Asian Symposium on Entomophagy

Environment and Food Unit is co-hosting with Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies this event with the aim of collecting and disseminating information on insect consumption, culture, and industry in various Asian countries as a part of implementation of feasibility studies aimed at creating Environmental and Food research cores that lead social change. The goal is to establish an international research and development network on insect consumption. Following last year’s online event in the pandemic, this year’s event will be held entirely onsite. Seven experts at the forefront of entomophagy research and development from universities, research institutions, companies, and non-profit organizations in Japan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and France have been invited to Kyushu University. They will present the latest trends in insect consumption in their respective countries and industries. At the end of the symposium, Kyushu University will also share information on its research and latest initiatives on entomophagy.

Dr. Kun QIAN
Associate Professor, Research Futures Coordinator
Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies

12:30 Venue Open & Registration

13:00 Opening Remarks
Prof. Emer. Dr. Susumu FUKUDA
Executive Vice President, Kyushu University

(Session 1: Entomophagy in Asia)
13:10 “Cricket Farming in Laos, Challenges and Hopes”
Research Director, Mivegec Unit, Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD), France

13:35 “Insect Eating Perception in Thailand”
Dr. Wasaporn Preteseille CHANPUT
Lecturer, Faculty of Agri-industry, Kasetsart University, Thailand

14:00 “Edible Insects as a Food Source in Vietnam and its Future Prospects”
MSc. KHUAT Thi Thuy
Senior Researcher, Department of Research Planning & International Cooperation, Food Industries Research Institute, Vietnam

14:25 “Empowerment of Farming Insects for Traditional Entomophagy Unlocks New Options for Nutrition and Income Improvement in Laos”
Mr. SAEKI Shinjiro
Director, NPO Japan Edible Insect Science Lab., Japan

14:50 Coffee Break & Networking

(Session 2: Entomophagy in Japan)
15:10 “Functional Properties of Insect Food”
Prof. Dr. IUCHI Yoshihito
Faculty of Agriculture, Yamaguchi University

15:35 “Circular-agricultural System Using Crop Plants and Edible Insects”
Dr. Seiji TAKEDA
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Kyoto Prefectural University

16:00 “Current Trends of Edible Insects in Japan: from E-commerce to Asakusa”
Mr. Takeo SAITO

16:25 “Initiatives and Studies on Entomophagy at Kyushu University”
– Introduction of Insect Science and Creative Entomology Center and Establishment of Insect Food Science and Insect DX Research Laboratories
Prof. Dr. Takahiro KUSAKABE
Senior Vice President, Kyushu University
Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
– A Sustainable Approach for Japanese Horn Beetle Farming
Dr. Satoshi KAMITANI
Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University

16:55 Closing Remarks
Prof. Dr. Akira HARATA
Senior Vice President, Kyushu University
Deputy Director General, Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies

Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies
Environment & Food Unit, Integrated Initiative for Designing Future Society, Kyushu University
Insect Science and Creative Entomology Center, Kyushu University

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  • Friday, Nov 24th, 2023

    13:00 ~ 17:00

    12:30 Venue Open & Registration

I²CNER Hall, I²CNER Bldg. 1, Ito Campus, Kyushu University