10th International Symposium on Atomic Level Characterizations
for New Materials and Devices ’15
October 25 (Sun) – 30 (Fri), 2015
Kunibiki Messe, Matsue, Shimane, JAPAN
(Current date/time: November 19, 2017 / 23:10 JST)
|Abstract (<150 words) Deadline:||May 25 (Mon), 2015|
|Preliminary Program:||July 6 (Mon), 2015|
|Abstract Deadline for Post Deadline Papers:||July 27 (Mon), 2015|
|Early Registration Deadline:||August 24 (Mon), 2015|
|Proceedings (duty*) Deadline:||August 24 (Mon), 2015|
|Hotel Reservation Deadline:||October 9 (Fri), 2015|
(Subject to availability)
|Symposium:||Oct 25 (Sun) - 30 (Fri), 2015|
|SIA/e-JSSNT Deadline:||December 7 (Mon), 2015|
* Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts will be judged to have withdrawn their papers.
The series of international symposia entitled “Atomic Level Characterization (ALC)” started in 1996 with the meeting in Kyoto, Japan under the auspices of the 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The ALC symposia focus on practical applications of atomic level characterization (both atomic dimensions and energy levels) of new materials and devices, including bio- and organic materials as well as inorganics. Descriptions of new applications and instrumentation for various analytical techniques of surface and interface analysis are solicited in these symposia. The goal is to promote stimulating discussions among researchers specializing in different probe methods. The symposium also encourages discussion of fundamental problems to be solved in the further development of atomic level characterization of materials, including approaches based on theory and simulations.
The 2nd ALC symposium was held at Maui (Hawaii) in 1997, the 3rd one at Nara (Japan) in 2001, the 4th at Kauai (Hawaii) in 2003, the 5th Kailua-Kona (Hawaii) in 2005, the 6th at Kanazawa (Japan) in 2007, the 7th at Maui (Hawaii) in 2009, the 8th at Seoul (Korea) in 2011, and the 9th at Kona (Hawaii) in 2013. It is time to gather again for ALC'15, which is planned to be held in Matsue, historic city in Japan.
The official language of the symposium is English.
The sessions will cover the following topics:
Y. Saito (chair)
E. Bauer, C.S. Fadley, H. Freund, Y. Homma, H. Ibach, M. Kawasumi, J. Kirschner, T. Koshikawa, H. Lichite, D. Menzel, S. Morita, H. Neddermeyer, D. Newbury, Y. Nihei, C. Oshima, C.J. Powell, H. Rose, W.-D. Schneider, R. Shimizu , G.A. Somorjai, G. Thornton, T.T. Tsong, P. Varga, D.B. Williams
Y. Homma (chair)
M.S. Altman, F. Aumayr, H. Daimon, K.-H. Ernst, K. Goto , T. Gustafsson, A. Ichimiya, S. Ichimura, H.J. Kang, J. Kawai, K. Kimura, T. Kohashi, T. Koshikawa, A. Locatelli, K. Morita, Y. Nihei, K. Obori, C. Oshima, A.K. Schmid, H. Shimoyama, S.A. Song, S. Suzuki, Y. Takakuwa, S. Tanuma, G. Thornton, H. Tokumoto, Y. Watanabe, J.F. Watts, W. Widdra, H.W. Yeom, H. Yurimoto
Y. Takai (chair)
R. Oiwa (vice-chair) / T. Yasue (vice-chair)
T. Nagatomi (secretary) / H. Nakahara (secretary)
S. Aoyagi, T. Aoyama, S. Awata, H. Daimon, K. Dohmae, Y. Fujii, T. Hayasaka, R. Iiyoshi, S. Imashuku, H. Ishii, H. Iwai , R. Kanbe, Y. Kawano, M. Kiuchi, A. Kurokawa, F. Matsui, S. Nagai, M. Nojima, E. Nomura, M. Owari, S. Shiraki, T. Takeuchi, K. Yanagiuchi, H. Yoshikawa
K. Miyazaki (chair)
K. Sasakawa (vice-chair) / T. Sato (vice-chair)
K. Nakamura, E. Nomura, K. Obori, R. Oiwa
H. Hibino (chair)
K. Yanagiuchi (vice-chair) / H. Yoshikawa (vice-chair)
C. Oshima (advisor)
S. Aoyagi (secretary) / F. Matsui (secretary)
K. Asakura, T. Hasebe, T. Hirayama, Y. Homma, J. Kawai, K. Kimura, T. Koshikawa, G. Mizutani, S. Morita, K. Obori, M. Setou, S. Tanuma, H. Yurimoto
M. Suzuki (chair)
T. Kohashi (vice-chair)
T. Hayasaka (secretary) / M. Nojima (secretary)
Y. Fujii, S. Ichimura, A. Karen, A. Kurokawa, G. Mizutani, R. Shimizu, S. Suzuki
Post-deadline papers reporting the latest and significant work related to atomic level characterizations can be accepted for presentation. The deadline of the application is July 27, 2015. The formats of the abstract and proceeding are the same as those for the regular submission. Please refer to the subsection [New Application] below. Acceptance of post-deadline papers will be notified by July 31.
|July 27 (Mon), 2015|
We encourage the submission of papers describing work related to the symposium topics. Each contributor should submit a talk title, brief abstract (text only, within 150 words) and contact information via the ALC'15 web site by an application deadline shown below. The program committee will make a decision to accept or reject titles by July 6, 2015, and the decision will be announced by e-mail to each author. The submitted brief abstract will be appeared on a program book.
All accepted authors are then required to submit 2-6 pages of camera-ready manuscripts for the proceedings. Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts will be judged to have withdrawn their papers. The book of proceedings is not a publication. The books are handed out at the registration desk only to the participants. See “Proceedings” page for details of preparation and submission of manuscript for proceedings.
Accepted authors can also submit papers to reviewed journals (see “Reviewed Journals” page).
Students and young scientists can apply to the student awards and/or the excellent presentation awards at the same time as an application. See “Student Awards” and “Excellent presentation Awards” pages for instructions.
Authors who needs a financial support can apply to the travel support at the same time as an application. See “Support for Young Scientist” page for instructions.
|May 25 (Mon), 2015|
If you are new to submit presentation information, click on the [New Application] button below. A confirmation e-mail will be sent just after the submission, which includes uploaded information and an ID number. Before an application, be sure that the secretariat e-mail (alc15(AT)jsps141.surf.nuqe.nagoya-u.ac.jp; here ‘@’ is replaced by ‘(AT)’) does NOT filtered by your e-mail software.
To revise the submitted information, put your application ID (the ID number which was given upon application) and the registered e-mail, then click on the [Revise Submitted Information] button below.
Revisions of the submitted information should be made before the abstract deadline. Revisions sent after the deadline will be ignored.
All authors of accepted contributions and invited speakers are asked to submit a 2-6 pages of camera-ready manuscript for proceedings by deadline described below. No distinction will be made between oral and poster presentations. The proceedings will be published by electronic version (in USB memory) and will be handed out at the registration desk.
Authors submitting no proceedings manuscripts|
will be judged to have withdrawn their papers.
There is no reviewing for the proceedings and the distribution of the book is only limited to participants of the symposium and members of the 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis (the symposium sponsor).
Authors can also submit papers to a reviewed journal for publication (see “Reviewed Journals” page).
|August 24 (Mon), 2015|
2 to 6 pages of camera-ready manuscript must be in clear English and typed within a rectangle 170 mm wide by 240 mm high (left/right/top/bottom margins of 20/20/27/30 mm) on A4 paper (NOT US letter). The required format is:
You can use one of the following templates for preparation of a manuscript for proceedings.
Put your application ID (the ID number which was given upon application) and the registered e-mail, then click on the [Submit a Manuscript] button below. If you submit a manuscript twice, the last one overwrites the prior one.
Selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of “Surface and Interface Analysis” (SIA; Wiley) or “e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology” (e-JSSNT; SSSJ).
Authors can submit the same contents as the proceedings, however, submission format should follow respective instructions of journals which you want to submit.
|December 7 (Mon), 2015|
Prepare your manuscript according to SIA or e-JSSNT instructions depending on which journal you want to submit to.
Reviewing process for the special issue of SIA is different from a normal one. You should submit the manuscript to the publication committee of this symposium via this web page but NOT the Wiley web site.
The manuscript can be prepared by Microsoft Word or LaTeX. Read the following cautions for Word and LaTeX users before you submit a manuscript.
To submit your manuscript, put your application ID (the ID number which was given upon application) and the registered e-mail, then click on a [Initial Submission for SIA] button below.
Results of the reviewing process will be sent to you by e-mail from one of editors. A revised version of your manuscript, reply to the referee and comments to the editor should be sent by an e-mail directly to the relevant editor. His/her e-mail address will be informed to you with the results of the reviwing process. If you have any questions or query of your paper status, send e-mail to the editorial board (the address is shown below).
(‘@’ of the e-mail address is replaced by ‘(AT)’)
You will be requested to upload all source files when the reviewing process is finished. Details will be notified via an e-mail from the publication committee.
All reviewing and publication processes will be conformed with e-JSSNT procedure. Please follow the instructions written in the e-JSSNT web site.
A PC projector is available for oral presentations. Please bring your own laptop and connect it to our system during a break time prior to the session featuring your presentation. Since the projector has a normal VGA connector (analog RGB), do not forget to bring a VGA adopter if your PC has a non-VGA (i.e. DVI, mini DisplayPort etc.) connector. Please note that overhead projectors, 35mm slide projectors or any other presentation equipment is NOT available.
When preparing your poster, please include a program number, a title of your presentation and listed author(s). A sign with your program number will be placed at the location where you are to display your work.
Presenters are requested to be present at (or near) their poster during the times scheduled for poster viewing. Posters must be removed following your session by the presenting authors. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for any posters left on the boards after the session. Posters will be removed and discarded by the conference committee if they remain on the poster boards the next morning after the poster session.
Registration fees are listed in the table below.
(until August 24)
(after August 25)
|Student Participant *||¥25,000||¥30,000|
|Accompanying Person †||¥12,000||¥12,000|
* If you are registered as a student, please bring your student ID at the registration desk for confirmation.
† Fees for children of age less than or equal to 6 years old are waived, however, registrations are required.
The regular and student registration fee includes a participation fee, a book of abstracts, a digital version of proceedings (USB memory), and a manuscript submission fee. None of social program (mixer, lunch, excursion and banquet) fees are included in the regular and the student fees. However, ALC participants can attend these social programs for free of charge with subsidies from our sponsors. The accompanying person registration fee only includes the social programs.
In the event of cancellation of registration, 50% of registration fee will be refunded if the cancellation notice was received by September 24, 2015 (the bank transfer fee shall be borne by the participants). No refund will be made if the cancellation notice was received after September 25, 2015. It should be noted that all refunds will be made after the symposium.
All participants should register through the ALC'15 offcial registration site (the registration site is operated by JTB Corp.).
First of all, click on the [ALC'15 Registration & Payment] link below and access to the registration site. If you are new to use the registration system, begin with “Next” button to create your account. If you already have an account for the system, begin with “Log-In” button. For more detail, read and consult the instruction in the registration site.
ALC'15 Registration & Payment|
(operated by JTB Corp.)
Both of off-line and on-site registrations are NOT acceptable. All participants should be registered via the registration site. Even if you want to register at the symposium site, you must access to the registration site and pay on-line. Paying by cash is not accepted.
You can use the registration system (AMARYS-JTB, linked below) for accommodation arrangements. Please follow the instruction on the top page of the system (“Accommodation(option)” button) for hotel reservations.
Several participants received fraudulent phone calls and/or e-mails from companies other than JTB Corp., which will try to steal your credit card information. Contact information of participants may be researched from the symposium program with names and their institutions. DO NOT tell the credit card information on the phone or on the web site sent via the e-mail.
JTB Corp. is the only official company for hotel reservation of ALC conference. If you arrange your accommodation by a company other than JTB Corp., it will be your own responsibility.
ALC'15 Hotel Reservation|
(operated by JTB Corp.)
The Excellent Presentation Awards are designed to encourage scientists under 40 years old (rough guideline) on October 2015 to present their work. The award will be given to a limited number (around 5) of applicants.
The applicant must be the first author of the presentation. To apply for the Excellent Presentation Award, please check off an item "Apply to the Excellent Presentation Awards" when you submit your abstract.
The deadline is the same as that for the regular application, May 25 (Mon). You can also apply for the student award if you are a student, but you will not win both.
The program committee will announce the winners at the banquet. Winners must submit a manuscript for SIA (Surface and Interface Analysis).
Congratulations! The following 8 students won the Student Award of ALC'15.
Each winner will receive ¥25,000, which is only available to winners who attend the symposium and submit their manuscript to the special issue of Surface and Interface Analysis (SIA). Note that winners must still pay the registration fee. Each winner should have a short oral presentation (5 min) in the morning of October 27.
A limited number of partial travel support is available for researchers under 40 years old (rough guideline) on December 2015. Only those who are accepted for paper presentation and have financial difficulty in traveling will be considered for the support. Students are ineligible for this support (students can apply to the Students Awards).
The applicant must be the first author of the presentation. To apply for the Travel Support, a letter of application, 1 page of abstract and a statement of reason must be prepared. A written form must be saved in a PDF format and should be sent together with a presentation application. A template file for an application can be downloaded below.
The deadline is the same as that for the regular application, May 25 (Mon).
The steering committee will strictly judge whether the application should be accepted or not, and a notification will be sent by an e-mail to the applicant by the end of August.
Accepted authors receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to ¥45,000 in cash, only available at the registration desk and are obligated to submit their manuscript to the special issue of Surface and Interface Analysis (SIA).
You can use one of the following templates for an application.
|Time/Date||Oct. 25 (Sun)||Oct. 26 (Mon)||Oct. 27 (Tue)||Oct. 28 (Wed)||Oct. 29 (Thu)||Oct. 30 (Fri)|
|Oct 25 (Sun), 2015; 18:00-20:00|
Mixer at the symposium site will be held. All participants can attend the mixer for free with subsidies from our sponsors, however, you and your accompanying persons need a reservation to attend the mixer via the registration web site.
|Oct 29 (Thu), 2015; 11:20-11:40|
The group photo will be taken at the conference site. Details about the group photo, excursion and banquet will be announced after the morning session of October 29 (room A).
|Oct 29 (Thu), 2015; 12:30-18:15|
Excursion is scheduled in Thursday afternoon. We arranged two types of bus tours, A and B, as the excursion of ALC'15. Please visit the web site linked below for more details of tours A and B. You can choose one of them during your registration procedure (you and your accompanying persons need a reservation to attend the excursion). To ensure your reservation, it is strongly recommended to complete your registration by 14th September. For on-site registration, you may not choose a tour as you wish.
As shown above, the final destination of the excursion is the banquet place, where is away from the conference site or the center of Matsue city. If you do not attend the banquet, you need to take a train or a taxi for the center of Matsue. After the banquet, shuttle busses to the Matsue station and Hotels (arranged by JTB) will be prepared.
|Oct 29 (Thu), 2015; 18:30-21:30|
Banquet will be held at Center House of Vogel Park on Thursday evening. As described above, final destination of the excursion is the banquet place, so that you do not care about access to Vogel Park. If you do not attend the excursion but attend the banquet, you need to come to Vogel Park by yourself. The access to Vogel Park from the conference site is as follows:
All participants can attend the banquet for free with subsidies from our sponsors, however, you and your accompanying persons need a reservation to attend the banquet via the registration web site. To ensure your reservation, it is strongly recommended to complete your registration by 14th September.
No optional tour will be planned in the conference week by the conference committee. Please refer to the website of Matsue Tourism Association for finding sightseeing spots around Matsue
ALC' 15 will be held at Kunibiki Messe (Shimane Prefectural Convention Center) located in Matsue, Shimane, Japan. Matsue is one of the most famous places in Japan for legend about ancient gods. You can find useful information on Matsue and Shimane in the following links:
Shimane Prefectural Convention Center locates near the Matsue station and it takes about 10 min on foot. The nearest airport is Izumo airport. There are several domestic flights from Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka (Itami) to Izumo airport. Another airport, Yonago airport, is also available and there are flights from Tokyo (Haneda), Kobe, Ibaraki, Sapporo, Okinawa (Naha), and Seoul (Incheon) to Yonago airport. There are bus transportations from Izumo and Yonago airports to Matue station, the operation times of which are adjusted to the arrival and departure times of each flight. It takes about 30 and 45 minutes from Izumo and Yonago airports to Matue station, respectively.
Please refer to the following link for access detail.
|Access to the Kunibiki Messe|
The weather in Matue during October is usually fine. The average temperature during October is 17°C with the highest and lowest temperatures of 22°C and 13°C. The climate is very comfortable and we are sure that you can enjoy autumn season in Japan.
Secretary of ALC’15 Steering Committee|
Asahi KASEI Corp., JAPAN
(‘@’ of the e-mail address is replaced by ‘(AT)’)
(Do NOT attach a file to an e-mail to the secretary)
Sponsored by The 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis
of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)