From November 29 to December 2, 2015, the fifth World Engineering Conference and Convention (WECC2015) was held in the Kyoto International Conference Centre with about 2,000 people attending, including 500 international participants from 80 countries.
This was the first time for the WECC to be held in Japan. The event was organised by the Science Council of Japan, the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The opening ceremony was attended by Crown Prince Naruhito and an array of notables including the Minister of State for Special Missions, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the governor of Kyoto Prefecture, and the mayor of Kyoto City. The keynote speech was given by Professor Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014.
In addition to the main conference, exhibitions of technology and public lectures were held throughout the city of Kyoto, sponsored by 98 enterprises and organisations.
Participants were given a glimpse of the rich culture and history of Kyoto through the traditional crafts and food product booths, and events such as the chance to experience a tea ceremony at the conference site.
The Kyoto Convention Bureau also collaborated with sponsors to arrange a final banquet at the Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel, featuring performances by geisha—another taste of Kyoto culture.
For the fourth year running, the Kyoto Convention Bureau has collaborated with Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture to provide convention support, and the influx of 2,000 conference attendees and the numerous side events created quite a stir throughout the city.
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