Short lab course in Japan

2015 Hokudai-EES Laboratory Short Course on Stable Isotopes


 The 8th " laboratory short course on Stable Isotopes" will be held from November 9th to 13th in 2015. This short course will be also held as Hokkaido University Arctic Science Field & Laboratory Short course series.

Through the progress of the analytical techniques, it has become easier to analyze the samples, which enables the stable isotope to apply to the various fields in Environmental Science.

This course will provide experiences for all participants to conduct a mini research project which includes measurements of isotope ratios of samples, analyses of those data, and presentation of the results on the last day of the course. During the short course, participants will also take classes on basic theory, technology and method of stable isotope measurements, and on applications in various research fields, and participate seminars. We expect those experiences will give great opportunities for students and post doctoral researchers, who have conducted research in a variety of fields, through having fruitful discussions and exchanging ideas with those who work in different fields.

We welcome students and post doctoral researchers not only from Graduate School of Environmental Science and Division of Environmental Resources, Graduate School of Agriculture, but also from other graduate schools or faculties and institutes in Hokkaido University, and also from other universities all over Japan. This year, we expect one or two group(s) of participants conducts training in English, also we hope to invite a few students from abroad.


Purpose of Laboratory Training

(1) To offer the opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, who have research theme with stable isotopes in the fields of Environmental Science, Earth System Science, and Ecological Science, to have wide range of understanding and knowledge of their own area of expertise, broaden the range of the application, and practice their presentation skills.


(2) To offer students, who are not specialized with isotopes, the opportunities to experience the isotope analyses, promote better understanding of stable isotope research and their own research, advance to joint research, and have fruitful experience and discussion.


  We recruit (1) as a confined Project Coordinators and (2) as Trainees. A confined Project coordinator will submit a proposal for a confined Research Project, and the theme will be decided after discussion with staff of Hokudai EES. Trainees will not only learn or take classes, but also conduct the confined Research Project with the coordinator during the course. The results will be presented on the last day for the completion of the project.


【Intended for】

  Doctor’s course students

  Master’s course students

  Undergraduate students (3rd or 4th grade)

  Post-Doctoral Researchers


  Not only students from Hokkaido University, but also students from other universities are welcome.

For all participants, completion certificate of Laboratory Short Course in Stable Isotopes 
  will be issued.


【Intended numbers and category】

1)4 Confined Project Coordinators:Students or post-doctoral researchers who are using

stable isotopes in their own research. Coordination of confined Research Project and assistance of the course are expected.


2)12 Trainees:Knowledge or experiences on stable isotopes are not necessary. Trainees will
   be separated into 4 groups, and each group will conduct Confined Research Project with
   the coordinator. Trainees will experience preparation and analyses of samples, and give
   presentation upon completion of the project.


【Period of course】

November 9th (Mon) – 13th (Fri), 2015

*** We are planning to hold several meetings with confined Project Coordinators prior to this



  Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Environmental Science

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N10 W5, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0810


【Submission of application form】

1, Download the application form from

2, Talk to your supervisor about your participation of this course and get his/her approval.

If you are students living in Japan,

3, Fill out the form and create a PDF file.

4, Send the application form PDF file to

5, Print the application form PDF and ask your supervisor for a signature or a seal to

confirm an approval of your participation of this course.

6, Send the application form by postal mail to the address below or bring it in person.

 Postal address


  Hokkaido university graduate school of Environment Earth Science, E202

  Kita 10 Nishi 5 Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, Japan  060-0810


If you are students living outside of Japan,

3, Fill out the form, then print it and ask to your supervisor for his/her signature or seal to show an approval of your participation of this course.

4, Create PDF files, which is included the application form and your personal identification pages of your passport. Send it to isotopecourse”at”

5, Bring the original application form with you on the day of the course.



  Electronic file must arrive by October 10th.

Electronic file (pdf file) is acceptable for the applicant abroad.



Participants are required to have some insurance in case of an accident.



  The participation fee is free.

  Mass spectrometer for the analyses of C and N isotope ratios of organic matter, H and O
 isotope ratios of water, and C and O isotope ratios of CO2 are available in the course.
 Ask for details. (See “Contact info” below.)

Language: Japanese and English. Among 4 groups, one or two group(s) will be conducted the
 course in English. Lectures will be given in Japanese and English, however, please allow us
 to conduct several parts of lecture only in one language.

Support of travel expense: Contact us for detail. If you are coming from abroad and in need of
 support of travel expense, your application must arrive by October 10th

  Joint project: Proposed themes may be rearranged as joint project. We may contact with
 applicants for confined research project before the dead line of application to rearrange the
 joint project.

  Screening : In case large number of applicants, screening of participants will be made by
 reviewing the application form.


【Contact info, applications and inquiries】



Tel: 011-706-2233

    Address: N10 W5, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0810

            Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Environmental Science


Download here: Application form

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