The Second Conference on the Life Sciences and Sustainability in Asia

May 31 to June 2, 2015
Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan

Join us in Hiroshima, Japan for COLSA 2015
May 31 to June 2, 2015

Registration includes meals and trips to Peace Park and Miyajima ‘the Floating Shrine’ – both UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

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Submission Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2015

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Welcome to Hiroshima!

This year, 2015, marks the 70th Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Remembrance events for the victims of the atomic bombing, as well as for the pursuit of peace. Visitors to Hiroshima will be charmed by its warm June temperatures and green, eco-friendly environment. It is easy to move around the small city on foot or by using its famed ‘Hiroden’ streetcar, which only costs JPY 150! The mild weather and low travel costs make Hiroshima a popular travel destination for both international and domestic visitors. Hiroshima also boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Miyajima Floating Shrine and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

COLSA 2015 is offering sponsored tours to Miyajima Floating Shrine and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial for all registered participants!!

About COLSA 2015

COLSA 2015 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the COLSA 2015 Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2189-2261).

The explosive development of the life sciences, physical sciences and food sciences and their expansion into other disciplines such as the IT field is yielding groundbreaking discoveries from novel genes and bio-products to cutting-edge nanotechnology, resulting in a transformed science landscape with profound global applications in understanding life, eradicating diseases, securing a more equitable food and water supply/distribution as well as creating novel bio-industries and products. The sheer scope and number of these scientific advances and the never-ending influx of knowledge, while at times overwhelming, both challenge and inspire hope for an improved quality of life for all.

The three-day conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, students and professionals. With the theme Global Trends in the Life Sciences, it is hoped that this intersection of disciplines will help scientists and professionals to stay at the leading edge of recent advances in life sciences and sustainability, act as a catalyst for further research, improve international collaboration while bridging the scientific and technological differences between developed and developing nations, and foster global health security.

We welcome submission from the following life science and sustainability perspectives through our online system:

  • Aerobiology
  • Agriculture
  • Anatomy
  • Astrobiology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Bio-informatics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biocontrol
  • Biodiversity / Conservation Biology
  • Bioethics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomonitoring
  • Biophysics
  • Biopolymers
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Capacity Building / Development
  • Cell Biology
  • Data Management (modeling, mining, scalability, etc.)
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Health Sciences
  • Immunology
  • Marine Biology
  • Medical and Veterinary Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing and Psychiatry
  • Nutrition Science
  • Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Physiology
  • Sports Science
  • Zoology
  • Other (please specify)


Takayuki Yamada, Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada 2 Takayuki Yamada
The PRESDA Foundation of Japan

Takayuki Yamada is a co-founder of the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

PRESDA is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 2010 by members of Rotary International to raise awareness in the realm of sustainable development and human rights and thereby increase the quality of life for the global community.

Mr Yamada also serves on the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr Yamada was appointed to serve as a special adviser to the Rotary International Youth Exchange Programme in Japan.

Program Committee

Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka
Academic Director, TIER A Research Center, Japan

Professor Michael Sasaoka holds degrees in international development and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in development and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years. He has worked in curriculum design roles with YMB, ETS and CIEE. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development, oceanography and overfishing.  Professor Sasaoka has previously worked at several universities in Japan in both teaching and research capacities. Presently, he is involved with a private research center that tracks data and implements nationwide TOEIC examinations. In his free time, he is an avid aquarist and maintains a five hundred liter, aquascaped saltwater aquarium. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and overfishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.

Special Adviser

SalvadorPenicheCamps Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Environment and Water Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Professor Salvador Peniche-Camps teaches in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara, where he is also the coordinator of the Integral Basin Management Project in the University Center of Economics and Administrative Sciences. In addition, he also holds the title of Director of the International Seminar on the Santiago River Basin.

His primary research interests are in water administration, ecological economics and water economic fields. He has been working in international lobbying initiatives as well as international consulting for Mexican NGOs.

Special Adviser

WilliamKittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor, The Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants, Thailand


Dr. William P Kittredge is the President of Cervelet Consulting. He is a senior level professional specializing in strategic economic development planning and has significant private sector entrepreneurial and executive experience. He has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments.

Conference Coordinator

Professor Ken Yoshida Ken Yoshida, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Faculty of Sciences
Toyama University, Japan

Dr. Ken Yoshida is a forensic anthropologist and archaeologist. He is a lecturer on forensic anthropology in the Faculty of Science at Toyama University in Japan. A native of Hawaii, Dr. Yoshida is a fourth generation Japanese-American with family roots in both Japan and the US. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s education at the University of Hawaii, before earning a Doctorate in Education at Arizona State University. Prior to his position as a lecturer at Toyama University, he spent two years working as a field anthropologist and archaeologist in Latin America. Dr. Yoshida speaks English, Japanese, Spanish and German. His research and teaching interests include forensic and cultural anthropology, archaeology and semiotic anthropology.

COLSA 2015 affiliates and initiatives that we support include:

Sonoma State University School of Science & Technology Hiroshima Peace Institute Dominican University School of Health and Natural Sciences
University of Guadalajara University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Environmental Science & Policy Norwegian University of Life Sciences
The United Nations Global Compact
PRESDA Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria
The Food Think Tank

Amazon Watch

Healthcare Information for All by 2015
Mayors for Peace The Clinton Climate Initiative Marine Conservation Biology Institute


COLSA 2015 Advisers

William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
President, Cervelet Strategy & Management Consultants, Thailand
Takayuki Yamada
Chairman, Board of Directors
PRESDA Foundation
Michael Sasaoka
Academic Director
Tier A Research Center
George W Crabtree, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist and Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Production
Maejo University, Thailand
Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Economics
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Mingjing Guo, Ph.D.
School of Economics and Management
China University of Geosciences, P.R. China
Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Economics
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Luis Maria Bo-ot, Ph.D.
Professor, National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines

Miyajima, Japan