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International Dormice Conference 2020
Edited by Pat Morris, Nedko Nedyalkov, Svetlana Miteva

The International Dormice Conference (IDC) is being organized every three years to gather for five days scientists and conservationists to share findings and ideas on the research and conservation of the dormouse species. The conference includes a field trip, providing the opportunity to get acquainted with the local species ecology and habitats in different areas, as well as to build contacts with colleagues working on dormice species around the world.

The 11-th International Dormice Conference takes place in Bulgaria for at least two reasons; to raise awareness and attention for the research and conservation of the recently rediscovered in Bulgaria the Mouse- tailed dormouse (Myomimus roachi) – a species with restricted distribution, occurs only on the Balkans and western Anatolia; and to involve more researchers and conservationists from Eastern Europe.

Holding the IDC 2020 in Bulgaria underlines once again the importance of Balkans and the Eastern Europe for the conservation of the European mammalian diversity.

IDC 2020 is organised by The Habitat Foundation and The National Museum of Natural History - Sofia, part of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and kindly supported by many other organisations and persons.

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Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Subterranean Biology (Alba Iulia, 28th June – 4th July 2020)
Edited by Oana Teodora Moldovan
The 25th International Conference on Subterranean Biology is organized under the mottos Looking into the past to see the future of Biospeology and 100 years of Speology at the 1st Institute of Speology in the world. We chose these mottos not only to celebrate the centenary of the Institute of Speleology, founded in 1920, in Cluj, Romania, but also for bringing together specialists that made big steps in the development of biospeology and those that are still working in this science field with amazing discoveries and unexpected applications. It is important to remember that new and cutting-edge researches must always start by looking back, at what was done, in order to understand processes and gather inspiration. 
The founder of the 1st Institute of Speleology in the world was Emil Racovitza, who was invited by the Transylvanian authorities to be a professor at the newly reorganized University in Cluj. He accepted with several conditions, one of which was the founding of an Institute of Speleology under his supervision. The Romanian speological enterprise started in 1920. Emil Racovitza is considered the founder of biospeology and he defined the new science in his Essay on biospeological problems (1907), which later changed its name to biospeleology or speleobiology (or subterranean biology to encompass all subterranean habitats). The Conference will be organized under the auspices of the International Society for Subterranean Biology (ISSB-SIBIOS), with 4 days of oral presentations and posters and 3 days of speological field-trips to enjoy the Transylvanian natural and cultural treasures.
Papers published: 4   |  Total pages: 10
Vth International Congress on Biodiversity: „Taxonomy, Speciation and Euro-Mediterranean Biodiversity“
Edited by Rostislav Bekchiev, Rumyana Kostova, Albena Gjonova, Ilia Gjonov, Yurii Kornilev

In recent years, classical biological sciences have progressed significantly, mainly through the introduction and validation of new methods of analysis (statistical, morphometric, molecular, etc.). Considerable successes have been achieved through the modern interdisciplinary approach in the analysis of phylogeny and the origin of flora and fauna. The increased interest in them is also dictated by their implications to nature conservation. At the same time, the need for correct cataloging, studying, management and conservation of global biodiversity is recognized.

The upcoming Congress is a continuation of the already traditional meetings for scientific debate and exchange of new scientific knowledge between researchers, students, lecturers, members of scientific and environmental organizations from Europe (Italy, Malta, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria, Russia and others) and Africa (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and others). It facilitates and deepens the interactions between people from the above groups working in a very dynamic environment fostering innovation that allows their research to always be on a high level and with direct benefits to society.

The Congress focuses on the following areas: plant and animal biodiversity; ecology of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems; faunistics, floristics, taxonomy and systematics; protected areas and their management; invasive alien species and their impact on local biodiversity; engaging civil society in sustainable use of natural resources.

The goals of the congress are to communicate and exchange ideas and knowledge to ensure a higher level of research, enhance the qualifications and efficiency of career development of the scientists in Biology, and enhance the international cooperation already achieved in previous meetings. The official languages of the congress are English and French.

Papers published: 62   |  Total pages: 138
Carabids in extreme environments. 19th European Carabidologists Meeting
Edited by Roberto Pizzolotto

Carabidae as model organisms focused the discussion of several researchers in 1969, when they met in Wijster (The Netherlands), giving rise to the tradition of the European Carabidologists' Meetings (ECM). The 19th ECM comes after 50 years from the first one and the topic will be the ecology of carabids living in extreme environments,  such as high mountains, deserts, urban areas. Traditionally the ECMs are open even to contributions not strictly linked to the topic of the meeting, so contribution on, for example, carabid taxonomy, biogeography, biology, ecology, are welcome.

Papers published: 69   |  Total pages: 156
Subterranean Biology in the Anthropocene
Edited by Ana Sofia P. S. Reboleira & Fernando J. Mendes Gonçalves

Contains the abstracts, which will be presented at 24th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 20-24th August 2018, University of Aveiro, Portugal. 

The 24th International Conference on Subterranean Biology will take place in the University of Aveiro, Portugal, following the previous conference held in the University of Arkansas in 2016, chaired by Dr. David Culver. 

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, of the 24th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, I would like to welcome the members of the International Society for Subterranean Biology, biologists and those interested in life in the subterranean spaces. This conference is sponsored by the University of Aveiro and will be held in the University campus in Aveiro, Portugal, from 20th to 24th August, 2018. 

This will be the first ICSB held in Portugal and we are willing to bring together scientists and students interested in subterranean Biology from around the planet. It will focus on the Biology of subterranean spaces: caves, wells, mss, deep subsurface, anchialine, groundwater, hyporheic, epikarst and other kinds os subterranean ecosystems. The meeting will include a series of conferences and posters for presentation and discussion of theoretical and applied advances in subterranean biology, some workshops and also a field trip to visit some of the emblematic karst caves of Portugal. Pre and post-trips will also be available. 

In addition to contributed papers and poster sessions, several special symposia on topics such as evolution and development as well as conservation are being planned. The meeting itself will be hosted on the campus of the University of Aveiro. A number of special events are also being planned, including a day long excursion, several receptions and workshops. More information will soon be available on this website. 

Ana Sofia Reboleira, Chair of the Organising Committee

Fernando Gonçalves, Co-Chair

Committee Members:  Rosalina Gabriel, Paulo Borges, Pedro Oromí, Alberto Sendra

Papers published: 68   |  Total pages: 146