Overview of ABC2017

It is our great honor to welcome you to the 17th Asian BioCeramics Symposium (ABC2017) which will be held in Okayama, Japan from November 30 (Thu) to December 1 (Fri), 2017.  The ABC2017 is the joint conference of the 21st Symposium on Ceramics in Medicine, Biology and Biomimetics.

The ABC symposium is held annually in Asian countries from 2001, gathering scientists, engineers, manufacturer, dentists and surgeons from Asia and all over the world.

Bioceramics are important biomaterials which have been widely used for biomedical applications. We hope that this symposium will provide opportunities for researchers, engineers and clinicians to present advanced research works in this attractive field and to have fruitful discussions on the future development of bioceramics.

Okayama is situated in the mid-western region of Japan, blessed with sunshine, known as "the Land of Sunshine"  and proud of its fruits crops and its heroes: the legendary Momotaro, a boy who challenged a cannibal demon.   It is also known for its educational history and cultural achievements such as famous national garden Okayama Koraku-Garden, which was awarded three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.  Okayama is particularly blessed with fine weather compared to other regions of the country.  As the climate is very mild, with low rainfall, it is ideal for cultivating the best fruits in Japan such as white peaches and Muscat grapes.   The average temerature in Okayama during the period of the meeeting will be 10°C, ranging from a low 5°C to a high 14°C.   December is the most dry season and the rainfall is 40 mm/month. (Weather Details: Please click here)

The conference venue, Sun peach Okayama is located within  a 5 minute walk from Okayama Station

There are many sightseeing spots such as Okayama Castle (one of Japan's Top 100 castles) and Koraku-Garden (one of the three Great Gardens of Japan).  Okayama Castle, garden and museum are located within a 15 minute walk from each other in an area about 1.5 km east of Okayama Station.   There are two tram lines in Okayama, Higashiyama Line and Sekibashi Line, which depart from in front of Okayama Satation.  Okayama also has a number of bus companies operating within the city.   The area in and around Okayama Station offers many attractions to its tourists, shopping certainly being one of the best.  Shops and other sales outlets are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00 - 20:00 except for certain specialty shops.  Only Japanese yen (JPY) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants.  A foreign currency exchange service is available at major banks (open between 9:00 and 15:00 on weekdays but closed on weekends and national holidays).  Credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops and restaurants. 

On behalf of the local committee, it is my great honor to cordially welcome all of you to Okayama for this event. Your participation and contribution to this symposium will make it much more productive and successful.  We are looking forward to seeing you all in Okayama.

Satoshi Hayakawa, Professor
Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University
Chair of the 17th Asian BioCeramics Symposium