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The Council Meeting and General Assembly of Asian Paleontological Association held in Tokyo of Japan

From August 3 to 7, the 2nd Asian Palaeontological Congress (APC2) was held in Tokyo of Japan. More than 400 participants from 24 Asian countries and regions attended this congress. APC2 was co-hosted by the Palaeontological Society of Japan (PSJ) and the Asian Palaeontological Association (APA), under the financial support of the PSJ and external funds/grants, with the joint auspices of the University of Tokyo and the Union of Japanese Societies for Natural History. The theme of this congress is “Science in Deep Time in a New Epoch”. A total of 6 plenary talks, 252 oral presentations and 91 posters were presented, and four pre- and post-congress field excursions were organized.

During the congress, the Council Meeting and General Assembly of the Asian Palaeontological Association were held in Tokyo of Japan. On August 6th, the second meeting of the APA Council was held in the University of Tokyo, chaired by APA President Renbin ZHAN. A total of 9 council members from China, Japan, Korea and Thailand attended this meeting, including Vice Presidents Hiroshi NISHI (Japan), Tao DENG (China), Dong-Chan LEE (Korea) and Secretary General Yongdong WANG (China). Yongdong WANG reported on the business progress of APA since its founding in Beijing in 2019, mainly including the establishment of the APA website, symposia organization, participation in the 6th IPC congress in Thailand, council member visits and exchanges, the preparation of APC2 in Japan, preparation of Joint Field excursion, as well as the ordinary work of the APA secretariat. It is noted that the Chinese Academy of Sciences has provided strong and active support to APA, including annual budget funding.

During the meeting, the council members discussed the proposal for the new round of APA council organizations, and the new Executive Committee for 2023-2027 was approved by the members. The new APA President is Kazuyoshi ENDO from the University of Tokyo, Japan; Yongdong WANG from the NIGPAS in Nanjing, China, Dong-Chan LEE from the Chungbuk National University, Korea, Xijun NI from the IVPP of China, Mongkol UDCHACHON from the Mahasarakham University, Thailand and Sergey ROZHNOV from the Borisyak Paleontological Institute, RAS acts as the Vice Presidents, Dr. Bin WAN from the NIGPAS, Nanjing China acts as the Secretary General.

 At this council meeting, the future work plan of APA (2023-2027) was also discussed. The1st Session of the 2nd APA Council Committee will be held in November 2023 in Nanjing of China, together with the Asian Young Palaeontology Forum; additionally, the joint field excursions will be held in Yunnan, China, after the council meeting and the forum as well. In addition, the council meeting has decided that the 3rd Asian Palaeontological Congress (APC3) will be hosted by Thailand in Bangkok in 2027. The proposal to establish the Asian Palaeontological Awards was discussed by the council members. The members agreed to promote the APA to join the related international conferences that will be held in Asian regions, such as the 31st Annual Conference of the Palaeontological Society of China (November 2023, Nanjing, China), the 6th International Palaeogeography Conference (May 2024, Nanjing, China), the 37th International Geological Congress (August of 2024, Busan, Korea), the 9th International Conference on Fossil Insects, Arthropods and Amber (April 2024, Xi’an, China), and the 20th International Symposium on Ostracoda, (August 2026, Beijing, China). 

President Renbin ZHAN finally expressed his appreciation to the council members who have provided strong supports for the work of the Association over the past four years, and overcame difficulties such as the Covid-19 pandemic to persistently cahhy out academic activities and promote exchanges and cooperation. He congratulated the new executive committee and hoped that the new council committee will continue to lead everyone to actively promote the development of palaeontology in Asia, so as to push the talent training, scientific communication and academic exchanges and other work of the APA to a higher level. 

      On the afternoon of August 7th, the APA General Assembly was held at the Ito International Conference Center of the University of Tokyo. This assembly was chaired by the new APA Vice President, Yongdong WANG. Renbin ZHAN, Hiroshi NISHI, Tao DENG, Dong-Chan LEE, and the new APA President Kazuyoshi ENDO, new Vice President Xijun NI, as well as other more than 300 participants of the 2nd APC attended this assembly. Yongdong WANG first reported on the APA council resolution and read out the members of the new executive committee of the APA council (including President, Vice Presidents and Secretary General). Later, Kazuyoshi ENDO, the new President of the APA Council, delivered a speech on behalf of the second council committee. He thanked the first council committee for their work over the past four years and their hard work in organizing the Second Asian Paleontological Congress, and hoped that everyone would continue to support the work of the APA and actively participate in the activities of the association, so as to make the academic exchange work of the association better in the future. Subsequently, Yongdong WANG introduced the future academic conferences in the field of palaeontology in Asia, including the 6th Palaeogeography Conference, the 37th International Geological Congress and other related symposia or conferences, and the promotional video of the 37th International Geological Congress was shown. The representative of the University of Makathalakan of Thailand introduced the information of the 3rd Asian Paleontological Congress to be held in Bangkok in 2027 at the general assembly, and extended the invitation to all participants, hoping that we will meet in Bangkok in four years. 


Part members at the council meeting of the Asian Paleontological Association held on August 6th, 2023 in Tokyo


Part of the Executive members of APA. Past President Renbin ZHAN (Left 2nd ), Past Vice Presidents Hiroshi NISHI (left 3rd) and Tao DENG (Right 2nd), Council Member Min HUH (Right 3rd); APA new President Kazuyoshi ENDO (Right 4th)Vice Presidents Yongdong WANG (Left 1st) and Xijun NI (Right 1st), and the President of the Organizing Committee of 2nd APC Tanaki SATO (left 4th)


The General Assembly of APA held on August 7th, 2023 at University of Tokyo, chaired by Vice President Yongdong WANG


APA Executive members (front) participated the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Asian Palaeontological Congress held on August 4th, 2023 in University of Tokyo, Japan