International Conference on Structural Genomics 2000 (ICSG2000)
November 2-5, 2000
Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan

Second Circular

Welcome Address
The organizing Committee has the honor to invite you to participate in the International Conference on Structural Genomics 2000 (ICSG2000) to be held at Yokohama, Japan, November 2-5, 2000. Structural genomics has now become a focal point targeted for the post-genome sequencing era. The completed genome sequences, advanced methodologies for structure determination, bioinformatic methods, and extensive protein 3D structural data provide new opportunities for studies of the molecular biology of diseases and drug design. In particular, several large-scale structural genomics projects have started or are starting. Therefore, we hope that the international structural genomics community will get together at this Conference, and discuss the present and future of structural genomics. We hope that this Conference as an official inauguration of the first international conference of the structural genomics community will send important messages to natural sciences. Major issues of this Conference will be the progress in structural genomics projects, bioinformatics, functional genomics, proteomics, genome analysis, protein expression, structure determination, and related scientific activities.

We look forward to having you with us in Yokohama and hope that you will have a rewarding scientific and cultural experience as well as an enjoyable visit.

Y. Nishimura, S. Kuramitsu, and S. Yokoyama
Chairpersons of the Organizing Committee

Co-operating Organizations
The Biophysical Society of Japan
The Chemical Society of Japan
The Crystallographic Society of Japan
The Japanese Biochemical Society
The Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry
The Molecular Biology Society of Japan
The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
The Protein Engineering Society of Japan
The Spectroscopical Society of Japan
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas of MESSC "Genome Information Science"
NMR Association for Structural Biology in Yokohama

City of Yokohama
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (In the process of negotiating)
Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (In the process of negotiating)
Ministry of Health and Welfare (In the process of negotiating)
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (In the process of negotiating)
Science and Technology Agency (In the process of negotiating)
RIKEN(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)

[International organizing committee]
Y. Arata (Japan)
I. Bertini (Italy)
S. Brenner (USA)
I. Campbell (UK)
A. Edwards (Canada)
U. Heinemann (Germany)
W. Hendrickson (USA)
M. Kainosho (Japan)
S-H. Kim (USA)
S. Kuramitsu (Japan)
G. Montelione (USA)
D. Moras (France)
H. Nakamura (Japan)
Y. Nishimura (Japan)
C. Sander (USA)
K. Wuthrich (Switzerland)
S. Yokoyama (Japan)

[Domestic Organizing Committee]
H. Akutsu
M. Go
H. Hirano
H. Hirota
M. Kainosho
N. Kamiya
S. Kuramitsu
K. Miki
M. Miyano
K. Morikawa
H. Nakamura
Y. Nishimura
T. Oshima
T. Shibata
I. Tanaka
M. Tanokura
S. Yokoyama

[Advisory Board]
Y. Arata
S. Ito
Y. Katsube
Y. Kyogoku
K. Miura
S. Nishimura
S. Nojima
N. Sakabe
A. Wada

Introduction to Yokohama
Yokohama is an international port city that boasts ultramodern convention facilities. Yokohama is a city of great refinement, where the new coexists with the traditional. A few examples: Landmark Tower, at 296 meters Japan's tallest building; the romantic streets of Bashamichi, which are still lit using gas lamps and where the footpaths are paved with red bricks; Sankeien, a Japanese garden of exquisite beauty and historical interest; Chinatown, the largest in Japan. Within ready access to Yokohama lie Kamakura, the ancient capital with historic temples and the famous Great Buddha, as well as the beautiful Hakone National Park and offers an outstanding view of Mt. Fuji.

The Conference Site
The conference will be held at Pacifico Yokohama ( in Yokohama, 30km to the southwest of Tokyo. The Pacifico Yokohama is one of the largest convention complex in the world, consists of a Convention Center (60 rooms), an Exhibition Hall (10,000 sq.m), the National Convention Hall (5,000 seats) and a hotel. Flexible, Pacifico Yokohama can accommodate anything from a small meeting to one with over 10,000 participants.

Scientific Program
-Topics covered in the Conference
  1. Structural genomics (methodology)
  2. Structural genomics (results)
  3. Informatics
  4. Functional genomics
  5. Genome analysis
  6. Structural biology
  7. Proteomics
  8. Others

The scientific sessions will consist of these three:
(1) Round table discussion
The details of this discussion will be announced in due course.
(2) Oral Presentations
Around 40 invited speakers will talk on the topics covered in the conference. Some of the speakers will be selected from the poster contributions to oral presentation sessions. Refer to the poster presentation column next.
(3) Poster Presentations
Presentations by participants can take a form of a poster. Authors will have a chance to describe their contributions during specified times. ((Preparatory work for presentations (tacking posters to the panel set in the room 501 etc) by participants will be in the process from 9AM on Nov 3rd onwards.)) Some of the abstracts will be selected as oral presentations. Presenters will be notified in response to the submission of their abstracts.

Participants hoping to present a poster should have done register at the registration form section and are requested to submit an abstract. Be sure to give all the information requested and type the abstract to enable direct reproduction. Deadline date for both applications for registration and submission of abstracts: September 7, 2000.

The congress organizer strongly encourages on-line registration and submission. See Abstract submission form section. Do not use fax to send the abstract form.

Otherwise, address proposals to
ICSG2000 Secretariat
Protein Research Group, Genomic Sciences Center, RIKEN
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama, 351-0198, Japan
Tel: +81-48-467-9427
(Address, Tel, will be altered to new ones in the beginning of September.)

Posters must be within 850 mm wide X 1500 mm high, portrait orientation, in English and readable from a distance of one meter. A book of abstracts will be included in the registration package.

Conference Schedule
Nov. 2 (Thu)Registration
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Special Report on Structural Genomics Projects
  • Round Table Discussion on Structural GenomicsReception
    Nov. 3 (Fri)Lecture
    Poster SessionLecture

    Nov. 4 (Sat)Lecture
    (NMR & X-ray Facilities)
    Nov. 5 (Sun)Lecture
    (Structural Biology)
    (Structural Biology)
    (Supramolecular Structure)

    All the programs except banquet will be held on the 5th floor of Pacifico Yokohama.
    Banquet will be taken place at The Hotel Yokohama (3rd floor Kiku).
    All the participants including accompanying persons will be invited to the banquet.

    Invited Speakers from Abroad
    H. Berman (USA)
    spacerDept. of Chemistry, Rutgers University
    I. Bertini (Italy)
    spacerMagnetic Resonance Center, University of Florence
    S. Brenner (USA)
    spacerComputational Genomics Research Group, Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California at Berkeley
    G. Bricogne (UK)
    spacerStructural Studies Div., MRC Lab. of Molecular Biology Cambridge
    S. Burley (USA)
    spacerHoward Hughes Medical Institute / Pels Family Center for Biochemistry and Structural Biology, The Rockefeller University
    I. Campbell (UK)
    spacerDept. of Biochemistry, University of Oxford
    Y. Cho (Korea)
    spacerDept. of Life Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology
    C. Chothia (UK)
    spacerStructural Studies Div., MRC Lab. of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
    A. Edwards (Canada)
    spacerBanting and Best Dept. of Medical Research, University of Toronto
    J. Feigon (USA)
    spacerDept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Los Angeles
    U. Heinemann (Germany)
    spacerForschungsgruppe Kristallographie, Max-Delbruck-Centrum fur Molekulare Medizin (MDC) Berlin-Buch
    W. Hendrickson (USA)
    spacerDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University
    M. Ikura (Canada)
    spacerDiv. of Molecular and Structural Biology, Ontario Cancer Institute Dept. of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto
    R. Kaptein (The Netherlands)
    spacerBijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research, Universiteit Utrecht
    M. Kennedy (USA)
    spacerEnvironmental Molecular Science Lab., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    S-H. Kim (USA)
    spacerCalvin Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley
    E. Laue (UK)
    spacerDept. of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
    D-C. Liang (China)
    spacerNational Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    O. Lichtarge (USA)
    spacerDept. of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
    J. Markley (USA)
    spacerDept. of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    B. Matthews (USA)
    spacerStructural Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon
    G. Montelione (USA)
    spacerCABM, Rutgers University
    D. Moras (France)
    J. Moult (USA)
    spacerCARB, University of Maryland
    K. Nagai (UK)
    spacerStructural Studies Div., MRC Lab of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
    J. Norvell (USA)
    D. Rhodes (UK)
    spacerStructural Studies Div., MRC Lab. of Molecular Biology Cambridge
    C. Sander (USA)
    spacerMIT Center for Genome Research
    W. Studier (USA)
    spacerBiology Dept., Brookhaven National Laboratory
    T. Terwilliger (USA)
    spacerLos Alamos National Laboratory
    J. Thornton (UK)
    spacerBiomolecular Structure and Modelling Unit / Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dept., University College London
    C. Tucker (USA)
    spacerDept. of Genetics, University of Washington
    G. Varani (UK)
    spacerStructural Studies Div., MRC Lab. of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
    G. Wagner (USA)
    spacerDept. of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School
    M. Wilkins (Australia) (tentative)
    spacerMacquarie Univ. Centre for Analytical Biotechnology, School of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
    K Wilson (UK) (tentative)
    spacerDept. Chemistry (Biological chemistry), University of York
    P. Wright (USA)
    spacerDept. of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institut
    K. Wuthrich (Switzerland)
    spacerInstitut fur Molekularbiologie und Biophysik, ETH
    J. Yates (USA) (tentative)
    spacerDept. of Molecular Biotechnology, University of Washington
    Important Deadlines
    (Early registration: by September 7, 2000
    (Regular registration: from September 8, 2000 onward
    Application for poster presentations: by September 7, 2000
    Submission of abstracts: by September 7, 2000
    Application for hotel accommodations and tours: by September 30, 2000
    Application for commercial exhibitions: by September 7, 2000

    Additional Important Information
    *Passport and Visa
    All foreign visitors entering Japan must be in possession of a valid passport. It is the responsibility of participants from nations requiring visas to apply to the Japanese consular office or diplomatic mission in their country for a visa prior to departure.

    *Letter of invitation
    Persons who need an invitation letter to get a visa are asked to contact the ICSG2000 Secretariat. It should be understood that such an invitation is only meant to help visitors to raise travel funds, or to obtain a visa, and is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support.

    *Official language
    The official language of the Conference is English.

    *Financial support
    It is regret to say that financial support towards the cost of attending the conference will not be available.

    General Information
    The temperature in Yokohama during the conference period ranges around between 9C and 17C (48F and 62F). All conference rooms are fully air-conditioned.

    Japanese customs is fairly lenient and allows bringing in items necessary for personal use. Duty-free imports are: 3 bottles of liquor; 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars; 2 ounces of perfume; gifts and souvenirs other than the above whose total market value does not exceed JPY200,000. Strictly prohibited are firearms and other types of weapons, and narcotics.

    *Currency exchange
    Only Japanese Yen is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies may be accepted at a limited number of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can buy Japanese Yen at foreign exchange banks (open hour; 9:00-15:00, Monday ? Friday) and other authorized money exchangers on presentation of your passport.

    *Traveler's checks and credit cards
    Traveler's checks are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities. The use of traveler's checks in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries. VISA, Master Card, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

    In Japan, tips are not necessary anywhere, even at hotels and restaurants.

    Business hours of most department stores are from 10:00 to 19:00. They are open on Sundays and national holidays, but close on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Business hours for retail shops differ from each other, most operate from 10:00 to 20:00 and are open on Sundays and national holidays.

    *Consumption tax
    In Japan, consumption tax currently 5% will be added to all transactions.

    *Electrical appliances
    Japan operates on 100 volts for electrical appliances. The frequency is 50Hz in eastern Japan including Yokohama and Tokyo, and 60Hz in western Japan including Kyoto and Osaka.

    The organizer cannot accept responsibility for accidents which might occur. Delegates are encouraged to obtain travel insurance (medical, personal accident, and luggage) in their home country prior to departure.

    PC room is equipped with computers thanks to the generous support of the Compaq Computer Corporation and DYNACOM Co.,Ltd..

    Contact us
    For general & scientific questions and poster presentations
    ICSG2000 Secretariat
    Protein Research Group, Genomic Sciences Center, RIKEN
    2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama, 351-0198, Japan
    Tel: +81-48-467-9427
    Fax: +81-48-462-4675
    (Address, Tel, Fax will be altered to new ones in the beginning of September.)

    For registration, exhibitions
    Registration office of ICSG2000
    c/o International Communications Specialists, Inc.
    Sabo Kaikan-bekkan, 2-7-4 Hirakawa-cho,
    Chiyoda, Tokyo, 102-8646, Japan
    Tel: +81-3-3263-6474
    Fax: +81-3-3263-7077

    For hotel accommodations, and tours
    Japan Travel Bureau, Inc.
    International Travel Division
    Convention Center (CD100720-139)
    5-5-2 Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8520, Japan
    Tel: +81-3-5620-9429
    Fax: +81-3-5620-9499

    In keeping with the wide scope of this conference, we encourage you to share this information with your colleagues.

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