Message from the chairman
- Takashi Yamazaki
- Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Assistant Director, University Research Administration Center, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
I took the reins from my predecessor, Professor Itoh of Tottori University, to become the chairperson of The Society of Fluorine Chemistry, Japan, effective December 1, 2016. I look forward to doing my best to facilitate the growth and development of the society over the coming two years, and I trust that I will enjoy the support of all of our members as I do so. Certainly, I hope that you will feel free to share your candid comments and views going forward.
When I took up a new position at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 2002, I was assigned to serve as the administrative and accounting coordinator for the Fluorine Chemistry Conference, the society’s predecessor, and I fulfilled that role as the conference evolved into a study group and then a full-fledged society. Since that time there has been a group of people who expressed a strong preference for calling the group a society rather than a conference. However, our research revealed that it would be difficult to satisfy various rigorous requirements for becoming a society, and we stuck to the “conference” name for a while. However, those requirements were subsequently relaxed, and we achieved our earnest wish to become a scientific society in 2008.
Eager to ensure that members get good value for the annual membership dues they pay to finance the society’s programs, we launched a series of events to augment the Fluorine Chemistry Discussions, which were held for the 38th time last year, including fluorine chemistry seminars, young researcher conferences, and a series of research lectures, finally placing the society in a position from which it can effectively pursue its objectives. One important responsibility of a scientific society is to publish a journal, and Fluorine is published once or twice a year and distributed electronically to members. Furthermore, we recently unveiled a major update to our website, which plays an extremely important role in today’s information-oriented society, and it is now possible to join and leave the society and to apply to attend discussions and other events online. Collectively, these developments represent a major stride forward from our time as the much smaller Fluorine Chemistry Conference, and those successes are the result of the enormous contribution by the trustees who have been involved in the society’s programs as well as event organizers, all of whom have served on a volunteer basis. The support of members in the form of participation in these events is also extremely important, and I’d like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude for that.
I trust that you will continue to support The Society of Fluorine Chemistry, Japan, in the future.