All visitors to Kyoto are impressed by its 1100 years of history as the capital of Japan; 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are situated in a cityscape dominated by 2000 temples and shrines. The friendly city of 1.5 million people offers endless opportunities for our congress to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Japanese culture through tea ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship and more. Japan is renowned for its safety and the compactness of Kyoto makes for wonderful strolling during free time. From the moment of arrival at Kansai International Airport - just 75 minutes from the city center - you will be pampered with clear multilingual signs and clean efficient transport choices.
The Kyoto story is a tradition of innovation. Time here is packed with opportunities to rub shoulders with new frontier industries and top Japanese scholars. Half of all Japanese Nobel Prize winners have been Kyoto researchers. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2012 was awarded to Prof. Shinya Yamanaka from Kyoto. His discovery of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells started a revolution in stem cell research not only in neurodegenerative disorders but also in other fields of medicine. This tradition of innovation is also the life blood of Kyoto industry that has produced some of the world's most exciting companies such as Kyocera, Murata, Shimadzu, Omron. Much of the battery technology that makes today's electric vehicles a viable mobility choice is the brain child of Kyoto boffins.
Kyoto-born green energy solutions are making the future brighter for millions. And, inspiring products from a once small family-run playing card manufacturer called Nintendo are now entertaining other families in homes worldwide. In this city of innovation, we plan to make IGCS 2018 fully equipped with a state-of-art audiovisual and communication technology.