President of the Union: Prof. Okitsugu Yamashita (President of Chubu University)

On July 24, 2010, the Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences was established at its inaugural meeting held in a conference room of the Science Council of Japan and attended by fourteen insect-related academic societies and associations in Japan. I have been appointed as the first president of the Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences. I am determined to fulfill my duties and promote the advancement of insect science in accordance with the purpose of the establishment. We appreciate your continuing advice and support. We would like you all to join us to celebrate this memorable event – the establishment of the Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences.

It is necessary to address a variety of social issues associated with insects at a national level through collaboration among academic societies involved in insect science. In recent years, an increasing number of insect-related and other academic societies and associations have highlighted the necessity of this approach. Since its 18th period, the Science Council of Japan has been involved in the reform of Japanese academic system, societies, and associations, and the development of their vision for the future. The reform is designed to enhance the role of academic research and promote scholarly activities that help develop knowledge-based society, while placing importance on traditional academic approaches based on specialization.

This also applies to scholarly activities in insect science. To retain and promote its distinctiveness as an academic discipline, researchers in insect science are expected to continue to explore new research fields, systems, and theories. Scientists in this field are required to contribute to society by addressing a variety of social issues with their expertise and respond to society’s expectations to obtain their understanding and support.

Never have such high expectations been placed on academic research in any other era. This is an ideal opportunity for us to promote the advancement of scientific research for the future. Academic expertise required for these scholarly activities will be acquired in an environment such as a community consisting of researchers with a variety of perspectives and values. The foundation of the Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences is regarded as the establishment of an important community for insect science researchers. Everything starts from here. Under the slogan: “pursuit of possibilities”, let us hope for the bright future of the Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences.