The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of JAPAN

The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan will be held in conjunction with the Second Scientific Congress of the East Asian Federation of Ecological Societies (EAFES2).

Organizing Committee
Chair: Shingo Miura
Secretary General: Tomohiko Kamitani
Contact Address:
Organizing Committee of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan
c/o Niigata University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Production and Environmental Science, 8050, Igarashi 2-no-cho, Niigata, 950-2181 JAPAN
TELF+81-25-262-6625 FAXF+81-25-262-6854
e-mail: jes53@agr.niigata-u.ac.jp
Japanese: http://www.esj.ne.jp/meeting/53/
Correspondence on any subjects except for transportation and accommodation should be addressed to the organizing committee by e-mail.

Venue
Toki Messe (Niigata Convention Center)
Bandaijima 6-1, Niigata, Niigata, Japan
Tel +81-25-246-8400
Fax +81-25-246-8411
Website: English/Korean
Traffic access:
* From Tokyo to Niigata: approximately two hours by Joetsu Shinkansen
* From Seoul (Incheon) to Niigata: approximately two hours
* From Harbin to Niigata: approximately two hours
* From Shanghai to Niigata: approximately two and half hours
See http://www.tokimesse.com/english/access/access0f.html

Program
March 24 (Fri.) Business meetings, Workshops
March 25 (Sat.) Symposia, Oral presentations, Poster sessions, Workshops
March 26 (Sun.) Ceremony for the ESJ Award and the Denzaburo Miyadi Award
Lectures from award recipients (in Japanese)
Banquet (evening)
March 27 (Mon.) Symposia, Oral presentations, Poster sessions, Workshops
March 28 (Tue.) Symposia, Oral presentations, Workshops

Language
The official language for the 53rd Meeting of the ESJ is Japanese. However, some of the presentations will be given in English.

Deadlines
Symposium proposal: October 7, 2005 (Fri.)
Workshop proposal: November 18, 2005 (Fri.)
Application for oral and poster presentations: November 18, 2005 (Fri.)
Abstract submission: January 11, 2006 (Wed.)

Registration
Registration is required for attending the 53rd meeting of the ESJ on the website, http://www.esj.ne.jp/committee/jes53reg/e_index.html. The website will be available after October 1, 2005 (Sat.).

A member of the ESJ whose base and center of life is in Japan SHOULD NOT register for the 2nd EAFES Congress. The whole program of the EAFES2 is open to the registrants for the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ESJ.

For giving a presentation at the EAFES2, another application is necessary at the web site (http://www.esj.ne.jp/eafes2006/).

Application for the banquet will be acceptable until the number of applicants (including the EAFES2 participants) comes up to 800.

The fees for registration and banquet are:
Registration (including the fee of Abstracts)
Until November 18, 2005After November 18, 2005
Regular member\6,500\7,500
Student member\4,000\7,500
Non-member\7,500\7,500

Banquet
Until November 18, 2005After November 18, 2005
Regular member\6,000\7,000
Student member\4,000\7,000
Non-member\7,000\7,000

Send the fees after you have registered on the web site by Postal Giro using the postal transfer form bound-in the News Letter No.7. Please be sure to write down your registration number assigned to you when you registered at the official website and keep the receipt issued by the postal office. Please use a separate transfer form for each participant. If you use the transfer form other than those bound in the News Letter, please remit money to the account (Postal transfer account number: 00550-2-94904, Account owner's name: JES53). Be sure to write down itemized list of remittances and your contact information (phone and facsimile numbers and e-mail address) in the space for correspondence as well as your registration number. If you send your fees after March 10th, 2006, please present the receipt issued by the postal office at a registration desk at the convention center. You can also register on site on the days of the meeting.

The fees once paid are not refundable. A copy of Abstracts will be sent to registrants who registered but do not attend the meeting. The copies of Abstracts are also available for non-participants by \3,000 per copy.

For those who live outside Japan, credit cards (Visa or Master) are acceptable for payment. Please contact the organizing committee by e-mail.

If you cannot access the web site, please send the following information to the organizing committee by e-mail or facsimile.
1. Name and affiliation
2. Contact address
3. E-mail address if possible, or phone or facsimile number
4. Whether you will attend the banquet or not
5. Amount of money you have remitted (including the fees for registration and banquet). If you are a student, please state the fact.

Request to non-Japanese participants
The 53rd annual meeting of the ESJ and the EAFES2 can win a grant if the number of foreign participants satisfies a criterion. Participants who have citizenship of countries other than Japan including international students are solicited to inform us of their nationality when they register for the meeting at the web site.

You can give an oral or poster presentation at each of the two conferences, the 2nd EAFES Congress and the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ESJ. For presentation at the 2nd EAFES congress, application is necessary at http://www.esj.ne.jp/eafes2006/. Be sure that the presentation at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ESJ has the title and content different from that at the 2nd EAFES Congress.


Scientific Program

Condition for the contribution
The organizers and contributors at symposia and oral or poster sessions must have the Class-A or B membership of the ESJ, and are required to register for the participation in the meeting. Class-C Members are not allowed to propose symposia nor contribute papers. Organizing Committee will check if the symposium organizers and contributors meet this condition or not. You can apply ESJ membership in advance of your proposal for symposia and presentations, if you do not have required membership. However, Organizing Committee may invite some symposium presenters who do not have the membership, if the symposia have sufficient reasons for invitation. Symposium organizers who want to invite such scientists should explain the reason in their proposals for symposia sent to the organizing committee (jes53@agr.niigata-u.ac.jp). Those who apply ESJ membership should contact the ESJ office. See the following website for details: http://www.esj.ne.jp/esj/E_Member.html#E_MembershipTop

Symposia
We invite proposals for symposia on the entire range of topics in Ecology. If you hope to organize a symposium, please send your proposal by e-mail to the Organizing Committee (jes53@agr.niigata-u.ac.jp). The proposal should include the following information: the name(s) of organizer(s), the title and abstract (less than 200 words) of the symposium, the names, affiliations, and tentative presentation titles of potential presenters, expected number of audiences and the official language in the symposium. The deadline of symposium proposal is October 7, 2005 (Fri.).

For the efficient allocation of limited space and time to symposia, the Program Committee will make the decision to accept or decline the proposal. The committee may advise the organizers to integrate a few symposia including these at the EAFES2 into one symposium. The decision will be sent to the organizers by November 11, 2005 (Fri.) by e-mail.

Since this meeting is jointly held with the EAFES2, sessions and presentations in English are highly welcome.

Each symposium will be 2.5 hours. Session rooms are equipped only with an LCD projector (true XGA, resolution 1024 x 768) and a Personal Computer with Windows XP. No overhead projector and slide projector are available. See the section "Preparing your presentation" below for details.

Each presenter should submit an abstract online via the website at http://www.esj.ne.jp/meeting/53/ from 1:00 pm on December 12, 2005 (Mon.) until January 11, 2006 (Wed.).

Notice the following instruction when you propose a symposium.

1. You can organize no more than one symposium. An organizer and presenter of a symposium should not give a presentation at another symposium and contributed oral sessions. Poster sessions and workshops are open to them.

2. An organizer and presenter of a symposium at the EAFES2 could potentially be inhibited to organize a symposium and give a presentation at a symposium at the 53rd annual Meeting of the ESJ.

3. You can act as a commentator at multiple symposia including these at the EAFES2. But it is not our recommendation, because there is every possibility that you will have to appear as a presenter or commentator at multiple symposia at the same period of time. It is almost impossible for us to coordinate the program so as to avoid such situations.

4. If an organizer plans to include non-member presenters, please include a full explanation of the necessity for doing so in the proposal.


Oral and Poster Sessions
We invite applications for an oral or poster presentation on every aspect of ecology. You can give a presentation at each of the two conferences, the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ESJ and the EAFES2. However, an organizer and presenter of a symposium can not give an oral presentation at general contributed sessions. Poster sessions are open to them.

If you hope to give an oral or poster presentation, please send an application via the official website (http://www.esj.ne.jp/committee/jes53reg/e_index.html) by November 18th, 2005 (Fri.).

The following information is necessary: the title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of presenter(s), choice of oral or poster presentation, preferred sections (listed below) up to three, whether you are planning to give a presentation at the EAFES2, whether you hope to be an applicant for the Poster prize.The poster prize is intended to encourage young scientists who have contributed to every aspect of ecology. Those who regard themselves as young can apply for the prize. Detailed information will be availabe on this site later.

If you cannot access the web site, please send the above information to the organizing committee by e-mail or facsimile along with the information necessary for registration.

Because of limited space and time, we may ask you to change presentation styles (oral or poster) and the section classifications. For encouraging young scientists, we offer a Poster Prize (See the details at the official website, http://www.esj.ne.jp/meeting/53/).

Since this meeting is jointly held with the EAFES2, a presentation in English is welcome. However, English presentations might be integrated into a session, regardless of the section classification, if they are so limited in number.

Each presentation at the contributed oral sessions should be 15 minutes long (12 minutes for presentation followed by a 3- minute question and answer). Sounds of a bell will inform you of elapsed times from the start of your presentation; first at 10, second at 12 and finally at 14.5 minutes,

Session rooms are equipped only with an LCD projector (true XGA, resolution 1024 x 768) and a Personal Computer with Windows XP. No overhead projector and slide projector are available. See the section "Preparing your presentation" below for details.

Each poster will be mounted on a 120cm width by 180cm high poster board.

Sections at contributed oral and poster sessions (choose up to 3)
1.Vegetation, 2.Plant Populations, 3.Plant Ecophysiology, 4.Plant Reproduction, 5.Plant Life History, 6.Pollination, 7.Seed Dispersal, 8.Fungi, 9.Microorganisms, 10.Landscape Ecology, 11.Successsion / Regeneration, 12.Phenology, 13.Evolution, 14.Biodiversity, 15.Theoretical Ecology, 16.Animal Communities, 17.Animal Populations, 18.Animal Reproduction, 19.Animal Life History, 20.Animal Behavior, 21.Social Ecology, 22.Molecular Ecology, 23.Palaeoecology, 24.Conservation, 25.Ecosystem Management, 26.Invasive Species, 27.Urban Ecology, 28.Dry Matter Production, 29.Biogeochemical Cycles, 30.Others


Workshops
We invite proposals of informal workshops. They are planned in the evenings of March 24th (Fri.), 25th (Sat.) and 27th (Mon.) and in the afternoon of March 28th (Tue.). Each workshop will be 2 hours. If you hope to organize a workshop, please send by e-mail the following information to the Organizing Committee (jes53@agr.niigata-u.ac.jp): the name(s) of organizer(s), the title and abstract (less than 200 words) of the symposium, the names and affiliations of potential presenters, expected number of audiences and the official language in the symposium.The deadline of workshop proposal is November 18, 2005 (Fri.).

Because of limited space and time for the meeting, we may be forced to decline your proposal. The decision will be sent to the organizers by December 2, 2005 (Fri.) by e-mail.

Session rooms are equipped only with an LCD projector (true XGA, resolution 1024 x 768) and a Personal Computer with Windows XP. No overhead projector and slide projector are available. See the section "Preparing your presentation" below for details.


Preparing your presentation

Session rooms are equipped with an LCD projector (true XGA, resolution 1024 x 768) and a Personal Computer with Windows XP. Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer and Adobe Acrobat Reader are installed on the PC. The use of your own PC is not acceptable.

Your presentation file should be sent in advance by March 10th, 2006 (Fri.) via e-mail and will be preloaded on the PC in your session room before the conference. Microsoft PowerPoint is preferred, but an Adobe Acrobat PDF file will also work.

Your computer file should be compatible to Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 on Windows-XP. We are not responsible for using animation and font sets that are not standard on this OS. The files of made in MacIntosh or older version of software might not work properly. We recommend you to confirm if your file works properly in the suggested hardware/software condition.

The size of your presentation file should be less than 5 megabytes. Files whose sizes are smaller than 2 megabytes are highly recommended. Make sure to avoid including high-resolution photos or graphics, considering the computer screen resolution (1024 x 768).

Details of the process for sending your file will be given on the official website (http://www.esj.ne.jp/meeting/53/).

Submission of abstracts
Submit your abstract online via the website at http://www.esj.ne.jp/meeting/53/. The website will be available from 1:00 pm on December 12, 2005 (Mon.) until January 11, 2006 (Wed.). The abstract must include the title, name(s) of author(s) and their affiliation(s). The text cannot exceed 800 letters in Japanese or 200 words in English. Provide not less than five keywords.

If an abstract is not submitted within the term, your presentation may be cancelled. If you cannot submit your abstract at the web site, please send the above information to the organizing committee by e-mail or facsimile until January 4, 2006 (Wed.).

The day when abstracts are open to the public will be announced at the official website (http://www.esj.ne.jp/meeting/53/).

Organized Symposia
The program committee will organize two additional symposia. Details of the symposia will be posted at the official website (http://www.esj.ne.jp/meeting/53/) after December 1st.

Banquet
Enjoy the banquet at Hotel Okura Niigata in the evening of March 26, 2006. The banquet will be held in conjunction with the banquet of the 2nd Scientific Congress of the East Asian Federation of Ecological Societies. Hotel Okura Niigata is a 20-minute walk from Toki Messe, the venue of 2nd EAFES Congress. A member of ESJ should pay the cost of the banquet.
Hotel Okura Niigata
Kawabata-cho 6-53, Niigata, Niigata 951-8053, Japan
Tel +81-25-224-6111
Fax +81-25-224-7060
http://www.okura-niigata.com./eng/index.html

Public Lecture
The 9th Public Lecture of the ESJ will be held as follows:
Date; From 14:00 to 17:00 on March 26th, 2005 (Sun.).
Venue: Toki Messe (Niigata Convention Center)
Theme: "How are the Japanese ecosystems changing due to global warming?" in Japanese

Day nursery
A day-care center will open in the Hotel Nikko Niigata next to the conference hall. Details will appear on the meeting program and the official website.

Ecocup 2006
A competition of footsal games will be organized by an independent committee. Details will appear on the official website.

Accommodation
Contact the Nippon Travel Agency Co., Ltd, Niigata Branch
E-mail niigata_taikai@nta.co.jp

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