New Directions in Systematics

Nicola Donlon N.Donlon at NHM.AC.UK
Thu Jun 26 09:50:39 CDT 1997


**The Fifth and Final  Workshop Organised by the
European Science Foundation Network in Systematic Biology**

           NEW DIRECTIONS IN SYSTEMATICS

                Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
                     15-18 October 1997


Local Organisers: Institute of Marine Biology of Crete

The fifth and final workshop of the European Science Foundation Network in
Systematic Biology will look to the future of systematics, at a time when
its importance is gaining new recognition. Advances in biological
techniques, the development of analytical tools to study huge data sets, and
international interest in improving the conservation and management of
biodiversity, are highlighting our basic need for a well-founded framework
in which to generate, organise and communicate knowledge about the natural
world. This workshop will focus on three areas which present opportunities
and challenges to systematists in providing this framework:

 Taxonomic Challenges of Species-Rich Groups
 Links Between Developmental Biology and Systematics
 Bioinformatics: Communicating and Using Taxonomic Knowledge

A central objective of the workshop will be to develop the key elements of a
proposal for an ESF-funded Programme in Systematic Biology. The purpose of
this Programme will be to advance systematics by promoting European
integration and collaboration, based around the three themes above. The
workshop will recommend the most important issues to be addressed and the
ways in which the Programme could best capitalise on Europes extensive
resources in systematic collections and expertise.

During the workshop, participants will divide into three working groups,
each focusing on one of the themes. The working group sessions will include
offered presentations.

Registration fee: 60 pounds sterling, including documentation.

Confirmed speakers include:

Pere Alberch, Museo Nacional Ciencias Naturales, Madrid
Mark Chase, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
John Lambshead, The Natural History Museum, London
Alessandro Minelli, President of the International Commission on Zoological
Nomenclature
Bernard Picton, Ulster Museum
Ronald Sluys, University of Amsterdam
Erko Stackebrandt, DSMZ
Diethard Tautz, Zoological Institute of University of Munich

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

Short (10 minutes) presentations are invited for each of the three themes.
Papers should be based on particular issues within the theme that could be
addressed within a future European Science Foundation Programme. Titles of
proposed presentations should be submitted by 14 July to the
address below.

VENUE

Crete is a beautiful and mountainous island, well known as home of the
Minoan civilisation. Hersonissos is a thriving coastal resort with frequent
transport links to the airport at Iraklio. As well as having its own
beaches, Hersonissos is also close to small hill villages which offer a
variety of good tavernas with a relaxed atmosphere. A visit to a Minoan
archaeological site will be organised during the workshop.

REGISTRATION

The focus of this workshop is on developing a programme
for European systematics, but participants from around the world are
welcome.

For a registration form and programme, please complete the form below:

Name:
Address:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail:

I would like to offer a presentation in the following theme
mark one with  X):

 Taxonomic Challenges of Species-Rich Groups
 Links Between Developmental Biology and Systematics
  Bioinformatics: Communicating and Using Taxonomic Knowledge

Title of presentation:


I do not wish to offer a presentation, but would be interested in the
following workshop theme (mark with X):

  Taxonomic Challenges of Species-Rich Groups
  Links Between Developmental Biology and Systematics
  Bioinformatics: Communicating and Using Taxonomic Knowledge

Please send to:

Nicola Donlon, (Secretary to ESF Network in Systematic Biology)
Science Directorate
The Natural History Museum

Tel (0)171 938 9399  Fax (0)171 938 9506
ESF Network in Systematic Biology  WWW pages:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/esf/




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