Welcome Message

We are pleased to invite you all to the 2023 Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM 2023) in Japan at the BIG PALETTE FUKUSHIMA in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, from August 7-11, 2023.

Taking place once every three years, APRIM is one of the largest regional meetings of the IAU, where astronomers in the Asia-Pacific region gather to discuss common scientific interests and contribute to astronomy advancement internationally. New Zealand hosted the first APRIM in 1978, and since then, the meeting has been held regularly until 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation. Japan has hosted this IAU meeting twice, in 1984 in Kyoto and 2002 in Tokyo. 2023 will be the third APRIM held in Japan.

For this edition, we are planning to provide our participating researchers with an enriched full IAU experience while scientifically impacting the region through international collaboration. Mindful of regional and national contexts, we wish that APRIM 2023 Japan reflects the diversity of Asia-Pacific with tolerance and inclusion permeating all its discussions that will impact competitiveness in research and bring innovation through regional collaboration.

Prof. Jun-ichi WATANABE (National Astronomical Observatry of Japan)
Chair of Local Organizing Committee