Announcement for the 55th Annual Meeting of the Herpetological Society of Japan

The 55th annual meeting of the Herpetological Society of Japan (HSJ) will be held as follows.

Period: Nov 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun), 2016



Main venue: Faculty of Law and Letters building, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.

Banquet venue: Northern Cafeteria, University of the Ryukyus


▽map (please click to enlarge)


Transportation: 40~50min by car/highway bus from Naha Aprt. to Univ. Ryukyus

 ・by highway bus: Naha Aprt. →(bus no. 111, 113, or 152)→ Ryudai-Iriguchi: 740JPY

 ・by monolail & bus:

  1: Naha Aprt. →(monorail)→ Asahibashi Sta. →(walk)→ Naha Bus Terminal →(bus no. 97)→ Ryudai-Higashiguchi

  2: Naha Aprt. →(monorail)→ Asahibashi Sta. →(walk)→ Naha Bus Terminal →(bus no. 98)→ Ryudai-Kitaguchi

 ・by taxi: Naha Aprt.→Univ. Ryukyus: around 3,500JPY


Nov 26 (Sat):  Oral and poster presentations, , Commemorative picture, Satellite workshop, Organized sessions, Banquet
Nov 27 (Sun):  Oral and poster presentations, General meeting, Satellite workshops



・Early registrations and applications for presentation (without abstract): 24:00 (JST), Sep 27 (Tue), 2016

・Abstract submissions: AM10:00 (JST), Nov 25 (Fri), 2016

・Presentation file submissions: morning of Nov 26 (Sat), 2016 (the first day of the meeting)

* Please pay all fees at the on-site reception on the first day of the meeting

  (Only for the attendees live outside Japan)

* Please submit a presentation file at the on-site reception 

* No changes and additions will be accepted after the deadlines


■Presentation guidelines:
An attendee may give only one poster or oral presentation, but may also serve as a co-author on an unlimited number of presentations submitted by other registered attendees. The title and abstract of the presentation will be printed in Bulletin of the Herpetological Society of Japan.
・Oral presentation: 12 min for presentation, 3 min for Q & A session.
  PC Projectors (Office Power Point and Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows) will be available.
・Poster presentation: Poster size, 90 cm (width) × 150 cm (height) in maximum.

* Note that only HSJ members in good standing (i.e., those who have paid the membership fee for this year) can give a presentation.


Those wishing to participate, please fill out the application and return it to us via airmail or email. Deadline of submission is 24:00 (JST) Sep 27 (Tue), 2016.




Postal address:

Prof. Mamoru TODA

Tropical Biosphere Research Center, University of the Ryukyus, Senbaru 1, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0213, Japan


■Abstract submissions:

Name of and affiliation of the presenter(s) are necessary. 

Main text of the abstract should be less than 200 words.

The abstract will be translated into Japanese and shown in the program and the next issue of Bulletin of the Herpetological Society of Japan.

The email address: (note that it is different from the one of the committee)

Note that the deadline of abstract submission is AM10:00 (JST) Nov 25 (Fri) 2016 (later than that of application for presentation).


・Participation fee for regular attendees: 3,000 JPY (3,500 JPY for the attendees registered after Sep 27) 
・Banquet fee: 4,000 JPY (4,500 JPY for the attendees registered after Sep 27)
・Commemorative picture: 600 JPY
・Box lunch (for Nov 26): 600 JPY

・Box lunch (for Nov 27): 600 JPY

 * Few restaurants and convenient stores are available around the venue of the meeting. 



Please download the English application form from here:  

『the 55th HSJ meeting English form』



Please download the English program of HSJ55 from here:  

『the 55th HSJ meeting English program』



Exhibition in the university museum:

Fujukan, the Museum of the University of the Ryukyus, displays several items from its collections of natural history, art, and archeology. Indigenous terrestrial and freshwater animal/plants in the garden, and live animals including a Japanese Black-breasted Leaf Turtle (Geoemyda japonica), Yellow-margined Box Turtle (Cuora flavomarginata evelynae), Habu Pit Viper (Protobothrops flavoviridis), Himehabu Pit Viper (Ovophis okinavensis), and a Shima-yagi (a local race of domestic goat), are also on exhibit. 

Fujukan is arranging a special exhibition to show the herpetofaunal diversity in the Ryukyus as follows.


“Amphibians and reptiles of the Ryukyus—Fujukan’s collection”

Venue: Fujukan, the university museum

Period: 26th November–22th December

Open: 10:00–20:00 (26th and 27th November); 10:00–16:00, Mon to Fri (other days)

Admission Fee: Free

In this event, several specimens that bear out the diversity and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in this region will be exhibited from the collection of Tetsuo TAKARA, the first director of this museum. Additionally, fossil/subfossils (and replicas) of these animals such as turtles from the late Pleistocene of the Ryukyus (including Geoemyda amamiensis), amphibians from the late Pleistocene and middle Holocene of southern Okinawajima Island, and amphibians and reptiles from modern deposits on Yoronjima Island will also be displayed.