Asia Research Node Symposium on Humanosphere Science(The 338th Symposium on Sustainable Humanosphere)


The symposium committee welcomes you to the “Asia Research Node Symposium on Humanosphere Science (ARNS)” on 20 – 21 February 2017 at Penang, Malaysia.

“Asia Research Node Symposium on Humanosphere Science (ARNS)” aims to share the concept and recent advances of Humanosphere Science, thereby fostering students and young researchers who will sustain and expand the new science.

ARNS will cover scientific and technological advances in the fields of material science, plant science, entomology, microbiology, ecology, forestry, wood science, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, architecture, environmental science, electromagnetic engineering, agriculture and other related sciences contributing to creating “Sustainable Humanosphere”.



20 – 21 February 2017


University Conference Hall (Dewan Persidangan Universiti), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia


20 February



Opening remarks

Dean Prof. Amirul Al-Ashraf Balakrishnan Abdullah

 (School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Director Prof. Takashi Watanabe

 (Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University)



Keynote lecture

Prof. Farid Nasir Ani (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

Microwave pyrolysis of waste rubber tires and its pyrolysis oil performances in power generation



Souvenir ceremony and Photo session



Coffee break + Poster session



Lecture: Microwave & Radio Transmission 

 *Session Chair : Dr. Takuro Mori

Dr. Tomohiko Mitani (RISH, Kyoto University)

microwave chemical processing

Dr. Arshad Salema (Monash University)

  microwave biomass processing

Dr. Toshimitsu Hata (RISH, Kyoto University)

carbon materials



Lunch + Poster session



Lecture: Ecosystem Restoration & Conservation Ecology

 *Session Chair : Dr. Chin-Cheng Yang

Prof. Takashi Watanabe (RISH, Kyoto University)

biomass conversion

Dr. Nadine Ruppert (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

primate conservation

Dr. Foong Swee Yeok (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

mangrove restoration ecology

Dr. Kok-Boon Neoh (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)

effect of tropical fire on peatland bioviversity 



Coffee break + Poster session



Lecture: Timber Material and Structure

  *Session Chair : Dr. Tomoya Imai

Prof. Rokiah Hashim (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

wood composite

Dr. Kenji Umemura (RISH, Kyoto University)

wood material

Dr. Mayuree Doungpet (Kasetsart University, Thailand)

timber engineering

Dr. Takuro Mori (RISH, Kyoto University)

timber structure

Shinya Okuda (National University of Singapore)

 timber structure



Prof. Mamoru Yamamoto

 special talk for atmosphere


Board and Committee meeting 

21 February



Lecture: Pest Management & Sustainability

  *Session Chair : Dr. Kok-Boon Neoh

Prof. Lee Chow Yang (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

management of bed bug

Prof. Tsuyoshi Yoshimura (RISH, Kyoto University)

management of wood product pest

Dr. Chin-Cheng Yang (RISH, Kyoto University)

management of invasive ants

Prof. Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap (Kasetsart University, Thailand)

vector control and public health entomology



Coffee break + Poster session



Lecture: Biomaterial, Biomass Conversion & Recycling

  *Session Chair : Dr. Tomohiko Mitani

Dr. Tomoya Imai (RISH, Kyoto University)

biomass formation

Dr. Hiroshi Nishimura (RISH, Kyoto University)

biomass conversion

Prof. K. Sudesh (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

biodegradable plastics




Closing remarks

Poster Presentations

1. Conversion of Poultry and Livestock Manures by Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae)
and Sarcophaga dux (Diptera: Sarcophagidae)
Hadura Abu Hasan (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

2. Genetic Structure of Dengue Vector Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) from Urban,
Suburban and Rural Area in Penang Island, Malaysia Using Microsatellite Markers
Nur Faeza Abu Kassim (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

3. Transparent, Moldable Nanocomposites Reinforced with Cellulose Nanofibers
Subir Kumar Biswas (RISH, Kyoto University)

4. Decay Properties of Termitomyces Eurrhizus Against Artificially Deteriorated Wood
Kazuko Ono (RISH, Kyoto University)

5. Hybridization Studies Between the Tropical and the Common Bed Bugs
Dae yun Kim (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

6. Time of Day Changes in Insecticide Susceptibility of the Common Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius
Muhammad Fazli Khalid (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

7. Biochemical Analysis of Shikonin Transport Machinery Using Hairy Roots of Lithospermum erythrorhizon
Kanade Tatsumi (RISH, Kyoto University)

8. NMR Study on Lignocellulose Deconstruction by Termite Digestive System
Didi Tarmadi (RISH, Kyoto University)

9. Laboratory Evaluation of Novel LLINs on Vector Control
Kritsawan Phonjatturas (Kasetsart University, Thailand)

10. Mosquito Larval Habitats Characterizations
Fatima Alkhayat (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

11. Insecticidal and Behavioral Avoidance Responses of
Anopheles minimus s.s.Theobald and Culex quinquefasciatus Say to Three Synthetic Repellents
Wasana Boonyuan (Kasetsart University, Thailand)

12. Characterization and Structural Analysis of an Agarase, PdAgaC, from Persicobacter sp. CCB-QB2
Go Furusawa (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

13. Preparation and Characterization of Carbon Composite of Thermosetting Phenol Resin and Biomass
Yoshikazu Onishi (RISH, Kyoto University)

14. Structural Modification of Rice Lignin by Regulating P-coumaroyl Ester 3-Hydroxylase Gene Expression
Yuri Takeda (RISH, Kyoto University)

15. Estimation of Transmission Efficiency Between Array Antennas in the Radiative Near Field
Seishiro Kojima (RISH, Kyoto University)

16. Quantitative Comparison of RNA Extracted from Salmonella typhi Planktonic, Intermediate-Biofilm Cells
Marjan Ganjali Dashti (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

17. Biosynthesis, Biorecovery and Application of Polyhydroxyalkanoates in
the Development of Controlled Release Fertilizer
Pyary Somarajan (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

18. Optimization of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) Production with Cupriavidus Necator NSDG-GG,
an Engineered Strain of Cupriavidus Necator H16 Using Response Surface Methodology
Nazila Biglari (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

19. Isolation of Microcrystalline Cellulose from Oil Palm Trunk at Different Concentrations
Junidah Lamaming (Universiti Sains Malaysia)


Humanity faces serious problems, such as the exponential increase in world population, global warming, shortage of energy and materials due to mass consumption of fossil resources, frequent disasters due to increasing extreme weather, and the spread of dreaded pathogens. The environment surrounding human population is also rapidly changing, threatening sustainable development and healthy living.

 With the establishment of Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University in 2004, we define the “Humanosphere”, as the spheres that support and interact with human activities, namely, “outer space“, “the atmosphere“, “the forest-sphere” and “the human living environment“. Our research activities involve to comprehensively understand the current situation in the “Humanosphere”, so that it will lead to the establishment of science and technology that are indispensable to sustainable development and contributing towards the betterment of society.

RISH started the activities of a new program named “Humanosphere Asia Research Node (ARN)” since 2016. ARN integrates our various facilities and human networks in ASEAN region and Japan for consolidating the international collaborative research on “Sustainable Humanosphere”. To further strengthen the international network in “Humanosphere Science”, RISH planned to organize with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as the first initiative.

Organizing committee

【Chair】Takuro Mori (RISH, Kyoto-univ.)
             Chin-Cheng Yang (RISH, Kyoto-univ.)
             Kenji Umemura (RISH, Kyoto-univ.)
             Tomohiko Mitani (RISH, Kyoto-univ.)
             Tomoya Imai (RISH, Kyoto-univ.)
             Chow Yang Lee (School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
             Foong Swee Yeok (School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Call for Papers

Abstract submission for oral and poster presentations is now closed.

Authors are kindly invited to submit an abstract related to the topic of the symposium.

Submission form is here.

Important date

Submission Abstract Deadline: 23 January 2017

Acceptance announcement: 3 February 2017

Poster Size

Poster size will be in AO (750mm X 1060mm)

Registration Form

Registration Confirmation Letter


General Chair of Organizing Committee: Takuro Mori
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University

Gokasho, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. 611-0011
Telephone: +774-38-3346 Facsimile: +774-38-3600