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Venue:Koven's conference center
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Venue:Koven's conference center

As many of you are well aware, the International Biogeography Society (IBS) will hold their 6th Biennial Conference at the Koven's conference center on FIU's BBCampus this coming January 10th-12th (http:www.biogeography.org/html/Meetings/2013/index.html). Registration for the meeting is now open (http:www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1117040). I strongly encourage all of our faculty and students to try to attend the conference and also to present at the conference so that we can really show off the great work that we are doing here.

A couple of things that you should be aware of if you are considering attending or presenting.

  1. The format of the conference is different than others that I have been involved with in that there are two days of single-session invited talks and only 1 day with four concurrent sessions of contributed talks. The upside of this format is that the quality of talks is very high and discussions are really facilitated since everyone is in one place seeing the same thing. The downside is that the competition to present talks is very tough. In most cases, contributors are asked to give a poster rather than a talk. Posters are an integral part of the conference and receive mush more attention than at other conferences that I have attended.
  2. The meeting is fairly expensive. Early registration costs (till October 16th) are $200 for students (but see below), $380 for society members, and $500 for non-members (it is a better deal to go ahead and become a member). The prices include a box lunch each day and the Friday night banquet/party. The society is not trying to make money off of this conference so these prices really reflect the actual anticipated costs of running the meeting. Unfortunately, there are no discounts available for FIU faculty or students. There are no single day passes and you will not be allowed to attend if you do not register.
  3. For our graduate students, there are several options for reducing costs. There are several students awards available that you should all apply for. Also, I still need volunteers to help set up logistics, run the registration booth, etc. I do have free registration passes for a limited number of students that volunteer to help me. If you are interested, please contact me ASAP as I would like to go ahead and start organizing the local team and start working on final logistics.
  4. There are several pre-conference workshops as well as pre- and post-conference field trips. I will also be looking for some volunteers to go on the field trips (for free) and serve as local experts; let me know if you are interested.

If you have any questions or comments, please just let me know, Ken

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Kenneth James Feeley, PhD Assistant Professor of Biology

Florida International University Dept. of Biological Sciences, OE 167 Miami, FL 33199 USA

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Center for Tropical Plant Conservation 11935 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156 USA

Email: kjfeeley@gmail.com Website: http:www.fiu.edu/~kfeeley/