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, April 24, 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

We are pleased to hold COLSA once again in Hiroshima and this year we are combining COLSA with two other science events concerning sustainability in the sciences: The Asian Conference on the Physical Sciences and Sustainability and the Asian Conference on Food Science and Security.

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
  • Kinesiology
  • Marine Biology
  • Medical and Veterinary Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition Science
  • Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Physiology
  • Sports Science
  • Zoology
  • Other (please specify)


Takayuki Yamada, Chairperson

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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.


Gary Smith-Hara, Vice Chairperson


Gary Smith-Hara
Environmental Photographer and Filmmaker
Seven Summits

Gary Smith-Hara is an environmental filmmaker and holds advanced degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also conducted research at the University of Chicago. He has interests in both the physical and life sciences.

Gary Smith-Hara is a noted environmental and wildlife photographer and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the world’s highest mountains on each continent (the seven summits). As an experienced mountain climber, he has traveled the world to hike most of these mountains. The filming has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of melting glaciers and polar ice caps.

Gary holds advanced degrees in physics, engineering and Japanese from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also conducted post-graduate research at the University of Chicago in the field of spectrography. His academic interests include power generation as well as both computer and biotechnology.

Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.

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Professor of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Dr Salvador Peniche-Camps is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. His area of teaching expertise is environmental economics with a special emphasis on water related issues.

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.

Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.

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Professor and Chair of the Economics Department
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Dr. Martin G. Romero Morett heads the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. His field of teaching and research is international economic cooperation for development.

Dr. Martin G. Romero Morett earned a Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree at the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from the University of Guadalajara. He has served as an official in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economic Development of the State of Jalisco, Mexico. But his most extensive experience has developed in the university as a professor of undergraduate and graduate students; as a researcher in the field of economic integration processes; and as an officer, where he has been coordinator of the BA in Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. He was the co-founding director of the Master of International Economic Relations and Cooperation (Latin America-European Union), which is a program that is taught jointly with the Center for Latin American Studies at the Rey Juan Carlos University.


William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.

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President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants

He received his Ph.D from the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration with a specialty in performance assessment and performance-budget linkage. He has numerous research publications and presentations to his credit.

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.


Christopher C. Seeley

ChrisSeeley3 Christopher Charles Seeley
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand

Christopher is the CEO of Climate Change Solutions Co., Ltd., a consulting firm providing advisory, project development, and implementation services in the areas of energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy projects across the Asia Pacific region.

Previously, Chris spent 6 years with the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), based in Bangkok, managing the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit program across Asia. He advised governments as well as commercial property owners on energy efficiency projects and other areas relating to climate change mitigation, and has helped to establish dedicated financing mechanisms and investment opportunities across this sector. During this time, he developed and managed a portfolio of projects of over US$150 million across the Asian region. He has also worked as a consultant for the IFC (World Bank), JICA (Japan), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).


Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D.

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Dean (Academic)
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
President, Indian Subcontinent-region
Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Atlanta, USA


Dr Bhimaraya Metri is Professor of Operations Management at the International Management Institute (IMI), located in Delhi, India. Prior to joining IMI, Professor Metri served as the Dean of the Strathclyde SKIL Business School, and also held numerous academic leadership positions, including Dean (Academics) and Dean (Graduate Programmes), and Chairman (PGPM) at top league B-school MDI Gurgaon. He has also served at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani. Prof Metri has published over 90 research articles in international and national journals and proceedings. He is on several editorial advisory boards of national and international journals.

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.
Cervelet Management and Strategy Consultants, USA
John Stayton, MBA
Executive Director, Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University, USA
Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
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
Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
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
Takayuki Yamada
Chairman, Board of Directors
PRESDA Foundation
William Brown
Faculty of Humanities
Nihon University, Japan
Christopher Charles Seeley
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand

Miyajima, Japan