Field Courses 2023-2024 in Amakusa, Japan NEW

The SCESAP, in collaboration with the AMBL-Kyushu University, offers field courses to students of any nationality (mainly undergraduate level for the spring course and postgraduate level for the summer course, but admission is flexible).  SCESAP members will be given priority in case the number of applicants exceeds the capacity under this scheme.

Summer Course, 29 August - 5 September 2023crus1, application open
An intensive field ecology course involving sampling, observations and surveys, data analysis and presentation.  Mainly upper undergraduates and postgraduates.

Spring Course, 21-28 March 2024, application open
A basic course involving the sampling and classification of marine organisms of diverse taxa from different environments.  Mainly undergraduates.

-- Credits/certificate being issued
The SCESAP will issue a certificate to those who have successfully finished the course.  In addition, AMBL/Kyushu University may issue credits to participating students.

International participants must obtain SCESAP membership before applying. Students themselves are responsible for travel costs to and from the AMBL.  There is no travel subsidy available and participants are recommended to obtain an international travel insurance to cover the whole period.  The course fee, payable on arrival, is approximately 30,000 JPY including all meals and accommodation (a big bargain in Japan !); normally the SCESAP provides a (minimum) 20% subsidy on this in the case  of self-funded students. 

Places are limited in each course (<10), so early registration is essential; Apply with your full CV to Dr Arakaki or Prof M Tokeshi at the AMBL-KU  ( arakaki or tokeshi [at mark] ); make sure for which course you are applying.  A letter of invitation will be issued for international students who require a visa to enter Japan.

Registration will be closed as soon as places are deemed full (deadline: end of January for the spring course, end of June for the summer course).  See "Notice to participants".

SCESAP Biodiversity Symposium, Kaohsiung 2023 (27-31 October) NEW


---- SCESAP International Biodiversity Symposium ----

Dates: 27-31 October 2023, Kaohsiung, Taiwan  

Host: National Sun Yat-sen University
(Institute of Marine Ecology and Conservation)

Co-hosts: Marine Biology and Cetacean Research Center, NCKU
National Academy of Marine Research
Marine National Park Headquarters

Venue: College of Marine Sciences, NSYSU, Kaohsiung City

Local Organizing Committee headed by Prof Nathan Chen of the National Sun Yat-sen University.

This is a major international symposium covering all aspects of biodiversity studies in the coastal environments of Asia Pacific.   Students and young researchers are particularly welcome.  (The symposium is generously supported by the Society and various sponsors, making it a real value for money.)

//////////////  All types of organisms and coastal environments (marine-brackish-freshwater and adjacent terrestrial systems), integrative approaches, data-handling techniques. Session/workshop on large marine organisms.

Theme " Coastal Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Beyond Covid-19 ".

■ Symposium schedule:

///// Delegates are strongly advised to arrive in Kohsiung on 26 October

      ---- day 1 (27 October), registration/welcome mixer, opening session

      ---- day 2-4 (28-30 October), sessions/workshops, symposium dinner on day 3

      ---- day 5 (31 October), workshop (aquarium; optional)

Registration charge (Early registration is recommended; this includes the conference dinner)

If you are not a member yet, we strongly advise you to obtain your SCESAP membership before registration, which is more economical as it involves one-time payment only for life membership. See the membership page for other benefits.

registration category SCESAP member Non-member
Before 30 June 2023, ordinary / student
120 USD /80 USD
220 USD / 170 USD
1 July - 30 September 2023, ordinary / student
160 USD / 110 USD
270 USD / 220 USD
After 1 October - , ordinary / student
200 USD / 150 USD
300 USD / 250 USD

Delegates who register before 30 September will receive a Polo shirt as a gift from the Symposium host.


Registration procedure: (1) Pay the appropriate sum using PayPal below, (2) fill in the registration form (download), and (3) send the completed form to the Symposium Secretariat [ kaohsiung2023(at mark) ] as email attachment. Mail subject: "registration_your family name", text: "registration : PayPal receipt/transaction ID number".

A person different from the applicant can also settle the PayPal bill on his/her behalf by simply putting the applicant's full name in the section 'Add special instructions to the seller' within the bill.  A successful payment will generate a PayPal receipt/transaction ID number, which the applicant should supply on the registration form.  This means that each applicant will have a unique receipt ID.

---- Online Registration open ----

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Recommended accommodation :

Many hotels available in Kaohsiung city centre with easy access by metro, light rail and bus services to the venue.
The 3-star hotels listed here are in walking distance from the Yanchenpu subway station in Kaohsiung. You may find a good deal using online booking companies such Agoda, Expedia, etc, if you book early or check the prices frequently. Other hotels may also be worth checking for a good deal. You can find useful info on Google Maps.
1. Legend Hotel (
2. Hotel Yam Lagom (
3. Q21 (
4. Fish Hotel (

A limited number of university accommodation (shared occupancy) with reduced rate is available for registered student participants, on a first come-first served basis. Please contact Prof Nathan Chen (nathanc"ATMARK" for this.

Transportation to the symposium site in the university will be announced later.

Abstract submission : (open now)
Oral presentations: PowerPoint, 12min,  Posters: A0 (or smaller) size, portrait.  All materials to be prepared in English only.   A 200-word (max) abstract (Oral) / 120-word (max) abstract (Poster) to be submitted by 31 August 2023 (due to high demand, temporarily extended until further notice).  An abstract must have (1) a title (capital letters should not be used except for the 1st letter of the first word of the title, proper names and common abbreviations), (2) author names and affiliations (be brief), and (3) the corresponding author's email address.   Make this in MS WORD or WORD-compatible form on A4, margins 30mm on all sides, font: Arial, font size: 10, aligned to the left only.  Submit this as an email attachment to: abstract2023(at mark) .   Subject: oral (or poster), text: 1st author's name.  Note that the Symposium Organizers cannot guarantee a slot for oral presentation and some late applicants may be asked to switch from oral to poster presentation, if oral slots are full. In such a case, prospective presenters will be contacted as soon as possible.

Works presented at the symposium and submitted thereafter will be published, after peer-reviewing, in the Society's journal "Coastal Ecosystems".  Papers which do not meet the standard of CE may alternatively be published in the Bulletin, at the discretion of editors.  Submission of works for publication by SCESAP members will incur no cost; non-members must pay 50 USD symposium publication charge (this is a discount; normally, non-members need to pay 80 USD for publication in CE), apart from the registration fees.  It is therefore recommended that prospective delegates obtain SCESAP membership before registration.

SCESAP Biodiversity Symposium, Bogor 2019, successfully finished

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Dates: 12-16 August 2019, Bogor, Indonesia  

Host: Bogor Agricultural University 

Venue: Auditorium Andi Hakim Nasution, Rectorate building, IPB (Bogor Abgricultural University), Bogor City

This is a major international symposium covering all aspects of biodiversity studies in the coastal environments of Asia Pacific.   Students and young researchers are particularly welcome.  (The symposium is generously supported by the Society and various sponsors, making it a real value for money.)

//////////////  All types of organisms and coastal environments (marine-brackish-freshwater and adjacent terrestrial systems), integrative approaches, data-handling techniques.

Theme " Coastal Ecosystems and Biodiversity of the Asia Pacific : Achieving SDG14 ".

///////////////  Biodiversity studies, including ecology, physiology, behaviour, taxonomy/phylogeny, aquiculture, conservation and management issues, data-bases. The symposium features a special pre-symposium seminar on "Statistical data handling in environmental sciences" by Dr Makoto Yoko-o, who is an expert on dealing with different types of environmental and ecological data.   Click here for details.

■ A special memorial talk will be given by Prof M. Tokeshi, Presedent of SCESAP, on 13 August ::::: " Integrating coastal ecosystems science and management for a better future: J.R.P Daud, 1973-2018, Indonesia ".

Local Organizing Committee headed by Prof Yusli Wardiatno of Bogor Agricultural University.

Committee members: Prof. Yusli Wardiatno, Dr. Handoko Adi Susanto, Dr. Ario Damar, Dr. Luky Adrianto, Dr. Hefni Effendi, Dr. Majariana Krisanti, Dr. Ali Mashar, Dr. Zulhamsyah Imran, Dr. Sigid Hariyadi, Dr. Niken TM Pratiwi


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- SCESAP-backed Spring and Summer Field Courses 2023/2024 for students of all nationalities  in Amakusa, Japan

SCESAP Biodiversity Symposium,
27-31 October 2023

6th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, 2-5 July 2023


Special international symposium at AMBL, 4-6 March 2019

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- Biodiversity Symposium 2017

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Biodiversity Symposium 2015



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