First International Earthworm Congress Shanghai, June 24 – 29 2018

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Seventeen years ago, in Summer 2000, there was Vermillenium an International Conference on Vermiculture and Vermicomposting. The name of Vemillenium is in recognition of the turn of the century, with the theme: The Role of Earthworms in Organic Waste and Environmental Management. The Vermillenium was held at Kellogg Center, University of Michigan at Kalamazoo and was attended by 129 scientists and worm farmers from 19 countries.

The Vermillenium immediately followed by the international earthworm industry meeting and training workshop on vermiculture and vermicomposting. The conference was organized by Mary Appelhof (author of the book Worms Eat My Garbage, 1982 and the book has been sold about 150,000 copies until now and translated in several languages) in collaboration with prof. Clive Edwards of the Ohio State University. The international presentations at Vermillenium was published as a book Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Waste, and Environmental Management (2011).

It was an honor that during the Vermillenium conference I gave a keynote speech on Vermiculture Activities in Asia with the case study in Indonesia, and I was chosen together with Dr. Isabelle Barois from Mexico as moderators at the session of the Vermiculture Activities in Asia and South America.

Next year in early Summer from June 24 to June 29, 2018 there will be the 1st International Earthworm Congress in Shanghai, China organized by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and China Agricultural University. The Congress consists of 3 meeting activities: 11th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology, 8th International Oligochaete Taxonomy Meeting, and 1st International Earthworm Industry Forum.

The theme of the Congress is Earthworms and Humanity. The Congress will include sessions on the following fields: (1) Earthworm taxonomy and systematics; (2) Earthworm phylogeny and evolution; (3) Global environmental change and earthworms; (4) Earthworm ecotoxicology; (5) Earthworms and agriculture – soil, waste and animal breeding; (6) Earthworms and medicine. The early bird registration will be by the end of this year, December 31, 2017.

It is a great pleasure for me to get an invitation from the organizing committee to participate the 1st International Earthworm Congress in Shanghai and for the invitation to visit China Agricultural University in Beijing to talk about the program with prof. Sun Zhenjun and his colleagues two weeks ago. The full program can be seen here at

– Bintoro Gunadi



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