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28th - 31st August 2007
The Biennial conferences of the Systematics Association provide a forum for systematists from different disciplines to present and discuss their research. The Sixth Biennial Conference was held at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 27 to 31 August 2007. The conference was attended with about 240 delegates from a broad international audience. The format was a mixture of open sessions and focussed thematic symposia.
Best talk and best poster
Congratulations to Ben Rowson, (Dept. Biodiversity & Systematic Biology, National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP, UK and School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK) for a talk entitled "What drives diversity in tropical carnivorous snails (Gastropoda Pulmonata: Streptaxidae)?"
Congratulations to Alice M. Blumlein & Davide Pisani, (Laboratory of Evolutionary Biology, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland) for a poster entitles "Timing the evolution of vision."
The conference included:
Major themed symposia
- Floras & Faunas Serving Biodiversity Research
- UK Research Councils Systematics Symposium
- Three major themed symposia,
how-totalks on important emerging technologies and techniques by leaders in the field. Topics included:
- Putting time back into molecular phylogenetics (Andrew Rambaut)
- Geophylogenies: threading evolutionary graphs through Earth History (David Kidd)
- Evo-Devo of Non-model Organisms (Catherine Kidner)
- Generous time for encouraging the development of a future generation of systematists through student presentations in a professional setting.
- Session sponsored jointly by BBSRC and NERC featuring systematics projects funded by the UK Research Councils.
Download a copy of the talk timetable.
Conference organising committee:
Richard Bateman (President Elect of the Systematics
Colin Hughes (Treasurer of the Systematics Association)
Local organising committee:
Stephen Blackmore (Regius Keeper RBGE)
Mary Gibby (Director of Science, RBGE)