Expression of Interest
15th International Congress of Myriapodology
Myriapodologists study multi-legged arthropods (centipedes, millipedes, etc) and velvet worms. Their work has been greatly assisted since 1968 by a centralised secretariat for all things myriapodological: the Centre Internationale de Myriapodologie (CIM), based at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.
For the past 40 years, CIM has managed a database of myriapodologists and their interests and a bibliography of currently published works. It publishes an annual bulletin, maintains a website ( http://www.mnhn.fr/assoc/myriapoda/WELCOME.HTM) with myriapodological news and resources, and helps to organise an international congress every three years. Thanks in large part to the CIM, the global myriapodological community is remarkably close-knit and friendly.
All but one of the previous CIM-facilitated congresses have been held in Europe and the USA. At the 2008 congress in Germany, the CIM formally approved a proposal to have the 2011 congress in Melbourne. This proved difficult to organise, and a proposal to change the venue to Brisbane was supported by the CIM Council and Secretariat in January 2010 This will be only the second time myriapodologists will be meeting in the southern hemisphere, and the first time in Australasia.
The first decade of the 2000s has seen a resurgence of interest in the still little-known myriapod faunas of Australia, the southwest Pacific and southeast Asia. It can be expected that regional participation in the Brisbane congress will be greater than that seen at European and American venues. Some 80-100 registrants will be on hand to attend four days of presentations and to enjoy the traditional mid-conference tour, which in 2011 will focus on the dry and wet subtropical habitats of southeast Queensland.
A pre-conference tour is also planned.
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