Call for presentations for the 5th IGPR Symposium

On November 18th, the Institute for Global Prominent Research (IGPR) will organize the 5th symposium at the Nishi-Chiba Campus.

There are two presentation categories: (1) GP Presentation, in which presenters will be subject to Excellent Presentation Award, and (2) Presentation by graduate students who were dispatched abroad by the GP Support Program for Youth Capacity Development. This year, presentations in category (1) and (2) will take place on a different day as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here, you will find information on the program for category (1) , which is open to the general public. (For the Presentation by graduate students supported by the GP Program for Youth Capacity Development, click here).

In this event, the 23 research project teams will present their research in 1-minute (online recorded presentation) and will conduct online/onsite poster presentation.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Prof. Shiki Yagai from Institute for Global Prominent Research. His lecture titled “Bend fibers but not your beliefs!” will be an inspiration for junior researchers and graduate students.


Date & Time : November 18th, 2020 (Wed), 13:00-17:00 
Venue : Main Hall (Keynote Lecture) and Meeting Room (Poster Session), Keyaki Kaikan, Nishi-Chiba Campus.
Online Tool : Zoom, Remo (TBC)


Keynote Lecture

  • Title:Bend fibers but not your beliefs!
  • 矢貝史樹教授
  • Lecturer:Prof. Shiki Yagai, Institute for Global Prominent Research
  • Abstract:About ten years ago, I discovered that nanofibers made up of pigments happened to become "rings". The "rings" becomes "helices" when opened and connected, and I succeeded in realizing the spiral. Then, next to this spiral, I found a "catenane" which is a structure of rings connected like a chain. The lab members were so excited -"Let's connect five rings (like the Olympic symbol) by the next Olympic games and publish a paper!" This was two years ago. Since then, we successfully connected 22 rings, much more than we initially intended, and we could also clarify the complex mechanism of the catenanes. We got permission from the IOC, and immediately after we submitted the paper to Nature in time for the Olympics... the Olympics has been postponed. The paper was successfully accepted and even after a month and a half, I received congratulatory emails from all over the world. Although the Olympics did not take place this year, I will be happy if this research could energize and encourage young researchers, especially in this time of uncertainty. I was able to connect a lot of rings while opening and extending the ring I found ten years ago. There is a creative atmosphere in my lab and young researchers are working hard to find original molecules to discover unknown phenomena. I am glad that I stood in my belief that something will still be found. I don't know what we will find next and I look forward to continuing this journey with the lab members.
  • Profile
    2002.4-2007.3 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University
    2006.10-2010.3 PRESTO researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency
    2010.2-2017.7 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University
    2017.7- Professor, Institute for Global Prominent Research (IGPR), Chiba University
  • Awards
    Photochemical Society Encouragement Award (2009), Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Scientists (2011), Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Young Scientist Award (2011), Kao Research Encouragement Award (2012), Maruyama Memorial Research Encouragement Award (2012), 2012 Sekisui Chemical Award (2012), Asia Core Program Lectureship Award (2014), Konica Minolta Image Science Encouragement Award (2016), Swiss Chemical Society Lectureships Award (2017), Nagase Research Promotion Award (2018)
  • Research Group WebsiteYagai Research Group

Program (TBC)

Opening Remarks
Takeshi Tokuhisa, President of Chiba University, Director of IGPR. (Online)
1-minute Presentation by poster presenters. (Online Broadcasting)
Poster Presentation (Online / Onsite) **detailed program (as of Oct 22th) New!
Keynote Lecture (Online / Onsite)
Shiki Yagai, Professor, Institute for Global Prominent Research
Awarding Ceremony (Online / Onsite)
Closing Remarks (Online / Onsite)
Minoru Seki, Vice President of Chiba University, Head of Management Division of IGPR.

GP Presenation

Deadline: September 25, Friday.
・Please register the presenters by filling in the format sent to each project leader.
Presentation data for online broadcasting
** The slide video with audio that you submit will be broadcasted on the day of the symposium**
Submission deadline: November 9, Monday.
ppt format JP, ppt format EN
・For Macintosh users: slide videos created with Keynote can be accepted only as mp4 files.
・Please send presentation slides both in mp4 file format and PDF format to the following email address by the deadline.
・If you cannot send the file via email, please use the file sending system
・1 minute, around 2 slides, either in English or Japanese.
Interactive Poster Presentations (Online)
・Any file format can be accepted for online session (ex. A0 portrait/landscape orientation, ppt slides)
・Not necessary to submit the files in advance.
Please make sure to attend test session 1 or 2.(test session1: November 4th, test session2: November 11th, TBC)
・Presenters will be informed about the details of the test session
Poster (On-site)
・Please put up your poster at the venue on November 17, Tuesday.
poster format JP, poster format EN
・A0, vertical orientation, either in English or Japanese.