Science Plaza 2009

 "Science Plaza 2009," an open-house event of NTT Basic Research Laboratories (BRL), was held at NTT Atsugi R&D Center on Friday, November 27th, 2009. Under the banner "Nanoscience Opens Up the Quantum World", Science Plaza aimed to disseminate our latest research accomplishments through various sections of people inside and outside of NTT and to gather diverse opinions.
 Following an opening address from Dr. Itaru Yokohama, the director of BRL, one of distinguished technical members of NTT BRL, Dr. Koji Muraki gave a lecture on "Electron correlation in semiconductor nanostructures ― deriving natural team play from electrons-". In the afternoon session, Prof. Hideo Hosono, Tokyo Institute of Technology, gave a special lecture entitled "Real joy of material research ― Toward discovery of treasure trove ―". Each lecture was well-attended and followed by heated question-and-answer sessions.
 As regards the poster exhibits, 44 posters, including 13 from Microsystem Integration Laboratories and Photonics Laboratories, presented our latest research accomplishments. While explaining the originality and impact ― as well as the future prospects ― of our research accomplishments, these posters were intensively discussed, and many meaningful opinions were heard. This year’s "Lab. Tour" ― a guided tour of research facilities at NTT BRL that has been receiving high reputation from visitors over the years ― took place at five different labs, so that as many people as possible could join the tour. This time we also opened a booth to show the NTT R&D recruitment system for job-seeking researchers and students. After all lectures, presentations, and exhibitions, a banquet was held in Center’s dining room, where lively conversation among participants deepened their amity.
 More than 220 people from research institutes, universities, and general industries, as well as from NTT Group, attended Science Plaza 2009. Thanks to the efforts of all participants, the conference ended on a high note. We would thus like sincerely to express our gratitude to all of the participants.

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