Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences

Message from the President

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President of the Union: Hisanori Bando

(Professor of Hokkaido University)

Since its foundation in 2010, the Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences has steadily contributed to the promotion of insect sciences in Japan, in close collaboration with the Applied Entomology Committee of the Science Council of Japan (SCJ). Currently, 17 insect science-related academic societies and associations are affiliated to this Union.

As of July 2018, I have assumed the presidency of this Union. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce activities planned during the term of my presidency. One of our important activities is to organize annual symposia open to the general public. Topics of the three most recent symposia were “Infectious Diseases Mediated by Pest Insects”, “Invasive Alien Insects: Problems and Countermeasures”, and “Blessings of Insects”. These three symposia were very successful in attracting wide attention of the general public. We will continue to organize a symposium on timely topics to enhance understanding of the general public on insect sciences.

Another important activity of our Union is publication of introductory books intended for the wide public. We published two books “Insect Science: Wonder World of Insects” (Tokai University Press, ISBN 4486020356, in Japanese) in 2015 and “Uninvited Insects: Health Damage and Pest Management (Tokai University Press, ISBN 4486021254, in Japanese) in 2017. We are now preparing a new book that is based on the lectures delivered in the symposium “Blessings of Insects”.

Also, we organized a symposium “Recent Advances in Entomology in Japan” on September 25, 2016, which was held in conjunction with the 25th International Congress of Entomology, Orland, Florida, USA (September 25–30, 2016) and ended successfully. We make continuous efforts to create opportunity to introduce the advancement of entomological sciences in Japan to the world’s leading entomologists.

Lastly, we will keep enhancing dissemination of information on our activities through our website. The quality and quantity of information provided in the website have been substantially increased year after year. I appreciate your occasional revisits to this website.

I cordially look forward to your continuing participation, advice, and support to these activities.