We cordially invite arachnologists and colleagues to the first ever Southeast Asian Spider Symposium in the capital of Champasak Province, Pakse, in the South of Laos. The symposium is aimed at 1) people from SE Asia interested in araneological research, and 2) people from outside SE Asia interested in this region. The meeting should initiate cooperations and stimulate research in the region. Moreover, it may be the initial meeting to found an “Arachnological Society of Asia”.
We invite talks and posters dealing with SE Asian spiders or presenting new methods or general aspects of araneology.
We try to make this meeting as convenient and inexpensive as possible. Therefore, no general congress fee is charged. Every attendant pays his or her own costs (flight, accomodation, meals). Due to generous funding by BIOPAT e.V. we will be able to offer a limited amount of small grants to colleagues from Laos and surrounding countries. We try also to cover local transport in Pakse, the symposium room and other expenses with the grant money.
Liphone and Peter travelled in May 2012 to Pakse to scout for venue, accomodation etc. We tried our best and provide some recent photos below. If questions remain, let us know!
Prof. Dr. Bounthob Praxaysombath, National University of Laos, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology, Dongdok Campus, PO Box 7322, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Dr. Peter Jäger, Senckenberg Research Institute, Department of Terrestrial Zoology, Arachnology, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, phone 0049 69 75421340 (in Germany), 00856 20 77609334 (in Laos; or 00856 20 95974025)
Liphone Nophaseud, National University of Laos, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology, Dongdok Campus, PO Box 7322, Vientiane, Lao PDR, phone 00856 20 98088975