Application for 2018 DIWPA International Field Biology Course in Kiso River, Japan

coordinated by DIVERSITAS in the Western Pacific and Asia (DIWPA)

DIVERSITAS in the Western Pacific and Asia (DIWPA) is an international network for the promotion of cooperative studies and information exchange on biodiversity in the Western Pacific and Asia. The term of “Western Pacific and Asia” is used in this proposal to intend to cover East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Australia and New Zealand. DIWPA aims to connect existing networks of people working on biodiversity and research projects in Asia and the Western Pacific. 

One of the main functions of DIWPA is capacity building of scientists in particular young scientists from developing countries. In the fiscal year 2018, we DIWPA will have “2018 DIWPA International Field Biology Course in Kiso River, Japan” where graduate and undergraduate students in the Western Pacific and Asia regions will stay at a station together with professors and learn stream ecology including basic limnology in streams, fundamental ecological and/or biodiversity studies on sessile algae, benthic invertebrates, freshwater fish, data analyses and database preparation. The details are as follows. Motivated students, who belong to DIWPA or whose supervisors are the DIWPA members, are highly welcome for applying.


  1. Date:
    From 10 to 16 August 2018 (the duration may be shortened due to our convenience)
  2. Accommodation & station:
    Kiso Biological Station, Kyoto University (Kiso-Fukushima Town, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture, Japan) 
    The participants share the large room with five to ten people during the course and use communal shower room and bathroom which is western-style. We are unable to guarantee 100% for sure to correspond his/her food restrictions or other matters for the religious reasons, though we would positively work on these matters as much as we could. 
  3. Site:
    The research site is located in the middle stream of Kiso River whose length reaches 229km with its basin area of 5,275km2, consisting of stream and riparian forest ecosystems.
  4. Financial Support:
    DIWPA provides a stipend to a successful applicant to cover the expenses for accommodation and travel from your country/region. 
  5. Application:
    The participants of this course should be talented graduate or undergraduate students whose supervisor is the DIWPA member.  

    Applicants should prepare the following documents.

    (1) CV
    (2) A statement about their interests in the field of ecology
    (3) Recommendation letter written by the supervisor
  6. Application deadline:
    May 31, 2018
  7. Application submission:
    Submit applications to DIWPA office
  8. Only a successful candidate will receive the details by the mid of June.
  9. Report submission
    A successful applicant will be asked to submit a report which will be published in DIWPA Newsletter. 

    Ms. Akiko Seki
    DIWPA Office
    Center for Ecological Research,
    Kyoto University
    2-509-3 Hirano, Otsu
    Shiga 520-2113 JAPAN