19th International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) (Report)

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   The 19th International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) Congress was held in Edinburgh from the 16th to the 20th of July. This academic conference is held in a different country every three years, and this year’s conference saw the selection of the conference venue for the 21st congress in 2023.
   Consul General Matsunaga gave a speech as part of the PR activities to promote Kyoto as the venue for the 21st congress, and the consulate was also involved in arranging performances introducing traditional Japanese culture.
   Dr Hideki Kandori, president of the Biophysical Society of Japan, along with former president Dr Haruki Nakamura, also gave lively presentations on biophysics in Japan.
   In order to introduce traditional Japanese culture, in the afternoon session Mrs Deborah Hathorn, who has trained in the Sogetsu style of ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), used flowers including hydrangeas and sunflowers, which symbolise the seasons in Japan, to demonstrate several flower arrangements. In the evening session, attendees were treated to a fantastic musical performance by the taiko drumming group Tsuchigumo. They were both excellent performances.
   As a result, Kyoto (Japan) was selected as the conference host city for 2023. We are looking forward to the conference being held in Japan in six years’ time.
 

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