Southern Connections 2004 Conference

Heidi M. Meudt heidimeudt at MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU
Mon Jul 14 15:12:03 CDT 2003


Please take note of the following upcoming conference and excuse any

RE: SC2004 Conference

We kindly request that you publicize the Southern Connections 2004
conference we are hosting, in January 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Conference: Southern Connections 2004
Date: 19-23 January 2004
Venue: University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
Web site: (case sensitive)
Email: sc2004 at (case sensitive)

Brief description:

Southern Connections is a large group of scientists from all continents who
study aspects of biology and earth history of the Southern Continents.
Previous meetings have taken place in Australia, New Zealand and Chile.
This will be a chance for scientists to experience the other major Southern
Connector, southern Africa, and to continue and build on their
interactions, discussions and collaborations concerning this bit of
Gondwana. The theme in 2004 will be "Towards a Southern Perspective". The
literature in most fields of biology is dominated by a northern
perspective. One of the main aims of Southern Connections is to develop and
emphasise differences between North and South. Africa, for example, with
its long history of hominids and its relatively well preserved megafauna,
is a stark contrast to most of the Northern Hemisphere. Besides this theme
there will be several other more specific themes relating to, for example,
ecology, forest ecology, paleontology, applied ecology, ethno botany,
forest management, zoology (fishes, birds, etc), arid land ecology,
biodiversity management, community issues, biogeography, phylogeny,
phylogeography, history and utilization. A common thread is the Gondwana link.

many thanks
Elizabeth, Secretariat SC2004
Elizabeth Danckwerts, aecon.e at

Heidi M. Meudt
doctoral candidate in systematic botany
The University of Texas at Austin
Section of Integrative Biology
1 University Station A6720
Austin, TX 78712  USA

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