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【Call for Participants】 SOKENDAI International Symposium on Biodiversity in Madagascar


Place:SOKENDAI, Hayama Campus



This is to inform you regarding SOKENDAI International Symposium on Biodiversity in Madagascar.





     We are pleased to inform you that we organize “the International Symposium on Biodiversity in Madagascar” as a part of Global Project in the Center for the Promotion of Integrated Science (CPIS),

SOKENDAI; Advancement of ancient DNA studies for exploring bio-diversity in lost ecological systems.

A numerous number of species are now in danger of extinction, or already have gone extinction by the human activities.

The current extinction rates are on par with the mass extinction events in the earth history, called “big five”, including the dinosaur extinction in the end of the Mesozoic era.

Therefore, we are now just facing the process of “sixth mass extinction”.

To elucidate the biodiversity of the past ecosystems lost by the human impact, we started this ancient DNA project.

Recent remarkable development of sequencing technology opened the door of the paleogenomics; genomic analyses of extinct organisms, and we resolved the natural histories of the extinct animals and their relation with human beings through this Global project.

     Here, we would like to shed light on the biodiversity and extinction event of Malagasy fauna and flora in this symposium.

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Since Madagascar have been isolated from other land masses for more than 80 million years, this island is called “the seventh continent” because of its biodiversity and bio-specificity.

Madagascar once had an endemic megafauna including the gorilla-sized lemurs and the elephant birds which are thought to be a model of the roc bird in Arabian Nights. Malagasy megafauna gone extinct during 2000~1000 years ago, nearly coincidently with the peopling of this island.

     It is known that the megafaunas in each continent gone extinct after the exodus of the modern human.

The Malagasy megafauna can be considered as the last lost-megafauna.

Since the most of the megafaunal extinction occurred in the end of the last glacial age, it is difficult to evaluate the effect of the human impact and the climatic change.

Therefore, we think the study of the Malagasy megafauna provides us with valuable information of the human impact because the extinction event occurred relatively recently and during the relatively stable climatic peiod.

We would like to discuss the natural history of the diversity and specificity of Malagasy biota and their relationship with the human being from both of the biological aspects and the anthropological aspects in this symposium.

In the honor lecture, we invited Prof. Anne Yoder from Duke University.

She is an authority of the natural history of Madagascar, and also has enthusiastically published many attractive works on the mammalian evolution in Madagascar.








■February  4 , 2017 (Sat.)

13:30 – 18:00 (Open 13:00 -)


■February  5, 2017 (Sun.)

11:00 – 12:00 (Open 10:30 -)

13:30 – 15:00 (Open 13:00 -)


*Details are as per attached “Notification” and “Poster”.




SOKENDAI Hayama Campus, 2nd Floor Hall




How to apply


Please send below documents to the CPIS office via e-mail attached by the deadline.

・ Application form

・ Local Remittance Registration Application

    (Application for reinbursement for SOKENDAI Student, Faculty only)

・ E-mail address :  cpis-office(at)ml.soken.ac.jp

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     Deadline: January 31, 2017 ~17:00pm 




■Language: English (except the lecture on February 5 by Dr. Hiroshi Yuasa)


■Participation fee : FREE


■For SOKENDAI Students & Faculty, the transportation fee is supported by SOKENDAI under the university regulations.

 As for the accommodation, please arrange by yourself. (No accommodation fee support by SOKENDAI)


■For public auditors, we are very welcome though the transportation fee is  not be supported by us.



<Procedures for application submission>


Tel:046-858-1629, 1657


E-mail : cpis-office(at)ml.soken.ac.jp


<Inquiry for the Symposium> 

Jun Adachi : adachi(at)ism.ac.jp

TakahiroYonezawa : cyclotis(at)gmail.com


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Posted On 2017.01.24 By CPIS Office
Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0193 Japan




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