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A Warm Welcome And Invitation To The International Ornithological Congress 2010

Posted on 19. July, 2010.

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A welcome message and an invitation to this prestigious event from the Congress President and Editorial Board Member of Avian Biology Research, John Wingfield.

"Greetings to Ornithologists from around the world.

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the XXV International Ornithological Congress to be held in Campos do Jordão, Brazil, from August 22 – 28, 2010. This will be the first International Ornithological Congress to be held in Latin America organized under the auspices of the Sociedade Brasileira de Ornitologia. In this age of rapid global change and loss of biodiversity, scientists from all continents will discuss basic research, conservation and educational issues that are critical now and for the future. A trademark of the Congress is coverage of topics from ecology, behavior and evolutionary biology to molecular biology and physiology, not only as individual disciplines but also in highly integrative ways. For example, we are particularly excited about a symposium on avian genomics that will provide 21st century research tools for all branches of ornithology.

An important event of the congress will be the initiation of an International Ornithologist’s Union. At the XXIV International Ornithological Congress in Hamburg in 2006, the International Ornithological Committee voted to approve formation of the Union to promote international collaboration in ornithological research, education and outreach. This has been achieved and the Union has new statutes and has been incorporated as an organization to provide continuity between congresses, a permanent base for publications and a website where ornithologists from all over the world can communicate, discuss arising issues and plan future collaborations. The framework for the Union will be open for discussion by the International Ornithological Committee and by individual delegates to the congress. 

The Scientific Program Committee has assembled an outstanding roster of 10 plenary speakers and 48 symposia. Round table discussions will be encouraged to promote discussion of ornithological issues from education to research, international collaborations, conservation etc. There will be two evening venues to highlight the biodiversity of this region. One is focused on Brazilian culture organized by the local committee, and the other is a President’s forum entitled Ornithology in the Neotropics: contributions to basic biology and conservation. The latter will be organised by the President of the Congress and representatives from Latin American countries who are at the forefront of neotropical ornithology. Pre- and post-congress tours are being planned to the major biological regions of the neotropics, as well as cultural tours exploring the rich traditions of the Brazilian people.

The venue of the congress, Campos do Jordão is a small town in the Atlantic mountains between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The conference centre is surrounded by hotels and many small cafes and restaurants where delegates can meet at lunch and in the evening. Stands of Atlantic forest can be found within the town and the surrounding area with outstanding opportunities for hiking and bird watching. This area has a high level of endemism with many species found nowhere else. This is an ideal venue for ornithologists from all nations and all disciplines to meet, present their work and discuss their science. It is my sincere hope that you will be able to join us."

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