Coral Reef

History of the JCRS

The Japanese Coral Reef Society (JCRS) was founded in November 1997, and its membership currently exceeds 600. The JCRS holds annual meetings and publishes an English-language journal, Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies; a Japanese-language journal, The Journal of the Japanese Coral Reef Society; and quarterly newsletters.

Until 1997, the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) was the only forum for Japanese coral reef researchers to discuss the results of their research, as no coral reef network existed in Japan before then. In 1996, Japanese participants in the ICRS in Panama agreed to establish a Japan-based society devoted to the study of coral reefs. The Japanese Coral Reef Society was established as a result of the efforts of many people. In November 1997, the inaugural symposium of the JCRS was held in Okinawa, and the first annual conference was held in Tokyo in November 1998. Researchers with diverse backgrounds related to corals manage JCRS activities and promote relevant research to clarify the complex mechanisms that characterize coral reefs and disseminate this information.

History of the JCRS

1997 Establishment of the Japan Coral Reef Society (JCRS)
(Inaugural symposium of the JCRS at the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa)
1998 First Annual Conference of the JCRS held at Tokyo University
1998 Launch of the JCRS Newsletter
1999 Launch of Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies
(Upgraded from the journal, Galaxea, which had been published by the Tropical Biosphere Research Center, Sesoko Station, ofthe University of the Ryukyus)
2000 Establishment of the official website
2000 Campaign to host the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) at Bali, Indonesia
2004 The 10th ICRS was held at the Okinawa Convention Center, Japan
2007 Establishment of the JCRS and Shiro Kawaguti Awards
2008 Launch of the Journal of the Japanese Coral Reef Society (in Japanese)
2008 Establishment of the Best Paper Award
2013 Establishment of the Coral Reef Conservation Award
2015 Join a member of Science Council of Japan