Date & Venue

August 27-31, 2012 (Mizu-no-e Tatsu=Elder Water, Dragon)

Sendai International Center

Invited speakers

Arjen Doelman (Leiden University)

Shin-Ichiro Ei (Kyushu University) 

Irving Epstein (Brandeis University)

Danielle Hilhorst (University of Paris-Sud)

Hideo Ikeda (Toyama University)

Yoh Iwasa (Kyushu University)

Edgar Knobloch (University of California, Berkeley)

Philip Maini (University of Oxford)

Masayasu Mimura (Meiji University)

Takashi Miura (Kyoto University)

Toshiyuki Ogawa (Meiji University)

Kunimochi Sakamoto (Hiroshima University)

Yasuji Sawada (Tohoku Institute of Technology)

Kanako Suzuki (Ibaraki University)

Tomohiko Yamaguchi (Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

Fengqi Yi (Harbin Engineering University)

Scientific Committee

Peter Bates (Michigan State University)

Anna Marciniak-Czochra (Heidelberg University)

Yasumasa Nishiura (Tohoku University)

Organizing Committee

Izumi Takagi (Tohoku University)

Eiji Yanagida (Tokyo Institute of Technology)


It was in 1952 that Turing's pioneering paper "The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis" was published. The paper had opened the door to a completely new area which has turned out to be very rich and fruitful. We have now a tremendous amount of accumulations of scientific and mathematical studies on pattern formation based on, motivated or inspired by, the idea of "Diffusion-Driven Instability". We would like to take this opportunity to hold a meeting in this year to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary. In the traditional Chinese calendar system the year counting comes back to the origin in sixty years; but we think that it does not make a circle, but comes up to one level higher just like a spiral staircase. Indeed, what we are witnessing seems to indicate that we are getting into a new phase of studies in reaction-diffusion systems.
The purpose of this symposium is that researchers who have been working on or are interested in pattern formation and reaction-diffusion systems get together so that we can share the cutting-edge knowledge to advance the research in this field.

In the traditional Chinese calendar system, years are counted modulo sixty. Each year is labeled by the combination of ten elements (elder wood, younger wood, elder fire, younger fire, elder earth, younger earth, elder metal, younger metal, elder water, younger water) and twelve animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, wild pig). The least common multiple of ten and twelve is sixty and therefore, the year counting comes back to the origin in sixty years. This year is Elder Water, Dragon, as was the year 1952.