THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Takashi UEMURA, DVM, Ph.D.
Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan
The passion of scientists in ASIA who believe that bio-science and biotechnology contribute to improvement in the quality of life and welfare of human beings of the world. The AFSA was actually seeded in 2005 with the necessity to build a network of food safety and security because many Asian countries exported their food products in developed countries. To seek cooperation with Asian countries required funding and fortunately a new private university owner of Bangladesh willing to host such meeting at his campus in Bangladesh and thus the first meeting was held in the name of Bangladesh Japan Association for Science and Technology (BJAST) on December 27, 2005. The next meeting of such network establishment was supported by the government of Japan to invite prominent scientists/academia to Japan to understand the food safety status of the Asian countries. The meeting was held at JIRCUS in March 7-8 2006, from then each year such conferences was continued till 2010 with the participation of many Asian countries scientists and academia. Thus, the 5th BJAST conferences decided to change the name to AFSSA (Asian Food Safety and Security Association), to conduct conferences bi-annually, thus the 1st AFSSA conferences was held in September 15-17, 2012 at Osaka. AFSA was formed as a platform for young scientists with minimum registration fee to present their research work & to improve the food safety and security situation in ASIA, and after 12 years, the seed which was seeded in 2005, has grown and becomes a tree now, doing many activities including collaborative research, exchanges of personnel, & information, awareness program, workshop, hands on training program and many other program in various Asian countries to improve food safety in Asia.
Sustaining of our passion, by holding the conference bi-annually, has been supported by private and public institutes/universities, professional organizations including, Asia Pacific Institute of Food Professionals (APIFP), International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH), Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, as well as by students, volunteers and industries and many distinguished guests have strongly encouraged us to continue our efforts in coming decade, thus we will continue our effort by giving opportunities as many as possible to young researchers to engaged these endless voyage to obtain tomorrow’s higher QOL and welfare of human beings, by using bio-science and biotechnology to continuous supply of fresh and innovative wisdom for the ever increasing population in Asia.
I express my sincere thanks to all the hosts and supporters and invite you to join AFSA.
Thank you all very much
Takashi UEMURA, DVM, Ph.D