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仙台で学会【A conference at Sendai】

posted Sep 12, 2017, 4:27 PM by Yoshitaka Uchida Hokudai

   We had a soil science and plant nutrition conference, at Sendai. I was basically dragged into this conference by my previous boss but it has been 7 years since then. My students regularly attend the conference and am very happy about it. I am wondering how can I make this conference more appealing. I am afraid whether first timers enjoy this conference or not. Of course, it is nice that we can catch up with our supervisors and friends through this conference, however, if that is the main purpose of this conference, the first timers think that this conference is conservative and not enjoyable. This is not what I want. 
   During the oral and poster sessions, if we are only talking or discussing with somebody we already know, it does not develop this scientific area. I often try to meet somebody who I do not know throughout this conference and I want my students to do the same. This is what the conferences are for. 
   Soil and agricultural science is still developing. More and more young ones are needed in this area. Thus, this conference has to be 'fun' for them. I was one of the chairs for the microbial sessions, for the first time. I met a lot of new people in this session and am trying to start some interesting collaborations with them. 
   I also managed to see some beautiful spots during my stay at Sendai (like the photo).