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The official language of the Symposium is English
and Abstracts and presentations will be in English.
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.
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
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
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
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
circular in PDF fromat
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:
Dr Dave MINTER
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