Professor Ziya Günata, University of Montpellier II, France visited Shizuoka and Hamamatsu campus of Shizuoka University from September 2nd to 4th 2015 for giving special lectures, with the title “Flavor compounds in rice and factors involved in 2-Acetyl-1-Pyrroline formation, compound developing characteristic flavor of aromatic rice varieties”. The lectures were as a part of the Program for Promotion of Global Young Students and Researchers in Interdisciplinary Research and Education of the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST).
This visit was organized by Professor Naoharu Watanabe, Dean of GSST. The main purposes were enhancing creativity and international opening of students and young researchers who belong to GSST, as well as developing academic exchanges and collaborative research between the two universities.
Professor Günata transferred to University of Montpellier II after carrying research on wine brew and fragrances of wine at INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research). He has been researching about the fragrances of wine and rice, and has also been conducting collaborative research with Professor Watanabe.
In these special lectures, Professor Günata explained the mechanisms of generation of the flavors of wine and rice. Students were listening with high interest the talk about fragrances of South France, a talk that cannot be heard too often in Japan. Doctoral course students, as well as young researchers and teachers participated, with a total audience of 42 persons.
Professor Günata paid a courtesy visit to Professor Naoharu Watanabe, Dean of GSST on Hamamatsu campus, then received an explanation about GSST and Promotion of Global Young Students and Researchers in Interdisciplinary Research and Education Program. They also exchanged various opinions about future activities, making this meeting a fruitful one overall.