• Uji Campus

364th Humanosphere Symposium: Invasive Ant Conference 2018

Wed 27 Dec 2017

Biological invasions by non-indigenous ants are widely regarded as one of the main threats to humanosphere sustainability. Recent discoveries of red imported fire ants on Japanese soil have raised significant concerns among local citizens, although there have been no reports yet of field populations found in the country. In response to these concerns, the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH) has been appointed by Kyoto University to organize an international conference, the Invasive Ant Conference 2018, to take place Tuesday 23 January on the University's Uji Campus.

The Conference will feature eight speakers -- two from Japan and six from abroad -- to share their recent research and experiences on various invasive ant species, including the red imported fire ant, yellow crazy ant, Argentine ant, and Asian needle ant, and discuss the big-picture ecology and control of each variety.

The one-day event aims to serve as an immediate forum for scientists, pest-control professionals, and the general public to interact with the invited experts, so as to gain a wider understanding of the topic.

The Invasive Ant Conference contributes to RISH’s Mission 5, which is to realize a high-quality humanosphere for future generations through efforts emphasizing social connections and internationalization, as well as to the Institute's commitment to playing a leading role in solving emerging humanosphere issues, including biological invasions.
  • Tuesday 23 January 2018

  • Uji Campus

Kihada Hall, Uji Campus, Kyoto University
(Located at [26] on the map below)

Researchers, faculty, students, and members of the general public






Opening remarks
Dr Takashi Watanabe (Director and Professor, RISH, Kyoto University) 


Group photo


Keynote speech

"The role of biogenic amines and neuropeptides in regulating key fire ant worker and sexual activities"
Dr Robert Vander Meer (Research Leader, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture, USA)


Invited speech 01
"Genetic insights into the success of two invasive ants in the US"
Dr Edward Vargo (Professor and Endowed Chair, Texas A&M University, USA)


Invited speech 02
"Global, regional and local trends in exotic ant species distribution and spread"
Dr Benoit Guénard (Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)


Invited speech 03
"The use of an alginate hydrogel to deliver aqueous bait to manage invasive Argentine ants"
Dr Jia-Wei Tay (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Riverside, USA)




Invited speech 04
"The development of countermeasure for invasive alien ants by NIES"
Dr Kouichi Goka (Ecological Risk Assessment and Control Section Head, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan)


Invited speech 05  
"Bomb carbon-14 analysis reveals expanded diet breadth associates with the invasion of a predatory ant"
Dr Kenji Matsuura (Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Japan)




Invited speech 06    
"Toward the eradication of invasive Argentine ants in urban area -- as policy formation 'Kyoto model'”
Mr Shota Susaki (Nature and Environmental Conservation Division, Kyoto Prefecture Department of the Environment)


Invited speech 07
"The countermeasure of alien ants in Okinawa: collaboration between OKEON Churamori Project and Okinawa Prefecture"
Dr Masashi Yoshimura (Staff Scientist, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)


Invited speech 08
"Invasion of yellow crazy ants and its impact on endemic land crabs in Kenting National Park, Taiwan"
Dr Ching Chen Lee (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan)



Free of charge

Register online via:

Registration will close when capacity is reached (on-site registration may be offered based on availability)

Chin-Cheng Scotty Yang
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH)
Email: ccyang* (replace * with @)

Official website

Invasive Ant Conference 2018


Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University