IMPORTANT - Updated: 16 October 2012
Watch out: travelling updates (access info) below (may be updated until the symposium dates)
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Registration is open now [ E-mail: symposium (at mark) or Fax: +81969352413 ], using the Registration Form (below). Deadline: 20 October (technically, received until 21 Oct, 12:00 GMT). Earlier registration is recommended (in particular those intending to make a presentation), in order to avoid disappointment.

Delegates from outside Japan
: If you require an official invitation letter for visa application, please contact the secretariat (Prof M Tokeshi, tokeshi(at mark), indicating your full name (as it appears on your passport), date of birth, current position, and postal adresses (both workplace/home). If you need to submit a symposium schedule, download and print the 2nd circular pdf below. If you need to indicate accommodation on a schedule sheet, put "AMBL - Kyushu University, contact tel. 0969 350003 ; Activity: participation in scientific meeting ".

Good news: The secretariat is happy to announce that student presenters travelling from outside Japan will be considered for partial financial assistance towards accommodation costs, subject to the travel cost being covered by the delegate himself/herself or by other fund(s). This being said, delegates should be prepared to demonstrate, at the time of entry into Japan, that they have sufficient financial means to cover all the costs of staying in Japan, as the financial assistance mentioned here will not be forthcoming until the delegates reach the Amakusa Marine Biological Laboratory in Reihoku, Kumamoto. In other words, this support will become available posterior to entry into Japan.
Registration charges :
(to be paid on arrival at the registration)

Ordinary --- 6000 yen (80 US$)
Students --- 4000 yen

Non-Japanese delegates from Asian countries: gratis

Non-Japanese students currently studying in Japan and in receipt of a scholarship are required to pay the student fee above.
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Delegates, including invited speakers, are expected from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam/Thailand, Malaysia/Singapore, Indonesia, Australia/Hawaii, and beyond. [ As of 10 October, confirmed speakers/participants include Yap (phil), Alino (phil), Nozawa (taiwan), Nguyen (viet), Susanto (i'nesia), Sakai (jp), Yamano (jp), Yeemin (thai), Fortes (phil), Shirayama (jp), Nakamura (jp), Yasin (malay), Daud (i'nesia), Titlyanov (rus), among many others]

30 November 2012 - - - - Delegates arrive. Registration.
1 December - - - - - - - - Symposium sessions (oral/poster)
2 December - - - - - - - - Symposium sessions (oral/poster)
3 December - - - - - - - - Field workshop/poster
4 December - - - - - - - - Special session on biodiversity research and collaboration

Where an excess number of oral/poster presentations occurs, a shift to the other format may be requested. Delegates are recommended to make an early registration.

Oral presentations (15min):
a 250-word (max) abstract to be submitted by 27 October to arakaki(at mark)
Posters : A1 size, portrait. All materials to be prepared in English. a 120-word (max) abstract to be submitted by 27 October to arakaki(at mark)

There will be a "best-oral" competition for student presenters.

Field workshops:
Symposium participants will have an opportunity to join one or more of field workshops, the transport for which will be arranged GRATIS by the conference secretariat. These will include (1) Reef assemblages of southern Amakusa, (2) Rocky and stony shores of northern Amakusa, (3) estuarine habitats of Hondo/Yokaku Bay, and (4) Dredge sampling in Tomioka Bay (including sandy, algal and seagrass beds)(subject to demand). In the case of scuba-diving, costs of air tanks and other diving equipment need to be covered by the participants; please do not forget to bring your own c-card. Field workshops are subject to sea/weather conditions. Field workshops may also involve indoor sessions on some methodological aspects of research, depending on participants' interest. At the time of registration, participants are asked to express their preferences.
There are four categories of accommodation, which offer a considerable value for money for the symposium participants. Delegates are reminded to apply early, as these will be offered on a 1st come-1st served basis. If one category of accommodation is exhausted, the next most economical option will be arranged. Transport between the chosen accommodation and the venue will be arranged by the symposium secretariat.
All inclusive of breakfast, per night per person; prices are approximate:

1. Hotel (single rooms) --- 6000 yen.
:::::::::::::: (There is a limited number of double occupancy, on request)

2. Reihoku-town hostel (single rooms) --- 3500 yen.
:::::::::::::: (Very good value of business-type rooms without hotel-like entertainment facilities, specially arranged in collaboration with Reihoku Town. Recommended.)

3. Japanese-style inn (single occupancy) --- 4500-5000 yen.
:::::::::::::: (it is possible to request up to 4-person occupancy; note that price per person per night is the same as for single occupancy)

4. AMBL dormitory (shared, sexes separate, students only, limited availability)
::::::::::::::: This is an exceptional value for money for economically-tight students, offered only as an inclusive package of 5nights/6days with breakfast, at 8000 yen.
[Students who are not funded by research grants will have priorities.]

Lunch & Dinner options:
Lunch : It is strongly recommended that delegates pre-order lunch during the symposium, as this is quite convenient and competitively priced (600 yen).
Symposium dinner (2 December) is a not-to-be-missed event, as we have a full support of Reihoku Town. --- 5000 yen.

Apart from the symposium dinner, we have arranged dinners on other nights as well, because eating opportunities are otherwise restricted. Our dinner options are good values for money and the quality is guaranteed with fresh local (marine) products. Expected cost c.1500 yen each without drink. Highly recommended; you will not regret these.

30 November :::::: Welcome Dinner

1 December :::::::: AMBL Dinner

2 December :::::::: Symposium Dinner

3 December :::::::: Working Dinner

4 December ::::::::: Farewel Dinner

Publication schedule:

Apart from presenting their works at the symposium, all participants are also invited to submit their papers for publication in a special issue of Hydrobiologia (IF=1.96), subject to normal peer reviewing. Papers covering any topic that impinges upon the symposium theme, including ecological and taxonomic aspects, are welcome. In this respect, we regard the term 'subtropics' broadly as encompassing, for example, areas affected by the warm Kuroshio current and its derivatives, including the southern half of Japan and Korea. Therefore works involving all tropical /subtropical / warm temperate waters of Asia are welcome in this symposium. Papers for publication are to be submitted after the symposium, by mid January 2013. While symposium presentations will be made in a congenial, 'relaxed' manner, papers for publication will be rigorously reviewed and there will be no guarantee of eventual publication unless the expected quality is met. The actual publication will be expected towards the end of 2013.

Access to the venue:

Amakusa Airport is reached in 35 minutes by the Amakusa Airline (AMX) from the Fukuoka Airport with international connections to most Asian destinations. Transport from the Amakusa Airport to Reihoku will be provided by the secretariat, if arrival notices are received in advance.

Note the limited capacity of Amakusa airline flights; an alternative way of travelling from Fukuoka Airport to Amakusa (Hondo) is by the frequent Express Bus service (leaving at 2 minutes past every hour, 9:00-17:00, and 32 min after 15:00-17:00) which takes 5 hours via Kumamoto (cost: 3500 yen, one way; you have to get the discounted 'through-ticket' from Fukuoka to Amakusa (Hondo) at the bus ticket counter located inside the arrival hall of the International Terminal building (or outside the Domestic Terminal 2). This combi-ticket is cheaper than buying two tickets separately for Fukuoka-(2h)-Kumamoto, and Kumamoto-(2.5h)-Amakusa (Hondo) journeys. Fukuoka Airport (Highway bus stop No 3 outside the arrival hall of the International Terminal, or outside the Domestic Terminal 2) - Kumamoto (get off at the final destination, Kumamoto kotsu center "bus terminal", take a new bus at Bus Stop No 7) - Amakusa (Alegria Gardens Hotel , final destination). The secretariat recommends that when you change the bus at Kumamoto bus center, take either the 15:15 or 15:50 service to Amakusa (Hondo & Alegria Gardens Hotel) and get off at the final stop. The seretariat can then pick you up at the Amakusa Alegria Gardens Hotel. The last bus to Hondo leaves Kumamoto at 20:05. If you travel on your own, from Hondo bus center, another bus ride to Reihoku (AMBL) would take c. one hour (c. 870 yen).

Another, a bit more adventurous (especially if you haven't travelled in Japan before), route is via Nagasaki. From Fukuoka Airport, take an express bus service to Nagasaki bus center (2h), from which a local bus to Mogi port (0.5h) is taken. From the Mogi port, a fast boat (less than 1h) will take you to the Tomioka port in Amakusa, which will leave you with just a 7-min walk to the AMBL.  There are 4 services of boat, departing from Mogi at 7:20, 10:00, 13:30 and 17:00. The total cost is slightly over 4000 yen. If you take a taxi from Nagasaki to Mogi port (" Mogi kou" in Japanese) (to avoid taking a local bus, which may be a bit tricky), the total cost would be c. 6000 yen.

In case you may encounter problems on the way, the secretariat will operate a hotline on the 29-30 November, whose number will be announced later. To use a public
telephone, (1) lift up the receiver, (2) insert several 10 yen coins or a telephone card which can be purchased at convenience shops, kiosks and vending machines, (3) dial the number.

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