Shinkishi Hatai International Marine Biology Course 2024

We are delighted to announce that the Shinkishi Hatai International Marine Biology Course 2024 will be held at the Research Center for Marine Biology (RCMB), Tohoku University, Asamushi, Aomori, Japan from 5th–11th July 2024.

Who is Shinkishi Hatai?


A marine biology station is the ideal environment to observe live marine organisms and to begin studying marine biology. The marine biology course held at our marine biology station, RCMB, situated on the coast of Mutsu Bay, provides hands-on experience in handling marine organisms and explore the diversity of small-sized invertebrate taxa inhabiting various habitats. The course will be comprised of basic and advanced projects. The basic project will introduce the participants to two fields, developmental biology of echinoderms and carcinology (diversity of amphipods). In the latter advanced project, participants will conduct supervised projects led by instructors, and their findings will be presented on the last day.

Instructors & Projects

Course in Carcinology: diversity of amphipod crustaceans

Instructors: Dr.Anna Jażdżewska (University of Lodz, Poland)
Supporting RCMB staff: Dr. Hiroaki Fukumori
Project : Carcinology: Introduction to amphipod diversity

(Under Construction)


Developmental Biology of Echinoderms

Instructor: Dr. Gary Wessel (Brown University, USA)
Supporting RCMB staff: Dr. Shumpei Morita

(Under Construction)

Keynote Lecture

Population genomics for Japanese coastal species: adaptive evolution and speciation

Lecturer: Dr. Shotaro Hirase (Fisheries Laboratory, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo)


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5th July:

15:30 Keynote lecture "Population genomics for Japanese coastal species: adaptive evolution and speciation" by Dr. Shotaro Hirase
18:00 Welcome reception

6th and 7th July:

“Basic project for developmental biology of echinoderms” by Dr. Gary Wessel
“Basic project for carcinology” by Dr. Anna Jażdżewska
Lecture & lab work

8th and 9th July:

Advanced courses for each project

10th July:

Presentations of each project
Farewell party

11th July: Leaving Asamushi


The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students (approx. 15 in total) from any institute, who major in or have an interest in marine biology or related fields. If the number of applicants exceeds our hosting capacity, we may have to decline certain applications. Experience in handling marine animals is not necessary, but priority for acceptance will be given to students with much interest in marine developmental biology and marine invertebrate taxonomy. Accommodation and meals are available at a reasonable rate at the center’s dormitory (for details see the center’s website: For Users). We are unable to support your travel expenses.


If you are interested in the SHIMBC, please send an e-mail to the following address by March 31st, 2024. When we receive your e-mail, we will send you an application form with additional information about the course, accommodation, and other relevant details. An early notification of your intention to participate will assist us in optimizing preparations for SHIMBC.
E-mail address: shimbc2024(at) [Please change (at) to @]

Organizing committee

Dr. Takuya Minokawa (Chair person)
Dr. Gaku Kumano (Director of RCMB)
Dr. Shumpei Morita
Dr. Aiko Iwasaki
Dr. Hiroaki Fukumori

This program is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan.