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 400 years Japan - Netherlands 

GRATAMA WORKSHOP 2000

- Chemistry and Chemical Technology for a Sustainable Society -

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April 21 (Fri) - 25 (Tue), 2000

Osaka, Japan

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Japanese version is here

Contents of this page

BACKGROUND:

DR. K.W. GRATAMA:

BASIC IDEA:

OBJECTIVES of the Workshop:

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

OPENING CEREMONY:

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM:

BUS TOUR and RECEPTION:

LOCATIONS and TRANSPORTATION:

NOTES for PRESENTERS

CONFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS


BACKGROUND:

On April 19 in the year 1600, the Dutch ship ÒDe LiefdeÓ arrived at Usuki Bay in Oita prefecture, Japan. Since that time, the Netherlands has kept strong relations with Japan even in the isolation period of the Edo era of Japan. In the year 2000, many celebration events have been planned in the fields of economics, culture, science and technology to commemorate 400 years of relations between Japan and the Netherlands. The GRATAMA Workshop 2000 is one such activity, held in Osaka during Òthe Dutch weekÓ starting from April 19.


DR. K.W. GRATAMA:

A Dutch chemist Dr. Koenraad Wolter Gratama (1831-1888) stayed in Japan for 5 years from 1866 to 1871, during a violent period when the government of Japan changed from the Edo bakufu to the Meiji government in 1868. In 1869, his idea for the foundation of a chemistry school ÒSeimi-kyokuÓ (a ÒChemie-schoolÓ in Dutch) with a chemistry laboratory was realized in front of Osaka Castle. He taught chemistry and performed chemical experiments using chemical reagents and apparatus that he brought from the Netherlands. The Seimi-kyoku became the commemorative school that first introduced modern chemistry with both lectures and experiments in Japan. In the year 2000 in Osaka, the place of the Seimi-kyoku, a Workshop that crowns the name of Dr. GRATAMA is being held as one of the celebration activities within the commemoration of the 400 years of relations between Japan and the Netherlands, in close cooperation with Osaka University, Osaka National Research Institute, Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University and under the auspices of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

It is our great pleasure to announce that a bust/statue of Dr. K.W. Gratama has been donated by the committee for creating the Gratama bust, which was organized on an individual basis though closely related to the Committees of the GRATAMA Workshop. It is also our great pleasure and honor to have the attendance of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, for the Opening ceremony of this Workshop and to conduct the unveiling of the statue.


BASIC IDEA:

The basis idea of the Workshop is one of importance for both countries: the challenge for a sustainable society. To justify the name of the Workshop, its focus is on the major contributions of chemistry and chemical technology for a sustainable society.

The theme of the Workshop:

ÒChemistry and Chemical Technology for a Sustainable SocietyÓ

The areas of attention:

A. Chemical Technology for Energy and the Environment, covering

1. Energy Efficiency

2. Renewable Energy

B. Precision Chemistry and Catalysis

C. Green Chemistry


OBJECTIVES of the Workshop:

The objectives of the GRATAMA Workshop are threefold:

(1) to commemorate the contributions of Dr. K. W. Gratama as a founding father of chemistry in Japan,

(2) to discuss an important theme for both countries: how chemistry and chemical technology can contribute to a sustainable human society in the next century, and

(3) to develop and extend the friendship between Japan and the Netherlands, specifically in the fields of chemistry and chemical technology, by exchanging academic knowledge and achievements and also by mixing senior and junior scientists from both countries.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:


OPENING CEREMONY:

The opening ceremony will be held in the early morning of April 22 at the ÒOsaka International Convention CenterÓ.

9:00; Opening Remarks (Dr. T. Kishimoto, President of Osaka Univ.)

9:05; Greetings (Dr. Nicolas de Voogd, President of Delft Univ. of Tech.)

9:10; Key note address (Mrs. A. Jorritsma, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs)

ÒCooperation in Science & Technology between the Netherlands and JapanÓ

9:25; Lecture (Prof. Tetsuo Shiba)

ÒKoenraad Wolter Gratama, founding father of chemistry in JapanÓ

9:40: Unveiling ceremony of the GRATAMA bust

( His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange )

9:50; Closing


SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM


BUS TOUR and RECEPTION :

After the Opening Ceremony on April 22, a bus tour is planned. It will visit ÒTekijukuÓ an original medical school of Osaka University, ÒOsaka CastleÓ, and ÒOsaka Kaiyukan AquariumÓ. At about 17:00 we will arrive at Osaka Harbour and board the ÒKanrin-maruÓ ship where the Reception will be held. The details will be given later.

Web sites are as follows:

Tekijuku: unfortunately this site is in Japanese only, http://www.osaka.ntt.ocn.ne.jp/bakumatu/tekizyuku/index1.html

Osaka Castle: http://www.tourism.city.osaka.jp/en/castle/index.htm

Aquarium: http://www.kaiyukan.com/eng/top.html


LOCATIONS and TRANSPORTATION:

The Workshop will be held at the ÒIcho-kaikanÓ building located in Suita campus of Osaka University, except for the Opening Ceremony, which will be held in the early morning of April 22 at the ÒOsaka International Convention CenterÓ located in Nakanoshima, Osaka City.

For a Campus map, please visit the home page of Osaka University and select ÒSuita CampusÓ. The Icho-kaikan building is located near Radioisotope Research Center (#19). For a schematic diagram of transportation in Osaka area, select ÒTransportationÓ.

For more details on the Osaka International Convention Center (Grand Cube Osaka), please visit <http://www.gco.co.jp/index.html>. The Opening ceremony will be held in the Conference room on the 12th floor.

All participants will stay in the ÒSenri Hankyu HotelÓ, the URL of which is http://www.senri-htl.com/english/welcome.html. The Hotel is located about 5 minutes walk from Senri-Chuo Subway station and Senri-Chuo Monorail station. Three possible routes are recommended to get to Senri Hankyu Hotel:

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From Kansai International Airport:

The easiest way to get to the hotel is to first take a Limousine bus from Kansai Airport to Osaka Domestic Airport (Itami Airport). Limousine buses bound for Osaka Airport leave every 30 minutes from bus stop No. 8. The bus stops are on the ground floor just outside the international arrivals hall. Make your way to exit B, C, or D, E and you will find section B outside the building, where a ticket for buses is available through a vending machine (1,700 yen). If you need assistance, please ask the information desk inside the building. It takes approximately 80 minutes to Osaka Airport. From here please see below.

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From Osaka Domestic Airport (Itami Airport):

From Osaka Airport you can get to the Senri-Hankyu Hotel by either Taxi or Monorail. The taxi fare should not exceed 3,000 yen. If you have heavy bags, this is the recommended way. Please follow the signs to the taxi stand. Please note that the taxi stand is split according to destination. You need to take a taxi from the local area section. An economic option is to take the Monorail from the Airport to Senri-Chuo station (four-stations away). The monorail from Osaka Airport runs every 12 minutes during the daytime (290 yen, 13 minutes). From the station, the hotel is a three minute work.

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From Shin-Osaka station (JR Shinkansen):

From Shin-Osaka Station you can get to the Senri-Hankyu Hotel by either Taxi or Subway. The taxi fare should not exceed 3,000 yen. If you have heavy bags, this is the recommended way. An economic option is to take the Subway from Shin-Osaka Station to Senri-Chuo terminal the last station. The subway runs every 4-8 minutes during the daytime (320 yen, 14 minutes).

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There are two public transportation systems between the Hotel and Icho-kaikan( Osaka Univ. ): Bus and Monorail. Buses are direct, convenient and usually fast (about 10 minutes). Taking the Monorail requires a change of trains and so is more troublesome though the trains are punctual.

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Bus: From stand Ò6Ó take bus No. 100 and 164. Get off at the end terminal ÒHandai-honbu-maeÓ. From the bus terminal, it takes two minutes to Icho-kaikan.

Monorail: From the Monorail Senri-chuo station, take a train for ÒKadomaÓ and get off at ÒBanpaku-kinen-koenÓ station to change the train for ÒHandai-byoin-maeÓ. Get off the end terminal ÒHandai-byoin-maeÓ and it takes 8 minutes to Icho-kaikan.

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NOTES for PRESENTERS:@

Oral Presentation

Each speaker has 50 minutes for oral presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. A single slide projector (a 35 mm slide in a frame of 50 x 50 mm) and an overhead projector will be available. If a Video (VHS) machine is requested for presentations, please contact the secretariat before the workshop. Please note that the Japanese Video system uses the ÒNTSCÓ format, not the ÒPALÓ system.

Poster Presentation

Each author for the poster presentations is requested to give short (2 minutes) introductory presentation by using an overhead projector.

Please prepare your poster according to the following guidelines. The poster will be mounted on a panel of 120 cm (width) by 180 cm (height from the floor). The recommended poster size is 110 cm x 110 cm. Please take 90 cm (w) x 20-25 cm (h) for the title, author's names, and affiliations. All materials should be visible from a distance of 2 meters. Pins will be supplied by the organizer. The posters of Areas A, B and C should be mounted on the panels set in Room A, Room B and the Lobby, respectively.

All posters should be mounted in the morning of April 23, and presenters of posters are requested to stand in front of their posters during the designated period (16:00-16:55 for odd numbers and 17:05-18:00 for even numbers) for individual discussion.

Office machines

Computers and a photo copier will be available in Room D and the Headquarters, respectively.

Group Photograph

A group photograph will be taken by a professional photographer. All participants should meet in the main (Sanwa) Hall at 16:55 on April 23.

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