Science Plaza 2008

 "Science Plaza 2008", an open-house event at NTT Basic Research Laboratories (BRL), was held at NTT Atsugi R&D Center on Thursday, November 21st, 2008. Under the banner "Nanoscience Opens Up the Quantum World", Science Plaza aimed to present our latest research accomplishments to a wide variety of people both inside and outside NTT and to gather a wide range of opinions.
 Following an opening address by Dr. Junji Yumoto, the director of BRL, one of distinguished technical members of NTT BRL, Dr. Masaya Notomi, gave a lecture entitled "Stopping, Caging Light - Manipulation of light by photonic crystals -". In the afternoon session, Prof. Hiroyuki Sakaki, the vice-president of Toyota Technological Institute, gave a special lecture entitled "Quantum Physics of Nano Space and the World of the 21st Century - Think about the ideal way of science and technology in the future -". Each lecture was well attended and followed by stimulating question-and-answer sessions.
 Forty-eight poster exhibits, including 16 from Photonics Laboratories and Microsystem Integration Laboratories, presented our latest research accomplishments. These poster exhibits revealed the originality and impact of our research achievements, as well as their future prospects. The posters were intensively discussed, and many thought-provoking opinions were heard. Each year we offer a "Lab Tour", which is a guided tour of the research facilities at NTT BRL that has received high praise from visitors over the years. This year’s tour included four different labs, so that as many people as possible could participate. This time we also opened a booth explaining the NTT R&D recruitment system for job-seeking researchers and students. After all the lectures, presentations, and exhibitions had finished, we held a banquet in the center’s dining room, where lively conversation among the participants helped to forge personal bonds.
 More than 180 people from research institutes, universities, and industry, as well as from NTT Group, attended Science Plaza 2008. Thanks to the efforts of all the participants, the conference ended on a high note. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who took part.


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