SOUTH ASIAN CONFERENCE ON SMALL MAMMALS CONSERVATION

  KATHMANDU, NEPAL   |       27-29 AUGUST, 2017

CONFERENCE TIMER

149Days 19Hours 26Minutes 36Seconds

27-29 August 2017

Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation is organizing the South Asian Conference in Nepal on conservation issues on small mammals in South Asia for the first time in history.

Although South Asia is bestowed with unique diversity of small mammal fauna, the research on this group of mammals is not so advanced compared to large mammals of the region. Taxonomic research has been conducted in the past. Recently, research in ecology and genetics have been undertaken in South Asia by resident and foreign scientists.

Still, the group is most concerned with conservation of small mammals that has been neglected for a diversity of small-bodied species to include bats, rodents, eulipotyphlans, tree shrews, small carnivores, lagomorphs, pangolins and mustelids.  These mammals will be the focus of the conference.

The organizing committee takes great pleasure to welcome delegates from different parts of the globe in this three day conference in the lap of the Himalayas.


Participation

The organizing committee expects a maximum of 100 participants; university scholars, representatives of concerned authority and stakeholders (IUCN SSC group chairs and members, NGOs, INGOs, departments), conservationists, freelance biologists, policy makers and media partners to join the congress from South Asia, South East Asia, Europe, USA and Australia.


Registration

Early bird registration deadline             $50
Till May 31, 2017


Late registration deadline                         $70
Till July 31, 2017

 The registration fee for the participants includes Attendance at all sessions, Conference kit (Abstract collection PDF, Conference -programme, Name tag, Certificate of attendance and presentation, note book, pen, a bag), Luncheons, HI-TEA, coffee and snacks.

Note: The registration fee does not include any pre-conference or post-conference tours.

The payment mode and bank details will be sent by after registration.


Abstract submission Guidelines

Abstract for paper or poster presentations can be submitted in any one of the following themes under the conference title

Theme 1: Threats to small mammals -Poaching /Illegal trade, Habitat destruction and disturbances, Climate change.

Theme 2: Can small mammals support community livelihoods?

Theme 3: Significance of small mammals in ecological function and resilience.

Theme 4: Status and taxonomy of small mammals.


Preparing your Abstract

Title page

This should

  • Include a title that, if appropriate, provides an indication of the area of study (≤ 150 characters including spaces).
  • List the full names, institutional and email address for all authors.
  • Indicate the corresponding author/presenter.

Abstract

This should not exceed 500 words and be organized into the following sections:

  • Background/Introduction: this should explicitly explain the rationale and aim of the study.
  • Results
  • Conclusions: this should provide an explanation of the importance and relevance of the study.

Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not include references.

Keywords

  • A maximum of eight keywords that represent the content of the article.

Deadline for Abstract Submission      June 30, 2017


Confirmation for Abstract Selection   July 15, 2017


Conference Programme

The conference will be divided into Dr. Chandra Gurung Memorial Plenum and Dr. Pralad B. Yonzon Memorial Plenum. Each Plenum will include key notes and eight papers on the main theme with an effort to represent different small mammals group.

Four Technical sessions will include 30 papers (five to ten papers on each technical session theme). The poster session will include altogether 40 posters (10 posters on each technical session theme). Documentary shows and workshops will be included as additional events.


Best Oral and Poster presentations will be awarded!

GUIDE FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS

GUIDE FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Presenters should prepare Oral presentations of 15 minutes (with an additional 5 minutes reserved for discussion). All presentations should be electronic and created in Microsoft PowerPoint.

The slides should be written in Calibri, 24 font size,  single line spacing for the content with Calibri, 36 font used for headings.

Relevant high resolution photographs should be added and we encourage presenters to include statistical figures and tables wherever appropriate.

Presenters should prepare posters 2m wide *3m high printed on Art paper (250 gsm) in portrait layout.

The presentation should not exceed 800 words including Title page, Introduction (Background, Rationale), Objectives, Study Area, Research Design, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusion.

The poster should be written in Calibri, 24 font size,  single line spacing for the content with Calibri, 36 font used for the headings.

Relevant high resolution photographs should be added and we encourage presenters to include statistical figures and tables wherever appropriate.


Accomodation and Fooding

For the dinner and accommodation during the conference, the room and dinner facility is available at discounted special rates in the hotels listed below. Please contact early to confirm your stay at the lowest rate.

Hotel Bliss International

The hotel is located in Thamel (Tourist area in Kathmandu). It is 2 kms far away (half an hour walk) from the conference venue. All the rooms are air-conditioned, and are treated with hardwood parquet. There is a comfortable dressing table that can be used as a study table, too. The beds are fitted with luxurious mattresses, and there are complimentary herbal toiletries provided in the shower-room. The rooms are equipped with multi-channel televisions, mini refrigerator, electric kettle, free WiFi and telephone.

Taleju Boutique Hotel

The hotel is located adjacent to Hotel Bliss International. It is the latest luxury hotel in a peaceful area with all the amenities of deluxe accommodation along with best Nepalese hospitality, traditional Nepalese architecture, wood carving and Nepalese culture and arts. The hotel features 27 spacious and luxurious guest rooms, an in-house restaurant with bar, a seminar hall, and an in-house spa, too. You can enjoy your snacks and meals indoors as well as in the beautiful garden or the rooftop terrace offering a wide view of Kathmandu Valley.

Joshi House

Joshi house is a lovely place situated in the heart of Patan Durbar Square and lies under the heritage site of Nepal. It’s a charming place that blends tradition and modern comfort with historic ambience and Newari culture.

Some of the selected participants will be sponsored for the accommodation and fooding throughout the conference.

All the conference participants are requested to contact us (smcrfconference2017@gmail.com) while booking the hotel for the discount offer.
The offers are valid booking via SMCRF only.


Organising Committee

Ang Phuri  Sherpa
Country Director
Red Panda Network
Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. C. Srinivasulu FLS
Assistant Professor
Wildlife Biology & Taxonomy Laboratory
Department of Zoology
University College of Science
Osmania University
Hyderabad, Telangana – 500 007
INDIA

Dr. Debbie Bartlett CMLI FCIEEM
Program Leader MSc Environmental Conservation
Centre for Landscape Ecology & GIS
Faculty of Engineering and Science
University of Greenwich
Central Avenue,
Chatham Maritime ME4 4TB
0208 331 8478   mobile 07974 162045.

Dr. Gabor Csorba
Deputy General Director
Hungarian Natural History Museum
H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13.

Dr. Giovanni Amori
CNR – Institute of Ecosystem Studies
c/o Department of Biology and Biotechnology “Charles Darwin”
Sapienza – University – Zoology
Viale dell’Università 32
00185 Roma – Italy

Dr. Hem Sagar Baral
Conservation Programme
ZSL Nepal Office, PO Box 5867. Kathmandu. Nepal
www.zsl.org

Dr. Jan Schipper
Conservation Research Post-doctoral Fellow
Co-Chair, IUCN-SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group
Arizona State University & The Phoenix Zoo
School of Life Sciences       Conservation & Science Dept.
Tempe, AZ  85287-4501      Phoenix AZ.  85008

Dr. Jim Sanderson
IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group

Dr. John L. Koprowski
Professor and Associate Director
School of Natural Resources & the Environment
Wildlife Conservation and Management
N335 Environment & Natural Resources 2
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona  85721 USA

Dr. Madhu Rao
Director and Regional Technical Advisor
Wildlife Conservation Society
Singapore

Dr. Maheshwar Dhakal
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation
Singhadurbar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Nakul Chhettri
Program Coordinator
Kangchenjunga Landscape Initiative
Transboundary Landscapes
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Lalitpur, Nepal

Prasanna Yonzon
Chief Executive Officer
Wildlife Conservation Nepal
GPO Box 20569
Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Rajan Amin
Zoological Society of London
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY
United Kingdom

Dr. Sarala Khaling
Regional Director
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Regional Office Eastern Himalaya
Theyzong Heem, Development Area
Gangtok-737101, Sikkim, India

Dr. Shant Raj Jnawali
Hariyo Ban Program Biodiversity Coordinator
WWF Nepal
Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Prof. Stephen J. Rossiter
Head of Organismal Biology Department
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London

Dr. Tigga Kingston
Co-Chair
IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University

Dr. William Duckworth
IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group