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June 28th-29th, 2008, in Tokyo

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

International Symposium on Fe-oxipnictide Superconductors

The discovery that oxypnictides exhibit high temperature superconductivity made by Prof. Hideo Hosono's Tokyo Institute of Technology group four months ago has triggered a number of reports being released in this field. JST recently hosted "International Symposium on Fe-oxipnictide Superconductors" on June 28-29 (sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), which was attended by researchers from related fields of the world.

Keynote speech by Prof. Hosono

After the keynote speech was given by Prof. Hosono 37 other researchers, all at the forefront of this field, gave speeches with 25 of them also presenting posters. We sincerely appreciate the many people who spoke so well and worked so hard in making this symposium such a success! It was very impressive to see heated discussions taking place all around the hall, even during the break, presumably because an opportunity for world-renowned researchers to get together and discuss the topic had been provided. The air was filled with excitement from the very beginning right through to the end, and the two-day symposium ended with heart-felt applause by all the attendees.

For the full program and updates on this symposium, please visit:

  • http://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/htsc/symp/index_e.html

To accelerate and promote development of this research the JST Basic Research Programs decided to immediately establish the research field of "Fe-oxipnictide Superconductors Key Technology Using New Materials" and openly invite research proposals. For further information on that invitation please visit:

  • http://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/htsc/teian.html (Japanese version only)

For the proceedings of "Internatioal Symposium on Fe-Pnictide Superconductors" in Journal of the Physical Society of Japan (JPSJ) please visit:

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