Final Circular


26 September - 1 October 2011

1 - 3 October 2011 for a facility tour [only for a limited number of participants]


Minami-Awaji Royal Hotel

Address: 317 Fukurahei, Minamiawaji, Hyogo 656-0503, Japan
Phone: +81 799 52 3011
FAX: +81 799 52 3770

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[Facility tour from Awaji]
Planned location: Kamioka Observatory

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Objective and Scope:

The objective of the seminar/school is to promote education and research in planetary sciences for highly motivated graduate students and young researchers by providing them with an opportunity to interact with leading scientists in a specific field. Note that the term "Planetary Sciences" is used in a broader sense to include astronomy, astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology, astromineralogy, geosciences, space science, cosmology, and other related fields.
The eighth school is jointly held with the Asian Academic Seminar hosted by JSPS, Japan, and DST, India, for providing Asian young researchers with intensive training in areas of Astronomy and Space Science. The seminars comprise lectures by experts in the subject fields, discussions, practical training, study visits, and other components.

Topic of the coming school

Challenges in Astronomy: Observational Advances

The main part of the school will be a series of lectures on 'Recent and Future Advances in Observational Astronomy.' The observational part of astronomy has revealed various, important phenomena in the Universe collaborating with theoretical works, and advancing fronts in well-established parts, e.g., optical-infrared, radio, high-energy radiations. Furthermore, the gravitational wave is expected to be detected in near future, and the advancement of "virtual observatory" would enable astronomers to conduct multi-wavelength data-incentive research, as the 4th paradigm in astronomy. Young astronomers are expected to learn about a world-wide trend for constructing a wider and concrete base of their own research.


Internationally well-established experts in various fields will review recent progress in our understandings of those fields. A final program is listed below:


Monday 26 September

1500-1800 Registration
1800-2100 Opening Reception

Tuesday 27 September

0730-0845 Breakfast
Opening Keynote: Yoshitsugu Nakagawa (CPS, Japan)
0900-1015, 1045-1200 (Chair: Yoichi Itoh)
Lecture I: Sebastian Wolf (Univ. of Kiel, Germany)
The Birthplace of Planets : Observations and Modeling of Circumstellar Disks
1230-1330 Lunch
1400-1515, 1545-1700 (Chair: Takahiro Sumi)
Lecture II: David Bennett (Univ. Notre Dame, USA)
Detection of Extrasolar Planets by Gravitational Microlensing from the Ground and Space
1800-1900 Dinner
1900-2100 Poster session 1 with short talks

Wednesday 28 September

0730-0900 Breakfast
0900-1015, 1045-1200 (Chair: Masaki Ishiwatari)
Lecture III: Annapurni Subramaniam (IIA, India)
Probing the Geography, History, and Chemistry of Nearby Galaxies with Future Telescopes
1230-1330 Lunch
1400-1515, 1545-1700 (Chair: Manabu Yuasa)
Lecture IV-a: Ajit Kembhavi (IUCAA, India)
Virtual Observatories: Tools and Applications
Lecture IV-b: Masatoshi Ohishi (NAOJ, Japan)
Data Discovery in and Science Results by means of VOs
1800-1900 Dinner
1900-2100 Poster session 2 with short talks

Thursday 29 September

0730-0900 Breakfast
0900-1015, 1045-1200 (Chair: Hiroaki Isobe)
Lecture V: Jayaram Chengalur (NCRA/TIFR, India)
Atomic Hydrogen in the Universe
1230-1330 Lunch
1400-1800 Excursion
1800-1900 Dinner
1900-2100 Free Discussions

Friday 30 September

0730-0900 Breakfast
0900-1015, 1045-1200 (Chair: Kiyoshi Kuramoto)
Lecture VI: Hideyo Kunieda (Nagoya Univ., Japan)
Violent Universe Explored by Japanese X-ray Satellites
1230-1330 Lunch
1400-1515, 1545-1700 (Chair: Hideyuki Tagoshi)
Lecture VII: Nobuyuki Kanda (Osaka City Univ., Japan)
Frontier of Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Opening New Window of Astrophysics and Cosmology
lecture 1 : Fundamentals of Gravitational Wave and its Detection
lecture 2 : Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology with Gravitational Waves
1800-2100 Banquet

Saturday 1 October

0730-0900 Breakfast
Facility Tour to Kamioka Observatory, for a limited number of participants


- Abstracts for all lectures and poster presentations are now ready to download at

Short Talk and Poster Presentation:

- Participants who put up a poster will be given 1-minute each for a short oral presentation of the poster (without discussion time) at the beginning of poster sessions (27-28 September).

- Please prepare 1-page slide (pdf file) for this talk and upload it. Go to the CPS Web page, where you have uploaded your abstract, then click "edit", a pencil-like icon, and replace your abstract with your 1-page slide. The deadline for slide uploading was 14 September.
Unless you upload your slide by 22 September, your abstract file will be projected on the screen during your 1-minute talk.

- All posters will be on display from Monday (26 Sep) to Friday (30 Sep).

- The size of a poster should not exceed 900 mm W x 2100 mm H.

Video Shooting and Material Posting on the Web:

We will shoot a video during your lecture and short talks at the poster presentation. Your lecture materials and presentation materials (i.e., PDF files, movie files of power point, and lecture scenes as streaming videos) will be posted on CPS's WEB pages, which are open to the public.
The purpose is to promote education of young generations. This is the most important mission at CPS. Please sign the permission form upon registration unless you disagree with our mission policy.

Registration Fee:

10,000JPY. Please pay at the seminar/school registration desk when you register BY CASH.



- 3 persons share one Western/Japanese style room equipped with a bathroom


- Western style rooms with a bathroom are available for single use

Rates per person in Japanese Yen

Standard, 3 in 1 room Single Use
47,000 62,000*
*Reserved for Lecturers


- All the participants including lecturers are expected to go on a short trip to "Uzu no Oka" on Thursday afternoon, 29 September.

- There is no charge to join the excursion, however, if you wish to visit some attractions in "Uzu no Oka", kindly pay the admission fee on your own. (Japanese site only)


*Note that buses to Fukura Terminal run once or twice in one hour only.
This site may be helpful to find the Sannomiya Bus Terminal

Hotel Shuttle Bus leaves Fukura Bus Terminal at
11:50, 12:35, 13:55, 15:05, 16:00, 16:50, 17:25
Please let us know in advance if you are arriving Fukura Terminal earlier/later than those shuttle services.
Please also inform us if you are traveling from Tokushima Airport so that we could arrange the shuttle bus.

Electrical Adapter Plug And Electric Converter Information for participants joining from Overseas:

Fortunately, many portable devices today -- from computers to mobile phones -- come with power supplies that can be used in almost any part of the world. However, you may need a plug adaptor.
In Japan, we use a flat blade attachment plug.
Please make sure you bring along a correct adaptor, as we do not provide adaptors, neither the hotel does. As the seminar/school venue is located quite a distance from city area, there are no places you could buy adaptors or convertors.

Important Dates:

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

11 April 2011 First Day for Registration Application
10 May 2011 Travel Grant Application Deadline
18 May 2011 Registration Application Deadline
18 May 2011 Abstract Submission Deadline
31 May 2011 Result Notification
14 September 2011 Short Talk Slide File Upload Deadline
26 September 2011 JSPS-DST Asia Acad. Seminar/CPS Int'l Sch. of Planet. Sci.
12 October 2011 Poster PDF File Upload Deadline

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Hiroshi Shibai Osaka Univ., Japan
Rajaram Nityananda TIFR, India
Ajit Kembhavi IUCAA, India
Yoshi-Yuki Hayashi CPS, Japan

Local Organizing Committee:

(*School chair, **Secretary)
Hiroshi Shibai* Osaka Univ., Japan
Misato Fukagawa Osaka Univ., Japan
Yuki Itoh** Osaka Univ., Japan
Yoshitsugu Nakagawa CPS, Japan
Yoshi-Yuki Hayashi CPS, Japan
Hiroshi Kimura CPS, Japan
Ko-ichiro Sugiyama CPS, Japan
Yoshiyuki O. Takahashi CPS, Japan
Seiya Nishizawa CPS, Japan
Jun Kimura CPS, Japan
Ayako Suzuki CPS, Japan
Takayuki Tanigawa CPS, Japan
Ko Yamada CPS, Japan
Akiyoshi Nouda CPS, Japan
Asako M Sato** CPS, Japan
Mire Murakami** CPS, Japan
Mariko Hirano** CPS, Japan
Chieko Shishido** CPS, Japan
Mizue Odo** CPS, Japan
Yukiko Tsutsumino** CPS, Japan

Contact us:

Center for Planetary Science


The school is sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST), and 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.


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