Greetings from the UJSIS president

I am honored to represent members of the Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences (UJSIS) as president for the 6th term, July 1st 2020 to June 30th 2022. The UJSIS represents 17 academic societies, and in cooperation with the Science Council of Japan’s Subcommittee of Applied Entomology under a Committee on Agriculture we promote research, education, and social dissemination of insect science. The UJSIS was established in July 2010 with the participation of 14 academic societies under the leadership of the first president, Prof. Okitsugu Yamashita. Since then, the UJSIS has been working under the leadership of Prof. Kenji Fujisaki (2nd term), Prof. Osamu Tadauchi (3rd term), Prof. Yukio Ishikawa (4th term), and Prof. Hisanori Bando (5th term). In July 2020, we celebrated 10 years since the UJSIS was established; we are now starting a new decade for the union.

In the 6th term, we will continue to hold an open symposium once a year to promote insect science. In the summer of 2021 we will be holding a symposium “Insect World – A World of Diverse Insects II”. This symposium had been scheduled for June 2020 but was unfortunately postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In 2021, we will prepare to hold the symposium online, and in 2022 we would like to hold a symposium that will make the public more familiar with the fascinating aspects of insect science. We also plan to develop our online presence to promote insect science. The UJSIS has published a number of excellent books for the general public based on the content of the public symposium. However, in recent years we feel that publication in paper form has become more difficult than ever before. Therefore, this period we will update our website to make the UJSIS activities (and those of the 17 academic associations) more visible, and provide a platform for interaction among our member associations to strengthen the sharing and dissemination of information.

Cooperation with international organizations is an important activity of the UJSIS. The International Congress of Entomology (ICE) is held every four years and is one of the largest conferences in the world, bringing together thousands of entomologists from all over the world. In 2018, a Bid Committee for the XXVII ICE meeting in 2024 was established under the UJSIS. After much work, we are pleased to announce that the ICE 2024 will be officially held in Kyoto, August 2024. This will be the second time for ICE to take place in Japan; the first was held in Kyoto back in 1980. The young Japanese researchers participating in the meeting 40 years ago gained a worldwide perspective of entomological research, and they have now been leading modern entomology. We hope that ICE 2024 will again attract many students and young researchers, and involve children as well, to make it a conference that truly leads the future of entomology. This term, the UJSIS will cooperate enthusiastically and make every effort to make ICE 2024 a big success.

In striving to further develop insect science in Japan, I would like to ask for your continued guidance and support this term.

Cheers,

Sakiko Shiga, PhD

President of UJSIS

Graduate School of Science,

Osaka University