Successful Home Coming Day activities at the Graduate School of Biosphere Science well attended

Every year, Home Coming Day welcomes alumni and the general public to the Graduate School of Biosphere Science (Faculty of Applied Biological Science). This year’s event was held on November 2, 2013, highlighted by the 6th International Symposium on Food and Environment.

At the opening, Professor Kohzo Taniguchi, Dean of the school, delivered his welcome message and reported on recent educational and research activities of the school.
(Welcome message from the Dean, Dr. Kohzo Taniguchi) (General Chairperson: Dr. Yukinori Yoshimura)
This was followed by a special installation ceremony of visiting professors, speeches by invited professors, and reports of completed research supported by Grants-in-Aid of the Dean. Two distinguished alumni were named Visiting Professors of our Graduate School. Professor Hidemi Kumai is well-known as the first one who established the complete aquaculture system of black tuna, while Professor Akira Sakata is famous not only as professional musician but also as an author of water flea books. They talked to us about their experiences, and we were greatly encouraged to learn and study more in the field of biosphere science and the preservation of human life.
(Special installation ceremony of visiting professors)
(Professor Hidemi Kumai) (Professor Akira Sakata)
The focus of the international symposium this year was “Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Resources in Southeast Asia and Japan”. Speakers were invited from sister universities of Hiroshima University such as Airlangga University (Indonesia) and Kasetsart University (Thailand).

Dr. Sri Subekti Bendryman (Airlangga University) presented a topic entitled “Marine Fish-borne Helminthic Zoonoses: Public Health Risk?” while Dr. Suchai Worachananant (Kasetsart University) discussed a topic entitled “Marine Protected Areas Management in Thailand: Challenges and Solutions”, and then Dr. Tetsuya Umino (Hiroshima University) talked about “Stock Enhancement for Sustainable Fishery: Experiences and Lessons from Black Sea Bream, Acanthopagrus schlegelii (Bleeker) in Hiroshima Bay”.
(Opening message from the Vice Dean, Dr. Masahiro Yamao) (Dr. Sri Subekti Bendryman / Airlangga University, Indonesia)
(Dr. Sri Subekti) (Chair : Dr. Koichiro Kawai)
(Dr. Suchai Worachananant / Kasetsart University, Thailand) (Chair : Dr. Kazuhiko Koike)
(Dr. Tetsuya Umino / Hiroshima University)
Marine organisms comprise one of the major components of our food resources. The preservation of marine ecosystems and the development of fishery systems that pose lesser risks for environmental changes are expected to enhance the marine resources and their sustainable use.

At the symposium, an active discussion followed with sharing ideas from each country on this important issue. The audience was composed of students, ordinary citizens, alumni, professors emeritus, and university staffs who enjoyed the discussion.
(General Discussion chaired by Dr. Lawrence M. Liao)
(Reports of completed research supported by Grants-in-Aid of the Dean)
(Reception after the Symposium)