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Systematics Association Biennial (2015)

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Programme

update: download Biennial Conference Programme (v2)

download Biennial Conference Abstracts (v1)

Wednesday 26 August
Symposium: The value of long term monitoring plots for plant systematics and ecology in the tropics

Thursday 27 August
Symposium: Rooted in deep time: Palaeontological contributions to systematics

Friday 28 August
Symposium: Accelerating the pace of taxonomy

Symposium: Comparative approaches to the origin of biodiversity

Contributed Talks / Posters
Applications are now closed

Registration
Oxford site

Bursaries
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Sponsorship
details here

Getting there
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Accommodation

Accommodation update: Please note that Single and Single Ensuite rooms still available to book at Christchurch college

details of accommodation

Contact / queries



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The Palaeontological Association
The Linnean Society of London
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
British Ecological Society


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Next Generation Systematics

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10th Systematics Biennial 26-28 August 2015 Systematics - the science that underpins biology

26-28 August 2015 - University of Oxford


Official hashtag: #SAbiennial

Introduction

(all details correct as of 19 August 2015)

This three-day meeting of the Systematics Association will be held at the University of Oxford and comprises four thematic sessions and contributed papers. The conference is held at The University of Oxford Museum of Natural History and accommodation and the conference dinner will be held at Christchurch College. This site provides information for the programme and for submitting abstracts for contributed papers and the Oxford site is for registering and booking accommodation.


This will be a largely paperless meeting and the abstract book will be supplied as a pdf document in advance of the meeting.

Important: If you have registered for the conference please ensure you add the email address sabiennial2015@systass.org to your address book, and check your Junk/Spam folder to ensure you receive messages from the conference organisers


Programme

update: download Biennial Conference Programme (v2) (19 Aug 2015)

download Biennial Conference Abstracts (v1)

Wednesday 26 August

Keynote Address:
Michael Donoghue, Yale, USA


Symposium:
The value of long term monitoring plots for plant systematics and ecology in the tropics

Toby Pennington & Tim Baker

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Thursday 27 August

Keynote Address:
Peter Holland - From genomes to diversity: the prospects and problems of evo-devo in reverse


Symposium:
Rooted in deep time: Palaeontological contributions to systematics

Roger Benson & Matt Friedman

Conference Banquet: The Great Hall, Christ Church

Thursday 27 August tickets can be booked via the Oxford site

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Follow the footsteps of the world's favourite wizard through Oxford's most spectacular College. Many of the scenes in the Harry Potter feature films are shot in various locations of the College. The conference banquet takes place in The Great Hall (photograph above) which was replicated in the film studios to create Hogwart's Hall. Source: Christ Church College

After dinner speaker: Dr. George McGavin

George McGavin - Source: BBC George McGavin's wildlife challenge

Dr George McGavin is an Honorary Research Associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a Research Associate of The Department of Zoology of Oxford University.

His research has taken him from the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea to the caves of Thailand and from the jungles of Belize to the savannas of Tanzania. George studied Zoology at Edinburgh University before completing a doctorate at the British Museum of Natural History and Imperial College, London. George has written numerous books on insects and other animals. As well as being a regular contributer to The One Show (BBC1) George has made several programmes for the BBC including The Lost Lands..., Monkey Planet and Minature Britain. Source: jowandermanagement.com

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Friday 28 August

Symposium:
Accelerating the pace of taxonomy

Robert Scotland & Quentin Wheeler

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Symposium:
Comparative approaches to the origin of biodiversity

Colin Hughes & Matt Friedman

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Contributed talks and posters

In addition to the four symposia there will be opportunities for delegates to present short talks or posters on ANY topic related to systematic biology during the conference. These will be 15 minute talks to run concurrently with the 4 major symposia in an adjacent seminar space so that participants can move easily and quickly between lecture theatres. In keeping with the participatory ethos of the SA biennial we try to accommodate all contributed talks, so if you have submitted a talk assume you will be on the programme.

The closing date for contributed papers was midnight (23:59 GMT) 1st July 2015. Any applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

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Student bursaries

A number of bursaries are available for students to attend the forthcoming Systematics Association biennial conference 'Systematics - the science that underpins biology' that will be held at the University of Oxford from 26-28 August 2015.

The six students who were selected to receive a Linnean Society of London Student Bursary of £200 to attend the meeting are:

NameOrganisationContributed paper
Bernardo Santos Richard Gilder Graduate School - American Museum of Natural History, United States Evolution of convergent functional systems in a speciose clade of parasitic wasps (Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae)
Liza Gómez Daglio University of California, Merced, United States Species discovery and integrative taxonomy in jellyfishes (Cnidaria, Discomedusae)
Marina Bonfim Santos Naturalis Biodiversity Center/Leiden University, Netherlands Evolution of the leucobryoid morphology in Dicranidae (Bryophyta)
Donald Davesne Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, France Fossils increase congruence between molecular and morphological hypotheses of spiny-rayed teleost (Acanthomorpha) phylogeny
Guy Atchison University of Zürich, Switzerland Accelerating integrative taxonomy in the genomics era: RADseq provides unprecedented species resolution in the genus Lupinus (Leguminosae)
Steven Dodsworth Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom Genome skimming and phylogenomics of Nicotiana sect. Suaveolentes (Solanaceae)

In addtion the British Ecological Society Tropical Ecology Group (BES-TEG) have also sponsored bursaries for students wishing to attend the symposium on 'The value of long term monitoring plots for plant systematics and ecology in the tropics'. Two bursaries of £1,500 for PhD students from tropical forest countries and 5 bursaries of £200 to all PhD students.

The deadline for bursary applications closed at midnight (23:59 GMT) 15th May 2015.

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Sponsorship and marketing opportunities

10th Systematics Biennial 26-28 August 2015 The conference offers exceptional opportunities for sponsorship, marketing and advertising to an international research community and we have put together a menu of the most common options in the attached PDF file. Sponsors will receive one free registration and full acknowledgement will be made of all sponsors during opening and closing ceremonies. Company logos will be presented on all printed materials and on our website, and individually-sponsored symposia will take the name of the sponsor. Funds generated in this way will help us to offset the expenses of keynote and other invited speakers, student bursaries as well as contributing to the wider running costs of the event.

For further details please download the following documents: Letter to sponsors Sponsorship options

For sponsorship queries please contact Dr Eve Lucas ( ).

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Accommodation

Accommodation update: Please note that Single and Single Ensuite rooms still available to book at Christchurch college

Conference accommodation booked through the registration site is based at Christ Church College. Christ Church is a unique institution, one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. It has a world famous Cathedral Choir; scholarly collections of books and art; and is enjoyed by many people as visitors or guests at conferences and Summer schools.

  • Tom Tower and Quad - Christ Church
  • The Great Hall Christ Church
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  • Single Ensuite 2
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All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. Towels are provided along with a small soap, shampoo and body lotion in a pack. There are laundry facilities in the college and a limited number of irons and ironing boards. Delegates would have to go to a particular room to do their ironing as the irons are attached to the wall because of Health and Safety. There are hairdryers in ensuite bedrooms. Where possible, rooms will be in the old part of the college and breakfast will be served in the main Christ Church hall.

  1. Twin Set Standard Bedroom - Twin Standard 'Set' (the picture happens to be in Peckwater Quad). In these twin standard bedrooms the main door opens onto a shared sitting room. Each delegate would have their own small bedroom with a handbasin. Each bedroom has a door, so there is some privacy. Bathrooms and loos are along the corridor or down/up a flight (sometimes two flights!) of stairs. These rooms would be better suited to younger people, who don't mind a more 'basic' set up!
  2. Single and Twin Ensuite Bedrooms - These rooms have a basin along with toilet and shower.
  3. Single Standard Bedroom - The same as a single ensuite bedroom but without a toilet and shower.

The official conference accommodation must be booked through the registration site

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