Dates: Monday, 27 February  - Friday, 3 March 2023

  OIST, Okinawa


The scientific method of studying the natural world has persisted over the centuries, the key to its longevity and progression lying in the sharing and building upon accumulated knowledge. Physics, which explores the origin of the universe and matter; biology, which studies living organisms, and their functions and evolution; and medicine, which explores health based on the structure and function of living organisms: all have made enormous advancements that impact all aspects of our lives.

As the scientific study progresses, however, additional challenges have arisen which are increasingly difficult to solve.
Many of the challenges that humanity faces are in achieving sustainable development. These include environmental changes due to climate change, food crises caused by the gap between population growth and food production, and pandemics caused by spreading resistant bacteria and antibody viruses.

To rise to these new challenges, it is important to reassess the issues from a broader perspective: to combine the knowledge and methods of different scientific fields to look for new approaches and to avoid being confined to those particular to a single field.

The purpose of ISCO 2023 is to bring together leading researchers in their respective fields, explore methods for solving issues through the fusion of different fields, and form a new network of researchers.
The workshop will bring together speakers from Japan and abroad in the fields of space science, particle and nuclear physics, quantum computing, life sciences, and medicine to present the challenges they face and the latest advancements in their respective fields. We are calling for presentations from fields related to those subjects mentioned above and on the sustainable development of humankind. In addition, we plan to hold a poster session to facilitate a wide range of discussions. We hope that the knowledge gained at this workshop will lead to the creation of new research fields that will not only advance basic science but also help solve the various new challenges that humanity faces.

Confirmed Speakers:

  1. Toshiyuki Azuma (RIKEN) Atomic physics
  2. Thomas Busch (OIST) Quantum systems
  3. Neil Davies (UCB, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station)
  4. Shiro Ikeda (Institute of Statistical Mathematics)Data science 
  5. Aya Ishihara (Chiba), High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics
  6. Barbara Jacak (UCB) High Energy Nuclear Physics 
  7. Girkin John (Durham)  Advanced Instrumentation
  8. Bernd Kuhn (OIST) Optical Neuroimaging Unit
  9. Keiko Kono (OIST) Membranology
  10. Motoko Kotani (RIKEN/Tohoku U.)  Mathematics in material science 
  11. Tom Melia (Kavli IPMU)  Particle theory 
  12. Hitoshi Murayama(Kavli IPMU/UCB)  Particle theory
  13. Shigehiro Nagataki (RIKEN iTHEMS),  Astrophysics   
  14. Hidenori Nishimori (TiTech/RIKEN) Quantum information science
  15. Mihoko Nojiri (KEK/IPMU), Particle phenomenology  
  16. Milind Purohit (OIST), Experimental particle physics
  17. David C. Reutens (Univ. Queensland) Brain science 
  18. Nami Sakai (RIKEN) Star and planet formation
  19. Misao Sasaki (Kavli IPMU), Cosmology 
  20. Hideyuki Saya (Keio) Cancer research 
  21. Nic Shannon (OIST)  Theory of quantum matter
  22. Masahiro Teshima (MPP/U. Tokyo): Cosmic Ray Physics 
  23. Yasunobu Uchiyama (Rikkyo) High energy astrophysics
  24. Yasuyoshi Watanabe (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research)
  25. Matthias Wolf (OIST) Molecular cryo-electron microscopy


Mary Collins (OIST)
Tetsuo Hatsuda (RIKEN, Co-Chair)
Motoko Kotani (RIKEN)
Alex Kusenko (UCLA/Kavli IPMU)
Shigehiro Nagataki (RIKEN)
Misao Sasaki (IPMU)
Tadayuki Takahashi (Kavli IPMU, Co-Chair)
Tadashi Yamamoto (OIST, Co-Chair)

(in alphabetical order)


- Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), The University of Tokyo
- Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)
- RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences Program (iTHEMS)
- Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas —Toward new frontiers: Encounter and synergy of state-of-the-art astronomical detectors and exotic quantum beams—

(in alphabetical order)


Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun
Okinawa, Japan 904-0495




Registration for this event is currently open.