Announcement

Abdul Ghafoor artemisiella89 at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 23 04:18:55 CDT 2002


Second Circular


INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
ON
BIODIVERSITY OF FLOWERING
PLANTS OF SOUTH ASIA


November 1-5, 2002


Pakistan Botanical
Society

Department of Botany
University of Karachi
Karachi-75270
PAKISTAN


GENERAL INFORMATION

1.1 Karachi the largest city of Pakistan, is also the hub of the country’s
industrial and commercial activity. Situated on the coast of Arabian Sea
Karachi is blessed with a moderate climate. Winters are sunny and mild with
daytime temperature averaging 200C. The city boast of numerous fine beaches,
which are particularly attractive in winters with pleasant temperature and
plenty of sunshine.

The mausoleum of the founder of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
is an important landmark. The city and its hinterland have ample places for
those interested in history and archeology. About 80 Km away is the ancient
city of Thatta with the world famous mosque built by Mughal emperor Shah
Jehan and numerous tombs of saints and ancient rulers. Makli Hills, adjacent
to the city have the largest necropolis in the world where tombs and mosques
are decorated with glazed tiles unique to the area. Ruins of Bhambore, the
site of ancient Daibul, from where the 17 years old Arab general Mohammad
Bin Qasim embarked on the conquest of Sindh are also nearby. An hour flight
away from Karachi is the kernel of Indus valley civilization, Moen-jo-Daro,
a 5000years old city with drainage system and paved roads. Additionally,
Keenjhar and Haleji lakes are the habitat for migratory birds from Siberia
and are popular spots for visitors.

While in Karachi, a visit to the local Bazaars is a must for bargain
seekers. Exquisite handicrafts, metalwork, novelties in marble and inlaid
woodwork are available at bargain prices. Leatherwear, especially crafted
fabrics and world famous Pakistani carpets also lure discerning buyers.

-       Pak Rs. 60 to US$ 1(the rate is subject to fluctuation).

-       220 volts, 50 cycles

-       Taxi, Bus, Train and Airplane all are very convenient.

-       Both domestic and international air services are available.
1.2 Official language

The official language of the symposium will be English.

1.3 Passport and Visa

Foreign nationals entering Pakistan must be in possession of valid passport
and visa. Visa may be obtained from Pakistan Diplomatic or consular Missions
abroad.

1.4 Climate and Clothing
The weather at the time of symposium is likely to be cool at night and
pleasant during the daylight hours. Light clothing is recommended.

1.5 Banking and currency

Foreign currency can be exchanged at Karachi Airport upon arrival and in
other banks and at major Hotel cashiers. Major credit cards are readily
acceptable.

1.6 Shopping
Karachi has abundant facilities in a number of shopping arcades. Most
departmental stores offer a large assortment of top quality merchandise.

1.7 Correspondence

All correspondence concerning to symposium should be addressed to :

Dr. M. Qaiser
Convener
International Symposium on Biodiversity of Flowering
Plants of South Asia
Department of Botany,
University of Karachi,
Karachi-75270, Pakistan.
Phone  92-21-9243645
            92-21-4823617
E-mail.    mqaiser at super.net.pk
            flora at super.net.pk

2. Scientific Programme

We have so far received more than hundred pre- registration forms from
national and international delegates. The scientific programme will include
Plenary Lectures, Session Lectures and Poster presentations. The session
lectures will be divided into the following sections:
1. Classical and experimental taxonomy in its broadest sense.
2. Phytogeography
3. Reproductive biology
4. Ethnobotany
5. Wild relatives of cultivated plants.
6. Biodiversity & conservation
7. Molecular systematics.

2.2 Presentation Time and Audio & Visual

Twenty minutes will be allowed for each session paper and 45 minutes for
each plenary lecture including time of discussion. Slide projectors (35mm
slides), multimedia projectors and overhead projectors will be available.


2.3 Poster Session

All Participants not giving a lecture have the opportunity to present a
poster on any research subject that falls within the purview of the topic of
the symposium. Only registered members can submit a poster. Authors of a
poster should complete and return the form enclosed in this circular. A
space of 90 cm wide and 1.3 m high will be allotted for each poster. The
exact place for presentation of each poster is to be announced in time by
the Organizers.

3. Registration
3.1     The registration of participants will take place at conference venue
from
October 31, 2002.

3.2 Registration Fee

        The following registration fee will be applied:
                                        Before August 30                After August 30
Participant                             US$ 300                 US$ 400
Accompanying person             US$ 150                 US$ 200
Student                         US$ 150                 US$ 200
Local participant                       Rs.   750                       Rs.   1000
Member PBS                              Rs.   500                       Rs.     750
Student                         Rs.   300                       Rs.     500

        Registration fee is inclusive of:
-       Attendance at all symposium sessions.
-       Invitation to welcome reception.
-       Invitation to lunches.
-       Morning and afternoon tea/coffee.
-       All symposium material including Book of Abstracts.
The registration form must be returned not later than 31-8-2002

3.3 Accommodation

Prior request for booking hotel accommodation should be sent to the
conference Secretariat along with the registration form by August 31, 2002.
Approximate conference charge of a hotel is around Pak. Rupees 2000 to 2500
plus tax per day (US$ 50 – 75).

4. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACT
Participants wishing to present paper/poster must submit an abstract of not
more than 200 words to the Organizing committee. The deadline for submitting
the abstracts is August 31, 2002. The electronic submission of the abstract
is desired.


EIGHTH NATIONAL MEETING
OF
PLANT SCIENTISTS
November 1-5, 2002


Registration form



Name                            :…………………………………………………………


Mailing Address         :…………………………………………………………

                                :…………………………………………………………


Telephone                       :…………………………………………………………


Fax                             :…………………………………………………………


E-mail                          :…………………………………………………………

Title of the
paper/poster                    :…………………………………………………………


                                :…………………………………………………………



Registration: Delegates are requested to remit the registration fee on or
before August 31, 2002 through bank draft payable to Pakistan Botanical
Society along with this form.

Please return to:  Dr. M. Qaiser, Convener, International Symposium on
Biodiversity of Flowering Plants of South Asia, Department of Botany,
University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan. Phone  92-21-9243645,
92-21-4823617.
E-mail.  mqaiser at super.net.pk,  flora at super.net.pk




Abdul Ghafoor
Formerly Senior Taxonomist,
Herbarium,
Department of Botany,
University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan



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