About us

The eDNA Society, a general incorporated association, aims at fostering and developing eDNA science as a discipline that contributes to the human well-being, such as sustainable use of ecosystems and environmental conservation.


Message from the President

The Environmental DNA Society was established in the spring of 2018. I would like to thank the many people who have been involved in the preparations for its establishment and all those who have supported the remarkable development of environmental DNA technology over the past few years.

We are now facing a variety of important issues concerning the relationship between humans and ecosystems. As a species living on the earth, Homo sapiens (humans) depend heavily on the services provided by ecosystems as same as the other organisms and are, in a sense, “kept alive by ecosystems”. On the other hand, as a result of increased human activities such as overfishing and habitat destruction, ecosystems have been significantly altered and ecosystem services have deteriorated to the point where they threaten our survival. How can we promote the sustainable use of ecosystems? How can we conserve biodiversity? How should we manage our biological resources? These are issues common to all humankind that need to be addressed as soon as possible, because the longer we delay, the more difficult it will be to solve them.

Environmental DNA technology, which obtains ecological information from DNA derived from organisms in the environment such as water and soil, is a powerful method for “seeing” ecosystems. As a result of remarkable research and development over the past few years, it has become clear that by using environmental DNA technology, we can obtain important information on the current state of the ecosystem, how it is changing, and how it responds to our actions. There is also a growing social interest in this technology. The current situation in which environmental DNA technology is featured in various media such as newspapers, TV and magazines reflects the high expectations for environmental DNA technology. By further developing the research and implementing it in society, we may be able to solve various issues surrounding the “relationship between humans and ecosystems.

Whether or not we will be able to make use of this useful tool called environmental DNA technology in the future depends on how members from various standpoints, such as scientists, government, businesses, and citizens, can pool their wisdom, share visions for the future, complement each other in collaboration, and work together. To make this happen, I will do my best as the first president of the Society for Environmental DNA Research. I look forward to your cooperation so that this new society can make a significant contribution to the development of environmental DNA technology for the well-being of all humankind and to the establishment of a mechanism for its utilization.

April 18, 2018
Michio Kondo
President, The eDNA Society



Our history and activities

  • Regular activities
  • Annual meetings (usually in fall)
  • Environmental DNA technical seminar(once or twice in a year)
  • Public symposium
  • Standardization of eDNA analysis
  • Publication of newsletters (once in a year)

History of activities


  • Jan 31: Newsletter vol3 published.
  • Mar 21: Public symposium, co-organized with Ecological Society of Japan.


  • January 27: Newsletter vol2 published.
  • April 3: “Manual for Environmental DNA Research and Experiments ver.2.2” published
  • August 7: The 1st Environmental DNA Technical Seminar was held (online)
  • August 26: The 2nd Environmental DNA Technical Guidance Seminar was held (online).
  • November 14-16: The 3rd Environmental DNA Society online conference (online) (Joint conference with Population Ecology Society)
  • November 16: Open symposium for the public (online) (Joint meeting with Population Ecology Society)


  • January 15: Newsletter vol1 published
  • January 15-31: Official logo to be determined (online voting)
  • 25 April Publication of “Manual for Environmental DNA Research and Experiments ver.2.1.3
  • April 25: “Environmental DNA Sampling and Experiment Manual (ver. 2.1) (in Eng.)” published
  • May 28-August 30: Environmental DNA Technical Guidance Seminars were held in seven regions throughout Japan.
  • November 3-4: The 2nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Environmental DNA Research, Kobe (Kobe University)
  • November 4: Open symposium for the general public (Kobe University)


  • January 22: The inaugural meeting of the society was held.
  • April 18: Registered as a general incorporated association
  • September 29-30: The 1st Tokyo Conference of the Society for Environmental DNA was held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
  • September 30: Environmental DNA Technical Guidance Seminar held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
  • September 30: Open symposium for the general public held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation



Board of Directors


  • Michio KONDOH (Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University)


  • Toshifumi MINAMOTO (Professor, Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University)
  • Masaki MIYA (Senior Research Scientist, Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba)

Executive Directors

  • Toshifumi MINAMOTO (Professor, Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University)
  • Teruhiko TAKAHARA (Associate Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Shimane University)
  • Satoshi YAMAMOTO (Researcher, Institute for Agro-environmental Science, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization)
  • Hiroki YAMANAKA (Associate Professor, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Ryukoku University)
  • Akihide KASAI (Professor, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University)


  • Hitoshi ARAKI (Professor, Hokkaido University, Research Faculty of Agriculture)
  • Wataru IWASAKI (Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo)
  • Noriyuki KOIZUMI (Manager, Strategic Planning Headquarters, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization)
  • Natsuko KONDOH (Senior Researcher, Biodiversity Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies)
  • Satoquo SEINO (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University)
  • Masakazu HORI (Head,Coastal Fisheries and Ecosystems Group, Fisheries Resources Institute, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency)
  • Reiji MASUDA (Professor, Maizuru Fisheries Research Station, Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University)


  • Kimiko UCHII (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Osaka Ohtani University)
  • Hideyuki DOI (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Information Science, University of Hyogo)

Representatives (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022)

  • Hitoshi ARAKI
  • Kimiko UCHII
  • Akihide KASAI
  • Michio KONDOH
  • Satoquo SEINO
  • Teruhiko TAKAHARA
  • Hideyuki DOI
  • Toshifumi MINAMOTO
  • Masaki MIYA
  • Hiroki YAMANAKA

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws for Admission and Membership Fees
  • Election of Officers and Delegates Bylaws
  • Bylaws for the Board of Directors
  • Bylaws on honorarium
  • Bylaws for travel expenses
  • Detailed regulations for handling funds
  • Detailed regulations for handling donations, etc.
  • Bylaws for university poster awards
  • Rules for the employment of administrative staff
  • Co-sponsorship and support regulations
  • Rules on paperwork and document preservation