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The First International Symposium on "Cool Earth via Microbes in Agriculture"

February 9, 2021

Updated the information
February 25, 2021 We have increased the capacity to 1,000 people and extended the application deadline.

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will hold an on-line international symposium entitled "Cool Earth via Microbes in Agriculture", co-organized by Tohoku University, and National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO).



NEDO is pursuing ambitious research and development activities to achieve the goal of the ‘Moonshot Research & Development Program’, coordinated by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. As one of the projects, Tohoku University and NARO launched the project, "Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural lands by optimizing nitrogen and carbon cycles", in 2020.

Meanwhile, several soil-related studies of the EU’s Research and Innovation Programme ‘Horizon Europe’, are currently being implemented as the ‘SOIL’ Project of the European Joint Programme.

In this symposium, the goals of the above projects and the trends in research on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural lands by leading international research institutes will be shared. In addition, we will discuss ‘Cool Earth’, how to prevent global warming by optimizing carbon and nitrogen cycling”.

Those who are interested in participating the symposium are most welcomed to join us.

1. Date and other information

  • Date; Monday, March 1, 2021,
    08:00–11:10 [France, UTC+1], 16:00–19:10 [Japan, UTC+9]
    * This symposium will be held by online (ZOOM).
    The details to access the online symposium will be provided upon pre-registration.
  • No Free charge (Pre-registration is required.)
  • Maximum number of attendees: 1,000
  • Organizers
    New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan
    Tohoku University, Japan
    National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan
  • Language
    English only (No interpreter)

2. Programme

* The programme is subject to change without notice.

France Japan Programme
8:00–8:05 16:00–16:05 - Opening
MINAMISAWA Kiwamu, Tohoku University, Japan & Laurent Philippot, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France
8:05–8:20 16:05–16:20 - Greetings from NEDO
YAMAJI Kenji, Program Director, Moonshot Goal 4 & Senior Vice President, Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan
- Greetings from INRAE
Jean-Francois Soussana, Vice-President of the INRAE, France
- Greetings from NARO
KYUMA Kazuo, President, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan
8:20–8:25 16:20–16:25 - Opening remarks from Tohoku University
KOTANI Motoko, Executive Vice President for Research, Tohoku University, Japan
8:25–8:45 16:25–16:45 Moonshot Project: "Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural lands by optimizing nitrogen and carbon cycles"
MINAMISAWA Kiwamu, Tohoku University, Japan
8:45–9:05 16:45–17:05 European Joint Programme SOIL: "Towards climate-smart, sustainable, agricultural soil management"
Claire Chenu, INRAE, France
9:05–9:25 17:05–17:25 European Joint Programme SOIL Project: "TRACE-Soils: Mechanisms underlying trade-offs between carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions, and nutrient losses in soils under conservation agriculture in Europe"
Marta Goberna, Spanish Institute for Agricultural Research, Spain
9:25–9:40 17:25–17:40 (Break)
9:40–10:00 17:40–18:00 Rising to the challenge of N2O suppression by stimulating the biogeochemical circulation of nitrogen for a sustainable society
OKADA Akihiko, Technology Strategy Center (TSC), NEDO, Japan
10:00–10:20 18:00–18:20 Mitigation of N2O emission from agricultural fields: The challenges of the Moonshot project
AKIYAMA Hiroko, NARO, Japan
10:20–10:40 18:20–18:40 Microorganisms acting as a N2O sink in soil
Laurent Philippot, INRAE, France
10:40–11:00 18:40–19:00 Building on the ecological niche theory to understand the success of bacterial inoculants in agricultural soil
Xavier Le Roux, INRAE, France
11:00–11:05 19:00–19:05 Presentation of the Joint Linkage call: INRAE-NARO
Florent Chazarenc, INRAE, France
11:05–11:10 19:05–19:10 Wrap-up
MINAMISAWA Kiwamu & Laurent Philippot

3. Registration

  • Please pre-register using the on-line form below.
    External website will open https://prd.form.naro.go.jp/form/pub/naro01/sympo_en
    (The server for the pre-registration will be closed, once the number of attendees reached the maximum numbers irrespective of the deadline.)
  • Privacy policy
    The personal information provided at the time of registration will be used for the purpose of informing participants about this symposium and will be handled appropriately according to the Privacy Policy of NARO (External website will open https://www.naro.affrc.go.jp/english/contents/privacy-policy.html), and it will not be used for any other purpose.
  • Web Reception (19:10–20:30)
    After the symposium, we will have a reception for free participation using the web conference system "Remo" where you can talk while moving around "tables" freely.
    Entrance and exit are free during the time. Please feel free to join.
    The participation address for the web reception will be released during the symposium.
  • Registration deadline; Once the capacity is reached.


Please contact the following for further information about the programme.

email moonshot-office*nedo.go.jp
※To send an email, please change * to @ in the above email address.
Department Innovation Promotion Department, Moonshot Research and Development Program Office