new01.gif (1016 bytes)FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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XVII International Conference on Thermoelectrics
(ICT98 Nagoya)

May 24-28, 1998
(note: starts May 24, not May 25)
Nagoya Trade & Industry Center, Japan

Final Announcement
(click here to see the First Announcement)
(click here to see the Second Announcement)

Conference Schedule
Technical Program
Social Events
Post-conference Excursion
Evening Seminar
Conference Proceedings
Best Paper Award
Poster Presentations
Travel, Venue, Climate and Attire
Conference Fee

Foreign Exchange
Organizing Committee
Program Committe
International Advisory Committee
Request Forms

Organized by
International Thermoelectric Society

Supported by
Aichi Prefectural Government
City of Nagoya
Nagoya University

Conference Schedule   (click on the date for author and title details)

Sunday, May 24
15:00-18:00 Registration
17:30 Welcome Party

Monday, May 25
09:00-09:20 Opening Ceremony
09:20-12:00 Plenary Session
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Theory-I
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-17:00 Bi2Te3-Based Alloys

17:30 Mixer

Tuesday, May 26
09:00-10:15 Thin Films-I
10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Thin Films-II
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Skutterudites & Tellurides
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-17:15 Official Poster Session (Even numbers)
19:00 Evening Seminar

Wednesday, May 27
09:00-10:15 Silicides
10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Power Generation-I
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Cooling
14:00-15:30 TE Devices
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-18:00 Official Poster Session (Odd numbers)

19:30 Banquet

Thursday, May 28
09:00-10:45 Theory-II
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:15 Thin Films-III
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:00 Oxides & Borides
15:00-15:45 Power Generation-II
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:45 Panel Discussion

18:30 Farewell Party

Friday, May 29
8:30-21:30 Post-conference Excursion

Technical Program

The ICT98 will have a plenary session and single technical session with invited and contributed talks, and two poster sessions with contributed papers. 187 abstracts in total were accepted for presentation by the Organizing Committee.  As a rule, papers the Organizing Committee expects to be of common interest are scheduled for oral presentation, whereas papers felt to stimulate detailed discussion are classified for poster presentation.

Social Events

A welcome party will be held at the Conference Venue on Sunday evening, May 24, starting 5:30 pm. On Monday evening we will leave the Conference Venue at 5:30 pm by bus for the Mixer at Nagoya Port, to enjoy night cruising on KINKO or HEISEI-1. The conference banquet will be held at the Nagoya International Hotel on Wednesday, May 27, from 7:30 pm. On Thursday evening, we will have a farewell party at the Conference Venue starting at 6:30 pm. Sightseeing tours were not arranged for accompanying persons, owing to lack of interest.


We will have an exhibition by 12 companies from Canada, Israel, Russia, Ukraine and Japan, featuring their latest thermoelectric devices and products, as well as products and equipment related to thermoelectricity, from Monday through Thursday on the 9F of the Conference Venue.

Post-conference Excursion

Participants in the Post-Conference Excursion will visit the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), and traditional workshops for Japanese Paper (Washi) in Mino City and Tempering Japanese Swords in Seki City; and enjoy cormorant-fishing on a boat.   The course and fee are shown below. If you wish to participate in the Excursion, please apply to the Secretariat using the Registration Form enclosed with the 2nd Announcement.

Note: The Registration Form is not avialable online and but may be requested from the conference Secretariat.

Schedule : May 29 (Friday) 1998, 8:30 - 21:30


Fee : 10,000 (Bus transportation, Lunch and Dinner included)
Capacity: 45 seats (Seat reservation on a first-come-first-served basis)

Evening Seminar

Evening Seminar --- Past, Present, and Future of Thermoelectrics will be held on Tuesday night, with four distinguished scientists who will talk about their experiences to encourage young scientists and engineers for the future of thermoelectric science and technology. Not only young scientists but those with longer experience are welcome.

Place: Sakae Gas Hall at the Sakae Gas Building
Time: 19:00-21:00

Conference Proceedings

Instructions for preparing full-length papers for the Conference Proceedings were sent to all speakers. The authors were asked to submit their manuscripts at the conference site during the ICT98. Deadline is May 26, 1998. Only presented contributions will be refereed for inclusion in the proceedings.

Best Paper Awards

There will be a best-paper award for both oral and poster contributions presented by young scientists. The awards will be given at the end of the
conference, during the farewell party.

Quick Oral Presentation for poster presenters

This is a very new idea for ICT.

Before the official poster session begins each day, the authors are given one minute each to briefly summarize their papers in the Main Hall, using one viewgraph, to help participants quickly understand the key points of their presentations.  Authors wishing to make this quick oral presentation are required to
contact the Secretariat by FAX or e-mail before April 30, as we notified in the previous letter.

Travel, Venue, Climate and Attire

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Nagoya Trade & Industry Center
2-6-3, Fukiage, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464, Japan
TEL: +81-52-735-2111
FAX: +81-52-735-2116

From Sakae, downtown Nagoya, take the Higashiyama-line subway bound for Fujigaoka; at Imaike station change to the Sakuradori-line bound for
Nonami. The conference venue is a 5-minute walk from Fukiage station, Exit No. 5.

*From Nagoya International Airport to downtown Meitetsu
bus: 45 min. (every 30 min. from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.), Fare: 730 JPY
Taxi: 30 min., Fare: 4,000 JPY approx.

The city of Nagoya, the nucleus of central Japan, is an industrial metropolis built upon 380 years an of history and cultural heritage. The area in and around the City contains a large number of high-tech industries with names known worldwide, such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda, Sony, NOK, Noritake, etc.

Nagoya enjoys a temperate climate; agriculture flourishes on the fertile plains surrounding the City. Its central location, made old Nagoya a transportation crossroads, is still an advantage for Nagoya's visitors today. Nagoya is close to an abundance of sightseeing locations From the beautiful seashores of Ise-Shima and Mikawa Bay to the majestic mountains of the Hida region, and the Japan Alps... all are within easy reach of Nagoya. Japan's systematic transportation network provided links to major cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc.) in a couple of hours.

The climate in Nagoya in late May is generally pleasant; springtime attire is recommended. Temperatures range in the low 20 degrees celsius..


Participants are requested to complete the Registration Form enclosed with the 2nd Announcement and return it to the Secretariat showing the method of
remittance of the Conference fee.

Note: The Registration Form is not avialable online but may be requested from the conference Secretariat.   You may be able to use the downloadable Request Forms made available as a convenience.

Conference Fee

  Conference Fee ITS Annual Member Fee2 Total
Regular 60,000 4,000 64,000
Students 25,000 4,000 29,000
Accompanying Person 35,000   35,000

*Regular fee includes Proceedings, Welcome Reception, Mixer, Banquet and Farewell Party.
*Student fee includes Proceedings, Welcome Reception and Farewell Party .
*The fee of accompanying person includes Welcome Reception, Mixer, Banquet and Farewell Party.

2ITS Annual Member Fee
4,000 for all participants (except accompanying persons).
All participants except accompanying persons are kindly requested to remit 4,000 for the ITS Annual Member Fee together with the conference fee.  We apologize for not informing you of this earlier. Your understanding and cooperation would be highly appreciated.

Foreign Exchange

Please note that Secretariat, ICT98 accepts only Japanese yen in cash and, for overseas attendees only, credit card (Visa or Master Card). Most
stores and shops accept major credit cards, but not foreign currencies,  including the US dollar.  Foreign currency exchange is available at New Tokyo, Kansai, and Nagoya  International Airports, and at major hotels.  Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 on weekdays, Monday through Friday.


A sufficient number of rooms will be available at special discounted rates. The room rate includes breakfast, service charge and tax. Please fill in the Hotel Application Form enclosed with the 2nd Announcement and return it to the address given in the form no later than May 8, 1998.


  Single Twin Twin/single use
Nagoya Tokyu Hotel 14,500 25,000 18,000
Nagoya International Hotel 11,500 21,000 15,500
Nagoya Fuji Park Hotel 10,500 18,400 14,500
Park Side Hotel 7,000 12,000  

Note: The Hotel Application Form is not avialable online and may be requested from the conference Secretariat.   You may be able to use the downloadable Request Forms made available as a convenience.


If you need to obtain a visa to participate in this conference, the Secretariat will prepare a Personal Guarantee (reason for entry) Letter and your Schedule in Japan, to assist your visa acquisition.

If you need to obtain a visa to participate in this conference, please notify the Secretariat as soon as possible, with the following information.
(1) Full name (all names from passport)
(2) Date of birth
(3) Citizenship
(4) Date of arrival and departure
(5) Name and address of hotel

Organizing Committee
K. Kournoto (Nagoya University) Chairman
S. Yamaguchi (National Institute for Fusion Science)
K. Kuwabara (Nagoya University)
W. S. Seo (Nagoya University)
Program Committee
S. Yamaguchi (National Institute for Fusion Science) Chairman
T. Goto (Tohoku University)
T. Koyanagi (Yamaguchi University)
T. Ohia (Electro Technical Laboratory)
A. Tsutsumi (University of Tokyo)
International Advisory Committee
J.P. Flenrial (USA)
A. Heinrich (Germany)
T. Kajikawa (Japan)
T. Matsuura (Japan)
O. Sakata (Japan)
J. Stockholm (France)
M.V. Vedernikov (Russia)
C. B. Vining (USA)

H. J. Goldsmid (Australia)
A. Iiyoshi (Japan)
K. Matsubara (Japan)
O. Motojima (Japan)
D. M. Rowe (UK)
H. Scherrer (France)
G. A. Slack (USA)
K. I. Uernura (Japan)


Kunihito Koumoto


Dept. of Applied Chemistry, Nagoya University
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8603, JAPAN
TEL: +81-52-789-3327 / FAX: +81-52-789-3201
Satarou Yamaguchi

Program Chairman

National Institute for Fusion Science
Oroshi-eho 322-6, Toki, Gifu, 509-5292, JAPAN
TEL: +81-572-58-2154/ FAX : +81-572-58-2154
Secretariat, ICT98

Please send your Registration Form and Abstract Form to:

Secretariat, ICT98
c/u Inter Group Corp.
3F Sakae East Bldg., 4-2-7, Sakae, Naka-ku
Nagoya, 460-0008, JAPAN
TEL: +81-52-263-6334/FAX: +81-52-263-6298

ICT98 will provide a forum for presenting and discussing the following topics related to thennoelectric energy conversion:

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