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Fossils X 3

3rd International Congress of Palaeoentomology
with
2nd International Meeting on Palaeoarthropodology
&
2nd World Congress on Amber and its Inclusions

Pretoria, South Africa
February 7―11, 2005

SECOND CIRCULAR

The International Palaeoentomological Society invites you to participate in this conference which will be held at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in Pretoria. We intend to provide a forum for the dynamic exchange of information and ideas relevant to those interested in fossil insects and other arthropods, and in amber.
Potential topics include, amongst others:

Additional suggestions are welcome.
Featured speakers will include David Grimaldi and Michael Engel (USA, amber insects, insect evolution), Alexandr Rasnitsyn (Russia, insect evolution), David Penney (UK, fossil spiders), Otto Kraus, Carsten Brauckmann and Elke Grning (Germany, Arthropleurida), Xavier Delclos Martinez (Spain, taphonomy), and others.

Papers
Oral papers should be no longer than 15 minutes; additional discussion of 5 minutes will be allowed.

Posters
Posters will be grouped in cognate sessions. The size should be no larger than A0 portrait (840 x 1176 mm).

Abstracts
Abstracts should be submitted electronically by e-mail directly to brothers@ukzn.ac.za or on disk. They should not exceed 250 words, in the format: Title; Author(s) (presenter indicated by *); Affiliation(s) including e-mail addresses (linked to authors by superscripts); Text (no figures, tables, references).

Language
The official Congress language is English.

Audio-Visual Aids
Data, slide and overhead projectors will be available. Please indicate well in advance if you will need any other presentation equipment.

PowerPoint Presentations
The files for PowerPoint presentations should be kept as small as possible and e-mailed by 17th January 2005 to brothers@ukzn.ac.za, or mailed on CD to reach us by that date. Ensure that they are in a format compatible with Windows XP and PowerPoint 2002. These will be preloaded and can be checked on arrival. Use of your own laptops will not be possible.

Proceedings
Arrangements will be made for publication of the full text of papers in a volume of Proceedings for authors wishing to contribute them. Please indicate if you will contribute a paper for publication. Further details will be available in due course.

Collections
Visits to the collections at SANBI and possibly Bernard Price Institute of Palaeontology (BPI) in Johannesburg should be possible for those interested. Please indicate on the registration form so that we can judge the needs.

Travel
Transportation to the venue from Johannesburg International Airport will be provided for delegates on 6th February. Return transport will also be arranged.

Accommodation
Previous arrangements to hold the conference at Hammans-kraal have, unfortunately, had to be abandoned because fewer delegates have registered than expected, meaning that the isolated location would have been too limiting in terms of other activities. Instead, delegates will be accommodated at Hotel 224 (corner Schoeman & Leyds Streets) and transported to and from the conference venue on a daily basis. Rooms have much better facilities than at Hammanskraal but will be shared. Please indicate if you have any preferences for sharing with a particular person. (Single accommodation will be available, but at extra cost - please enquire.)

Meals
Meals and functions are included in the registration fee. Breakfast and dinner will be at the Hotel and teas and lunches (on days with sessions) at the conference venue.

Companions
The registration fee will cover daily teas and special functions. Depending on interest, day trips will be arranged at extra cost. The Hotel can provide courtesy local transport for shopping trips.

T-shirts
Souvenir t-shirts (see illustration attached) will be prepared in advance and available for collection at the Congress. Please indicate your requirements on the registration form.

Excursions
There will be a "rest day" during which excursions to the Cradle of Humankind (Sterkfontein) or Pilanesberg National Park will be available. The cost for each will be about 40 Euro/ZAR350, including entry fees. Please indicate your interest so that arrangements can be made as soon as possible.

Post-Congress Tour
A post-congress 5-day tour to the Drakensberg, visiting sites of palaeontological interest, will be arranged. The tentative itinerary includes Pretoria > Golden Gate (early Jurassic termite nests, Late Triassic- Early Jurassic stratigraphy) > Little Switzerland (Late Triassic plants/insects) > Pietermaritzburg (Upper Permian Estcourt Fm. plants/insects, Natal Museum) > Loteni Reserve (Upper Umkomaas Late Triassic plants/insects) > Pretoria (Drakensberg Bushman paintings). The cost is 300 Euro/ZAR2500 for the five days. Much of the accommodation will be simple and self-catering but comfortable. Currently, it is fully booked.

PROPOSED CONGRESS SCHEDULE
Coming soon.

Registration Fees
Early (received before 1st August 2004) 450 Euro
Regular (received by 31st October 2004) 480 Euro
Full-time Student (with certification) 410 Euro
Companion (excluding excursions) 255 Euro
Fees include accommodation (6 nights) and all meals
Late-registration penalty (after 31st October 2004) 60 Euro
(If you require a breakdown of the fee components, please request a detailed invoice.)

Refunds
Refunds will only be considered if requests are received by 15th December 2004. An administration fee of 20 Euro will be deducted from any refunds made.

Organising Committee:
Chairperson: Denis Brothers (brothers@ukzn.ac.za)
Venue and Accommodation: John Anderson (gondwana@absamail.co.za)
Programme and Abstracts: Mike Mostovski (mmostovski@nmsa.org.za)
Others: Alex Rasnitsyn (ex officio), Dany Azar, Conrad Labandeira, Julián Petrulevicius

Return completed form to:

Prof. D.J. Brothers
School of Botany & Zoology
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Private Bag X01
Scottsville
3209 SOUTH AFRICA
telephone: +27 33 260 5102
fax: +27 33 260 5105
e-mail: brothers@ukzn.ac.za

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