On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it gives us great pleasure to extend the heartiest welcome you to the 23rd International Symposium on Morphological Sciences (ISMS), held in Niigata (Japan) on September 10-13, 2013. It is the second time since the X ISMS was held in Japan in Kyoto in 1980.
Since the first Symposium held in Mexico City in 1971, this meeting has been periodically organized in different countries. It has provided a forum for overviews of research and teaching in various branches of the morphological sciences, and is therefore a very important and unique chance for young and senior scientists to introduce their new findings and be aware of advances in this field.
The 23rd ISMS starts on Tuesday evening with Opening Ceremony, followed by the Opening Lecture by Professor Yuri Korchev, a pioneer of scanning ion-conductance microscopy. We also offer a Memorial Lecture in honor of the late Professor Emeritus Tsuneo Fujita, one of the founders of the ICSMS and the president from 2005 to 2010. At this symposium, we have also scheduled 3 Plenary Lectures, 11 Mini-symposia, and nearly 50 oral and poster presentations. These cover a variety of topics in the fields of morphology, and will provide us breakthroughs in science and art among participants from all over the world.
Niigata city, the capital of Niigata Prefecture, is a port city with a population of over 800,000. It is located about 350 km north of Tokyo, and faces the Sea of Japan with the Shinano River, running though the center of the downtown. This beautiful “City of Water” is also known as the best area for growing rice and famed for its abundance of seafood and for its superb sake, which you will enjoy in Galla dinner.
We sincerely hope that all of you will have a memorable and productive time for learning about the latest scientific achievements while forming and renewing friendships among the participants in this meeting. We also hope that you will enjoy your stay in Niigata.
Presidents of the XXIII ISMS
Tatsuo Ushiki Satoshi Waguri