7th OCARINA International Symposium
in conjunction with
Symposium in honor of Distinguished Professor Michael Nobel

Invitation to

The OCU Advanced Research Institute for Natural Science and Technology (OCARINA) will hold its international symposium, in conjunction with a symposium in honor of Distinguished Professor Michael Nobel on March 17-18, 2016, at Osaka City University (OCU) , Osaka, Japan.


The main subject of the symposium will be Artificial Photosynthesis from biology to chemistry.

On behalf of organizing committee, we encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from many younger scientists including students (age under 35) to increase opportunities for lively and informative exchange of views. A few posters will be awarded the poster prize. It will be announced at the closing of the symposium.

We look forward to welcoming you to Osaka.

Chair organizer

Vise President of OCU
President of OCARINA

Registration Form

Deadline : 26th Feb, 2016 (Fri.)  It was closed


17th March (Thu.) , 2016 10:00-18:00
18th March (Fri.) , 2016 10:00-17:20


Conference Room (10thFloor) , Media Center and Library, Osaka City University


17th March (Thu.) , 2016 18:00-20:00
at "Nonohana House" 1stFloor, Osaka City University Media Center


The OCU Advanced Research Institute for Natural Science and Technology (OCARINA)

Organizing committee

Honor Lecture

Keynote Lecture

Invited speakers

Invited speakers in OCARINA project team

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Display 17 March, 9:30 - 18 March, 18:00
Time 17 March, around noon (1hr) . Please check the programme.
The time for presentation will be 30 min. During your time, please stay around the poster
  • Odd number first 30 min
  • Even number last 30 min


3-3-138 Sugimoto Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, 558-8585

Access by Public Transport


5 min. walk from Sugimoto-cho Station (JR Hanwa Line) .
15 min.walk from Abiko Station (Subway Midosuji Line) .

Access from the Main Terminals


From Kansai International Airport (KIX) :
Take the Kansai-Airport Rapid Service, change at Sakai-shi to a local train for Tennoji and get off at Sugimoto-cho Station.

From Shin-Osaka Station :
Take the subway Midosuji Line and get off at Abiko Station.

From Osaka International Airport (Itami) :
Take an Airport Limousine Bus to Abenobashi Station, then take a local train on the JR Hanwa Line from JR Tennoji Station and get off at Sugimoto-cho Station.


17th March (Thu.) , 2016


Opening of 7th OCARINA International Symposium

Opening Address : 
Dr. Hiroshi OHSHIMA (Vice-President, OCU/Director, OCARINA/Professor of Graduate school of Engineering, Japan)


OCARINA Symposium Session 1: Photosynthesis

  • Dr. Tomoyasu NOJI (Special-appointment Lecturer, OCARINA, Japan)
    "Control of Photoreaction Inside Porous Glass Enabling Solar Fuel Production under Aerobic Condition"
  • Dr. Ryo NAGAO (Assistant Professor, Nagoya University, Japan)
    "Hydrogen-Bond Network around YZ Controls ProtonTransfer in Photosynthetic Water Oxidation"
  • Dr. Yasufumi UMENA (Special-appointment Assistant Professor, Okayama University, Japan)
    "Estimation of the Valences and Radiation Damage of Four Mn Atoms in Photosystem II Crystals Using Anomalous Diffraction Techniques"
  • Dr. Keisuke SAITO (Lecturer, Tokyo University, Japan)
    "The First Proton Rrelease on the Water-Oxidizing Rreaction in Photosystem II"
  • Dr. Akihito ISHIZAKI (Special-appointment Assistant Professor, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan)
    "Quantum Dynamics in Photosynthetic Light Harvesting"
12:00-Lunch Break
12:40-13:40Poster Session on Duty

Opening of Michael Nobel Symposium

  • Opening Address : 
    Dr. Yoshiki NISHIZAWA (President of Osaka City University, Japan)

Nobel Symposium Session 1: Photosynthesis and utilization of photo energy

  • Dr. Dror NOY (Principal Investigator, Migal-Galilee Research Institute, Israel)
    "Control of Chlorophyll Spectral Properties in Natural Photosynthetic Proteins and their Artificial Analogs"
  • Dr. R.N. FRESE (Assistant Professor, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherland)
    "Biological Photovoltaic Building Blocks for Solar Energy Harvesting"
  • Dr. Z.-Y. WANG-OTOMO (Professor, Ibaraki University, Japan)
    "Crystal Structure of a Bacterial Photosynthetic Core Complex"
  • Dr. Chunhong YANG (Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
    "The mechanisms for the structural and functional regulation of the antenna protein of photosystem II"
  • Dr. Shuji NAKANISHI (Professor, Research Center for Solar Energy Chemistry,Osaka University, Japan)
    "Electrochemical Regulation of Photosynthetic Cyanobacterial Cells "

Nobel Symposium :Honor Lecture

  • Dr.Michael NOBEL (Distinguished Professor, OCU /Chaiman, Nobel Sustainability Trust Foundation (NSTF) , Zurich, Switzerland)
    "Advantages and Disadvantages of Hydrogen Fuel Cells versus Electricity for Powering Vehicles"

18th March (Fri.) , 2016


Nobel Symposium :Keynote Lecture

  • Dr. Kazunari DOMEN (Professor, School of Engineering The University of Tokyo, Japan)
    "Water splitting photocatalysts using solar energy"

Nobel Symposium Session 2: Photocatalysts

  • Dr. Yusuke YAMADA (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University, Japan)
    "Composite Catalysts for Photocatalytic H2 Evolution Utilizing Nanospaces"

Closing of Michael Nobel Symposium

  • Closing Address : 
    Dr. Michio MIYANO (Vice President of Osaka City University, Japan)
11:30-12:30Lunch break

OCARINA Symposium Session 2: Frontier Material

  • Dr. Naoteru SHIGEKAWA (Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Graduate School of Engineering, OCU, Japan)
    "Bonding of Dissimilar Semiconductor Materials for Fabricating Novel Energy-Creation and energy-saving devices"
  • Dr. Seiya KOBATAKE (Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, OCU, Japan)
    "Photomechanical Actuators of Photochromic Crystals"
  • Dr. Masatoshi KOZAKI (Professor, Graduate School of Science Molecular Materials and Science, OCU, Japan)
    "Construction and Functionalization of Novel π-Conjugated Materials"
  • Dr. Kazunobu SATO (Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, OCU, Japan)
    "Molecular Spin Technology and Quantum Control for Quantum Computers"

OCARINA Symposium Session 3: Frontier Biology

  • Dr. Makoto MIYATA (Professor, Department of Biology and Geosciences, Graduate School of Science, OCU, Japan)
    "Origin of Motility Suggested by Special Bacteria"
  • Dr. Kenji IWASAKI (Assistant Professor, Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University, Japan)
    "Structural Insights into Euglena's Photo-Sensing Organelle PFB by Advanced EM Imaging Techniquesa"
  • Dr. Akihisa TERAKITA (Professor, Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science, OCU, Japan)
    "Diverse Animal Opsins and their Optogenetic Application."
  • Dr. Hideki KANDORI (Professor, Department of Frontier Materials, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan)
    "Structure, Function and Application of Novel Bacterial Rhodopsins"

OCARINA Symposium Session 4: Urban Energy

  • Dr. Yasuhisa NAKASO (The Kansai Electric Power co., inc., Japan)
    "Developing High Performance Thermal Well & Heat Pump System for Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage in Urban Areay"
  • Dr. Muneki MITAMURA (Professor, Department of Biology and Geosciences, Graduate School of Science, OCU, Japan)
    "Aquifer Structure of the Quaternary Formation in the Osaka Plain"
  • Dr. Masatoshi NISHIOKA (Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, OCU, Japan)
    "Energy-Efficient Operation of Aquifer Thermal Storage for Air-Conditioning"

Closing of 7th OCARINA International Symposium & Awarding Celemony for Poster Prize

  • Closing Address : 
    Dr. Nobuo KAMIYA (Deputy Director, OCARINA/Professor, OCARINA Graduate school of Sience, Japan)

Smoking Area