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International Conclave Proposed for
Lampyridae Enthusiasts in 2007

MESSAGE OF 9/14/2006

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your overwhelming enthusiasm. Up till now I haven’t received a lot of response about a Firefly Meeting 2007:

Some people seem to be unsure as they have to give lectures, classes or organise exams in June. The idea is to include a weekend (e.g. 3 days: Friday-Sunday). In this way it could still be interesting and possible for those to come over and meet with the other lampyrid specialists. Dr. Viviani and Dr. Maguire were very interested but –understandable-, a trip to Portugal from respectively Brazil and Australia was a bit to costly. Sara Lewis will be in Japan in that period and cannot come, but she forwarded the message to her students Adam South and Chris Cratsley who also work on fireflies. For those who did not answer yet, please do so in the coming days. I just have to get a rough idea how many people would attend for practical reasons.

Cheers,
Raphaël De Cock
Coördinator Beheermonitoring Vlaamse Natuurreservaten
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO)
Kliniekstraat 25
1070 Brussel
(02) 558 18 37
fax (02) 558 18 05
gsm 0477 993 946
raphael.decock@inbo.be

Glimwormen gespot? Bezoek dan http://www.inbo.be/content/page.asp?pid=FAU_INS_GLW_Start


MESSAGE OF 8/16/2006

Dear “Lampyridologistst” or “Fireflyers & Glow-wormers” (how to address to people busy with Lampyridae?),

I am wondering if it would be useful to organise a (rather informal) meeting on Lampyridae to gather as much as possible people (researchers, non-professionals and enthusiasts). The idea is to exchange information, get to know each other, share views, for those who want to present talks, posters, have some (interdisciplinary) discussions or have workshops about some particular items. Who knows some interesting cooperations and future projects might emerge. Note that presentations should best be adapted to a general, multidisciplinary public.

The idea is to have a 3-4 day meeting + if possible a field trip somewhere in the beginning of June 2007 (for example 7-10 June 2007).

Although this idea for a meeting is still in an embryonic stage, I found 3 possibilities for a location till now:

Most tempting is a meeting in Portugal* at Gaia nature reserve (near Porto) in June when they organise their yearly "noite dos pirilampos" (glowworm nights), they have room to stay and (multimedia) facilities for conferences (depending on the amount of people attending, stays could be free or could cost up to maximum ca. 200 euros/person (+ food, + local transport!!!)). For the Europeans: flights to Porto by Ryanair are really cheap! http://arcanjoaraujo.com/

Hochschule Wädenswil (near Zürich, Switzerland) signalised a big interest in having such a “glow-worm symposium” too, but I don’t have details yet about their facilities.

Least attractive: I could book a conference room at our institute here in Brussels, Belgium (in this case each one will have to look for his own hotel which may become costly especially for the people without funding)

If you know other possibilities? (the idea is to minimise costs for stay, travel, etc.+ to include a field trip)

* also note that one wants to set up a Portuguese inventory of species in 2007, so this meeting may result in some great input for the local co-ordinators and volunteers.

An example of talk/poster topics could be:

- Species distribution studies
- Ecology and conservation biology
- Taxonomic and phylogenetical topics
- Behavioural studies
- Biochemistry of Lampyrid (or beetle?) luminescence
- Etc.

Some examples of some workshop/group discussion items:

- Discussions about firefly conservation: how to monitor populations, the need of research on the impact of (light) pollution, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation on fireflies, setup of the Portuguese inventory, …
- Discussions about the phylogeny of luminescent beetles
- Discussions about the evolution of bioluminescence in lampyrids
- Etc. more topics are more than welcome

What is your view about all this? Please let me know as soon as possible the need for such an event, how many people are interested (let us put a deadline end of November). Let me also know about which topic you would like to present something (this only applies to people who really like to talk about their research, findings, ideas,… so it is not a must) or in which discussion group you would like to participate. Please feel free to add topics! By the end of November I will let you know how many participants there are. If there are to few people from your particular field of interest you could still decide to participate in another group or walk out.

Please forward this invitation to people I forgot to include or others possibly interested

Kind regards,
Raphaël De Cock
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO)
Kliniekstraat 25
1070 Brussel
(02) 558 18 37
fax (02) 558 18 05
gsm 0477 993 946
raphael.decock@inbo.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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