Professor Yasuhiko Arakawa was elected President-Elect of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) at the 23rd General Assembly of the ICO, held in Spain from 26 to 29 August 2014. Professor Arakawa was elected President of the ICO for a three-year term starting 1 October. At the same time, the General Assembly resolved that the 24th ICO General Assembly will be held at the Yokohama Pacifico in September 2017.
ICO-24 (Congress), an international conference, will also be held at the same time under the auspices of the Science Council of Japan, and as President of the Organizing Committee, Arakawa will have to lead the international conference to a successful conclusion, an unprecedented double responsibility in the history of the ICO.
The ICO, founded in 1947, is an international scientific federation dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of optics and photonics, and consists of 53 national Territorial Committees and major international scientific organizations such as OSA. In Japan, the Science Council of Japan is registered as a corresponding organization, and the ICO Subcommittee (Chairman: Prof. Arakawa) of the Council is promoting actual activities.