Location and Date:

The 1st CPS International School of Planetary Sciences will be held in 5-9 January, 2009 at Seapal Suma, a casual seaside resort located west to the central part of Kobe, Japan. The school is organized by Center for Planetary Science (CPS) under the Global Centers of Excellence (GCOE) Program: "Foundation of International Center for Planetary Science", a joint project between Kobe University and Hokkaido University.

Purpose and Scope:

The CPS International School of Planetary Science aims at promoting education and research in planetary science for highly motivated graduate students and young researchers worldwide. It will offer them an opportunity to interact with leading scientists in a specific field of the year. The present school is the heritage of the Kobe International Planetary School held under the Kobe University 21 Century COE program.

This year's topic of the school will be "Dust in Space", reflecting the coming retirement of Prof. Tadashi Mukai, who was the leader of the 21th COE program "Origin and Evolution of Planetary Systems" and is the most well-known Japanese scientist in cosmic dust research. Internationally well-established experts in dust science will review recent progress in our understandings of interstellar dust, interplanetary dust, cometary dust, and dust in protoplanetary disks and debris disks. The lecturers and their topics are listed below. The Organizing Committee of the school will select 60 participants in total on the basis of their applications.


Lecturer Topic
Dr. Jürgen Blum,
Technical University of Braunschweig
"How large can dust aggregates really grow by collisions in protoplanetary disks?"
Dr. Bruce T. Draine,
Princeton University
"Modeling of interstellar dust"
Dr. Seung Soo Hong,
Seoul National University
"A three-dimensional model of the interplanetary dust cloud"
Dr. Wing-Huen Ip,
National Central University
"Dust-plasma interactions"
Dr. Elmar K. Jessberger,
University of Münster
"Some stories told from cometary dust and IDP compositions"
Dr. Alexander V. Krivov,
Friedrich Schiller University
"Debris disks: Seeing dust, thinking of planetesimals and planets"
Dr. Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd,
University of Paris VI
"Optical properties of dust particles in the solar system, with emphasis on cometary dust"
Dr. Takashi Onaka,
The University of Tokyo
"Observations of dust in space from space"


The school program is now available online.

Abstract Submission:

If you have indicated to present a poster, please send us ( an abstract for your presentation in a text file by November 30, 2008. The subject of your email should be "poster_abstract" to prevent it from being classified as junk by our email softwares.

The abstract should be limited to 250 words maximum, following the title of the abstract and the names and affiliations of all authors. All the abstracts will be posted on this website. The size of your poster should not exceed 90 cm in width and 210 cm in height.


Registration is required of all participants. Registration fee is 10,000 JPY and should be paid by cash at the registration desk.

*An award winner of the CPS Travel Grant needs to provide the boarding pass of all coming flights at the registration desk if (s)he would travel by air.


We will organize a half-day excursion to World Heritage Himeji Castle, called "Himeji-jo", on January 7th. If you wish to participate in the excursion, please sign in at the registration desk. The registration fee of the school does not cover the round-trip railroad fare of 1,640 JPY, the castle's admission of 600 JPY, and any other expenses during the excursion, including the dinner.

For more information on Himeji-jo, please visit the following websites:


All participants are expected to stay in Seapal Suma by sharing a room with 3 other participants (4 in 1). The room is a Japanese style, namely, a large room floored with tatami mats and equipped with a toilet. There is no tub/shower in the room, but the hotel has an ocean-view public bath for each gender equipped with a huge tub at the top floor. We expect that the room will cost approximately 36,000 JPY per person to share the room for four nights. If you do not like to share the room, you may occupy the room alone by paying approximately 48,000 JPY for four nights. Alternatively, Japanese-style rooms with both toilet and tub/shower are available with approximately 38,000-50,000 JPY per person for four nights, depending on the number of people to share the room. We will allocate rooms to participants according to their requests, but, may not always fulfill their preferences, because only a limited number of rooms, in particular the rooms with a shower/tub are available.

People who check into Seapal Suma will be requested to pay the lodging charge to Seapal Suma immediately after registration. The lodging charge may be paid by your credit card (VISA, JCB, Master, AMEX).

Seapal Suma
1-1-1 Sumaura-dori
Suma, Kobe 654-0055 Japan
Phone: +81-(0)78-731-6815
Fax: +81-(0)78-734-1896
The Official Website (Japanese only)
English page (from a hotel booking site)

Meals - The above-mentioned cost for the accommodation includes all the meals during the school (from the dinner on January 5th to the lunch on January 9th), EXCEPT for the dinner on January 7th, when an excursion or free time is tentatively planned in the afternoon.


The venue is located about 100 min. from Kansai International Airport (KIX) (65 min. by shuttle bus to Kobe Sannomiya, 5 min. walk from the bus stop to JR Sannomiya railway station, 12-15 min. by train to JR Suma railway station, plus 12 min. walk from the station). The bus fare from the airport is 1,800 JPY and the train ticket costs 170 JPY. The nearest airport to the venue is Kobe Airport (UKB), from which Port Liner, an urban fully automated guideway transit (AGT) system, will take you to JR Sannomiya railway station in 16-18 min. (320 JPY). Osaka International Airport, another name, Itami Airport (ITM), is also convenient to JR Sannomiya station. It takes approximately 40 min. by bus and costs 1,020 JPY.

Important Dates:

22 September 2008 Deadline for application
30 September 2008 Notification of our decision to the applications including the financial support
30 November 2008 Abstract deadline for poster presentation
5-9 January 2009 The 1st CPS International Planetary School

Organizing Committee:

Tetsuo Yamamoto Hokkaido University
Akiko M. Nakamura Kobe University
Kohei Kitazato Kobe University
Hidekazu Tanaka Hokkaido University
Taku Takeuchi Kobe University
Yuri Aikawa Kobe University
Hiroshi Kimura Hokkaido University

Contact Information:


Akiko M. Nakamura
Center for Planetary Science
Graduate School of Science, Kobe University
1-1 Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
Fax: +81-(0)78-803-5791