St Petersburg, RUSSIA, May 13-17 2001


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The SECOND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH organized jointly by the Russian Academy of Sciences and BIGCAT (BioNET INTERNATIONAL) with further support from the UK Darwin Initiative, The Nederlands Instituut - Sint-Petersburg and the Diversitas . The symposium will be held in the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, situated in the historic city centre of St Petersburg, just near the famous Peter and Paul Fortress and the Winter Palace (housing the world famous Hermitage museum of arts). Part of the Symposium sessions will be held at the Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences situated on the Aptekarsky Island, also just in the city centre.

The official language of the Symposium is English and Abstracts and presentations will be in English.

Accommodation in a three star hotel in the historic centre of the city will provide participants with a range of comfortable single rooms, or double / twin rooms for participants travelling with accompanying persons.

The Symposium will be held from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th May 2001, with registration on Saturday 12th and departure on Friday 18th. A tour of the Hermitage is planned for Sunday 13th May, and a full social and cultural programme will be available for accompanying persons.

The Registration Fee is $80, but a fund has been established to ensure that this level does not discourage participation. With support from this fund*, the effective cost of registration will be $20. If you wish to benefit from this fund, please mark this box
*Please note, awards from the fund are made entirely at the discretion of the fund's trustees, but they have indicated that they hope it will be possible to assist most, if not all participants from the former Soviet Union, and participants from other countries if they can demonstrate need. The registration fee includes the Symposium and all associated materials, plus a wine & cheese reception, transportation to and from the airport, and coffee and tea during the Symposium. Other cultural and social activities are available for an additional price (see information on the Cultural Programme). The $20 fee for the 13th May tour of the Hermitage, including the famous Golden Chamber , can be paid with the Registration Fee.

For many participants from abroad, a formal letter of invitation, signed and officially stamped by the Local Organizers is required for visa applications to visit Russia. An administrative fee is charged by the authorities for processing this letter. Information about this will be sent directly to you from St Petersburg upon Registration.

Please note that the Registration Payment and the Paper and Poster Abstracts are required by 15th March 2001.

* Symposium circular in RTF format

  *Symposium circular in PDF fromat



If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:


International Organizing Committee Co-Chairman

BioNET-INTERNATIONAL, Bakeham Lane, Egham,

Surrey, TW20 9TY, UK.


FAX +44 1491-829100 TEL. +44 1491-829033


Dr Alex RYSS

Local Organizing Committee Coordinator

Zoological Institute RAS, Universitetskaya emb. 1,

St Petersburg 199034, Russia.


FAX: +7 812-3236955 TEL.: +7 812-3280611

The Meeting announcement and the Symposium materials can be found at: &


Simultaneously with the International Symposium the Scientific Educational Training Course will be held devoted to the Information Technology in Biodiversity Research


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Web-page prepared by Dr D.Minter & Dr Alex Ryss
Last web-page update: 3rd April 2001