DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: Roles for Biological Resource Centers under the COVID-19 pandemic

September 9th 2020

Deadlines: Aug. 17th for registration.
     Aug. 28th for submission of presentation files.
Co-organized by NITE, JCM and NIES.

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Message from the Organizer

Dr Kato of NITE

Welcome to ACM17, Sept. 9, 2020

Dr. KATO Shinichiro, Director-General of NBRC

We would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathies to all those affected by COVID-19.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ACM17 will be held online instead of hosting participants in Tokyo. Although we were looking forward to holding an in-person meeting, we believe that the online format allows us to establish a new style of communication with more participants than previously expected.

While we are required to adapt to the age of the coronavirus, it is true that culture collections are now in a period of transition. Bioeconomy is globally among us. The fourth industrial revolution comes to focus on microbial resources along with the digital transformation of the existing industries and societies. Japan has already published its “Bioeconomy Strategy 2019”. Society 5.0 of Japan now challenges to solve our global problems, for example, the ocean plastic issue, through innovation without sacrificing economic growth. The digital transformation will be the key to create further additional value from our microbial resources.

Distinguished guest speakers provide the participants with their professional views from industry, academia, and government as well as culture collection.

Lastly, we hope you, your loved ones, and colleagues' health and safety. To overcome this difficulty, we propose to strengthen our unity in Asia.

We look forward to welcoming you from bottom of our heart from Japan.


Click here to see the NITE website showing the link to registration

Deadline for registration is Aug. 17th.

Participation is free.

Presenters shall submit the presentation file by Aug. 28th to


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Times are of Sept. 9th and as Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).

  12:30Conference room opens.
  13:00Opening Remarks by Prof. TATSUMI Takashi (NITE)
 Plenary Seminar (chaired by Dr. KATO Shinichiro (NITE))
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: Roles for Biological Resource Centers under the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Managing Culture Collections in COVID-19 Era: The catalyst role of the WFCC.  /Prof. Ipek KURTBOKE (WFCC)
  2. Bioeconomy strategy of Japan  /Mr. SUWABE Kazuyuki (METI)
  3. integration of microbial data from microbiome point of view  /Dr. MORI Hiroshi (NIG)
  4. Data and Biological Resource Platform (DBRP)  /Mr. KUBO Hiroyuki (NBRC)
 ACM17 meeting
Session 1. General Assembly
  1. Adoption of 16th ACM minutes
  2. Adoption of New Members
  3. AOB
  4. Announcement of ACM 18
Session 2. Member Report
  1. IMCAS, China
  2. JCM, Japan
  3. KACC, Korea
  4. KCTC, Korea
  5. LIPI, Indonesia
  6. MTCC, India
  7. NBRC, Japan
  8. NIES, Japan
  9. TBRC, Thailand
  10. TISTR, Thailand
Session 3. Taskforce Report
  1. Asian BRC Network (ABRCN)
  2. Human Resource Development (HRD)
  3. Management of Material Transfer (MMT)
  4. BRC Standardization (BRCS)
  16:50Closing Remarks by Dr. OHKUMA Moriya (JCM)

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  • Web Camera.  Show up yourself !
  • Headset (Earphone and microphone).  Any earphone with microphone is better than a buit-in microphone.
  • Wired LAN connection, especially for presenters.
  • Zoom v.5 or above, and make your account prior to the meeting.
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