We are proud to announce that 11th International Workshop on Infrared Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Accelerator Based Sources（WIRMS2021）will be held in Hiroshima, from September 20th to 24th, 2021. This conference has been held every 2 years since the first meeting in 1999 held in France. WIRMS2021 will be the second WIRMS meeting in Japan after 14 years from the first one, WIRMS 2007, in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture.
This conference is the only international conference that systematically deals with studies on infrared and terahertz lights using synchrotron radiation and free-electron lasers and serves as an important occasion to bring together researchers across the world who are active at the forefront of a wide range of fields from development of light sources to their advanced applications.
The expected number of participants is 100 including about 50 international participants. The countries represented include Japan, US and several European and Asian countries.
The Hiroshima Convention and Visitors Bureau launched an effort to attract this meeting to Hiroshima in December 2019. The effort includes presentation of Hiroshima’s advantages as conference destination such as the benefits of the compact city with urban functions and attractive post-convention activities the conference participants from home and abroad can enjoy. For example, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, seen as a symbol of Hiroshima, is easily accessible via public transportation or taxi. Furthermore, from the potential venue, Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, it is only a 26-minute-speedboat ride to the Itsukushima Island.
According to the conference committee, Hiroshima was selected as WIRMS’s next destination for the following reasons:
● The conference will be able to cooperate with Hiroshima University that has a synchrotron radiation facility.
●The committee highly evaluated Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima as an ideal venue for an international conference, with its superb view over the Setouchi (the area around the Seto-inland Sea), where participants can be exposed to Hiroshima’s nature, history, and culture. In addition, holding a conference in a hotel can reduce participants’ burden of moving between the venue and their accommodations.
Following the situation of COVID-19 as well as keeping participants’ health and safety top of mind, we will further extend out support to the conference.