Dear participants of the IAA & CSJ joint international conference and IAA 20,
My colleagues, Kotaro Miyamoto and Hirotomo Kumaki, and myself organised some charity activities in Sapporo (charity coffees, lunches, the IAA20 banquet, souvenirs for all guests, and especially the charity auction at the IAA20 banquet).
The total amount of the donations and proceeds from the charity auction was ¥269,265 (approximately US$2700), and we sincerely appreciate all donations and contributions.
We have formed a charity foundation, total ¥161,559（approximately US$1600） (deduct a necessary expense from ¥269,265), based on the proceeds from the above charity activities,
This charity activity was originally established to help and encourage conservation on endangered crustaceans in Japan, particularly Japanese freshwater crayfish.
We have launched the first project to utilise some of these funds during 2015.
If any participants of IAA20 or the IAA & CSJ joint meeting, or other IAA members have a willingness to develop conservation activities for Japanese endangered crustaceans,
for example to visit Japan to deliver lectures or collaborate with Japanese astacologists, or conduct research in Japan, please apply to Tadashi Kawai (email@example.com) by 10th February 2015.
I encourage interested parties to send me an email with an outline or plan of activity (a single page, Word document file).
Three members of the foundation (K. Miyamoto, H. Kumaki, and T. Kawai) will evaluate, discuss and select best application, and the result of the selection process will be posted on the IAA20 website (http://2014.the-carcinological-society.jp/top_e) until the 28th February 2015, where the winner will be announced at the top of the home page.
I look forward to your applications, and I look forward to meeting you again soon in Japan!