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MANA 5th Anniversary Memorial Symposium was held

3 Oct, 2012

MANA 5th Anniversary Memorial Symposium was held with a total of 257 attendees to commemorate the five years since MANA’s inception.

group photo

The participants in the Auditorium of the WPI-MANA building

The International Center of Material Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) was launched in October 2007 as one of the research centers of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

The Symposium started with a welcome address by NIMS President Dr. Sukekatsu Ushioda and continued with 3 congratulatory speeches by Prof. Toshio Kuroki (Director of WPI Program), Prof. Gunzi Saito (Officer of WPI Program) and Prof. Sir Mark Welland (MANA Satellite Principal Investigator at University of Cambridge).

Sukekatsu Ushioda

Dr. Sukekatsu Ushioda

Toshio Kuroki

Prof. Toshio Kuroki

Gunji Saito

Prof. Gunzi Saito

Sir Mark Welland

Prof. Sir Mark Welland

Subsequently, MANA Director-General Dr. Masakazu Aono spoke about “Five-year journey and future challenges of MANA” and Prof. Yoshinori Tokura from University of Tokyo gave a special lecture entitled “Emergent electromagnetic phenomena in solids”.

masakazu aono

Dr. Masakazu Aono

Yoshinori Tokura

Prof. Yoshinori Tokura

The later part of the program was entitled “Our Future Challenge in MANA” and consisted of eight oral presentations by the MANA researchers including Prof. James Gimzewski (MANA Satellite Principal Investigator at UCLA), Dr. Jinhua Ye (MANA PI),
Dr. Minoru Osada (Associate PI), Dr. Xiao Hu (MANA PI), Dr. Takashi Uchihashi (MANA Scientist), Dr. Genki Yoshikawa (Independent Scientist), Dr. Mitsuhiro Ebara (MANA Scientist), and Prof. Fançoise Winnik (MANA Satellite Principal Investigator at University of Montreal).

MANA researchers1

(Left to right) Prof. James Gimzewski, Dr. Jinhua Ye and Dr. Minoru Osada

MANA researchers2

(Left to right) Dr. Xiao Hu, Dr. Takashi Uchihashi and Dr. Genki Yoshikawa

MANA researchers3

(Left to right) Dr. Mitsuhiro Ebara, Prof. Fançoise Winnik and the audience in the Auditorium

In a subsequent laboratory tour, the attendees were divided into four groups.
Dr. Takayoshi Sasaki (MANA PI) and Dr. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa (MANA PI) explained about their research on nanosheets and a brain-type device, respectively.

lab tour1

Dr. Takayoshi Sasaki (center)

lab tour2

Dr. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa (second to the left)

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