop at Shinagawa Station (90 minutes, JPY 3110).
Shinagawa-Oimachi: JR Keihin-tohoku Line, 4 min.
Oimachi-Tokyo Teleport: Rinkai Line, 7 min.
Tokyo Teleport-Kagaku Miraikan: free shuttle bus

e) Taxi Information
We do not recommend you to take a taxi from Narita airport to Tokyo. It will 
cost more than JPY 30,000.
From Shinbashi Station to Odaiba area: approximately 30 minutes, about JPY 
from Tokyo Station to Odaiba area: approximately 35 minutes, about JPY 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.

Scientific Contents of the Symposium
Naohiro Yoshida

Ph.D. Prof., Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Dept. of 
Environmental Chemistry and Engineering, & The Research Center for the 
Evolving Earth and Planets, Tokyo Institute of Technology G1-25, 4259 
Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502, JAPAN
Phone +81-45-924-5506 (office), Fax +81-45-924-5143
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Secretariat of the Symposium
Ms. Mitsuko Nishijima

A secretary to 21 COE and Dr. N. Yoshida, Department of Environmental 
Science and Technology, Dept. of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering, & 
The Research Center for the Evolving Earth and Planets, Tokyo Institute of 
Technology G1-25, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502, JAPAN
Phone +81-45-924-5506 (office), Fax +81-45-924-5143
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Registration and Accommodation
Mr. Mitsuhiro Kurosu / Ms. Tomomi Tsukayama / Mr. Yosuke Tanaka

JTB Tokyo Metropolitan Corp. Corporate Sales Office, Yokohama 6F, Yasuda 6th 
Bldg., 3-29-1, Tsuruya-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221-0835, JAPAN
Tel.+81-45-316-4602 Fax.+81-45-316-5701
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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.


To the Home page of Naohiro Yoshida's Laboratory @Tokyo Tech

Last updated on 4 June 2008

Best regards,
Naohiro Yoshida
Naohiro Yoshida, Prof., Editor, GRL/AGU & ACP/EGU****
  Dept. of Environmental Science and Technology
  Dept. of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering
  The Research Center for the Evolving Earth and Planets
Tokyo Institute of Technology G1-25,
4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502, JAPAN
phone:+81-45-924-5506, fax:+81-45-924-5143
email: [log in to unmask]
Member of Science Council of Japan******************


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