First Circular


10 - 15 January 2011


Seapal Suma, a casual seaside resort located in the west part of Kobe, Japan

Address: 1-1-1 Sumaura-dori, Suma, Kobe 654-0055 Japan
Phone: +81 78 731 6815 / Fax: +81 78 734 1896

Japanese site:
English Site:

Objective and Scope:

The objective of CPS International School of Planetary Sciences is to promote education and research in planetary sciences 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. Note that “Planetary Sciences” includes astronomy (astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology, etc.), geosciences, space science, and other related fields.

Topic of the coming school

"Theory of Stellar Evolution and Its Applications
 -- From the First Stars to Planet-Hosting Stars and Gas Giant Planets"

The main part of the school will be a series of lectures on the structure and evolution of stars with various masses including gas giant planets and on the effects of mass loss and stellar rotation upon them. Then a series of lectures follow on their contributions to the nucleosynthesis and chemical evolution of the Milky Way and dwarf galaxies in the local group and to the evolutionary characteristics of planet-hosting stars from theoretical and observational viewpoints. The development of our understandings in these fields has been achieved by recent observations with large ground-based telescopes and space telescopes and owing to large-scaled surveys of metal-poor stars, supernova searches and searches for exo-planetary systems.

CPS 7th International School has a special session dedicated to the memory of Prof. Chushiro Hayashi who was one of the founders of the theory of stellar evolution and passed away in 2010.

Internationally well-established experts in various fields will review recent progress in our understandings of those fields. The lecturers and their topics are listed below:

Daiichiro Sugimoto (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  --- Why the Stars and the Universe evolve? --- Fundamentals of Stellar Structure and Evolution and Their
      Gravothermal Natures
Peter R. Wood (Australian National University, Australia)
  --- Evolution and Mass Loss of Low- and Intermediate-Mass Stars
Georges Meynet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  --- Evolution of Massive Stars and the Effects of Rotation
Stanley P. Owocki (University of Delaware, USA)
  --- Mass Loss from Massive Stars
Alexander Heger (University of Minnesota, USA)
  --- Supernovae and Explosive Nucleosynthesis
Martin Asplund (Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Germany)
  --- Solar Abundances, Solar Twins, and Planet Harboring Stars
Arlette Noels (Université de Liège, Belgium)
  --- Seismology and Oscillations of Stars
Jonathan J. Fortney (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
  --- Structure and Evolution of Gas Giant Planets
Andrea Ferrara (Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy)
  --- Star Formation in the Early Universe and the Transition from Population III to Populations II and I
Eline Tolstoy (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  --- Chemical Evolution of the Milky Way and Local Group Galaxies

Memorial Lecture for Prof. Chushiro Hayashi
 Daiichiro Sugimoto (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  --- The Discovery of Hayashi Phase and His Way of Thinking

Who are the target participants?

- The lectures are targeted on PhD students and post-docs

- Please note that this school is not for bachelor and diploma students

- All the lectures are in English and we welcome eligible applicants worldwide

How to apply?

- Please go to the following webpage
  First, create your CPS account at this page.
  Then, go to CPS website and login with your CPS User ID you have registered.
  You will see “CPS 7th International School of Planetary Sciences” at the right column. Click there and start
  registration application.

  *A few things to note when you fill out our web application form

  1. Name: Must be exactly the same as shown in your passport
  2. Poster Presentation: If you are applying CPS travel grant, choose ‘yes’, otherwise, your application will be considered as participation application
  3. Your research subjects and/or interests: Describe your research subjects with 250 words or less. The advisory committee will take this section to evaluate your application for both travel grant as well as participation
  4. Reference: Input the name, title, and affiliation of a person who will give us a letter of recommendation.
  5. Departing City: It means the name of the city where you are departing from.
  6. Date of entry to Japan/Date of departure from Japan: For those who are coming from outside of Japan, please indicate your planned date for entry/departure to and from Japan. For those coming within Japan, please key in the date of your scheduled departure to and from Kobe.
  7. Do you need a visa to Japan?: Follow this link to check if you need an entry visa to Japan

- Registration Applications must be received by 29 August 2010

- Should you wish to apply for our travel grant, both the application form and the letter of recommendation must be
  reached by 22 August 2010

- Poster abstract submission deadline is 27 November 2010

How are participants selected and who makes the final decision?

- Advisory Committee will evaluate the level and suitability of applicant's works and interests to the school

- The school chair will make the final decision and applicants are notified accordingly

Need CPS travel grant?

- Indicate your intention in the application form

- Do arrange with your supervisor to send us a letter of recommendation to, the letter
  has to reach us no later than 22 August 2010

- Successful applicants are to present your poster in the poster session

- For Japanese successful applicants, you are to contribute in archiving lecture materials

- Note that the available funds are limited and the grant may not cover ALL of your expenses

- The final decision for travel grant application and the amount will be at the organizing committee’s discretion

- Note that the deadline for travel grant application is 22 August 2010

Registration Fee:

10,000 JPY.



- 4 persons share one traditional Japanese-style tatami room

- The room has a toilet but no bathtub and shower

- Ocean view public bath is located at the top floor and it is open until 23:00 daily


- Western style twin rooms with a shower are available for single use

- Please let us know should you prefer to stay in a Japanese-style room

Rates per person in Japanese Yen

Standard, 4 in 1 room Single Use
47,000 62,000*
*Reserved for Lecturers


in JPY
From to by mins fare
Kansai Int'l Airport Kobe, Sannomiya Bus 65-75 1,900
JR Sannomiya Sta Sumakaihinkoen JR Local train 15 170
Sumakaihinkoen Seapal Suma Walk 8 0

From to by mins fare
Kansai Int'l Airport Kobe Airport Ferry 30 1,500
Kobe Airport Seapal Suma Taxi 30 6,000*
*Note that taxi fare is subject to change due to traffic conditions

From to by mins fare
Kobe Airport Sannomiya Port Liner 18 320
JR Sannomiya Sta Sumakaihinkoen JR Local train 15 170
Sumakaihinkoen Seapal Suma Walk 8 0

From to by mins fare
Osaka Itami Airport Kobe, Sannomiya Bus 40 1,020
JR Sannomiya Sta Sumakaihinkoen JR Local train 15 170
Sumakaihinkoen Seapal Suma Walk 8 0

Important Dates:

All deadline times are 23:59 Japanese Standard Time, UTC+9

22 August 2010 Travel Grant Application deadline
29 August 2010 Registration Application deadline
9 September 2010 Result Notification
27 November 2010 Poster presentation abstract deadline
10-15 January 2011 CPS 7th International School of Planetary Sciences

Organizing Committee:

Advisory Committee
 Ken-ichi Nomoto IPMU, The University of Tokyo
 Hiroyasu Ando National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
 Takashi Kozasa Hokkaido University
 Hiromoto Shibahashi The University of Tokyo
 Nobuo Arimoto National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
 Toshitaka Kajino National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
 Toshikazu Shigeyama RESCEU, The University of Tokyo
 Issei Yamamura ISAS/JAXA
 Wako Aoki National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
 Masahiro Ikoma Tokyo Institute of Technology
Local Organizing Committee (* Chair, ** Scientific secretary, *** Secretary)
 Masayuki Y. Fujimoto* CPS, Hokkaido University
 Takuma Suda** Hokkaido University
 Yutaka Katsuta** Hokkaido University
 Nozomu Tominaga** Konan University
 Hiroshi Kimura CPS
 Ko-ichiro Sugiyama CPS
 Yoshiyuki O. Takahashi CPS
 Seiya Nishizawa CPS
 Jun Kimura CPS
 Ayako Suzuki CPS
 Takayuki Tanigawa CPS
 Ko Yamada CPS
 Asako Sato*** CPS
 Yoshiko Honjo*** CPS
 Mire Murakami*** CPS
 Mariko Hirano*** CPS
 Yasuko Uematsu*** CPS
Program Committee
 Masayuki Y. Fujimoto CPS, Hokkaido University
 Toshikazu Shigeyama RESCEU, The University of Tokyo
 Yoichi Itoh CPS, Kobe University
 Yuri Aikawa CPS, Kobe University
 Masahiro Ikoma Tokyo Institute of Technology
 Takuma Suda Hokkaido University
 Nozomu Tominaga Konan University

Contact us:

Fax: +81 78 803 5731
Center for Planetary Science
1-1 Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan


The school is sponsored by Center for Planetary Science (CPS) under the MEXT Global COE Program: "Foundation of International Center for Planetary Science", a joint project between Kobe University and Hokkaido University.


Last Update : July 9, 2010