02Jul. 2016

Wonderful 2nd KASC Meeting in Saitama 

Assoc. Prof. Kiminori Maeda 


Friday 24th June saw the second Kanto Area Spin Chemistry (KASC) meeting, organised by Assoc. Prof. Kiminori Maeda and held at Sonic City satellite meeting room of Saitama University. This meeting brings together scientists in Eastern Japan working on problems related to electron spin in chemistry, to share results, questions, ideas, discussion and friendship. It was a stimulating but relaxed event with very high quality science well presented by students, postdocs, professors and invited lecturers from Novosibirsk in Russia, Prof. Konstantin Ivanov and Prof. Alexandra Yurkovskaya.


This was a wonderful opportunity for young scientists in Japan to present in English and meet with renowned international scientists in an informal setting.


In the evening, an after party was held nearby, with a wonderful selection of home-cooked food provided by the organiser’s family and research group. As all good post-symposia events aim to do, it provided the perfect atmosphere for the younger scientists to talk to the senior experts, about topics related to their own research and much more besides.


Prof. Jonathan Woodward from the University of Tokyo said about the event, “Last year we held the first KASC meeting based on a shared desire to build a strong community of spin chemists in Eastern Japan and to provide a platform for our students to meet, to present their work in public and to receive critical commentary and feedback from international experts. Over 30 people attended the event this year and everyone involved seems to have both enjoyed themselves and learned a great deal.”


The KASC meetings are off to a strong start with two very successful events this year and last year. Expectations are high for next year’s event!

  • Left to right (titles omitted), Maeda(Saitama), Yurkovskaya(Novosibirsk), Ivanov(Novosibirsk), Woodward(Tokyo), Antill(Tokyo)
  • Prof. Yurukovskaya (left) and Prof. Ivanov (right). The photograph was taken at the entrance of Faculty of Science No.1 building on the side of the poster of 2nd KASC meeting before excursion to Kawagoe City with Prof. Maeda.
  • Speakers and audience (not all) attending 2nd KASC Meeting. The photograph was taken in the Party room. Sitting in front from left to right (titlesomitted), Maeda(Saitama), Arakawa(Saitama), Asano(Gunma), Yurkovskaya(Novosibirsk), Murai(Shizuoka), Woodward(Tokyo), Shima(Saitama), Sakashita(Saitama). Second line, speakers, Ivanov(Novosibirsk), Antill(Tokyo), Zhebin(Tokyo institute of Technology), Suzuki(Saitama), and students from Saitama University, Gunma University, University of Tokyo, and Tokyo Institute of Technology.