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    We are pleased to announce that The 7th International Selenium Conference (Se2018) will be held from October 1 to October 5, 2018 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan at the Doshisha Biwako Retreat Center located on Lake Biwa. The Center has seminar rooms for the conference as well as single/twin rooms and Japanese-style rooms for accommodation, which may promote an exchange of ideas and knowledge of participants in multidisciplinary research filed. Se2018 will consist of oral and poster presentations in all areas of Selenium Biology, Chemistry, and Medicine, ranging from genomics & RNA structure/function to human & animal nutrition, cancer prevention, toxicology & environmental chemistry, and microbiology.
    We look forward to seeing you in Otsu at Se2018.


    Hisaaki Mihara

    On behalf of the Organizing Committee of Se2018



    Integrating efforts in research of biological role and medical application of selenium by scientists from China, South Korea, Japan, EU, Russia and other countries.


    Hisaaki Mihara(Ritsumeikan Univ., Shiga, Japan)

    Hirotaka Imai(Kitasato Univ., Tokyo, Japan)

    Yasumitsu Ogra(Chiba Univ., Chiba, Japan)

    Yoshiro Saito(Tohoku Univ., Sendai, Japan)

    Noriko Noguchi(Doshisha Univ., Kyoto, Japan)


    Tianfeng Chen (Jinan University, China)

    Ick Young Kim (Korea University, Korea)

    Byeong Jae Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)

    Xingen Lei (Cornell University, USA)

    Anatoly Skalny (Moscow, Russia)

    Yan Zhang (Shenzhen University, China)


    Michio Iwaoka (Tokai University, Kanagawa, Japan)

    Kei Goto (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan)

    Kazuhiko Takahashi (Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan)

    Morio Nakayama (Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan)

    Mamoru Haratake (Sojo University, Kumamoto, Japan)

    Seiichiro Himeno (Tokushima Bunri University, Tokushima, Japan)

    Hirofumi Misu (Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan)

    Toshiaki Murai (Gifu University, Gifu, Japan)

    Munehiro Yoshida (Kansai University, Osaka, Japan)

    Co-organized by

    The Japanese Biochemical Society, Kinki Branch


    New Technologies for Climate-smart Agriculture Center, Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization


    Se2018 Secretariat: se2018@gst.ritsumei.ac.jp

  • General Information

    Dates and Venue

    Date: October 1 (Mon) – 5 (Fri), 2018

    Venue: Doshisha Biwako Retreat Center

    179 Kitakomatsu, Otsu, Shiga 520-0501, Japan

    Official Language

    The official language of the conference is English.

    Registration Desk

    A registration desk will be opened during the following hours at the Entrance hall (1st floor).

    October 1 (Mon) 16:00 -18:00

    October 2 (Tue) 8:30 -18:00

    October 3 (Wed) 8:30 -18:00

    October 4 (Thu) 8:30 -18:00

    October 5 (Fri) 8:30 -12:30

    Welcome Party

    All participants are cordially invited to the Welcome Party.

    Date and Time: October 1 (Mon), 18:30 – 20:30

    Site: Dining Room (1F, 18:30-19:30) and Lounge (2F, 19:30-20:30)

    Farewell Party

    Farewell party fee is included in the registration fee.

    Date and Time: October 4 (Thu), departure by bus at 17:30 from Retreat Center

    Site: Restaurant Sho-Sui (18:00~20:00)

    Excursion (Optional)

    Departing from conference venue in the morning on October 5 (Fri).

    Visit to Kyoto ~ 18:00

    Transfer to Osaka for hotel accommodation. ~19:00

    Complimentary Refreshments

    Complimentary refreshments will be served during each session.

  • Sponsors & Contributors

    Special thanks to the following companies and foundations for their support to Se2018.












    The Tojuro Iijima Foundation for Food Science and Technology


    Life Science Foundation of Japan


  • Venue

    Doshisha Biwako Retreat Center


    Rooms are available at Doshisha Biwako Retreat Center, the conference venue. Please fill in the “Registration Form” to indicate date(s) you would like to stay. If you would prefer a single room, please fill in the entry column. However, because of the limited number of single rooms available in Biwako Retreat Center, we may ask you to stay in a large Japanese-style room shared by 3~6 persons, depending on the number of participants and room occupancy.

  • Important Notice

    Transportation to the conference venue

  • Registration

    Please send Registration Form by July 31, 2018.


    Registration includes:

    • Access to all congress scientific activities (Oral presentations, Poster sessions, etc.). *Except for accompanying persons.
    • Welcome Reception
    • Coffee breaks and working lunches.
    • Congress Dinner.
    • Meeting items (program, abstract book…)
    • Accommodation at Doshisha Biwako Retreat Center on 1-4th Oct. and at a conference-reserved hotel in Osaka (either in Shin-Osaka or near KIX) on 5th Oct.

  • Abstract Submission


  • Final Program


  • Instructions for presentation

  • Se2018 conference excursion

    October 5, 2018 (Friday)

    Time; 9:45-18:45

    Fee; 5,000 JPY (Transportation and lunch included)

    Enquiry; se2018@gst.ritsumei.ac.jp

    (Se2018 Registration Desk)

  • Information about Transportation to Kansai Airport on Oct. 5

    To participants who will leave for Kansai Airport on 5th Oct.

    ※It will take about 2.5 hours from the conference venue (Doshisha Biwako Retreat Center) to Kansai Airport.


    (Route #1)3,460 JPY (non-reserved seat for Haruka) 4,180 JPY (reserved seat for Haruka)

    Doshisha Biwako Retreat Center

    ↓ By Shuttle Bus (2.1 Km, ~15 min)

    JR Kitakomatsu Station

    ↓ By a local train (JR Kosei Line) bound for Kyoto or Himeji (~45 min)

    JR Kyoto Station

    ↓ By the Limited Express Haruka for Kansai Airport (80 min)

    JR Kansai Airport Station


    (Route #2)3,460 JPY (non-reserved seat for Haruka) 4,180 JPY (reserved seat for Haruka)

    Doshisha Biwako Retreat Center

    ↓ By Shuttle Bus (2.1 Km, ~15 min)

    JR Kitakomatsu Station

    ↓ By a Special Rapid Service train (JR Kosei Line) bound for Himeji(~60 min)

    JR Shin-Osaka Station

    ↓ By the Limited Express Haruka for Kansai Airport (50 min)

    JR Kansai Airport Station


    The first train will depart from Kitakomatsu Sta. at 5:17 a.m. and arrive at Kansai Airport Sta. on 7:41 a.m.


    Current Time Table (Trains departing from Kitakomatsu) *Time Table may be changed in October.

    5:17(for Kyoto) 5:51(for Kyoto)

    6:30(for Kyoto)

    7:01(S.Rapid for Himeji) 7:23(for Kyoto) 7:46(for Kyoto) 7:59(for Kyoto)

    8:29(for Kyoto)

    9:22(S.Rapid for Himeji)

    10:00-14:00 XX:26(S.Rapid for Himeji) XX:44(for Kyoto)

    15:25(S.Rapid for Himeji) 15:43(for Kyoto)

    16:25(S.Rapid for Himeji) 15:41(for Kyoto)

    15:24(S.Rapid for Himeji)

    18:01(for Kyoto) 18:42(for Kyoto)

    19:12(for Kyoto) 19:42(for Kyoto)