In order to realize the sustainable development of a beautiful and prosperous society into the future, it is essential to create a society in harmony with our global environment. This type of ideal society, or EcoTopia, is what we must strive to achieve in the 21st century. In creating such a society, interdisciplinary research that integrates the natural sciences with humanities and the social sciences is of ever-increasing importance, starting with the cyclical use and regeneration of goods, energy, and information and their balance with humankind.

The EcoTopia Science Institute has been launched on April, 2004 as a research center at Nagoya University to realize such an idea, and approved as an official institute attached to the university in April, 2006. This institute is the largest research institute at Nagoya University and consists of the Division of Integrated Research Projects and four Core Research Divisions on Nano-Materials Science, Energy Science, Environmental Research and Information and Communication Sciences. This institute is expected to play a principal role to promote interdisciplinary and integrated research for various problems of the sustainable society.

The EcoTopia Science Institute, Nagoya University will organize the International Symposium on EcoTopia Science 2007 (ISETS07) for three days from 23rd to 25th November at Integrated Building (IB) of Nagoya University, Japan. This Symposium is the second meeting following the International Symposium on EcoTopia Science 2005 (ISETS05) held in 2005. As a place of discussion and information exchange, we provide a forum on the most recent progress in the fields of interdisciplinary sciences integrating natural sciences, humanities and social sciences as the weft, and also in the fields of nano-materials, energy, environment, information and communication as the warp. The three-day symposium will include several invited lectures from world-renowned scientists and engineers in the organized sessions with contributed papers as well as general and poster sessions.

Chair of Organizing Committee, Director of EcoTopia Science Institute, Prof. Tsuneo Matsui
Chair of Executive Committee, Prof. Tatsuya Hasegawa
Chair of Scientific Program Committee, Prof. Youichi Enokida


All aspects of EcoTopia Science from basic researches to applications will be of interest in the symposium. Scientists and engineers from any discipline, who are engaged in research, development and technology areas related to EcoTopia Science, are invited to contribute papers. All submitted papers will be reviewed for the publication and presentation in oral or poster sessions. Younger scientists and students are particularly welcome to ISETS07. Best paper prizes will be awarded to the outstanding presenters.

Those who intend to contribute a paper are requested to submit an abstract of 200 to 400 words through ABSTRACT SUBMISSION page before June 15 2007 (postponed from May 31). After receiving the acceptance notification for the submitted abstract, the authors are requested to submit a full manuscript of 2 to 8 pages in A4 size (6 to 8 pages for invited speakers). Please refer to the IMPORTANT DATES for the symposium schedule.

Abstract : 200 to 400 words
Full Manuscript : 2 to 8 pages (6 to 8 pages for invited speakers) in A4 size

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The following special sessions will be organized.

1. Innovative Materials for Environment and Their Characterization
Organizers: T. Yogo and J. Usukura
Keywords: Innovative processing by advanced technologies, biomimetic materials, biomimetic processing, novel functional materials, catalysis, in situ characterization of materials, new characterization methods, material assessment
2. Advanced Materials for Energy
Organizers: T. Nagasaki and T. Yogo
Keywords: Battery and fuel cell materials, ionic conductor, sensor, thermoelectric materials, electronic materials, nuclear materials, technology assessment
3. Advanced Energy Production/Conversion
Organizers: K. Kitagawa and N. Ohno
Keywords: Nuclear fusion plasma, renewable fluid energy, wind energy, hydro power, efficient energy utilization, thermal recycle, energy conversion, energy transfer, energy storage, fuel cell, advanced vehicles and fuels, monitoring, simulation, technology assessment
4. Advanced Electric Power Apparatus and Systems
Organizers: N. Hayakawa and F. Endo
Keywords: Environment-friendly equipment, new materials, intelligent power system, information technology, superconductivity, monitoring, diagnosis, simulation, optimization, risk management, asset management
5. Refinery Technology for Bio-wastes
Organizers: T. Hasegawa and T. Okayama
Keywords: 3R (recycle, reduce, reuse) of bio-wastes, extraction of chemicals and their application, production of bio-fuel, gasification, thermal energy and treatment, policy/management/economics for bio-wastes
6. Green Production
Organizers: M. Kusunoki and R. Sasai
Keywords: Clean production, green chemistry, zero-emission, eco-materials, eco-design, pollution control, safety assessment
7. Waste and Emission Management
Organizers: H. Itoh and K. Suzuki
Keywords: Waste treatment technology, reuse and recycling, resource recovery, remediation of environment, toxic substances, water treatment, risk management and communication
8. Perspective of Nuclear Energy Utilizations
Organizers: S. Kurata and K. Sawada
Keywords: Nuclear power generation, FBR development, nuclear waste management, nuclear engineering education, nuclear fuel cycle, isotope separation, public acceptance
9. Information Technology for Sustainability
Organizers: T. Watanabe and T. Uchiyama
Keywords: Communication system, flow analysis, fluid dynamics, simulation, visualization, linguistic information, education, courseware, robotics, security
10. Engineering Cybernetics and Behavioral Science
Organizers: G. Obinata and K. Koga
Keywords: Assistive devices, modeling in human behavior, visuo-motor, coordination, neuromechanics, control in human movement, rehabilitation robotics
11. Nanotechnology and Biotechnology
Organizers: O. Takai and A. Katayama
Keywords: Novel nano- and bio-materials, post-scaling for nano- and biotechnology, micro-total analysis systems and bio-chip, technologies for sustainability, risk assessment, ethic, economics and legal policies in nano- and biotechnology
12. Policy, Management and Economics for Sustainable Social System
Organizers: K. Hayashi and S. Nakamura
Keywords: Topics: Climate change, energy, waste, biodiversity and natural resources, sustainable society (transport, building, urban and consumption)
Tools: Materials flow, LCA, life cycle costing, impact assessment, sustainable decision making, risk management

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