President's Message

Prof. SHIOKAWA, Kazuo
Nagoya University
The 32nd (Apr. 2023 - Mar. 2025) President
I will be serving as the President of Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS) for the 32nd term (April 2023 - March 2025). The scope of this society covers all the vast areas of so-called Earth and planetary science, from the sun and space around the Earth to the Earth's interior, with electromagnetic phenomena as the main subject. The members of the Society played key role for the geological age classification of Chibanian, which originated in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, based on excellent research on geomagnetic reversal phenomena in geologic strata. Other members of the Society are main members in global ground-based and multi-point observation network projects as well as in many scientific satellite projects launched by Japan, such as Geotail, Hisaki, Akatsuki, Arase, and Mio. The Society has an open-access English journal, Earth, Planets and Space (EPS). It is jointly operated by the Seismological Society of Japan, the Volcanological Society of Japan, the Geodetic Society of Japan, and the Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences, and is also affiliated with the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU). EPS has a system for the rapid publication of papers in a wide range of earth science fields and has gained a particularly strong reputation in recent years. Researchers are encouraged to submit excellent papers to EPS. As the publisher of the historic Journal of Geomagnetism and Geoelectricity (JGG), the original journal of the EPS, SGEPSS feels a great responsibility to contribute to the development of the EPS. Geomagnetism, geoelectricity, and Earth and planetary sciences, which are the subject areas of this society, have developed from the two aspects of research and its social application. With the rapid development of space applications, such as satellite positioning and communication satellites, and the frequent occurrence of phenomena that have strong social impact, such as climate change, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, these social applications are becoming more and more important. In this context, SGEPSS will help to promote research exchanges and develop research and applications in this field in a variety of new directions. The global-scale phenomena that are the subject of our society are essentially a field in which international collaboration is essential, and international contributions from Japan are also expected. We look forward to your continued support of our society. Kazuo Shiokawa,
The 32nd President of SGEPSS
Current position: Professor and Director of the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University, and President of SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee on the Physics of the Solar-Terrestrial System) under the International Science Council
Research topic: Observations of the Earth's electromagnetic and atmospheric variations related to auroras and nocturnal airglow by using ground-based optical and electromagnetic field instruments and satellites.
Relationship with SGEPSS: member since 1988, steering committee member (2009-2014), council member (2017-2020), vice president (2021-2022)