Scientific Program

June 26 (Sat)
15:00-18:00Young Investigator Forum
Students in any aspect of carotenoids are invited to join the International Carotenoid Society and be eligible for travel awards to attend and present their work at this Young Investigator Forum. Students need to be members of the ICS (student membership is just $10 at and register normally and submit their presentation abstract by the student deadline of Feb. 28, 2021, indicating that it is to be considered for the competition. The organizer will inform you whether oral or poster later. There is no set number of awards, this will be determined by the quality of the abstracts. Take advantage of this program at your first opportunity to meet and discuss with top carotenoid scientists from around the world and we’ll see you in Toyama! Of course you can submit any abstracts for normal Oral & Poster Presentation as well.
18:30-20:30Welcome mixer
June 27 (Sun) AM – July 1 (Thu) noon
Oral & Poster Presentation
  • Scientific Program
  • Split sessions
  • Astaxanthin symposium
  • Poster sessions

Session & Confirmed Invited Speakers

NoSessionPlenary LectureInvited Speaker
0Special LectureRichard Cogdell (University of Glasgow, UK)
Yuji Naito (Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan) Wataru Aoi (Kyoto Prefectural University, Japan)
Hidemi Fujino (Kobe University, Japan)
Yuanguang Li (East China University of Science and Technology, China)
Mark Miller (Innovations in Nutrition and Wellness, USA)
Allah Nawaz (University of Toyama, Japan)
in the Eye and Brain
Elizabeth Johnson (Tufts University, USA)Paul Bernstein (University of Utah School of Medicine, USA)
Billy R. Hammond (University of Georgia, USA)
John Nolan (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland)
Akira Obana (Seirei Hamamatsu General Hospital, Japan)
Matthew Toomey (University of Tulsa, USA)
3Chemistry and AnalysisRichard Sliwka (NTNU Trondheim, Norway) Daniele Giuffrida (Università degli Studi di Messina, Italy)
Takashi Maoka (Research Institute for Production Development, Japan)
Kazutoshi Shindo (Japan Women's University, Japan)
Yumiko Yamano (Kobe Pharmaceutical University, Japan)
4Biotechnology and Industrial ProductionPaul D Fraser (Royal Holloway University of London, UK) Kazuyuki Miyakawa (AstaReal Co., Ltd., Japan)
Gerhard Sandmann (Frankfurt University, Germany)
Takeshi Uemura (JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Japan)
Changfu Zhu (Universitat de Lleid, Spain)
5Carotenoid Metabolism and FunctionJohannes Von Lintig (Case Western Reserve University, USA) Jessica Cooperstone (Ohio State University, USA)
Philip Kiser (UC Irvine, USA)
Loredana Quadro (Rutgers University, USA)
T. Michael Redmond (NIH Eye Institute, USA)
6Chronic Disease Prevention and TreatmentXiang-Dong (Wang Tufts University, USA) Jaume Amengual (University of Illinois, USA)
Luisa Bonet (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
Ji-young Lee (University of Connecticut, USA)
Tsuguhito Ohta (Asahikawa Medical University, Japan)
Tatsuya Sugawara (Kyoto University, Japan)
7Photochemistry, Photophysics and PhotosynthesisJian-Ren Shen (Okayama University, Japan) Elisabetta Collini (University of Padova, Italy)
Daisuke Kosumi (Kumamoto University, Japan)
Tomáš Polívka (University of South Bohemia, Czech)
Jian-Ping Zhang (Renmin University of China, China)
8Genetics, Biosynthesis and Metabolism Norihiko Misawa (Ishikawa Prefectural University, Japan) Javier Avalos (University of Seville, Spain)
Lourdes Gomez-Gomez (University of Castilla-La, Spain)
Shizue Matsubara (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
9Food, Nutrition and EpidemiologyManfred Eggersdorfer (University of Groningen, Netherland) Volker Böhm (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)
Torsten Bohn (Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg)
Antonio J. Meléndez-Martínez (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain)
10New Trends of Carotenoid ScienceBruno Robert (CEA Saclay, France) Laurent Dufossé (University of Réunion Island, France)
John Erdman (University of Illinois, USA)
Manuel Rodriguez-Concepcion (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, Spain)
Sherry Tanumihardjo (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
11Plant CarotenoidsSalim Al-babili (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) Giovanni Giuliano (ENEA, Casaccia Research Center, Italy)
Claudia Stange Klein (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
Briardo Llorente (Macquarie University, Australia)
Barry Pogson (Australian National University, Australia)


  • Registration is available on-line only
  • The deadline of early bird registration is January 31, 2021 (by no later than 5PM Japan time). Register NOW!!
  • Cancel Policy: Registration fee is not refunded in the case of cancellation after June 1, 2021 (by no later than 12PM Japan time).