WinGS - Women in Global Science

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International Symposia

International Symposium for Women Scientists 2014



October 27th – 29th, 2014


Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building, Hokkaido University


“Water: Science we do on our Mother Earth, the Planet of Water”

  • Water is essential for all lives on earth and thus not only marine biology but also other fields of biology can be included.
  • Anhydrobiosis, drought tolerance can paradoxically be interesting topics, which may be connected with food resource issues and wider possibility of living organisms in space.
  • Water is also the major target of environmental scientists and ecologist. Water is of great interest for astrophysicists, too.
  • Water energy systems might be of interest of participants.
  • Photolysis of water is a key of artificial photochemical systems, which are of great hope for sustainable and clean energy production.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Akira Fujishima
President, Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Dr. Ralph E. Pudritz
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Canada
Dr. Kazuko Yamaguchi-Shinozaki
Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Maria Miguel
Professor, Coimbra University

Aim of the symposium

Encourage transdisciplinary research collaborations among women scientists under a big theme

The keynote speeches by the worldwide prominent scientists and the discussions with them will give various inspirations to the participants. The participants will have the chance to share their scientific thoughts about their diverse interests in a fresh and open manner, which could lead to future collaborations.

Support networking among women scientists leaders in Japan, Europe and the US

30 – 40 women active scientists, mostly at 30’s and 40’s, who are highly motivated to collaborate internationally and interdisciplinary.

Organizing Committee

Hokkaido University

Dr. Asuka NANBO, Graduate School of Medicine
Dr. Koji YAMADA, Faculty of Environmental Earth Science
Dr. Tsuneko Mochizuki, Vice President/FResHU Office


Dr. Iris WIECZOREK, IRIS Science Management Inc.



1st Day, Oct 27 (Mon)

1F, Seminar Room 1

12:00 – Poster Display, Poster #1 – #18
17:20 – 18:10 Poster Discussions 1 Poster #1 – #7
18:30 – 20:30 Welcome Reception (Entrance Hall)

2F, Lecture Hall

13:00 – 13:15 Opening RemarksTsuneko Mochizuki (Vicepresident, Head of Support Office for Female Researchers, Hokkaido University)
13:15 – 14:25 Keynote Speech 1Chair: Satoshi Naito (Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University)Kazuko Yamaguchi-Shinozaki(Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science, University of Tokyo)
“Water and Plants”
14:25 – 14:30 Refreshing Break
14:30 – 15:40 Keynote Speech 2Chair: Elizabeth Tasker (Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University)Ralph E. Pudritz(Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Canada)
“From Molecular Clouds to Life: Water’s Remarkable Journey”
15:40 – 15:50 Coffee Break (Foyer)
15:50 – 17:00 Session 1: Lighting Talks
15:50 – 16:00 Teruko Konishi (Faculty of Agriculture, University of the Ryukyus)“Cell Wall Biosynthesis of Micro Alga Chlamydomonas” (Poster #1)
16:00 – 16:10 Chikako Nagasato (Muroran Marine Station, Hokkaido University)“Plasmodesmata: Intercellular Connections in Brown Algae” (Poster #2)
16:10 – 16:20 Misaki Takabayashi (Marine Science Department, University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA)“Marine Science in the Pacific, the Realm of Kanaloa” (Poster #3)
16:20 – 16:30 Yoko Mitani (Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University)“Acoustic Monitoring of Marine Mammals in the Seasonal Sea Ice Zone” (Poster #4)
16:30 – 16:40 Luisa Custodio (Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of the Algarve, Portugal)“Water: The New Frontier for Drug Discovery” (Poster #5)
16:40 – 16:50 Agata Markowska-Szczupak (Faculty of Chemical Technology, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Poland)“Microbiological Disinfection of Water and Air by Photocatalysis with Titanium Dioxcide” (Poster #6)
16:50 – 17:00 Keiko Sasaki (Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University)“Synthesis of Lithium Ion Sieve from Biogenic Manganese Oxides” (Poster #7, #18)


2nd Day, Oct 28 (Tue)

2F, Lecture Hall

10:00 – 11:10 Keynote Speech 3Chair: Masako Kato (Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University)Akira Fujishima(President, Tokyo University of Science)
“Water Photolysis and Photocatalysis”
11:10 – 11:20 Refreshing Break
11:20 – 12:30 Keynote Speech 4Chair: Kenichiro Matsumoto (Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University)Maria Miguel(Professor, Chemistry Department, University of Coimbra, Portugal)
“DNA Association in Water: A Delicate Balance between Hydrophilicand Hydrophobic Interactions”
12:30 – 14:10 Lunch break
14:10 – 15:50 Session 2: Lighting Talks
14:10 – 14:20 Ayumi Saruwatari (Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University)“Coexistence of Tidal and Ocean Currents in the Tsugaru Strait” (Poster #16)
14:20 – 14:30 Ana.s Lehoux (Catalytic Research Center, Hokkaido University)“Design and Preparation of Porous Materials for Application in Photocatalysis” (Poster #8)
14:30 – 14:40 Eri Sakuda (Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University)“Experimental Approaches to Photoreduction of Carbon Dioxide Using Boron as a Key Element- Towards Artificial Photosynthesis in Water.” (Poster #9)
14:40 – 14:50 Katja Loos (Department of Polymer Science, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)“Nanoporous Polymeric Networks – From Actuators to Water Purification” (Poster #10)
14:50 – 15:00 Ewa Kowalska (Chemistry Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University)“Advanced Oxidation Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment” (Poster #11)
15:00 – 15:10 Yuliya Vystavna (Department of Environmental Engineering and Safety, O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy)“Environmental and Socio-Economic Determinants, Their Impact on Emerging Tracers in Surface Water” (Poster #12)
15:10 – 15:20 Helena Fortunato (Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University)“Ocean Acidification Impact on Shallow Water Biodiversity” (Poster #13)
15:20 – 15:30 Junko Morimoto (Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University)“Challenges for the Restoration of Wetlands from the Abandoned Pasture” (Poster #14)
15:30 – 15:40 Mio Kasai (Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University)“Recent Sediment Disasters Triggered by Intense Storm Events in Japan” (Poster #15)
15:40 – 15:50 Katia Andrade (Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University)“The Importance of Water Transportation” (Poster #17)

1F, Seminar Room 1

16:10 – 17:00 Poster Discussions 2 Poster #8 – #18


3rd Day, Oct 29 (Wed)

1F, Seminar Room 1

10:00 – 11:00 Session 3: Panel Discussion“Women and Leadership for Next Phase”Chair: Kyoko Hida (Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido University)
11:00 – 11:10 Refreshing Break
11:10 – 12:20 Session 4: Group Discussion“Future Research Collaborations”Chair: Mayumi Ishizuka (Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University)Speakers: Luisa Custodio, Yuliya Vystavna, Ewa Kowalska
12:20 – 12:30 Refreshing Break
12:30 – 13:00 Closing RemarksTsuneko Mochizuki (Vicepresident, Head of Support Office for Female Researchers, Hokkaido University)
12:20 – 13:30 Poster Removal, Poster #1 – #18