14th International Conference on Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures (ACSIN-14)/26th International Colloquium on Scanning Probe Microscopy (ICSPM26) was held at the Sendai International Center from October 21st to October 25th. During the conference, we met with Emeritus Professor Guy Le Lay, of Aix-Marseille University during his stay in Sendai. Also co-researcher at the Nagoya University, he is not new to the land. He had stayed in number of cities in Japan from North to the South and this was his fourth visit to Sendai. When asked for his impression of Sendai as a convention city, he noted “Location is nice, it is convenient from Tokyo, there are many hotels with different price ranges, subway takes you to Sendai International Center instantly, a variety of restaurants of local cuisines like Sushi, Sashimi and Beef tongue is available from the walking distance from Sendai station and half-day excursion to Matsushima is very attractive.”
In addition to his good experiences in Sendai of enjoying Sushi, Sashimi and Sake, there is something he will bring back to France – Bento style lunch during the conference. “It is very convenient. It is not common in Europe but personally speaking, it comes ready in a box and 45 minutes break is probably enough as compared to Buffets where it takes long time for many guests to finish. Maybe I will try it in the next conference in Marseille next year.”
Mr. Guy Le Lay, Emeritus Professor of Aix-Marseille University, France. Conference Chair of NW2SD International Conference in Marseille next year (https://nw2sd.sciencesconf.org/). He pioneered work on silicene, continuing with germanene and stanene, novel elemental artificial Group IV graphenelike materials. He is also an expert in Synchrotron Radiation, serving for eight years as a member of the European Round Table on Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers.