Professor Shigeru Yokoyama, an emeritus SC member of ICLP, has passed away on May 1, 2023 in Kanagawa prefecture at the age of 76. He was born in Sendai, Japan, on March 5, 1947. He received the B. Sc. and Ph. D. Degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1969 and 1986, respectively.

He joined Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), Japan in 1969 and worked up to 2012. At CRIEPI he had been engaged in the research of lightning protection on power system, buildings, wind turbines and human bodies. From 2013 to 2016, he was a member of Japan Transport Safety Board.

From 2001 to 2007, he had been a visiting professor with Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kyushu University. From November 2011 to March 2023, he had been a visiting professor at Shizuoka University.

He was a vice president of the IEE Japan in 2001. He became a life fellow of IEEE in 2015 and was a chairman of IEC TC 81 (Lightning Protection) Japanese committee from 2003 to 2020.

He was the LOC chair of ICLP2006 in Kanazawa and it was the first time that the ICLP was held outside Europe. He received ICLP Scientific Committee Award and ICLP Rudolf Heinrich Golde Award in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He was an excellent researcher in the field of lightning especially lightning protection of power systems. He was always very active, positive and educational throughout his life and an aggressive football (soccer) player even at his seventies. The members of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Lightning Protection and the whole lightning scientific community will miss Prof. Shigeru Yokoyama very much.


Beware of non-ICLP conferences

We have noticed the existence of organizations such as WASET that run conferences that have nothing to do with ICLP.

WASET claims to be organizing ICLP conferences at different locations every year.

This message is to inform you that the International Conference on Lightning Protection, a scientific/technical organ aiming at promoting scientific research on lightning physics as well as methods for improving protection of electric power and electronic systems, people, animals and properties against the effects of lightning (www.iclp-centre.org/), which has organized the ICLP conferences for more than 50 years, does not have any involvement with WASET and strongly keep distand from initiatives of this league.

We are confident that all researchers and members of the Lightning Physics and Lightning Protection community will immediately realize that standard of WASET conference on Lightning Protection does not match with the scientific value that characterizes ‘the’ International Conference on Lightning Protection.

Please spread this information among your contacts so that nobody mistakenly confuses our Conference with the WASET one!

Dr. Takatoshi Shindo, a distinguished Research Advisor Emeritus at the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), Japan, passed away on August 27, 2022 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He was born in Tokyo on November 21, 1953. He was 68 years old.

Dr. Shindo received the B.S. and M.E. degrees in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1976, 1978, and 1992, respectively.

He joined the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) in 1978 where he worked up to 2015, terminating his career as Research Advisor Emeritus. In the period 1987-88 he was Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Florida. In 1988 he was appointed as Director of the Electrical Insulation Department, Komae Research Laboratory of CRIEPI, and in the period 2009-2015 he served as Associate Vice President of Electric Power Engineering Research Laboratory of CRIEPI. Since 2015 he served as a Research Advisor of CRIEPI, becoming Research Advisor Emeritus in 2018.

Dr Shindo has been actively engaged in the study of external insulation of power apparatus, particularly regarding lightning protection, and the physics of discharge in long air gaps. His scientific results have been highly appreciated by the international scientific community as demonstrated by the prestigious awards and recognitions he received. Dr. Shindo was an IEEE Fellow, class 2001 and was a recipient of the ICLP International Scientific Committee Award. His scientific and technical achievements will survive him, his scientific talent and his thoroughness were comparable only to his kindness, to his sensitivity and to his elegant understatement. The members of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Lightning Protection and the whole lightning scientific community will miss Dr. Takatoshi Shindo very much.