The Global conference on aquaculture was attended nearly 300 registrants including prominent scientists, young researchers, fisheries and private sectors nationwide dated 22nd to 25th September 2010 in Phuket, Thailand. Conference was co-organised by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Network of Aquaculture Centre in Asia Pacific (NACA) and Department of Fisheries of Thailand.
On day 1, two opening keynotes had been astoundingly addressed by 2 outstanding speakers, Prof. Dr. Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan (India) and Mr. Jiansan Jia (FAO), in which they emphasized the aquacultureﾕs contribution to food security, poverty alleviation, employment and climate change on aquaculture. I was also truly impressed by the well organized tentative in which including, a series of informative plenary lecture, thematic session and expert penal presentations by numerous of prominent speakers. Topics of discussion including regional and global overview on aquaculture, climate change impact on aquaculture, genetic modification in aquaculture by-products, advanced technology and efficient feeding strategy in aquaculture and etc.
The poster presentation took place from day 2 until the end of conference day. A total of 142 posters had been displayed and participated by 30 countries. I presented a study entitled, 'Comparison on larval survival and growth of tiger grouper, Epinephleus fuscoguttatus at different feeding time'. In this session, I took an opportunity to interact and get to know many other researchers from various field of expertise to exchange and gather scientific information and build acquaintances, friendships and research network as well.
I am deeply honoured and excited to have won the best poster in this prestigious conference. The best poster award was indeed an unexpected surprise but it shows a research funded by the Kinki University G-COE Program is globally recognized. I would like to express my indebted appreciation to the Kinki University G-COE Program for giving me this most precious opportunity and will now devote myself to strive excellently to achieve further success in future.
From 22nd August until 29th August 2010, I attended 13th International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME13) at Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, Washington. This event is once every two years thus it was a huge event full of interesting studies and well-known scientists focusing on microbial ecology. There were participants from all over America, Britain, third world countries, Asia, Iran and many more.
I did my poster presentation entitled 'Combination of Roseobacter clade affiliated bacteria and phytoplankton greater inhibition in fish pathogenic bacteria' on the fifth day, 27th August 2010 under Marine Microbiology session.
I explained on the possible phenomena expressed by the combination of promising bacteria (Roseobacter clade affiliated, RCA) and phytoplankton (Nannochloropsis oculata) against different serotypes of fish pathogenic bacteria (Vibrio anguillarum). During the poster session, team from Denmark and Germany did a similar work with me but their strain are different and we could get into deeper discussion. Besides that, 1 popular question was about what is the inhibition substance(s) produce by Roseobacter clade bacteria which I need to further investigate. I explained about my poster for two hours and really enjoyed the great discussion with scientist from all over the world. Besides poster presentations, there were many interesting oral presentation too.
At this conference, there were many interesting topics on varieties of fish or human pathogens inhibition by beneficial bacteria, on how human pathogenic bacteria were triggered by a species of ameba to become virulent to human being especially during operations and developments of new method to identify bacteria quantitatively with advance and precise molecular method. This conference gave me new opportunities in establishing new network for future use especially in the microbiology sector.
I do learnt a lot from this conference as it was in a large scale of microbiology covering from soil microbiology, oil degradation microbes, disease ecology, viral process, bacteria symbiosis, how the climate effecting the microbial world, biodiversity and community analysis and many more. It really open up my mindset on how broad and wide microbiology field can be. I really appreciate GCOE for funding this informative and valuable conference as the experience and knowledge gained can be useful for my doctoral study or future use.
I attended The XIIth International Congress for Parasitology (ICOPA XII) during 15-20th Aug, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. ICOPA is the largest meeting for parasitologists which is held every four year, equivalent to Olympics for parasitologists. This year, the meeting was entitled 'Understanding the global impact of parasites-from genomes to function and disease' and over 2,000 participantes were attended from all over the world. A total numbers of presentation reached 1,991 including posters. This is the second time for me to attend this congress since the one held in Canada in 2002.
Although many of the sessions were allocated for medical and veterinary parasite researches, such as malaria, research topics ranged from phylogeny, vaccine development to emerging parasites disease. In the meeting, there were three sessions specifically for aquatic parasites and I gave an oral presentation entitled 'Two species of sanguinicolid blood flukes from cultured Pacific bluefin tuna Thunnus orientalis' in 'Aquaculture and aquatic animal health' session. As Australia is one of a few countries culturing bluefin tuna, there were several talks in the session about parasites of tuna. All the presentations were with new information and it was great opportunity for me to update my knowledge and to understand the research trend in my field. Fortunately, there were several big names in fish parasitology in my session and they gave very useful comments regarding to my research, including information about a lifecycle of blood fluke of tuna, which I did not know before. After my talk, I had opportunity to talk to many researchers about taxonomy of the parasite and also about control of parasitic diseases in cultured tuna. These conversations were very helpful and informative for my research and I am very grateful to have such opportunity.
In the congress, many young scientists including post-graduate students and post-docs were participated. It was great experience for me to meet them and get to know young parasitologists who share similar research interests. One evening, I attended a get together meeting for young researchers in a historical bar in downtown Melbourone. We all enjoyed nice casual conversation over local Australian beers and wines. Chatting with researchers of same generations stimulate my research motivation and I learned a lot from them. It seems that many post-docs, including myself have difficulties finding a permanent post and worry about career path. We cheer each other up and promised to meet again in the near future.
I would like to thank GCOE program for giving me opportunity and fund for attending the ICOPA and I promise to carry on my research to become able to attend the next ICOPA in 2014
I attended the 'International and Annual Meeting of Korean Society of Food Science and Technology' held in Incheon, South Korea between June 16 and 18, 2010.
I departed Japan (from Kansai International Airport) and landed in South Korea (at Incheon International Airport) on June 15. Incheon International Airport is well known as one of the largest airport hubs in all of Asia, but I was stunned to see just how astonishingly large and pleasing on the eye it really is.
At the actual meeting, I gave a poster presentation on using ELISA to establish an assay system for fish collagen, entitled 'Establishment of assay system of skin collagen from bluefin tuna'. With the help of Han, Sung-Hee, a post-doctoral researcher who had accompanied me on the trip, I was able to use my limited English abilities to get through the necessary discussions without any major problems. However, since presentations at international meetings like these are likely to become increasingly important within global society, I did feel that I must improve my spoken English ability in future.
I was also very interested to listen to the various other oral presentations and the associated symposium. It was notable to see a large amount of research being conducted into the screening of food with health-promoting benefits, response of biological markers, and interpretation of their functional mechanisms in South Korea as well. Recent years have also seen a rise in items of research based on nutrigenomics, but I feel that it is necessary to promote more molecular biological research or molecular and cellular biological research.
It was an extremely valuable experience for me to be able to participate in an international meeting like this. I certainly hope to be able to participate actively in more international meetings in future, so that I may communicate the results of my own research to the rest of the world. In closing, I would like to express my deep appreciate to the Kinki University Global COE Program for providing me with such an excellent opportunity.
The 2nd Global COE program symposium of Kinki University, 2009 'Sustainable Aquaculture of the Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna - Closing the Life Cycle for Commercial Production'. The symposium was held at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Adelaide, Australia from November 30 to December 2, 2009. In this symposium, more than 70 researchers came from different corners of the world especially from Italy, Germany, USA, Indonesia, Australia and Japan.
The symposium began with welcome speech from Prof. Kenji Takii (Sub-leader, G-COE Program of Kinki University), Associate Prof. Rob Thomas (Chief Scientist, SARDI); Dr. Len Stephens (Managing Director, Australian Seafood CRC); Mr. Hagen Stehr (Clean Seas Tuna). Then the morning session started with presents by Dr. Mike Thomson; the Overview of Clean Seas Tuna, by Dr. Yasuo Agawa; Introduction of selective breeding of Pacific bluefin tuna and its molecular biological approaches and so on as per schedule. There was a very fruitful discussion session at the end of the day.
I presented one of my studies entitled 'Comparison of lipid and fatty acid compositions in different flesh cuts of farmed fed, farmed fast and wild Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis)'.
From this symposium, I have a better understanding of the direction of global research of tuna species. I also acquired some knowledge about tuna flesh quality from this symposium and recent trend of tuna meat research globally. It was a great experience for me to join this symposium. I was also enjoyed lively discussions with other researchers from different countries. I am so grateful to the Kinki University G-COE Program for having me this most valuable opportunity which encourage me to devote myself for further successes in future.
After oral presentation, poster presenter also presented their works orally for a few minutes each on the 2nd day of this symposium. At present, Fisheries Laboratory of Kinki University is the leading institute in the world to spawn tuna in captive, hatching eggs and successfully produce market size cultured bluefin tuna. Recently, scientists of aquaculture successfully spawn tuna and hatch eggs. But all over the world except Kinki University, no one knows the techniques how to survive the hatched fish larvae.
I was very much impressed with the way in which the countries like Australia, USA, Indonesia and also Japan had initiative nationally or internationally by providing substantial funding for research into commercially important tuna species. After presentation, there was a session of panel discussion in which participants asked questions to the panel board members (Dr. Amal Biswas from Japan, Dr. Mike Thomson and Dr. Abigail Elizur from Australia, Dr. Daniel D. Benetti from USA, Dr. Massimo Caggiano from Italy), who were the experts of nutrition, breeding, feeding etc about tuna. After panel discussion, Professor Dr. Wataru Sakamoto has given thanks to all participants in this symposium.