Professor Gabriele CENTI,
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,
Once the ancient capital, Kyoto is often called the “spiritual heart and cultural capital of Japan”. Visitors are always enchanted by Kyoto’s rich culture and 1200 years of history. Kyoto’s historic cityscape dominated by over 2000 temples and shrines and boasts 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.
This friendly city of 1.5 million people offers endless opportunities for your congress to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Japanese culture through tea ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship and more.
Kyoto’s user friendly qualities and compact layout of makes us a wonderful place for strolling and exploring during free time. From the moment of arrival at Kansai International Airport – just 75 minutes from the city center - guests of Kyoto are pampered with clear multilingual signs and clean, efficient transport choices.
Kyoto in June is blessed with the gentle and moistened combination of nature, adorning the town in blue, pink and violet. Before attending sessions, you might visit some temples or shrines to appreciate the fresh air and bright colors of nature, or after the session, you may enjoy beautifully illuminated night views. Please enjoy everything in Kyoto with your five Senses.
Kyoto is a gastronomic delight where visitors can treat themselves to a delicious traditional Japanese feast or enjoy flavors from all over the world.
In 2013, Washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) was designated as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. Kyoto is known as the birthplace of traditional Japanese food culture. Japanese cuisines express the beauty of nature in each season. When you’re in Japan, you’ll find the aesthetics of the seasonal Washoku dishes perfectly designed for the time of year.
International cuisine is also very popular in Japan. So delegates that hunger for familiar tastes will be delighted to find many high quality food options from all over the world.
The closest international gateway to Kyoto is Kansai International Airport
All of Japan is in the same time zone, 9 hours ahead of G.M.T. No Daylight Saving Time is practiced in Japan.
Shown below is a list of time differences between Japan and other major international cities.
Nationals of several countries are eligible to enter Japan without a visa unless the purpose of entering is to reside in Japan,
to obtain employment or to otherwise engage in remunerative activities.
At the time of writing this bid paper passport holders of approximately 68 countries do not require a visa to enter Japan.
For those passport holders that do, the organizing committee will provide a letter of invitation as necessary to support visa applications. For details on whether your passport requires a visa it is advised to contact your nearest Japanese embassy.
Source : Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay) ￨ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Trains, coaches and hotel shuttle taxis offer easy access from the Airport. Domestic transfer flights and bullet trains to arrive in Kyoto. Once you arrive, our easy to understand integrated mass transit system with English signs makes convenient to get around.
Once you arrive, it’s easy to get around using Japan’s excellent domestic transport.
Kyoto is attractive to Japanese delegates for it’s convenient location and great access to the bullet train. Busy delegates can even make a day trip to the meeting on the bullet train from Tokyo or other cities if they need to.
International visitors love how Kyoto grant’s have easy access to explore the rest of the country to explore before and after the meeting.
Kyoto is often referred to as the “30-minute city”; because most separate destinations can be reached within half an hour.
Two City Subway lines: north-south and east-west, end-to-end in 25 minutes.
Subway station signs are marked in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
Bus destinations are announced in English and Japanese and all bus stops named and labelled.
Newcomers can easily follow the bus map. Taxis are plentiful, honest, and affordable.
Sightseeing spots and hotels are located near subway stations and bus stops.
Special discount passes for subways and buses are available for congresses and conventions.
Kyoto is dotted with information centers for tourists from all over the world. Specifically, the Kyoto Tourist Information Center is the largest public tourist service center in Kyoto, which is located in Kyoto Station and jointly operated by Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto City.
Multilingual staff is stationed at the counter to assist tourists with various needs. In addition to Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean assistance is available.
City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts have undergone 6 months of special training and been certified by Kyoto City. As such, these guides provide interpretation guide services for a fee exclusively within Kyoto City.
In addition to having an accommodating attitude and a charming personality, City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts possess specialized knowledge and expertise regarding Kyoto. These interpretation specialists know precisely what it means to have “Kyoto quality.”
Armed with information on not only history, culture, and traditional industries but also all of Kyoto’s other charms, from its products to the residents and their lifestyles, City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts make for the perfect trip companion. Whether for business or pleasure, all visitors are welcome to enjoy the knowledge City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts possess.
Special subsidies exist that can help cover the costs of bringing these guides into your meeting.
A special website named ‘Clematis’ allows you to easily find the perfect guide.
Kyoto has 1,400 free Wi-Fi access points located throughout the city that anyone can use for free. These are located throughout the city at places like, train stations, subways bus stops, tourist attractions, and other public facilities.
Japanese mobile phones or SIM cards can easily be rented at the airport after arriving.
Japanese gray public phones are easy to use and come with English instructions on how to make international phone calls.
The foreign friendly taxi system is a certification for taxis especially for non-Japanese passengers. The first ever foreigner only taxi stand was set up at Kyoto Station. (No extra charges apply)
Kyoto provides various kinds of support for Muslim tourists visiting Kyoto.
Delegates of any religious background will be welcomed and can enjoy a comfortable stay in Kyoto.
This website is written in four languages, English, Arabian, Turk, and Malay. You can easily find information about halal restaurants, location of the Kyoto mosque, hotels, and the direction to pray in (qibla). Website was launched on Dec. 26, 2013.
The land of no-tipping – but many smiles
There is still a perception that Japan is an expensive country. However even delegates on a tight budget can easily find good lunch options for as little as ¥500 – 600 per person (approx. 5 – 6 USD) and good dinner options from about ¥1,000 (10 USD)per person.
In 2016, the Economist published its famous Big Mac Index Study that uses the price of a Big Mac as an indicator for how expensive a country is.
Japan ranks 40th in the world, way below many of the European and North American countries, and even below the Asian countries such as South Korea, Singapore, or the Philippines.
In addition to this, favorable exchange rates and tax free shops offer travelers even more ways to save money.
Kyoto is a gastronomic delight where visitors can treat themselves to a delicious traditional Japanese feast or enjoy flavors from all over the world. In 2013, Washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) was designated as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. Kyoto is known as the birthplace of traditional Japanese food culture. Japanese cuisines express the beauty of nature in each season. When you’re in Japan, you’ll find the aesthetics of the seasonal Washoku dishes perfectly designed for the time of year.
International cuisine is also very popular in Japan. So delegates that hunger for familiar tastes will be delighted to find many high quality food options from all over the world.
Japan currently ranks as the #6 safest country in the world.In recent years, safety has become an very important factor in determining suitable host cities for meetings. In Japan delegates can attend a congress with confidence for their safety and true peace of mind.
The Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area ranked in at #1 as the worldʼs safest city in the QS Best Student Cities 2017 Index.
In Kyoto, we are famous for our impeccable track record of public safety and low crime. We have some of the lowest rates of violent crime in the world. Taxi drivers and shop owners are friendly and honest. Petty theft and pickpocketing is almost unheard of here.
In 2015, Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau & the Kyoto Prefectural Police entered into a partnership to continue to protect all our visitors in the future.
Also, the Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau entered into a special partnership agreement with the Kyoto Prefectural Police, deepening Kyotoʼs commitment to the continued safety of all our visitors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
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.PDF
|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,
|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,
NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
|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,
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
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, Bio-derived compounds upgrading etc.
Emission control, Water treatment, Waste degradation etc.
PGM replacement and reduction, Gold catalysts etc.
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.
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 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.
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.