International Symposium on Syrphidae (ISS)

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Where and when?

The VIII International Symposium on Syrphidae (ISS8) in will be held in Monschau, Germany from the 4th to 8th of June 2015.

Location

Monschau preserves the magic of the old German cities with many half‐timbered houses and narrow streets, which have remained nearly unchanged for 300 years. Located in the middle of the Eifel region of western Germany, in the narrow valley of the Rur River, the city of Monschau offers nature and culture and it is a popular destination for tourists.

For further information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monschau and http://www.monschau.de/tourist‐information/index.php

The symposium will be held in the Carat Hotel with its pleasant and distinguished atmosphere. All the sessions and accommodation will be in the Carat Hotel, for which the organizers have a special price.

For further information, please visit: http://www.carathotel.de/start/

Transport

Monschau is literally in the middle of the continental Europe, bordering with Belgium and not fare away from Luxembourg. Due to its privileged location, there are many ways to get there.

If you come by car, you only have to follow your GPS system and use the Catar Hotel address:

Laufenstraße 82 52156 Monschau Germany

If you fly, you should know that the nearest major airport is Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST / EHBK). This airport has international flights from Maastricht (Netherlands) and is 84 km from the center of Monschau (Germany).

Another major airport is Cologne‐Bonn Airport (CGN / EDDK), which has international and domestic flights from Cologne, and is 101 km from Monschau.

Transport from Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), in Bonn (Germany) to Monschau and vice versa will be organized. This transport will leave on June 4 th from Bonn and will come back to Bonn on 8 th June. Bonn city is easy to reach by train from Cologne‐Bonn Airport or from Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS / EDDL). Please visit the website of the Deutsche Bahn for further details: http://www.deutschebahn.com/en/start.html

Registration

Registration fee will be estimated based on the available funds. Further details will be posted soon.

At this time, we ask you to complete and return the ‘interest form’ to receive further information about the ISS8 and to assist us in planning ahead for the symposium.

This is very important for us to plan better the symposium and to raise funds, which will help students and colleagues to come, as well as to have a lower registration fee.

Preliminary Program

The scientific program will include different sessions on: Faunistics and Biogeography; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Biology and Ecology; Accelerated Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation; and Integrated Pest Management and Biocontrol. Below you can find a preliminary schedule of the ISS8.

Day / Time 8:30 ‐ 9:00 9:00 ‐ 12:30 12:30 ‐ 13:30 14:00 ‐ 17:00 17:00 ‐ 19:00 19:30 ‐ 21:30 Thursday June Friday June 4 th 5 th

Opening Symposium Lunch Arrival Symposium Registration Welcome Dinner Saturday June 6 th Opening Symposium Lunch Symposium Banquet Sunday June Monday June 7 th 8 th Opening Symposium Lunch Excursion Symposium

Excursion

On Monday June 8 th 2015, and after we leave Monschau, we will organize a field excursion most probably to the Eifel National Park (http://www.nationalpark‐eifel.de/go/eifel/german.html). Further details (excursion fee and final places) will be posted soon. Accommodation and meals We chose the Carat Hotel in Monschau to have the ISS8 and they gave us special prices for this event. The Organizing Committee strongly suggests taking advantage of this deal and stay with us at the Carat Hotel.

Listed prices include: ‐ 4 nights in the Carat Hotel (June 4 th to June 8 th 2015). ‐ Breakfast and lunch of three days (June 5 th to June 7 th 2015). ‐ The Welcome dinner on the arrival day (Thursday June 4 th 2015). ‐ The last day breakfast (June 8 th 2015). ‐ Free use of the swimming pool and sauna.

Please note that beverages are not included. There are two days with dinner on your own and with the possibility to try the German cuisine in the city of Monschau or stay in the hotel, where a buffet and/or a menu are also available.

Possible dietary requirements should be clearly stated on the registration form. Stay in a single room: 346 euros/person Stay in a double (twin) room: 297 euros/person Stay in a triple room: 256 euros/person The number of triple rooms is limited and we cannot guarantee their availability for all the requests.

Money

The currency in Germany is the Euro. For those of you who need to pay the registration fee, or the excursion fee, we kindly ask you to pay this in Euros. We can’t accept foreign currency.

Payments

Further details will be posted soon. Travel support funds Based on the available funds, our intention is to provide travel support grants and reduced student fees. Further details will be posted soon.

Connectivity

Further details will be posted soon.

Weather

It is impossible to make a prognostic, but average temperatures range from 8 °C during the night to usually 20 °C during the day. Please note that evenings and nights can be quite cool. Remind to bring mosquito repellent, just in case.

Abstract submission

Submission will be opened later this year. Further details will be posted soon.

Presentation

Further details will be posted soon.

Important dates

Summary of most important dates: Until July 31 st 2014: Registration of interest June 4 th ‐ 7 th 2015: Symposium ISS8 June 8 th 2015: Field excursion For questions or suggestions you can reach us at: Ximo Mengual Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig Leibniz‐Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere Adenauerallee 160 D‐53113 Bonn, Germany Phone: 0049 (0)228 9122 292 E‐mail: syrphidae8@gmail.com

We invite you to attend the ISS8 and contribute to the scientific program by presenting your research. Come and meet colleagues, get informed, exchange ideas, and have fun! We look forward to meeting you all in Monschau. Best regards,

Björn Rulik & Ximo Mengual
The Organizing committee