Report on the Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2009)

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Distinguished lecturers including top researchers and attendees from around the world meet to discuss catalysis science at MICS2009

The Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2009) was attended by 1,600 attendees who came from industry, government and academic institutions worldwide.
Of particular note were the more than 300 students who attended, some of whom were junior high and high school students.

Discussions are held with the lecturers and the world’s top researchers during a coffee break.

Young attendees interact with the lecturers.

A lecturer signs his autograph to help spur on the young.
The Japanese high school students who are the candidates for the International Chemistry Olympiad.

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The tree and monument commemorating the plenary lecture given by Prof. Hoffmann at MICS2009

Prof. Hoffmann visited Sodegaura Center on March 10th, 2009, for the unveiling of a monument erected in his honor and for the planting of a commemorative tree commemorating not only his visit but also the plenary lecture that he gave at MICS2009. He was also kind enough to allow us to put on display “The Woodward-Hoffmann rules” and a few lines from his poem “Second Growth”. The poem’s theme was related to that of the symposium, “Catalysis Science and Its Contribution to Human Development.”

Prof. Hoffmann wrote the poem Second Growth in April 2008 when he was in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. It was composed after observing the redwoods in the forests where he walked. The first trees were cut down a hundred years ago after the San Francisco Earthquake.

What comes from the poem as a whole and from that part of the poem that you can read is, he hopes, a reconciliation of the conflict that exists between nature and human beings.

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