The World Congress of Herpetology 7
The University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the city of Vancouver will host the 7th World Congress of Herpetology (WCH) in beautiful British Columbia from 8-14 August 2012. Vancouver has a magnificent setting on the Pacific Ocean, is a world-class conference city and offers a wealth of scientific resources and entertainment.
Despite its small population and northern climate, Canada has a spirited and collegial herpetological community that extends from coast to coast. Canadian researchers from across the country have established a significant international presence in diverse areas of herpetology. The 2012 WCH in Vancouver will highlight Canada’s west coast and adjacent parts of the USA. However, we also will be aided by our herpetological colleagues in other parts of Canada, giving this congress a truly Canadian flavour. We promise a wonderful social and intellectual experience in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. The WCH in Vancouver will be a wonderful opportunity for herpetologists from all over North America to meet with their colleagues from around the world.
Each day’s academic program will begin with an address by a WCH Plenary Speaker. Contributed paper and symposium sessions will fill out the remainder of the daily academic program. Poster sessions, with refreshments available, also will provide an excellent chance to meet colleagues and talk about research.
The social program will include a mix of receptions, picnics and a conference-ending banquet. There is much to see and do in and around Vancouver as well. The mid-meeting break will allow conference attendees to visit Vancouver or the surrounding area on their own, using either public transportation or rental cars, but we also will organize group day trips to Victoria, the Gulf Islands, or other local sights.
In addition to the academic and social programs, we expect to have exhibitors, including commercial publishers and book-sellers, equipment suppliers, etc. present throughout the meeting.
Pre- and post-conference excursions will not be planned for some time yet, but the possibilities from Vancouver are nearly endless. They include:
- The Okanagan Valley in south-central British Columbia – enjoy sun, wine-tasting, and rattlesnakes.
- Cruises up the west coast to Alaska.
- Banff and the Rocky Mountains – beautiful scenery and magnificent wildlife.
- Olympic National Park in Washington.
- Driving trip down the west coast to California.
- Seattle – a large cosmopolitan city in adjacent Washington.
- Whistler – one of the world’s most popular ski resorts, just a short drive from Vancouver.