Brief History of ILTS

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The Institute of Low Temperature Science (ILTS) was founded in 1941 as the first research institute affiliated with Hokkaido University to promote interdisciplinary studies on various natural phenomena occurring in the cryosphere. The ILTS owes its establishment to the achievements of Professor Ukichiro Nakaya, the first person in the world to create artificial snow crystals. In 1995, the ILTS was reorganized as a nationwide joint-use institute to promote the fundamentals and applications of various natural phenomena occurring in the cryosphere. The ILTS was reorganized again in 2008 and is now composed of three research divisions (Water and Material Cycles Division, Frontier Ice and Snow Science Division and Environmental Biology Division), Joint Research Division and Pan-Okhotsk Research Center. In 2010, the ILTS was approved as a nationwide joint-use institute and a networking hub of academic exchanges with various research communities.

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Chronology

1941Establishment of ILTS as the first research institute of Hokkaido University
Opening of Physics, Meteorology, Biology, Medical, Applied Physics and Oceanography Sections
1963Opening of Section of Snow Disaster Science
1964Opening of Frost Heaving Section
1965Opening of Monbetsu Sea Ice Laboratory
1966Opening of Section of Frost Injury in Plants
1968Relocation to the present site completed
1970Opening of Snow Hydrology Section
1973Opening of Biochemistry Section
1975Expansion of a research building
1981Opening of Section of Snowfall Mechanism
1991Closing of Section of Snowfall Mechanism
Opening of Section of Cryo-climatology
1995Reorganization of the ILTS as a nationwide joint-use institute
Opening of Marine and Atmospheric Science Section, Cryospheric Science Section, Basic Cryoscience Section, and Boreal Environmental Sciences Research Section
1997Completion of a new laboratory building
2000Completion of a new research building
2003Start of renovation of old buildings
2004Closing of Monbetsu Sea Ice Laboratory
Opening of Pan-Okhotsk Research Center in Sapporo campus
2008Completion of renovation of old buildings
Organizational reformation of the ILTS
Opening of Joint Research Division, three research divisions (Water and Material Cycles Division, Frontier Ice and Snow Science Division, and Environmental Biology Division)
2010Approval as a nationwide joint-use institute and a networking hub of academic exchanges with various research communities

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