Thematic Programs

Workshop, Cutting Edge Technology for Understanding the Earth


The purpose of this workshop is bringing scientists from different fields to discuss connectivities to shared scientific questions by focusing on the cutting edge technology. Our group brings together physicists, engineers, geologists, geomicrobiologists, and more. Some of our endeavors involve discovery through new technologies (e.g., drilling into the mantle, sensing the Earth's flux of geoneutrinos with an ocean bottom detector, characterizing the particle flux driving radiolysis and nurturing life in the subsurface, and sensing and defining the deep biosphere). Our program aims to build and grow a community of interdisciplinary scientists by identifying new approaches to critical problems in earth sciences.


Thursday, January 12, 2023 10:00 – 17:30 (JST)


  • On–site: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Lecture Theater, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University [Access]
  • Online: Zoom Webinar, Hosted by Tohoku Forum for Creativity


  • Onsite: 25 (First–come–first–serve basis, registration required)
  • Online: 100


The event is free and open to anyone. Participants can attend in person or online. Registration is required.
Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 15:00 (JST)
– Closed


Eiichiro Araki (JAMSTEC)
Ryota Hino (Tohoku University)
Tatsuhiro Naka (Toho University)
Clive Neal (University of Notre Dame)
Asahiko Taira (Tokai University / JAMSTEC)
Yoshinori Takano (JAMSTEC)
Bill White (Cornell University)

Time Schdule  [Jan. 11, 2023 Updated]

Chair: Hiroko Watanabe (Tohoku University)
10:00 – 10:10
Fumio Inagaki (JAMSTEC)
10:10 – 10:40
Bill White (Cornell University)
Deep Time, Deep Earth, Big Questions Video  Slide
10:40 – 11:10
Asahiko Taira (Tokai University / JAMSTEC)
Scientific and technological achievements of D/V Chikyu in the plate subduction zone drilling Video  Slide
11:10 – 11:40
Eiichiro Araki (JAMSTEC) [online]
Distributed seafloor sensor network: DONET and beyond
11:40 – 12:00
Morning Discussion
Hiroko Watanabe (Tohoku University)
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch break
Chair: Natsue Abe (JAMSTEC)
13:30 – 14:00
Clive Neal (University of Notre Dame)
The Next Steps for Robotic Exploration of the Moon Video  Slide
14:00 – 14:30
Tatsuhiro Naka (Toho University)
Paleo Detector: technological developments and future prospects Video  Slide
14:30 – 14:45
14:45 – 15:15
Ryota Hino (Tohoku University)
Review on the seafloor geodetic observations around the Japan Trench  Slide
15:15 – 15:45
Yoshinori Takano (JAMSTEC)
Hayabusa2: cutting edge technologies and future prospects
15:45 – 16:00
Chair: Bill McDonough (Tohoku University)
16:00 – 16:40
Afternoon Discussion
Bill McDonough (Tohoku University)
16:40 – 16:50

Poster Presentation  [Jan. 11, 2023 Updated]

Yuki Ido (Toho University)
Study of energy loss and track formation with Mica.  Poster


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