It is the obon holiday here in Japan, I have just finished labwork today, though. Catching up some wet-lab datas so I can go back to Indonesia for summer vacation peacefully ^^ This week, I would like to share about the review of biocatalysis-related conferences that I have been to (since some of my kouhai ask me about this as well)!
For the convenience of the post-length, I would like to share only my domestic conferences experience in this post. So, conferences in Japan are mainly held by certain society (yearly or biennially). Do expect a quite formal atmosphere (only suit is acceptable, i guess), and sessions mainly held in Japanese (although people are encourage to use English more and more).
Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) Annual Meeting
link, next conference : March 2019, Kobe.
Japanese name : 日本化学会年会
In a glimpse : One word for this annual meeting, it is a really huge! It is held every Spring by Chemical Society of Japan. Every aspect of chemistry will be discussed in this conference. Conferences are usually held for 4 days with sessions held in parallel.
The conference location will always move from year to year. It rotates from Kanto (mostly Chiba, Nihon University) to Kansai, and to Yokohama
Attendances : 4 times, all oral A presentation (7 minutes presentation, 3 minutes Q&A)
Personal experience :
CSJ 2015 (Nihon University, Chiba) and CSJ 2016 (Doshisha University, Kyoto)
CSJ 2017 (Keio University, Yokohama) and CSJ 2018 (Nihon University, Chiba)
My experience attending this conference is always as an oral speaker. The one that i haven’t tried is oral B (20 minutes in total, only for PhD students 2nd and 3rd year).
I am almost always attending only the day where the biocatalysis sessions are held. Most of the presentations are in Japanese, still. So if you want to engage more, it is better to have Japanese ability. Because of the time limitation and scale of the conference, to be honest I did not really receive a lot of feedback from this conference.
If you have time to go to the poster session, I guess you can engage more! But do remember that the scale of the poster session is quite huge. If your research also involves new methodology you can also join the ATP (Advanced Technology Program Session). The next conference? I should go with oral B, I guess (20 minutes presentation).
The Society of Biocatalysis Japan : Biocatalysis Symposium of Japan
link, next conference : December 2018, Yokohama
Japanese name : 生体触媒化学シンポジウム
In a glimpse : Quite different from the huge society of Chemistry Society of Japan, the Society of Biocatalysis Japan offers more “homey” and warm atmosphere. My academic supervisor is a member of this society. This society board members are only around 25 Professors altogether with people from industry, so it is more like a “family gathering” :). This conference is held every year (around winter) for 2 days.
Attendances : twice, 1 oral presentation (20 minutes in total) and 1 poster presentation
Personal experiences :
Oral presentation at 第18回生体触媒化学シンポジウム@ Tokyo
My experience as oral presenter was 2 years ago, when the conference was held in Meisei University, Tokyo (near Sanrio Puroland, lol). It was really thrilling since I use English for my presentation language despite the conference was 100% held in Japanese that time (even now my Japanese is not enough for formal academic presentation, yet). The hall was quite big and inside the student session I was the only foreigner Doctoral 1st year presenter >.< Nevertheless, I felt very honored to be the representative of my laboratory that time (one laboratory can only give only delegation).
Feedback was quite good, I think my Sensei gave me the opportunity for this to boost my confidence and train me to present big data (it was my first time presenting all my mutant library data orally).
Poster presentation at 第１９回生体触媒化学シンポジウム@Sasebo
The following year i participate again as poster presenter (I started a new research topic so I still have few datas that time). The feedback was way better, I think that was the best poster session that I had so far 🙂 The conference this year was held in Sasebo, Nagasaki (so as expected the attendee decrease). Although the venue was remote, it was really beautiful. One more tips, the mixer (懇親会, in Japanese) is a very good way for networking and looking for your next academic position, tee-hee.
the most beautiful mixer venue, ever.
By the way, actually my academic supervisor is hosting the next conference, The 20th Biocatalysis Symposium of Japan. Indeed, this is a great responsibility and seems like this year gonna be BIG, with BIG names coming, lol.
But I am all pumped up for this and ready to be my supervisor’s sidekick!
Up to now I have learned so many things even from the preparation. For example : how to keep a good Minutes of Meeting (MoM), how to write sponsorship invitation letter in Japanese, how to write the content of conference website, until how to order poster in publisher in Japan 😀
Nonetheless, this will be my last contribution for my laboratory, before graduating I hope I can give my best!
I will keep you updated for the next update of this conference, we are almost launching the website and flyer! I will also give you another story for my international conference experiences next week, so stay tune! 🙂
Afifa Ayu Koesoema