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Keynote Speakers

From various fields, Keynote speakers will talk about the current situation surrounding aquariums.
Let's think about our future through ocean.

We are going to have eight keynote speakers in total.
Each represents the following themes.

・Philosophy in Nature
・Research Activities in Aquarium
・Pollution of the Water Planet
・In-situ Conservation Activities
・Education in Aquarium
・Fisheries and Role of Aquarium
・Aquarium Design and Construction
・Economy of Aquarium

Here are some pieces of information about four Keynote speakers!
Rest of the speakers will be announced soon.

Theme: Research Activities in Aquarium

Looking Back the Research Activities for Technical Improvement on Aquarium Display

Devices and findings in research for development of aquarium displays carried out in the past will be presented as follows: luminescence of pine-cone fish, ECG of eel, electric sensitivity of shark, and others. His work of personal research on circadian rhythms of locomotor activities in the hagfish will be also highlighted.

Hiroshi Kabasawa

Dr. Hiroshi Kabasawa is a former director of Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park Aquarium. The physiological phenomena occurring in living aquatic creatures are attractive assignments to be applied on aquarium display. During around 50 years in his career there, he had engaged in setting up for testing the physiological activities of fishes with environmental factors affecting them. The devices including his work were of great use in materializing an aquarium exhibit to the public. He was a member of editorial board of the Journal of Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, JAZA (1997-2017), and was vice chairman of the Museum Association of Kanagawa Prefecture (2011-2017). He was awarded from Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Japan (1991) and completed a PhD (1994).

Theme: Philosophy in Nature

Samurai and Falconer

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542 - 1616) was a Shogun, a general, of about 300 feudal lords. He loved falconry for his entire life. After his death, he was enshrined as God (Gongen-sama) in the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and a graceful picture of hawk was placed there. It was the era when Japanese falconry was developed.

Takahiro Yamana

Dr. Takahiro Yamana is the 51st chief priest of the Ohkunitama Shrine and also a vice-chair of the Association of Fukushima Shinto Shrines. Graduating from Kokugakuin University with a major in History, college of literature, he completed a PhD at Kokugakuin University. He has served as a teacher of history and ethics for many years at Fukushima Prefectural high schools. He also has served as a vice-principal of Shinchi High School and Yumoto High School and as a principal of Ono High School. Besides teaching, he worked on a research of falconry of Japanese feudal lords in the Sengoku Period. His books include "Chiikigaku no Komichi (Regional Studies)" and "Sengoku Feudal Lords and Falconry". His research paper theme was "Medieval Falconry".

Theme: In-situ Conservation Activities

Sea Turtles in the Mediterranean: A Dangerous Journey for Their Survival

Mediterranean Sea turtles constantly "sail" in hazardous waters seriously threatening their survival. This population is endangered by anthropic activities as bycatch, marine pollution, the use of nesting beaches for recreational activities and climate change. The current conservation efforts cannot be successful whether based only on laws and regulations. They should be mainstreamed in a common shared strategy going well beyond the socio-economic, cultural and ethnic Mediterranean barriers.

Flegra Bentivegna

Graduated in Biological Sciences, Dr. Flegra Bentivegna has directed the Aquarium and the scientific museum of the Dohrn Zoological Station of Naples from 1980 to 2013. In 1986, she has created the first European public rescue center for marine turtles in danger. She is currently working as consultant for the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas for the definition and implementation of the Action Plan for the conservation of marine turtles in the Mediterranean and is member of the IUCN Marine Turtles Specialist Group. Dr. Bentivegna has recently set up marine turtles rescue centers in different Mediterranean Countries. All along her career, she has organized workshops and conferences worldwide, from Asia to the States, and is author of numerous publications. In 2015, she was awarded from the "Sea Turtle Society" for her commitment towards marine turtles conservation.

Theme: Education in Aquarium

Challenge to Diverse Aquarium Education

Education in aquariums is often thought to be just conducting activities and spreading materials and information on aquatic creatures and environment. However, he thinks this is only a half of the role and tries to make aquariums a place where people can learn and communicate.

Koji Takada

After graduating from Tokai University in 1972, Dr. Koji Takada started working at Ohita Ecological Aquarium. He was involved in the establishment of the Marine World Uminonakamichi in 1988 and has worked until 2015. During the period, he served as the Director for 12 years. In 2005, he completed a PhD with the research theme "Research on the Role of Aquarium in Marine Education". His main research topics include museum education, curator training, mutual collaboration of museums, and educational utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). His current research at Fukuyama University in Hiroshima prefecture focuses on "Education in aquariums" and "Regional collaboration". His motto is "Aquarium is the educational industry".

Session Theme

Session themes are same as the themes of Keynote speakers.

*They might be changed according to the submitted abstracts, but they should be related with keynote speeches.

Schedule

Date November
5th
November
6th
November
7th
November
8th
November
9th
November
10th
AM   Visit
Tokyo Sea Life Park
10:00-10:30
Openning

Break 20 min.

10:50-12:10
Keynote1
Keynote2
9:30-10:50
Keynote3
Keynote4

Break 20 min.

11:10-12:10
Discussion
9:30ー10:50
Keynote5
Keynote6

Break 20 min.

11:10-12:10
Discussion
9:30-10:50
Keynote7
Keynote8

Break 20 min.

11:10-12:10
Session
12:10-13:30
Lunch Break
12:10-13:30
Lunch Break
12:10-13:30
Lunch Break
12:10-13:30
Lunch Break
12:10-13:30
Lunch Break
12:10-13:30
Lunch Break
Date November
5th
November
6th
November
7th
November
8th
November
9th
November
10th
PM   Transfer to Iwaki 13:30-15:10
Session

Break 20min.

15:30-17:30
Session
13:30-15:10
Session

Break 20min.

15:30-17:30
Session
13:30-15:10
Session

Break 20min.

15:30-17:10
Session
13:30-14:50
Session

Break 20min.

15:10-16:00
Closing
TBA
Ice Break
at Tokyo Sea Life Park
18:00-20:00
Welcome Party
at Onahama fish market
    17:30-19:00
Poster Session
19:00-21:00
Gala Party
at Aquamarine Fukushima

*Please note the time is preliminary and is subject to change

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