The 7th Conference of the International Society
For Applied Phycology

Special Session Details

Special Session
Masatoshi Iji, Dr.Eng

Session organizer

Masatoshi Iji, Dr.Eng.

Senior researcher
University of Tsukuba, ABES
● Coming new bio-material: Algae-based bioplastics solving environmental issues caused by current plastics
● Aiming both high environmental friendliness and high functions superior to conventional bioplastics
● Creating new bio-material industry to establish environmentally conscious society
Specific algae


As an alternative to petroleum-based plastics, biomass-based plastics (bioplastics) have distinct advantages in ability to fix CO2 gas that causes global warming and prevent exhausting petroleum resource. Algae biomass is greatly expected as coming inedible resource of bioplastics because of its stable supply in future and various valuable chemical structures. The latest algae-based bioplastics have created prominent functions superior to current bioplastics, such as biodegradation in environment and reduction of CO2 emitting in the production process. In this special session, such attractive researches of the algae-based bioplastics will be presented by representative academic researchers and material producers.

Main speakers:

Keiji Numata (RIKEN)
Masatoshi Iji (University of Tsukuba)
Midori Yamashiro (NEC)
Robert S. Pomeroy (UC San Diego)
Hongyi Gan (The University of Tokyo)

Call for Special Session Proposals

Submission of Special Session Proposal is closed.


Do you have an idea for a session that you would like to see featured on the ISAP 2020 agenda, which is more thematically specific than 5 key sessions (biology, process, applications, commercial products, and others)? If so, we invite you to contribute to the ISAP2020 Call for Special Session Proposals Program. Your input will ensure the Conference Planning Committees consider a broad and rich spectrum of topics and speakers.

What is special sessions?
  • Special sessions are labeled in three ways: workshops (interactive), didactic sessions (presentation-based), or double sessions (a mix of interaction and lecture). And, breakout sessions can be basic, advanced, or intended for all audiences.

  • Special sessions are smaller offerings focused on more narrow topics. They tend to be more hands-on; attendees are there to learn best practices, discuss examples and case studies, and leave with practical strategies.

  • Proposals will be reviewed by the International Advisory Committee. Each accepted special sessions receive 90 minutes’ slot in the conference agenda.

  • Special sessions feature between three and six speakers per session depending on the topic or style, and we encourage a diversity of presenters on each session.

Submission Guidelines
  • To submit a special session proposal, complete the submission form and send by email to :

ISAP 2020 LOC Conference Secretariat

*Please put email subject as “ISAP 2020 Special Session proposal” .

Submission form 

(Submission is closed.)

  • The submission deadline is   November 29 (Fri.), 2019    January 17 (Fri.), 2020.
    Ideas submitted after this date will not be considered.

  • Only completed submissions will be reviewed (i.e., all fields in the form must be completed*).

  • Include as much detail as you are able so the Conference Planning Committees can accurately assess the proposal.

  • Ensure your proposal has a diverse set of speaker perspectives (i.e., proposals should feature speakers from different backgrounds, institutions, professional roles, etc. ‒ attendees criticize sessions taught by people from the same institution or of the same background).

*If you have a fully-fleshed out proposal, but don't have speaker recommendations,
the Conference Planning Committees will review your proposal and select speakers for you if they accept the idea.