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ALC ’15
10th International Symposium on Atomic Level Characterizations
for New Materials and Devices ’15
October 25 (Sun) – 30 (Fri), 2015
Kunibiki Messe, Matsue, Shimane, JAPAN
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Important Dates

Abstract (<150 words) Deadline: May 25 (Mon), 2015
Preliminary Program: July 6 (Mon), 2015
Abstract Deadline for Post Deadline Papers: July 27 (Mon), 2015
Early Registration Deadline: August 24 (Mon), 2015
Proceedings (duty*) Deadline: August 24 (Mon), 2015
Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 9 (Fri), 2015
(Subject to availability)
Symposium: Oct 25 (Sun) - 30 (Fri), 2015
SIA/e-JSSNT Deadline: December 7 (Mon), 2015
* Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts will be judged to have withdrawn their papers.

About ALC Symposia

The series of international symposia entitled “Atomic Level Characterization (ALC)” started in 1996 with the meeting in Kyoto, Japan under the auspices of the 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The ALC symposia focus on practical applications of atomic level characterization (both atomic dimensions and energy levels) of new materials and devices, including bio- and organic materials as well as inorganics. Descriptions of new applications and instrumentation for various analytical techniques of surface and interface analysis are solicited in these symposia. The goal is to promote stimulating discussions among researchers specializing in different probe methods. The symposium also encourages discussion of fundamental problems to be solved in the further development of atomic level characterization of materials, including approaches based on theory and simulations.

The 2nd ALC symposium was held at Maui (Hawaii) in 1997, the 3rd one at Nara (Japan) in 2001, the 4th at Kauai (Hawaii) in 2003, the 5th Kailua-Kona (Hawaii) in 2005, the 6th at Kanazawa (Japan) in 2007, the 7th at Maui (Hawaii) in 2009, the 8th at Seoul (Korea) in 2011, and the 9th at Kona (Hawaii) in 2013. It is time to gather again for ALC'15, which is planned to be held in Matsue, historic city in Japan.

The official language of the symposium is English.

Scientific Topics

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  1. Fundamental Phenomena
  2. Characterization by Electrons / Ions / Infrared / Ultraviolet / X-rays
  3. Imaging Techniques
  4. Applications for Nanotechnology
  5. Advanced Materials Characterization
  6. Special Sessions
  7. Tutorials

Invited Speakers

Special lecturer

Prof. Hiroshi AMANO (Nagoya University, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2014)
“Group III nitride semiconductors as future key materials for energy savings and energy harvesting”

Plenary speakers

Prof. David B. WILLIAMS (Ohio State University)
“Forward to the past: now we can image and identify single atoms, what’s next?”
Prof. Hannes LICHTE (Dresden University)
“Importance of electron phases for comprehensive analysis of structures and fields”
Prof. Jiro MATSUO (Kyoto University)
“Exploring of organic surfaces with secondary ion mass spectrometry: from polymers to biological materials”

Tutorial speaker

Prof. Peter BAUER (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
“Electronic stopping of ions in solids”

Invited speakers at normal sessions

Prof. Michael ALTMAN (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
“Defects, strain and polymorphism in graphene on metals”
Prof. Ernst BAUER (Arizona State University)
“XMCDPEEM and SPLEEM of magnetic materials”
Dr. Toyohiro CHIKYO (NIMS)
“Materials informatics and high throughput experimentations”
Prof. Andrew M. DAVIS (University of Chicago)
“CHILI, a nanobeam secondary neutral mass spectrometer with extraordinary spatial resolution, sensitivity, and selectivity”
Prof. Karl-Heinz ERNST (EPMA and University of Zurich)
“Chiral molecular motors driven by electrons”
Prof. Hans-Joachim FREUND (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society)
“Model systems in catalysis for energy economy”
Prof. Torgny GUSTAFSSON (Rutgers University)
“Studying solids using the helium ion microscope”
Prof. Shuji HASEGAWA (University of Tokyo)
“Surface transport of topological and non-topological materials”
Prof. Michael HORN-VON HOEGEN (University of Duisburg-Essen)
“Ultrafast electron diffraction at surfaces with 300 fs temporal resolution: watch the atoms while they move!”
Prof. Ing-Shouh HWANG (Academia Sinica)
“Low-voltage coherent electron imaging on a single-atom electron source”
Dr. Pavel JELINEK (Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Science)
“What can we learn from high-resolution AFM/STM images?”
Dr. Tomoko KAWASHIMA (Panasonic Corporation)
"Examination of ion beam induced damage on polymer surface using Ar clusters”
Dr. Koji KIMOTO (National Institute for Materials Science)
“Lower-voltage electron microscopy for material characterization”
Prof. Jurgen KIRSCHNER (Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics)
“Spin-polarized electron energy loss spectroscopy at high momentum resolution”
Dr. Maya KISKINOVA (Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste)
“Recent advances of synchrotron-based scanning X-ray microscopy in addressing properties of morphologically complex materials and electrochemical devices”
“Mass scale calibration of TOF-SIMS spectra with molecular ions of internal additives”
Dr. Teruo KOHASHI (Hitachi, Ltd.)
“Spin-polarized scanning electron microscopy and its recent progress”
Dr. Andrea LOCATELLI (Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A.)
“Noble gas nanobubbles at extreme pressure under graphene”
Prof. Frank-J. MEYER ZU HERINGDORF (University of Duisburg-Essen)
“Plasmoemission: a nonlinear pathway for electron emission from a plasmonic field”
Prof. Shunsuke MUTO (Nagoya University)
“Current progress in a data mining technique applying to digital spectral image datasets”
Dr. Nobuyuki NAKA (HORIBA, Ltd.)
“Ultra-fast simultaneous SPM and Raman spectroscopy approach for characterizing nano-level material”
Dr. Yoshie OTAKE (Riken)
“Accelerator-driven compact neutron source RANS and its practical applications with slow and fast neutrons”
Prof. Jeong Young PARK (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
“Nature of hot electron generated by photons and exothermic catalytic reactions”
Prof. Harald ROSE (University of Ulm)
“Efficient Linear Phase Contrast in the Aberration-corrected STEM”
Prof. Claus M. SCHNEIDER (Forschungszentrum Julich and University of Duisburg-Essen)
“A single-molecule approach to spintronics”
Prof. Wolf-Dieter SCHNEIDER (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
“Surface phonon-polariton mediated transport through CaO thin films”
Prof. Geoff THORNTON (University College London)
“Engineering Polarons at an oxide surface”
Dr. Rudolf TROMP (IBM)
“Recent advances in cathode lens microscopy”
Prof. Peter VARGA (Vienna University of Technology and CEITEC at Brno University of Technology)
“Magnetic nanostructures”
Prof. Wolf WIDDRA (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
“Two-dimensional quasicrystalline oxides and their approximants”
Prof. Wulf WULFHEKEL (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
“Electronic and spintronic functions in single molecules”
Prof. Hirofumi YAMADA (Kyoto University)
“Molecular-scale Investigations of solid-liquid interfaces by frequency modulation atomic force microscopy”
Prof. Tsuneo YASUE (Osaka Electro-Communication University)
“Investigation of magnetic structure with high brightness and highly spin-polarized LEEM”
Prof. Shoji YOSHIDA (University of Tsukuba)
“Ultrafast spin dynamics probed by optical pump-probe STM”

Invited speakers at Special Session on
“3D holographic imaging and characterizations of active atomic sites”

Prof. Hiroshi DAIMON (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
“3D atomic structure analysis around active-site atoms by photoelectron holography”
Prof. Charles S. FADLEY (University of California, Davis)
“Looking into complex quantum materials and multilayer heterostructures with holographic, standing-wave, and resonant photoemission”
Prof. Pawel KORECKI (Jagiellonian University)
“Holographic imaging of atomic structures with white X-rays”
Prof. Peter KRÜGER (Chiba University)
“Gap state imaging and spin-orbit effects in resonant photoelectron diffraction”
Dr. Lada YASHINA (Moscow University)
“Chemical state selective photoelectron diffraction and holography applied to the surface of topological insulators and their interfaces with magnetic metals”

Invited speakers at Special Session on
“Chemical imaging and nanoanalysis for biosystems”

Dr. John FLETCHER (University of Gothenburg)
“ToF-SIMS analysis of complex biological systems using polyatomic and gas cluster ion beams”
Prof. Terumitsu HASEBE (Tokai University School of Medicine)
“Ultrastructural characterization of surface induced-platelet activation on artificial materials by transmission electron microscopy”
Prof. Sergei G. KAZARIAN (Imperial College London)
“Advancing studies of biosystems with FTIR spectroscopic imaging”
Dr. Tae Geol LEE (Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science)
“Ar-cluster SIMS for -omics”
Prof. Tatsuyuki YAMAMOTO (Shimane University)
“Biomedical applications of Raman spectroscopy”

Invited speakers at Special Session on
“Current status and future trends in standardization for surface chemical analysis and microbeam analysis”

Dr. Keisuke GOTO (AIST-Chubu Center)
“AES and Secondary Electron Emission Data Base (absolute)”
Dr. Hidehiko NONAKA (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
“Standardization Activities in ISO TC 201 (Surface Chemical Analysis)”

Committee Members

International Advisory Committee

Y. Saito (chair)
E. Bauer, C.S. Fadley, H. Freund, Y. Homma, H. Ibach, M. Kawasumi, J. Kirschner, T. Koshikawa, H. Lichite, D. Menzel, S. Morita, H. Neddermeyer, D. Newbury, Y. Nihei, C. Oshima, C.J. Powell, H. Rose, W.-D. Schneider, R. Shimizu , G.A. Somorjai, G. Thornton, T.T. Tsong, P. Varga, D.B. Williams

Organizing Committee

Y. Homma (chair)
M.S. Altman, F. Aumayr, H. Daimon, K.-H. Ernst, K. Goto , T. Gustafsson, A. Ichimiya, S. Ichimura, H.J. Kang, J. Kawai, K. Kimura, T. Kohashi, T. Koshikawa, A. Locatelli, K. Morita, Y. Nihei, K. Obori, C. Oshima, A.K. Schmid, H. Shimoyama, S.A. Song, S. Suzuki, Y. Takakuwa, S. Tanuma, G. Thornton, H. Tokumoto, Y. Watanabe, J.F. Watts, W. Widdra, H.W. Yeom, H. Yurimoto

Steering Committee

Y. Takai (chair)
R. Oiwa (vice-chair) / T. Yasue (vice-chair)
T. Nagatomi (secretary) / H. Nakahara (secretary)
S. Aoyagi, T. Aoyama, S. Awata, H. Daimon, K. Dohmae, Y. Fujii, T. Hayasaka, R. Iiyoshi, S. Imashuku, H. Ishii, H. Iwai , R. Kanbe, Y. Kawano, M. Kiuchi, A. Kurokawa, F. Matsui, S. Nagai, M. Nojima, E. Nomura, M. Owari, S. Shiraki, T. Takeuchi, K. Yanagiuchi, H. Yoshikawa

Finance Committee

K. Miyazaki (chair)
K. Sasakawa (vice-chair) / T. Sato (vice-chair)
K. Nakamura, E. Nomura, K. Obori, R. Oiwa

Program Committee

H. Hibino (chair)
K. Yanagiuchi (vice-chair) / H. Yoshikawa (vice-chair)
C. Oshima (advisor)
S. Aoyagi (secretary) / F. Matsui (secretary)
K. Asakura, T. Hasebe, T. Hirayama, Y. Homma, J. Kawai, K. Kimura, T. Koshikawa, G. Mizutani, S. Morita, K. Obori, M. Setou, S. Tanuma, H. Yurimoto

Publication Committee

M. Suzuki (chair)
T. Kohashi (vice-chair)
T. Hayasaka (secretary) / M. Nojima (secretary)
Y. Fujii, S. Ichimura, A. Karen, A. Kurokawa, G. Mizutani, R. Shimizu, S. Suzuki

Call for Post Deadline Papers

Post-deadline papers reporting the latest and significant work related to atomic level characterizations can be accepted for presentation. The deadline of the application is July 27, 2015. The formats of the abstract and proceeding are the same as those for the regular submission. Please refer to the subsection [New Application] below. Acceptance of post-deadline papers will be notified by July 31.

Abstract Deadline (Post Deadline Papers)

The abstract submission site for post deadline papers will be open at July 6.
July 27 (Mon), 2015

Call for Papers

We encourage the submission of papers describing work related to the symposium topics. Each contributor should submit a talk title, brief abstract (text only, within 150 words) and contact information via the ALC'15 web site by an application deadline shown below. The program committee will make a decision to accept or reject titles by July 6, 2015, and the decision will be announced by e-mail to each author. The submitted brief abstract will be appeared on a program book.

All accepted authors are then required to submit 2-6 pages of camera-ready manuscripts for the proceedings. Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts will be judged to have withdrawn their papers. The book of proceedings is not a publication. The books are handed out at the registration desk only to the participants. See “Proceedings” page for details of preparation and submission of manuscript for proceedings.

Accepted authors can also submit papers to reviewed journals (see “Reviewed Journals” page).

Students and young scientists can apply to the student awards and/or the excellent presentation awards at the same time as an application. See “Student Awards” and “Excellent presentation Awards” pages for instructions.

Authors who needs a financial support can apply to the travel support at the same time as an application. See “Support for Young Scientist” page for instructions.

Abstract Deadline (Regular Papers)

Abstract submission site for regular papers was CLOSED.
May 25 (Mon), 2015

Abstract Submission

New Application

If you are new to submit presentation information, click on the [New Application] button below. A confirmation e-mail will be sent just after the submission, which includes uploaded information and an ID number. Before an application, be sure that the secretariat e-mail (alc15(AT); here ‘@’ is replaced by ‘(AT)’) does NOT filtered by your e-mail software.

Revise Submitted Information

To revise the submitted information, put your application ID (the ID number which was given upon application) and the registered e-mail, then click on the [Revise Submitted Information] button below.

Revisions of the submitted information should be made before the abstract deadline. Revisions sent after the deadline will be ignored.

Your Application ID:
E-mail (should be the same as submitted):

Manuscripts for Proceedings

All authors of accepted contributions and invited speakers are asked to submit a 2-6 pages of camera-ready manuscript for proceedings by deadline described below. No distinction will be made between oral and poster presentations. The proceedings will be published by electronic version (in USB memory) and will be handed out at the registration desk.

Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts
will be judged to have withdrawn their papers.

There is no reviewing for the proceedings and the distribution of the book is only limited to participants of the symposium and members of the 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis (the symposium sponsor).

Authors can also submit papers to a reviewed journal for publication (see “Reviewed Journals” page).

Proceedings Deadline

August 24 (Mon), 2015

How to Prepare a Manuscript for Proceedings

2 to 6 pages of camera-ready manuscript must be in clear English and typed within a rectangle 170 mm wide by 240 mm high (left/right/top/bottom margins of 20/20/27/30 mm) on A4 paper (NOT US letter). The required format is:

Templates for a Camera Ready Manuscript

You can use one of the following templates for preparation of a manuscript for proceedings.

How to Submit a Manuscript for Proceedings

Put your application ID (the ID number which was given upon application) and the registered e-mail, then click on the [Submit a Manuscript] button below. If you submit a manuscript twice, the last one overwrites the prior one.

Your Application ID:
E-mail (should be the same as submitted):

Manuscripts for Reviewed Journals

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of “Surface and Interface Analysis” (SIA; Wiley) or “e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology” (e-JSSNT; SSSJ).

i. Special issue of Surface and Interface Analysis (SIA)
This is a traditional hard copy journal published by Wiley InterScience. This option is offered only for a paper with the maximum page length of 4 journal pages (about 4000 words) for contributed papers and 6 journal pages (about 6000 words) for invited ones including figures and tables. Figures and tables should be counted as 250 words equivalent each at normal size. Abstract should not exceed 250 words. Since the pages of the special issue are limited, the publication committee will select papers to be accepted in SIA. The paper will be published according to a normal publication procedure of SIA (see Only a corresponding author in the issue can receive a free issue copy.
ii. e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology (e-JSSNT)
This is a non-paper version of scientific journal published by the Surface Science Society of Japan. There are no page limitations and use of color figures. All the papers including review papers will be peer-reviewed, and will be published in the e-JSSNT web site soon after being accepted. Detailed information of e-JSSNT can be found at

Authors can submit the same contents as the proceedings, however, submission format should follow respective instructions of journals which you want to submit.

SIA/e-JSSNT Deadline

December 7 (Mon), 2015

How to Prepare a Manuscript

Prepare your manuscript according to SIA or e-JSSNT instructions depending on which journal you want to submit to.

How to Submit a Manuscript

Submit a Manuscript for SIA

Reviewing process for the special issue of SIA is different from a normal one. You should submit the manuscript to the publication committee of this symposium via this web page but NOT the Wiley web site.

The manuscript can be prepared by Microsoft Word or LaTeX. Read the following cautions for Word and LaTeX users before you submit a manuscript.

MS Word Users
Submit a single DOC file which includes all text, figures and tables. Figures and tables must be on separate pages after the references list, and not be incorporated into the main text. SIA does not accept Microsoft Word 2007 documents (.docx) at this time. Please use Word's “Save As” option to save your document as a .doc file type.
LaTeX Users
Submit a single PDF file which was generated from your source files. The pdf file should include all text, figures and tables.

To submit your manuscript, put your application ID (the ID number which was given upon application) and the registered e-mail, then click on a [Initial Submission for SIA] button below.

Your Application ID:
E-mail (should be the same as submitted):

Results of the reviewing process will be sent to you by e-mail from one of editors. A revised version of your manuscript, reply to the referee and comments to the editor should be sent by an e-mail directly to the relevant editor. His/her e-mail address will be informed to you with the results of the reviwing process. If you have any questions or query of your paper status, send e-mail to the editorial board (the address is shown below).

(‘@’ of the e-mail address is replaced by ‘(AT)’)

You will be requested to upload all source files when the reviewing process is finished. Details will be notified via an e-mail from the publication committee.

Submit a Manuscript for e-JSSNT

  1. Before you start a submission procedure, please confirm that all fIle names do NOT include two-byte characters, diacritics and spaces. Detailed information for manuscript preparation is here.
  2. Visit <J-STAGE manuscript submission site> and login to the web system. Please create your account first if you have never logged in before. Instruction for the web submission is here.
  3. Choose “Conference paper” for Manuscript Type, and “Conference-ALC” for Conference name.
  4. Fill in other fields as same as a normal submission, and proceed.

All reviewing and publication processes will be conformed with e-JSSNT procedure. Please follow the instructions written in the e-JSSNT web site.

Presentation Instructions

Instructions for Oral Presentations

A PC projector is available for oral presentations. Please bring your own laptop and connect it to our system during a break time prior to the session featuring your presentation. Since the projector has a normal VGA connector (analog RGB), do not forget to bring a VGA adopter if your PC has a non-VGA (i.e. DVI, mini DisplayPort etc.) connector. Please note that overhead projectors, 35mm slide projectors or any other presentation equipment is NOT available.

Presentation Duration

Instructions for Poster Presentations

When preparing your poster, please include a program number, a title of your presentation and listed author(s). A sign with your program number will be placed at the location where you are to display your work.

Presenters are requested to be present at (or near) their poster during the times scheduled for poster viewing. Posters must be removed following your session by the presenting authors. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for any posters left on the boards after the session. Posters will be removed and discarded by the conference committee if they remain on the poster boards the next morning after the poster session.

Registration & Payment

Registration Fees

Registration fees are listed in the table below.

  Early Registration
(until August 24)
Late Registration
(after August 25)
Regular Participant ¥45,000 ¥50,000
Student Participant * ¥25,000 ¥30,000
Accompanying Person ¥12,000 ¥12,000

* If you are registered as a student, please bring your student ID at the registration desk for confirmation.
† Fees for children of age less than or equal to 6 years old are waived, however, registrations are required.

The regular and student registration fee includes a participation fee, a book of abstracts, a digital version of proceedings (USB memory), and a manuscript submission fee. None of social program (mixer, lunch, excursion and banquet) fees are included in the regular and the student fees. However, ALC participants can attend these social programs for free of charge with subsidies from our sponsors. The accompanying person registration fee only includes the social programs.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation of registration, 50% of registration fee will be refunded if the cancellation notice was received by September 24, 2015 (the bank transfer fee shall be borne by the participants). No refund will be made if the cancellation notice was received after September 25, 2015. It should be noted that all refunds will be made after the symposium.

On-Line Registration

All participants should register through the ALC'15 offcial registration site (the registration site is operated by JTB Corp.).

First of all, click on the [ALC'15 Registration & Payment] link below and access to the registration site. If you are new to use the registration system, begin with “Next” button to create your account. If you already have an account for the system, begin with “Log-In” button. For more detail, read and consult the instruction in the registration site.

ALC'15 Registration & Payment
(operated by JTB Corp.)

Off-Line/On-Site Registrations are NOT acceptable!

Both of off-line and on-site registrations are NOT acceptable. All participants should be registered via the registration site. Even if you want to register at the symposium site, you must access to the registration site and pay on-line. Paying by cash is not accepted.

Hotel Reservation

You can use the registration system (AMARYS-JTB, linked below) for accommodation arrangements. Please follow the instruction on the top page of the system (“Accommodation(option)” button) for hotel reservations.

Beware of fraudulent calls/e-mails

Several participants received fraudulent phone calls and/or e-mails from companies other than JTB Corp., which will try to steal your credit card information. Contact information of participants may be researched from the symposium program with names and their institutions. DO NOT tell the credit card information on the phone or on the web site sent via the e-mail.

JTB Corp. is the only official company for hotel reservation of ALC conference. If you arrange your accommodation by a company other than JTB Corp., it will be your own responsibility.

PRECAUTIONS for Hotel Reservation via JTB
ALC'15 Hotel Reservation
(operated by JTB Corp.)

Excellent Presentation Award

The Excellent Presentation Awards are designed to encourage scientists under 40 years old (rough guideline) on October 2015 to present their work. The award will be given to a limited number (around 5) of applicants.

The applicant must be the first author of the presentation. To apply for the Excellent Presentation Award, please check off an item "Apply to the Excellent Presentation Awards" when you submit your abstract.

The deadline is the same as that for the regular application, May 25 (Mon). You can also apply for the student award if you are a student, but you will not win both.

The program committee will announce the winners at the banquet. Winners must submit a manuscript for SIA (Surface and Interface Analysis).

Excellent Presentation Award Winners

Excellent Presentation Award Winners
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Student Awards

Award Winners

Congratulations! The following 8 students won the Student Award of ALC'15.

Each winner will receive ¥25,000, which is only available to winners who attend the symposium and submit their manuscript to the special issue of Surface and Interface Analysis (SIA). Note that winners must still pay the registration fee. Each winner should have a short oral presentation (5 min) in the morning of October 27.

Student Award Winners

Travel Support for Young Scientists

A limited number of partial travel support is available for researchers under 40 years old (rough guideline) on December 2015. Only those who are accepted for paper presentation and have financial difficulty in traveling will be considered for the support. Students are ineligible for this support (students can apply to the Students Awards).

The applicant must be the first author of the presentation. To apply for the Travel Support, a letter of application, 1 page of abstract and a statement of reason must be prepared. A written form must be saved in a PDF format and should be sent together with a presentation application. A template file for an application can be downloaded below.

The deadline is the same as that for the regular application, May 25 (Mon).

The steering committee will strictly judge whether the application should be accepted or not, and a notification will be sent by an e-mail to the applicant by the end of August.

Accepted authors receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to ¥45,000 in cash, only available at the registration desk and are obligated to submit their manuscript to the special issue of Surface and Interface Analysis (SIA).

Templates for an Application to the Support

You can use one of the following templates for an application.

Scientific Program

Outline Schedule of the Symposium

Time/Date Oct. 25 (Sun) Oct. 26 (Mon) Oct. 27 (Tue) Oct. 28 (Wed) Oct. 29 (Thu) Oct. 30 (Fri)
Morning Plenary Plenary Oral Special Oral
Oral Oral Tutorial
Afternoon Excursion
Evening Mixer Poster Poster Banquet

Final Program

Social Programs

Mixer (Welcome Reception)

Oct 25 (Sun), 2015; 18:00-20:00

Mixer at the symposium site will be held. All participants can attend the mixer for free with subsidies from our sponsors, however, you and your accompanying persons need a reservation to attend the mixer via the registration web site.

Group Photo

Oct 29 (Thu), 2015; 11:20-11:40

The group photo will be taken at the conference site. Details about the group photo, excursion and banquet will be announced after the morning session of October 29 (room A).


Oct 29 (Thu), 2015; 12:30-18:15

Excursion is scheduled in Thursday afternoon. We arranged two types of bus tours, A and B, as the excursion of ALC'15. Please visit the web site linked below for more details of tours A and B. You can choose one of them during your registration procedure (you and your accompanying persons need a reservation to attend the excursion). To ensure your reservation, it is strongly recommended to complete your registration by 14th September. For on-site registration, you may not choose a tour as you wish.

Tour A
Tatara ⇒ Izumo Taisha ⇒ Vogel Park (Banquet place)
Tour B
Adachi Museum ⇒ Izumo Taisha ⇒ Vogel Park (Banquet place)

As shown above, the final destination of the excursion is the banquet place, where is away from the conference site or the center of Matsue city. If you do not attend the banquet, you need to take a train or a taxi for the center of Matsue. After the banquet, shuttle busses to the Matsue station and Hotels (arranged by JTB) will be prepared.


Oct 29 (Thu), 2015; 18:30-21:30

Banquet will be held at Center House of Vogel Park on Thursday evening. As described above, final destination of the excursion is the banquet place, so that you do not care about access to Vogel Park. If you do not attend the excursion but attend the banquet, you need to come to Vogel Park by yourself. The access to Vogel Park from the conference site is as follows:

All participants can attend the banquet for free with subsidies from our sponsors, however, you and your accompanying persons need a reservation to attend the banquet via the registration web site. To ensure your reservation, it is strongly recommended to complete your registration by 14th September.

Optional Tour for Accompanying Persons

No optional tour will be planned in the conference week by the conference committee. Please refer to the website of Matsue Tourism Association for finding sightseeing spots around Matsue

Symposium Venue

ALC' 15 will be held at Kunibiki Messe (Shimane Prefectural Convention Center) located in Matsue, Shimane, Japan. Matsue is one of the most famous places in Japan for legend about ancient gods. You can find useful information on Matsue and Shimane in the following links:

Location, Transportation and Climate

Shimane Prefectural Convention Center locates near the Matsue station and it takes about 10 min on foot. The nearest airport is Izumo airport. There are several domestic flights from Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka (Itami) to Izumo airport. Another airport, Yonago airport, is also available and there are flights from Tokyo (Haneda), Kobe, Ibaraki, Sapporo, Okinawa (Naha), and Seoul (Incheon) to Yonago airport. There are bus transportations from Izumo and Yonago airports to Matue station, the operation times of which are adjusted to the arrival and departure times of each flight. It takes about 30 and 45 minutes from Izumo and Yonago airports to Matue station, respectively.

Please refer to the following link for access detail.

Access to the Kunibiki Messe

The weather in Matue during October is usually fine. The average temperature during October is 17°C with the highest and lowest temperatures of 22°C and 13°C. The climate is very comfortable and we are sure that you can enjoy autumn season in Japan.

Floor Map of the Kunibiki Messe

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Group Photo

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Conference Photos

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Printed Matters

Links to the Previous ALC Symposia

Contact Address

Secretary of ALC’15 Steering Committee
   Takaharu NAGATOMI
   Asahi KASEI Corp., JAPAN
   e-mail: alc15(AT)
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