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Third International Workshop on
Green Composites

March 16-17, 2005
Shin-Daigaku Kaikan of the Imadegawa Campus, Doshisha University
Kyoto, Japan

Organized by
The Society of Materials Science, Japan

In collaboration with
Research and Development Center on Bamboo Resources,
Doshisha University, Japan

First announcement and call for papers

Scope of Workshop
Ecological awareness in these days brings reuse and recycle of products, environmental protection and saving of energy. In universities and companies, therefore, there has been an increase in the number of studies and practical applications on materials recyclability, as seen in the uses of green materials and recycle of petroleum-based materials. For instance, TOYOTA and Daimler-Chrysler have already applied natural fibers, such as kenaf, sisal and coconut, for interior parts of their cars in place of synthetic fibers. Natural fibers are not only light and strong, but also abundantly available and eco-friendly. Composites reinforced with natural fibers have thus enhanced biodegradability, combustibility, light weight, non toxicity, decreased environmental pollution, low cost, ease of recyclability and so on. It is expected that, therefore, natural fiber composites will effectively be used in the coming sustainable society.

From the background mentioned above, the First International Workshop on "Green" Composites was held on November 19-20, 2002 at Tokushima, Japan. The Second International Workshop on "Green" Composites was held on January 14-15, 2004 at Yamaguchi, Japan. These Workshops took undoubtedly the initiative in green materials in the field of mechanical and structural materials of Japan. In the last Workshop more necessity for the development of "green" composites were raised among participants. Therefore, the Third International Workshop on Green Composites (IWGC-3) will be held at Kyoto, Japan.

Basic research and application of "green" composites, i.e. raw materials, function, design, analysis, testing, evaluation, fabrication, interface, intelligence, and recycle regarding "green" composites, will be of interest in the Workshop.

Plenary Lectures
1. Prof. Youjiang Wang (Georgia Institute of Technology: U.S.A)
Composites using recycled fibers from carpet waste
2. Dr. Volker Sperber (Universitat Kassel: Germany)
Recent developments and tendencies for natural fiber filled polymers

Call for Papers
Authors wishing to make a presentation should send a short abstract (maximum 300 words) with the registration form not later than October 30, 2004 to the Workshop Secretariat:

Prof. Hitoshi Takagi
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokushima
2-1, Minamijosanjima-cho, Tokushima, 770-8506, Japan
Tel. +81-88-656-7359
Fax. +81-88-656-9082

We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts electronically to email address of the Workshop Secretariat. Notification of acceptance will be sent to them in a week after receiving the abstract, with details of writing a full paper as well as further information. Final submission of full papers will be due on
January 31, 2005.

October 30, 2004
January 31, 2005
March 16-17, 2005
March 16, 2005
March 18, 2005
Submission of abstracts
Submission of full papers
Social dinner
Workshop tour

Official language of the Workshop is English.

Registration fee
General participants and authors:
Composites committee members:
JSMS members:
25,000 yen
10,000 yen
12,000 yen
10,000 yen
Registration fee includes one full paper proceedings of the Workshop and a social dinner ticket.

The Workshop will be held at Shin-Daigaku Kaikan of the Imadegawa campus, Doshisha University, in Kyoto city (See the website: Kyoto, which had been the capital of Japan for thousand years, is rich in cultural assets fostered, cultivated in the course of its long history.

You can reach Imadegawa campus from JR (Japan Railways) Kyoto station by subway (the Karasuma line bound for International House). The nearest subway station to the campus is Imadegawa. If your arrival airport is the Kansai International Airport, you can choose JR express train "Haruka" as an access to JR Kyoto station, where it takes one hour and twenty minutes. You can also reach JR Kyoto station from the Airport by local train. If your arrival airport is the Tokyo Narita Airport, you can choose JR super express (Shinkan-sen) from JR Tokyo station to Kyoto station.

There are many hotels available near to Imadegawa Campus of Doshisha University. The Palace Side Hotel (See the web: is one of the nearest hotels to the campus (10 to 15 minutes by walk); the rates range from 5,040 to 10,500 yen. There is a choice of hotels different categories. Participants should make their own reservations using the web site:
The organizing committee also prepares the Guest House of Kyoto Institute of Technology (Kosen Kaikan) for the accommodation of participants. The numbers of rooms available are 6 single room and 1 twin room; the accommodation rates are 2,800 to 4,700 yen. Please make a reservation in the Guest House accommodation form and send it to the Workshop Chairperson, Prof. Teruo Kimura, by Fax (+81-75-724-7863), not later than February 25, 2005. When the number of reservation reaches the capacity, acceptance for the reservation will be finished.

Workshop Tour -Kyoto one day city tour- (March 18, 2005)
Tour schedule:
9:00 a.m. - around 5:30 p.m.
Lunch included
Golden Pavilion: The most authentic and exquisite Japanese style garden in the world, plus the celebrated Golden Pavilion.
Kyoto Imperial Palace: The ancient Imperial Palace clearly shows the Japanese taste for purity, simplicity and calmness.
Heian Shrine: Graceful old court life is reflected in the brightly colored shrine with its vermillion pillars and green roof, and in its enchanting inner gardens and ponds.
Sanju-Sangendo Hall: A renowned long wooden hall housing all of 1,001 statues of Kannon that date back to the 13th century.
Kiyomizu Temple: A quaint old lane lined with pottery shops leads to the temple. Enjoy a sweeping view of the entire city from its lofty terrace.
Nishijin Textile Industrial Association: The Nishijin style of weaving uses yarn dyeing, in which yarns of various colors are woven to make patterns. This technique is both time-consuming and labor intensive compared to other techniques, but it is indispensable for creating the elaborate and gorgeous designs required for kimono fabric.

Tour fare (per person):
Adult: 11,200 yen. Child 6-11 yrs: 9,100 yen

This tour requires the minimum number of 10 persons, respectively. If the number does not reach 10, the tour will be canceled and the amount will be refunded in full.
After the Workshop tour we will have an optional tour:
Optional tour to zen-style Japanese restaurant along Kyoto lantern path (March 18, 2005, Fare: 6,000 yen) : Enjoy the most nutritious Japanese dishes. Deep-fried seasonal vegetables, raw fishes and other delicacies are served with Japanese rice wine.

Prof. T. Kimura, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan

Prof. H. Takagi, The University of Tokushima, Japan

Advisory Committee:
Prof. G. Ben, Nihon University, Japan
Prof. A. Beukers, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Prof. T. Fujii, Doshisha University, Japan
Prof. K. Goda, Yamaguchi University, Japan
Prof. A. N. Netravali, Cornell University, USA
Prof. S. Thomas, Mahatma Gandhi University, India
Mr. T. Uenoya, Technology Research Institute of Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Local Committee:
Prof. Y. Aoki, Nihon University, Japan
Prof. M. Iwamoto, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. T. Katayama, Doshisha University, Japan
Dr. T. Kosaka, Osaka City University, Japan
Dr. K. Kurashiki, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. T. Matsuoka, Doshisha University, Japan
Prof. Y. Nakamura, Osaka Sangyo University, Japan
Prof. Q. Ni, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. T. Nishino, Kobe University, Japan
Prof. K. Okubo, Doshisha University, Japan
Dr. M. S. Sreekala, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India
Prof. Y. Sugano, Iwate University, Japan
Dr. K. Suzuki, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. K. Takemura, Kanagawa University, Japan