The Catalysis Society of Japan aims to hold the 18th International Congress on Catalysis in Kyoto in 2024!


  • Catalysis Society of Japan Hiromi YAMASHITA President,
    Catalysis Society of Japan
  • Icc2024 Kyoto, Japan Keiichi TOMISHIGE Chair,
    Organizing Committee 18th ICC

Professor Gabriele CENTI,
Council Members
International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS)

Dear Prof. Centi and Council Members,

The Catalysis Society of Japan (CATSJ) is honored to present our proposal to host the 18th International Conference on Catalysis (18th ICC) in the historical city of Kyoto, Japan during 23-28 June 2024, hoping to share the attractive new developments in the field of catalysis especially in Asia.

The CATSJ, the major host organization of the 18th ICC, was founded in 1958 and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. The CATSJ has made various social contributions not only by providing many opportunities for information exchange on catalysis and interaction among catalysis researchers, but also by promoting both academic and technological advancements. The CATSJ has a long-standing history of hosting international meetings on catalysis, among which the 7th ICC was held in Tokyo in 1980, as well as the 5th Asia Pacific Congress on Catalysis in Sapporo in 2010. In addition, the CATSJ organizes the Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Science and Technology (TOCAT) every four years. The most recent TOCAT conference held in 2018 successfully attracted more than 1,000 participants.

The theme of the 18th ICC we propose is “Towards a Brilliant Future”, which emphasizes on the possibilities of advanced catalysts for the future to create clean energy and sustainable environment for the design of amenity space to provide a comfortable living. It is highly important to discuss novel catalyst design for sustainable chemistry, fundamental and practical understandings on catalyst materials, mechanisms and processes. The conference program will cover these main areas of catalysis science and technology. Through the exchange of these information and discussion, we believe that the conference will bring us an excellent opportunity to create strong connections between people, countries and continents, enhance the idea on boundary research fields and nurture young researchers. Furthermore, the various organizations of satellite conferences in not only Japan but also our neighboring countries will make the 18th ICC more fruitful and successful.

For this important event, the 18th ICC is proposed to be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center located in Kyoto. Kyoto holds many high-level, world-renowned universities and institutions. Kyoto has been a center of academia in this region for a long time, producing fundamental knowledge in science and technology and world-class researchers. This venue is one of the world's leading international conference halls holding a number of important conferences. It is the conference hall which hosted the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC (COP3), where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997. The venue is located in an ideal location in Kyoto city with excellent accessibility from all over the world, through International Airports and JR Shinkansen bullet trains. Kyoto also has a large number of accommodation options available in a wide range of prices.

Kyoto, once the capital of Japan for over a millennium, is also known as a major tourist destination. It is home to innumerable historical monuments such as temples and shrines, together with palaces and gardens, many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Aside from its collection of historical sites, Kyoto is also famous for its exquisite traditional Kaiseki dishes that features a delicious and colorful course menu. Kyoto also boasts Gion district of still-working geisha, who are Japanese women trained to entertain people with conversation, singing and dancing. You can also find traditional wooden merchant houses at Gion. Kyoto will allow you to experience historical culture and traditional Japanese hospitality.

Together with this prodigious experience as a host organization, the various foundations such as Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and a number of industrial corporations will support the 18th ICC financially. This will make it possible to minimize the financial burden on the participants. As usual, 10% of the registration fee will be contributed to IACS. We sincerely hope the moderately-priced registration fee and budget-friendly accommodation and travel grants for selected oral presenting students will encourage more participants, especially more young students and scientists, to partake in this conference.
After forty-four years since the 7th ICC held in Tokyo, Japan, the new generation of CATSJ looks forward to setting a fruitful conference to connect worldwide catalysis researchers. On behalf of the Japanese catalysis community, we sincerely hope to receive positive consideration in the IACS Council meeting in San Diego.

With best regards,

  • Hiromi YAMASHITA
  • Keiichi TOMISHIGE





The Catalysis Society of Japan (CATSJ) was founded in 1958 to promote and encourage the growth and development of the catalytic science and technology. To pursue our missions, the CATSJ holds various academic conferences, meetings, and seminars, and publishes journals and books.

Specified as the Academic Society by the Japanese Patent Office (1967)
Specified as the Academic Society by the Japanese Patent Office (1967)

Through the activities of the CATSJ, members and other related individuals can exchange the latest scientific information, make discussions in various scientific meetings, get educational services, and promote international and interdisciplinary collaborations. With more than 2,500 members, academia, government and the industrial world are united in open activities. We are proud to contribute to the betterment of our society through our activities on catalysis.

Many catalytic technologies have been commercialized in Japan since the 1960s, coinciding with the growth of CATSJ. They cover not only the fields of refinery/energy and petrochemical industry but also the fields of fine chemicals and environmental protection.

Membership of Catalysis of Japan

CATSJ holds more than 2,500 individual members whose interests span a wide range of the science of catalysis. Membership is fully opened to qualified persons abroad as overseas members. The activities of the CATSJ are strongly supported by more than 100 corporate members, including major companies in chemical, automobile, oil, steel and machine industries.



Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Science and Technology (TOCAT) has been held at the midway year of International Congress on Catalysis and every four years since 1990. The number of conferences and symposiums in the field of catalysis is becoming large steadily all over the world like the number of catalysis journals because of higher importance of the catalytic science and technology relating to a sustainable society.

Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Science and Technology (TOCAT)
Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Science and Technology (TOCAT)

TOCAT is one of the leading conferences and the status of TOCAT has already been established judging from long history, participants from a lot of countries and regions, and so on. According to the address of Prof. Yoshihiko Moro-oka in the proceedings of 1st TOCAT, most conferences were more inclined toward academic investigations, and a new type of meeting involving more industrial researchers and topics was necessary. At that time, academic investigations and industrial applications seemed to go their separate ways and they had become nearly independent of each other. As a result, TOCAT was organized to fill in the gap between basic science and application technology, where the industrial session was succeeded by all the TOCAT conferences. The organizers always hope TOCAT to be a “catalyst” to promote communications among academic and industrial researchers.

Memory of 7th ICC (1980) in Tokyo, Japan

7th ICC in Tokyo
7th ICC in Tokyo

Date: 1980. 6. 30~ 7. 4
Venue: Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Chair: Prof. Atsumu Ozaki (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Vice Chairs: Prof. Kenzi Tamaru (The University of Tokyo), Dr. Makoto Niwa (Mitsubishi Chemical)
President: Prof. R. L. Burwell, Jr. (USA)
Vice President: Prof. J. Haber (Poland)
President-elect: Prof. K. Tamaru (Japan)
Secretary: Prof. J. Block (F.R.G.)
Treasurer: Prof. W. M. H. Sachtler (The Netherlands)


About 40 years ago, 7th ICC was held in Tokyo, Japan and this was the first ICC in the East. There were 1074 participants from 38 countries, and 170 oral presentations were given, which were nearly one third of the total submissions.
The main theme of the congress was “New Horizons in Catalysis”. The subjects were as follows:

  • Elucidation and application of heterogeneous catalysts and catalysis
  • Characterization of catalyst surface at molecular level by utilized state-of-the-art techniques
  • Science of catalyst preparation
  • Development of industrially-important catalytic processes

Prof. A. Ozaki, the Congress chair, said in the opening remark: “The present Congress held in 1980, as I believe, will have a historical significance, since we are now entering into the Post Petroleum Age. After 50 or 100 years, the present age will be called the Petroleum Age. We are not sure whether we are entering into the Atomic Age or the Coal Age. Anyway, for survival of mankind, we need more efficient catalysts.”


The scientific program of the 18th ICC in 2024 will be organized by Catalysis Society of Japan. The bid preparation committee members are academia in the wide range of the catalysis field, but the committee of 18th ICC will be expanded to members from industries, national institutes and so on, which are covered by Catalysis Society of Japan.

18th ICC2024 Bid Preparation Committees

Chair and Coordinator
  • Tohoku University Keiichi TOMISHIGE
Program and Agenda
  • Tokyo Metropolitan University Tetsuya SHISHIDO
  • Kyoto University Ryu ABE
  • The University of Tokyo Kazuya YAMAGUCHI
  • Nagoya University Katsutoshi NAGAOKA
  • The University of Tokyo Kazuhiro TAKANABE
  • University of Toyama Noritatsu TSUBAKI
Web site, publicity, bid brochure, videography
  • Hokkaido University Ken-ichi SHIMIZU
  • Kagawa University Kenji WADA
  • & all other members
Finances, budget
  • Waseda University Yasushi SEKINE
  • Kyoto University Hisao YOSHIDA
  • Seikei University Shigeo SATOKAWA
  • Tohoku University Keiichi TOMISHIGE
  • Waseda University Yasushi SEKINE
  • Hokkaido University Atsushi FUKUOKA
  • President, Catalysis Society of Japan Hiromi YAMASHITA

Congress Site

Kyoto International Conference Center [ICC Kyoto]

Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto) opened in 1966, as the first government‐built international conference facility in Japan.
ICC Kyoto covers a vast site of 156,000m2 that features the Main Building, Annex Hall, Event Hall, New Hall and a Japanese garden as well as car parking for 200 vehicles. Together with the adjoining hotel, the site serves as a state‐of‐the‐art complex devoted exclusively to conferences.

ICC Kyoto boasts more than 70 conference rooms including 10 halls with simultaneous interpretation equipment. The Main Building, Annex Hall, Event Hall and New Hall are connected by indoor passageways and linked by a digital network system comprising more than 600 fiber‐optic cables. This network makes live video relay easy thereby enabling large scale conferences of more than 8,000 people.
ICC Kyoto has security personnel within the building 24 hours a day, plus video‐monitoring systems placed throughout the building.
The security control office is the communication center for reporting all incidents including life, fire, earthquakes, and other emergencies.
Highly trained professionals are always present and ready to execute a tight perimeter and floor security.

Kyoto Has a Strong History
Hosting the World’s Greatest Meeting

The third session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP3) where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted is a famous example, but Kyoto has also hosted many other large-scale and notable international meetings including the G8 Foreign Ministers' Meeting. The Science and Technology in Society Form (STS Forum) has been held in Kyoto every year since 2004.

Floor Plan


Floor Map 1


Floor Map 2



Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto

Opened in 1986, Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto is situated in the north of Kyoto, located near the beautiful Takaragaike Lake Park with a view of Mount Hiei to the east. The Takaragaike area where the hotel is located has been designated a scenic preservation zone by Kyoto City, making it a tranquil setting with a rich natural environment. The hotel is also next to Kyoto International Conference Center, the first state-run international conference facility in Japan.

Designed by acclaimed architect Togo Murano, Grand Prince Hotel features a circular design intended to blend in with the natural scenery around it. With comfortable guest rooms, elegant banquet halls and restaurants, and a traditional teahouse within a Japanese garden, guests can enjoy a peaceful and luxurious stay within the exquisite atmosphere of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.

Free Wifi in all rooms. LAN cable also provided in all rooms for easy internet connection to PC or laptop.
All guest rooms are non-smoking at this Hotel.

  • Business Service Center
    Make use of PCs connected to Internet lines. (1 PC with Japanese OS and 1 PC with English OS)Opening Hours: 24 hour
  • Foreign currency exchange machine
    Foreign currency exchange machine (USD / GBP / EUR / AUD / HKD / CNY / SGD / CAD)
  • Luggage Delivery System (Free Service )
    Check-in at the station and go sightseeing without luggage. The in-station check-in is just on the right side when alighting from Shinkansen Kyoto Station, Hachijo Gate.
    Location: Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit
    Hours: 9:00 – 18:00
    *Luggage can be deposited at the Welcome Counter till 14:00.

Ease of Marketability and Strong Delegate Boost

Meetings held in Japan tend to have larger number of delegates than usual - especially medical and science related meetings, This is because Japanese associations tend to be large and well developed, and because Japanese doctors and scientists tend to be especially enthusiastic when the meeting is held in Japan.
Kyoto’s strong delegate appeal as a world class tourist destination and its history of world changing meetings makes it easy to market and gives an additional boost to numbers. Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau offers comprehensive support to help market and engage with the local community.

Excursions and Entertainment

Kyoto offers you the opportunity to incorporate traditional Japanese culture into your program with options like motivational activities & rewards, team-building, breaks between sessions, spouse programs, optional tours, entertainment & attractions.

Maiko (Geisha)
Maiko (Geisha)
Kimono Experience
Kimono Experience

Experience Kyoto

Feel the Cultural Heritage of Japan’s Ancient Capital

Take a guided tour of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was the residence of the Emperor for more than one thousand years. Then follow up with a walk on the incredible nightingale floors of Nijo Castle, one of Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many shops will even dress you up in a beautiful Kimono for the day for a reasonable price. Or you can try on authentic period clothing at a photo studio.

Meet a Master Craftsperson

Kyoto is the home to the workshops of countless master artisans, including master weavers, potters, dyers, metalsmiths, lacquerware artisans, etc. You can tour their workshops, watch a master at work and spend an afternoon participating in a hands-on class and create your own masterpiece

Discover “The Walking City” Safe and Fun to Explore on Foot

Kyoto is compact and safe, great for walking, and accessible by bicycle and public transportation too. Regardless of where you are in the city there will be many delights just around the corner. Take a stroll through the breathtaking bamboo groves of the Arashiyama district. Visit some of Kyoto’s over 2,000 shrines and temples, countless gardens, and charming curiosity shops lining picturesque avenues. You can even enjoy a raft ride down the river or open deck train rides through the surrounding mountains.

Experience the Taste of Kyoto

“Washoku”, or Japanese traditional cuisine, is a registered UNESCO intangible Cultural heritage. Enjoy a beautiful Kyoto-style course meal in the tranquil setting of a traditional restaurant. Taste the sublime flavor of Kyoto’s famous green tea in a tea ceremony, and admire the confectionaries that are miniature works of art. Or you can visit Kyoto’s historic breweries and participate in a sake tasting tour. For a more hands on experience, you can join a cooking class and learn to make sushi from a master chef.

Koto Performance
Koto Performance
Zen Meditation
Zen Meditation

World Heritage Sites

Kyoto has one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO World heritage sites, with 17 properties all located within Kyoto Prefecture. No trip to Kyoto will be complete without visiting at least one of these sites, which attract a constant stream of visitors, as each property embodies the respective era in which it was constructed. As such, Kyoto will definitely charm and amaze the congress participants.


Letters of Support

Name Title
Takatoshi Nishiwaki Governor, Kyoto Prefecture
Daisaku Kadokawa Mayor of Kyoto
Atushi Ichikawa Executive Officer, General Manager, Innovative Technology Laboratories
Hiroshi Shirai Lead Executive Officer, Corporate Research & Development, Asahi Kasei Corporation
Yoshimi Okada, PhD Principal researcher, Technology Development Department
and Hydrogen Supply Chain Development Department
Masayuki Teranishi Head of Technical Center Toyama, BU Catalysts
Tetsuya Watanabe Associated Executive Officer, Senior General Manager, Technology Innovation Center,
JGC Corporation
Dr. Yuichiro Fujiyama Executive Officer, General Manager of Central Technical Laboratory,
JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
Masamichi Mizukami Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer
Akihisa Kakimoto Chief Technology Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Kiyoshi Ito General Manager, R&D Planning & Coordination Division, R&D Center, Mitsui Chemicals, INC.
Dr. Tomoharu Oku Chief Technology Manager, Nippon Shokubai Co.,Ltd
Yuji KUBO Executive Officer, Head of Laboratories, Advanced Technology Research Laboratories,
Jun Tanaka Director, Managing Corporate Officer, Chief Technology Officer, SHOWA DENKO K.K.
Isao Kurimoto Executive Officer, Sumitomo Chemical Co.,Ltd.
Chika Kako Field General Manager, Material Technology Field, Advanced R&D and Engineering Company,


Structure of Topical Sessions

Catalytic materials & design
Zeolites, MOFs, POMs, Nanoparticles, Alloy, Hybrid and multifunctional catalysts, Catalyst design & synthesis etc.

Water splitting, Artificial photosynthesis, Plasmon etc.

New concepts for catalysis
Electrocatalyst, Electric field, Plasma, Membrane, Flow chemistry etc.

Biomass conversion
Biomass conversion, Bio-derived compounds upgrading etc.

Environmental catalysis
Emission control, Water treatment, Waste degradation etc.

Elemental strategy
PGM replacement and reduction, Gold catalysts etc.

Energy conversion
Fuel cell, Hydrogen carrier, NH3 synthesis, etc.

Carbon dioxide capture and utilization
Syngas, Shale gas, CO2 reduction, Methanol synthesis, Power to gas, Direct air capture

Fine chemicals and polymer synthesis
Fine chemicals, Organometallics, Enantioselective synthesis, Polymer synthesis, etc.

Selective oxidation
CH4 conversion, Selective oxidation etc.

Solid acids and bases
Petroleum refining and petrochemicals etc.

Fundamentals and characterization
in-situ and Operando analysis, Microscopic & spectroscopic characterization, Surface chemistry,
Transient kinetics, Reaction pathways etc.

Theoretical calculation, molecular dynamics and informatics
Theory and computation, Informatics etc.

Pre-ICC and Post-ICC Conference

Pre-ICC and Post-ICC conferences will be organized by utilizing the network of Asia-Pacific Association of Catalysis Societies (APACS), which consists of Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Russian, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. A broad range of catalysis scope will be covered by these conferences. It is characteristic that APACS covers an extensive region and we hope participants will enjoy a variety of culture at this opportunity.

Program Overview

Program Overview


The budget has been calculated on the basis of 1800 participants including 650 students and 60 invited participants and by considering financial support from Kyoto City and financial contributions from industry.

The registration fees of 90,000 JPY (early), 100,000 JPY (regular), 30,000 JPY (students, early) and 40,000 JPY (student, regular) will cover the participation at the scientific sessions, the poster presentation, the exhibition, the book of abstracts on memory stick, the welcome reception and the coffee breaks.
10% of registration fee will be set aside as contribution to IACS.