12th International Congress of Physiological Anthropology (ICPA)

President Prof. Tetsuo Katsuura, Chiba University
Date October 27-30, 2015
(27th: Registration & Welcome Reception, Younger Researchers Colloquium)
Place Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall, Chiba, Japan
Main Theme Opening doors for the future of physiological anthropology
Program ICPA2015_Program.pdf (290KB)

It is a great pleasure and honor to welcome all of you to the Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall, Chiba for the 12th International Congress of Physiological Anthropology (ICPA). Chiba provides a perfect location for an international congress since it is located between the Narita International Airport and downtown Tokyo. The mixture of modern skyscrapers and lush greenery along with small-town hospitality and urban amenities will certainly make your experience in the city enjoyable. In the neighborhood of the Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall, there are many hotels, shopping malls, a professional baseball stadium, and the Tokyo Disney Resort.

The theme of this 12th ICPA is “Opening Doors for the Future of Physiological Anthropology.” Since the 1st International Congress of Physiological Anthropology took place in Tokyo in December 1991, almost 25 years ago, the field of physiological anthropology has grown both wider and deeper. I hope that this congress will be an opportunity for physiological anthropologists from all over the world to share their knowledge and experiences, and particularly for physiological anthropology to advance to the next stage.

All the members of the Organizing Committee, Program Committee, and Executive Committee of the 12th ICPA believe that you will enjoy your stay in the new center of Chiba city. We are looking forward to seeing you at this congress.

Sincerely yours,

Tetsuo Katsuura, Ph.D.
Professor, Chiba University
Chairperson, The 12th ICPA Organizing Committee

Registration Fee   

  • Payment should be made in Japanese yen (JPY) by credit card.
  • The registration fee includes welcome reception, banquet, and coffee break. The excursion on Friday night is not included.
Early Registration
  • General with membership*: 40,000 JPY
  • General without membership*: 50,000 JPY
  • Student with membership*: 20,000 JPY
  • Student without membership*: 30,000 JPY
  • Oversea inhabitant: 40,000 JPY

*JSPA or cosponsoring society

Normal Registration
  • General with membership*: 50,000 JPY
  • General without membership*: 60,000 JPY
  • Student with membership*: 30,000 JPY
  • Student without membership*: 40,000 JPY
  • Oversea inhabitant: 50,000 JPY

*JSPA or cosponsoring society

Accompanying Person
  • 20,000 JPY
1Day Ticket
  • Student: 10,000 JPY
  • General: 20,000 JPY



Day 1 (27th, Oct.)
Young Researcher's Meeting
Honorable Lecture
Invited Speakers:
Prof. Hans W. Jürgens, Kiel University, Germany
Prof. C.G.N. Mascie-Taylor, University of Cambridge, UK
Welcome Reception
Day 2 (28th, Oct.)
Opening Ceremony
Session 1: Human Variation in Environmental Adaptation
Invited Speakers:
Dr. Saša Missoni, Institute for Anthropological Research, Croatia
Prof. Douglas E. Crews, Ohio State University, USA
Session 2: Anthropology for Biological Locomotion
Invited Speaker:
Dr. Herman Pontzer, Hunter College of The City University of New York, USA
Poster Session 1
Special Lecture

Prof. Semir Zeki, University College London, UK Abstract

Session 3: Adaptability and Human Brain Function
Day 3 (29th, Oct.)
Session 4: Human Phenotype and Genetic Variation
Invited Speakers:
Dr. Yee How Say, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia
Dr. Fook Tim Chew, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Session 5: Human Nutrition
Invited Speaker:
Dr. Alan C. Logan, International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research, USA
Poster Session 2
Session 6: Adaptability to Lighting Environment
Invited Speaker:
Dr. Claude Gronfier, French Institute of Health and Medical Research, France
Congress Banquet
Day 4 (30th, Oct.)
Session 7: Adaptability to Cold Environment
Invited Speaker:
Dr. Tiina Ikäheimo,University of Oulu, Finland
Dr. Joo-Young Lee, Seoul National University, Korea
Session 8: Methodological Study of Circulation
Invited Speakers:
Prof. Junichiro Hayano, Nagoya City University, Japan
Dr. J. Andrew Taylor, Harvard Medical School, USA
Dr. Can Ozan Tan, Harvard Medical School, USA
Poster Session 3
Session 9: Techno-Adaptability to Modern Society
Invited Speaker:
Dr. Hisato Ohno, Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan
Dr. Sung-Phil Kim, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Dr. Oh-Sang Kwon, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Closing Ceremony
Night Excursion

General Information


Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology


International Association of Physiological Anthropology


Science Council of Japan

Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center

Cosponsoring societies

The Anthropological Society of Nippon

The Folklore Society of Japan

Human Ergology Society

The Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan

Japanese Association for Clothing Studies

Japan Ergonomics Society

The Japanese Psychological Association

The Japanese Psyconomic Society

Japanese Society for Chronobiology

The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology

Japanese Society for the Science of Design

Japanese Society of Human-Environment System

The Japan Neuroscience Society

Japan Society of Aerospace and Environmental Medicine

Japan Society of Kansei Engineering

Japan Society of Neurovegetative Research

Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science

Physiological Society of Japan

Society of Biomechanisms Japan

Supporting companies

BioMed Central Ltd.

Fuji Medical Science Co.,Ltd.

Fujitsu Design Limited

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

ITC Ltd.

KLV Co., Ltd.

Maruzen Publishing Co. Ltd.

Miyuki Giken Co., Ltd.

New Japan Environmental Consulting Co.,Ltd.

Nihon Kohden Kyushu Corporation

Peritec Corporation

S&ME, Inc.

Takano Co.,Ltd.

Techno Suzuta Co.ltd

Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.