JIRCAS International Symposium 2018 “Women in Fisheries: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Contributions to Research and Industry”

JIRCAS International Symposium 2018

        The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) has played a central role in putting Japan at the forefront as one of the world’s leading countries that contributes to the international advancement of scientific research and collaboration in the field of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Through various joint research programs in developing regions, JIRCAS has not only provided valuable assistance in fostering human resource development, but has also served to promote gender equality.
        With the goal of further promoting women’s contributions to scientific and technological advancement in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, JIRCAS actively participates in a program entitled “Initiative for Realizing Diversity in the Research Environment”, that is supported by funds from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Under the auspices of this program, we are currently seeking to promote active roles for female researchers, both domestically and internationally. As well, we aim to implement international collaborative research activities that will improve nutritional conditions and welfare for all in the developing areas. In November 2017, we convened an International Symposium to explore ways of improving the nutritional value of crops and evaluating the nutritional content of foods, as well as tackling gender issues in context of rural development.
        For this year’s International Symposium, leading female administrators and scientists in the field of fisheries will be invited to share with us their research findings and views on the need for the active participation, involvement, and leadership contribution of women working in fisheries research and technology development, with the over-arching aim of securing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thus leading to food security and a healthy future.

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JIRCAS International Symposium
Organized by

Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences

Co-organized by

Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency

In cooperation with

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Fisheries Agency

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)

Greater Tokyo Initiative

Japan Forum on International Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development


U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 150-8925




Opening Remarks:  Masa Iwanaga (President, JIRCAS)
Welcome Remarks:  Kazuhiko Shimada (Deputy Director General, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, MAFF)

Keynote Speeches

Chairperson: Kunihiro Doi (Director, Research Strategy Office, JIRCAS)

  1. Meryl Williams (Chair, Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section, Asian Fisheries Society) (13:20-13:50)
    “Women’s contributions to fisheries and aquaculture in the developing areas: Present achievements and future prospects for women researchers and administrators”
  1. Kaoru Nakata (Executive Director, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency) (13:50-14:20)
    “Women in fisheries and aquaculture in Japan: Current achievements and future prospects in research and industry”
Session 1 “Women in Fisheries Research”

Chairperson: Osamu Abe (Director, Fisheries Division, JIRCAS)

  1. Yumiko Kura (Country Director, WorldFish Cambodia) (14:20-14:45)
    “The contribution of fisheries in achieving SDGs: Perspectives of women researchers”
  2. Evelyn Grace de Jesus Ayson (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department) (14:45-15:10)
    “R&D for sustainable aquaculture delevelopment towards food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia”
  3. Bong Jung Kang (Research Scientist, Fisheries Division, JIRCAS) (15:10-15:30)
    “Development of new aquaculture and seed production technology for commercially-important shrimp species: Research at JIRCAS”
Photo session, coffee break


Session 2 “Women On-site in Fisheries and Aquaculture”

Chairperson: Yukiyo Yamamoto (Program Director, Value-adding Technologies Program, JIRCAS)

  1. Izumi Seki (Professor, Tokai University) (15:55-16:20)
    “Activities of women in fishing communities starting businesses in Japan”
  2. Bonnie Waycott (Writer, The Fish Site, 5M Publishing) (16:20-16:45)
    “Women in aquaculture: Stories from the field”
Panel Discussion

Moderator: Marcy Wilder (Senior Research Scientist, Fisheries Division, JIRCAS)


Closing Remarks: Osamu Koyama (Vice-President, JIRCAS)

Registration period
Registration deadline:

November 6, 2018 (Tue) 13:00~17:30

(12:30~ Registration)
(10:00~11:30 “Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers”: Award Ceremony and recognition by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries)

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