About the Congress

The International Ornithological Congress series forms the oldest and largest international series of meetings of ornithologists. It is organised by the International Ornithologists' Union, a group of about 200 ornithologists. The first meeting was in 1884. 130 years after the 1st congress, 2014 Congress will be held in Tokyo under the following structure.

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IOC2014 Organizing Committee

The Ornithological Society of Japan
Rikkyo University

Congress President:
Prof. Franz Bairlein

Congress Convener:
Prof. Keisuke Ueda
(Rikkyo University)
Email: keisuke [ATMARK] ioc26.jp

National Committee:
Prof. Hiroyoshi Higuchi
(Chair, Keio University),
Yasuo Ezaki, Hiroshi Nakamura, Isao Nishiumi, Keisuke Ueda, Hisashi Nagata, Hitoshi Sato, Kiyoaki Ozaki, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui, Masaru Wada, Kazuo Okanoya, Toshiya Matsushima, Shigeru Watanabe, Makoto Manabe, Yutaka Watanuki

Local Committee:
Isao Nishiumi (Chair, National Museum of Nature and Science),
Hisashi Nagata, Hiroshi Momose, Yu Kanai,Shoji Hamao, Masaoki Takagi, Hiroko Fujiwara, Masahiko Nakamura,Teruaki Hino, Yutaka Watanuki, Masahiro Fujioka, Hisashi Sugawa, Fugo Takasu, Hidetsugu Sakai, Mutsuyuki Ueta, Kazuto Kawakami, Akinori Takahashi, Shin-ichi Seki, Yuko Hayashi, Saiko Shiraki, Kayoko Kameda, Hideki Ichihashi, Kiyoaki Ozaki, Ken Ishida, Nobuhiko Kotaka, Masayuki Kurechi,Toru Yamazaki, Tatsuya Amano, Nariko Oka, Eiichi Izawa, Masayo Soma, Osamu Mikami, Teruyo Oba

Local Organizing Committee:
Keisuke Ueda, Keita Tanaka, Nozomu, Sato, Masayoshi Kamioki, Yuji Okahisa, Ryoko Yonekura

Event Planning and Coordination:
Mizuki Maruyama & Hanako Kamimura, Convention Services Group, ISS, INC.

Scientific Program Committee:
Erik Matthysen (Chair, University of Antwerp),
Andy Gosler, UK: Population Biology
Marcel Klaassen, Australia: Migration
Regina Macedo, Brazil: Behavioral Ecology
Kathy Martin, Canada: Life histories
Berry Pinshow, Israel: Physiology
Dewi Prawiradilaga, Indonesia: Conservation Science
David Winkler, USA: Citizen Science

President: Franz Bairlein, Germany
Past-President: John Wingfield; USA
Secretary: Dominique Homberger; USA
Past-Chair SPC: Scott Edwards, USA

Congress Venue:
Rikkyo University
, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan

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In Association with:
BirdLife International Asia Division
The Ecological Society of Japan
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Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Japanese Bird Banding Association
Japanese Society for Preservation of Birds
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Palaeontological Society of Japan
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Yamashina Institute for Ornithology
Wild Bird Society of Japan
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About the Ornithological Society of Japan (OSJ)

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The Ornithological Society of Japan was established on May 3, 1912. Three years later, the Society launched its first official journal, ‘Tori’. Then, in 1986, Tori was renamed the Japanese Journal of Ornithology. The Society is the only ornithological society in Japan and currently has approximately 1,300 members. The main purposes and activities of the Society are the following:

1. Publishing two official journals, the Japanese Journal of Ornithology (in Japanese), and Ornithological Science (in English). Editions of both journals are released twice each year. Therefore, the Society’s major scientific communications to its members appear quarterly. Both journals include full-length original papers, short communications, review papers, book reviews and miscellaneous reports from the Society.

2. Holding an annual meeting. Participants can disseminate and discuss the results of their research in ornithology. Thus, these meetings facilitate the exchange of information among Society members.

3. Holding seminars and symposia. These sessions are usually open to both society members and the general public, and thus help disseminate information on current research in ornithology to a wide audience.

4. Publishing technical books and monographs. These specialist publications serve as a venue for the results and discussion of distinguished research. In the past, the Society has been involved with the publication of the following volumes: A Compendium of Ornithological Terms (2006, Dogura & Co., Ltd). The Checklist of Japanese Birds (revised 6th edition, 2000, Ornithological Society of Japan), Current Ornithology (1984, Asakura Publishing Co.), and The Birds of the South Kuriles (1979, Ornithological Society of Japan).

5. Maintaining strong contacts and continual involvement with appropriate academic institutions and organizations in Japan and abroad.

About the Symbol of the Congress

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We would like to nominate the Varied Tit Parus varius as the symbol of the congress. This orange-breasted unique Parus species occurs only to the eastern parts of Asia, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the east end of Mainland China.

Varied tits are popular among the Japanese people because of their charming appearance and lovely behavior. They prefer large broad-leaved forests for their breeding. Therefore, if you can hear the melodious song of a varied tit, it is a sign of bountiful forests in that area.

Varied tits have been present in eastern Asia for ages. This is probably why their distribution has extended to ocean islands, such as the Izu Islands, and land-bridge islands, such as Yaeyama Islands. The morphology and life history of the tits were altered when they expanded into these islands. These evolutionary phenomena are a major area of interest for ornithologists in East Asia.

We have nominated the varied tits as the symbol of the congress with the hope of spreading awareness about the importance of conserving the bountiful forests in Eastern Asia. We also wish to emphasize the importance of various habitats in East Asia as an evolutionary staging point of biodiversity in birds.


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Past Congresses

# Year Location President Secretary-General
25th 2010 Campos de Jordao, Brazil Prof. Dr. John C. Wingfield Prof. Dr. Cristina Miyaki, Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Hofling
24th 2006 Hamburg, Germany Prof. Dr. Jacques Blondel Prof. Dr. Franz Bairlein
23rd 2002 Beijing, China Prof. Walter Bock Dr. Wei-shu Xu
22nd 1998 Durban, South Africa Prof. Dr. Peter Berthold Dr. Aldo Berruti
21st 1994 Vienna, Austria Dr. Christopher Perrins Dr. John Dittami
20th 1990 Christchurch, New Zealand Dr. Charles G. Sibley Dr. Benjamin D. Bell
19th 1986 Ottawa, Canada Prof. Dr. Klaus Immelmann Dr. Henri Ouellet
18th 1982 Moscow, Russia Prof. Lars von Haartman Prof. V. Ilyichev
17th 1978 Berlin, Germany Prof. D.S. Farner Rolf Nohring
16th 1974 Canberra, Australia Prof. Jean Dorst Dr. H. J. Frith
15th 1970 Den Haag, The Netherlands 1966-1969: Prof. Nikolaas Tinbergen  
      1969-1970: Prof. Finn Salomonsen Prof. Karel H. Voous
14th 1966 Oxford, United Kingdom Dr. David Lack Prof. Nikolaas Tinbergen
13th 1962 Ithaca, NY, USA Dr. Ernst Mayr Dr. Charles G. Sibley
12th 1958 Helsinki, Finland Prof. J. Berlioz Dr. Lars von Haartman
11th 1954 Basel, Switzerland Sir Landsborough Thomson Prof. Adolf Portmann
10th 1950 Uppsala, Sweden Dr. Alexander Wetmore Prof. Sven Horstadius
9th 1938 Rouen, France Prof. Alessandro Ghigi Jean Delacour
8th 1934 Oxford, United Kingdom Prof. Erwin Stresemann Rev. F.C.R. Jourdain
7th 1930 Amsterdam, Netherlands Prof. A.J.E. Lonnberg Prof. L.F. de Beaufort
6th 1926 Copenhagen, Denmark Dr. E. J. O. Hartert E. Lehn Schioler
5th 1910 Berlin, Germany Prof. Dr. Anton Reichenow Herman Schalow
4th 1905 London, United Kingdom R. Bowdler Sharpe Dr. E.J.O. Hartert, J. Lewis Bonhote
3rd 1900 Paris, France Dr. Emile Oustalet Jean de Claybrooke
2nd 1891 Budapest, Hungary Prof. Victor Fatio, Otto Herman none
1st 1884 Vienna, Austria Dr. G.F.R. Radde Dr. Gustav von Hayek