SASB Conference News

Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS), 24-28 November 2014, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2014 ASBS meeting at the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Our theme for the meeting will be 'Next-generation Systematics' which includes approaching systematics from different perspectives, the use of new technologies, and even training the next generation of practicing plant systematists. We look forward to diverse presentations of projects from Australasia and around the world.

Draft program is now available here. Registration deadline is 20 November. Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted until 7 November. Please email Jennifer Tate ( if you would like to submit an abstract for consideration.

International Biogeography Society, 8-12 January 2015, University of Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth welcomes the International Biogeography Society for its 7th international conference. Some highlights of the upcoming conference include:

  • Four plenary symposia, each with four to five presentations by leading scientists:
        Global Functional Diversity in a Data-Rich Era
        Tracking Changes from Space: Advances of Remote Sensing in Biogeography
        Paleobiogeography: The Importance of Fossil Data to Species Biogeography Past, Present, and Future
        Adaptation, Migration, Persistence, Extinction: New Insights from Past Climate Changes
  • Keynote addresses by the recipients of the Alfred Russel Wallace Award and the MacArthur and Wilson Award
  • Contributed talks in four concurrent sessions (9-11th January)
  • Extended poster sessions in a spacious hall (9-11th January)
  • Workshops (8th and 12th January) are currently being developed on several topics, including 1) use of biodiversity data, 2) next-generation species distribution modeling, 3) software tools for collaboration, 4) statistical methods, 5) the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  • Excursions (on 8th and 12th January) are also being developed for the following locations:
        UNESCO world heritage site Bamberg
        The Franconian Switzerland with its world record of traditional breweries and beer diversity
        Nature Park Fichtel Mountains - place of work for the young Alexander von Humboldt and of leisure for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
        Springs and caves as (sub)terrestrial islands

Check the conference website for details: Download conference flyers and posters from

Society of Systematic Biologists, 26-30 June 2015, Guaruja, Brazil

The Society for Systematic Biologists invites proposals for symposia to be held at the 2015 SSB meeting. The meeting will be held jointly with the American Society of Naturalists (ASN) and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE).

Proposals should include (1) a descriptive title, (2) one or two paragraphs explaining the purpose of the symposium and its relevance to systematics, (3) a list of presentations including proposed speakers, their institutions or affiliations, and their presentation titles, and (4) an indication of whether the speakers have been invited and whether they have agreed to participate.

Symposia are restricted to half-day sessions (typically 6 half hour talks). The society is particularly interested in symposia whose topics do not overlap with those from previous meetings, that introduce new ideas or synthesize important concepts, or those that are particularly good examples of the analysis of empirical data. Proposals that unite systematics with other fields are also desirable. We encourage participation from young investigators and others typically under-represented in symposia. Limited funding is available.

The deadline for full consideration is September 1, 2014. Proposals should be emailed (Word or PDF format) to the Program Chairperson, Stacey D. Smith, (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 80309-0334). Please use the subject heading: SSB Symposium Proposal.

The program chair will confirm receipt of submitted proposals; please inquire if you do not receive email confirmation. The proposals will be considered by the SSB Council, and the two selected symposia will receive funds to partially defer participant costs.

Systematics Association, 26-28 August 2015, Oxford, UK

The Systematics Association announces a three day conference taking place in the historic setting of the University of Oxford, UK in August 2015. Titled Systematics - the science that underpins biology, the conference will have four thematic sessions and contributed papers:

  • Symposia 1 - The value of long term monitoring plots for plant systematics and ecology in the tropics
  • Symposia 2 - Comparative approaches to the origin of biodiversity
  • Symposia 3 - Accelerating the pace of taxonomy
  • Symposia 4 - Rooted in deep time: Palaeontological contributions to systematics

Keynote addresses will be given by Michael Donoghue, Yale, USA and Peter Holland FRS, Department of Zoology, Oxford. The official conference accommodation will be in Christ Church College with the conference banquet taking place in the Great Hall (used in the Harry Potter films). For further details and to register please visit the Systematics Association website.