6th International Flora Malesiana Symposium 2004
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Sixth International FLORA MALESIANA Symposium
20-24 September 2004
Los Baños, Philippines
The International Flora Malesiana Symposia take place every three years,
beginning in Leiden, the Netherlands in 1989, and alternating in a country
in Malesia and a collaborating country outside the region. The sixth of
these international symposia will be hosted by the University of the
Philippines - Los Baños and the National Museum of the Philippines. The
main scientific sessions and workshops will be held in the campus of the
University of the Philippines - Los Baños (UPLB), about 65 km south of
Manila. The university lies between the southern lakeshore of Laguna de
Bay and the northeastern slopes of the legendary volcanic Mt Makiling.
The five-day FM symposia series provide a forum for Flora Malesiana members
to report scientific research findings and progress on particular plant
groups or flora of areas, exchange ideas, and conduct workshops on
approaches to enhancing and managing the Flora Malesiana Project. The
symposia also serve as catalyst for significantly increasing publication of
plant biodiversity information and for multiplying expertise on the
taxonomy and biology of the plants of the Malesian region.
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTED PAPERS / POSTERS.
Anyone offering to present a paper or poster is invited to submit a title
and an outline for consideration. The Scientific Programme Committee will
select and advise authors as to designation of their presentation either as
paper or poster.
SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS. The main symposium sessions shall be in the form of
mini-symposia. These are being organised on the following
topics: Non-Vascular Cryptogams; Pteridophytes; Tribute to Dr Elmer D.
Merrill and plant collectors; Merrills contribution to the Flora of the
Philippines and Malesia; Ethnobotany; Conservation Biology and Endangered
Plants; Phylogeny and Biogeography; Floristics and Ecology; Bioinformatics;
Herbarium Development and Collections Management; Medicinal Plants and
Natural Products; Orchids and Ornamentals; and Progress in Flora Malesiana.
SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOPS. Specialist workshops will take place on a number of
plant families and plant groups and topics. These will provide
opportunities for discussion of large complex families yet to be treated
for Flora Malesiana. Proposals for workshop taxa are encouraged and should
be forwarded to the addresses given below, preferably with name(s) of
convenors and e-mail contacts.
PRE-, MID-, & POST-SYMPOSIUM FIELD TRIPS. There will be a pre-symposium
field trip on Palawan Island on 14-19 September 2004, through lowland
forests in Irawan near Puerto Princesa, vegetation on ultramafic rocks on
Mt Beaufort, and on limestone in the St Pauls Bay National Park facing the
South China Sea. This field trip will return to Manila on the morning of
19 September in time for delegates to reach Los Baños on the same day. The
mid-symposium field trip on Wednesday, 22 September 2004, will be a climb
to the summit of Mt Makiling (c. 1100 m alt.). The post-symposium field
trip will be to the eastern slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountains near the
Pacific coastal town of Palanan in Isabela Province, Luzon Island. This
field trip will be conducted from 25 September until 02 October 2004.
ACCOMMODATION. The Symposium Organising Committee will be block-booking
accommodation at special rates at hotels nearest the university. The
university and other institutions within the campus also operate small
hostels that are within walking distance to the main Symposium
venue. Transport will be provided between hotels / hostels and the
Symposium venues at the beginning and end of each working day and at other
times as appropriate. Hotel addresses and the schedule of fees for all
accommodation will be provided in the 2nd Circular.
Further details regarding the program, speakers and associated fees, and
others may be found in 2nd Symposium Circular and will also be available
soon at: http:// www.mountainet.ph
For more information, please contact: flmales6 at laguna.net
Dr Edwino S. Fernando
Co-Chair, Organizing Committee FM6
Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems
The University of the Philippines - Los Baños
College, 4031 Laguna
ph/fax + 63 49 536 3572
e-mail: e.fernando at mountainet.ph
esf at laguna.net
Dr Domingo A. Madulid
Co-Chair, Organizing Committee FM6
Division of Botany
National Museum of the Philippines
P. Burgos St.
P.O. Box 1126, 1051 Manila
ph +63 2 527 1218
e-mail: dmadulid at info.com.ph
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