19th - 21st April 2013 at the Natural History Museum, London
In 2011 the British Herpetological Symposium (BHS) was set up and hosted at Bangor University by members of the Bangor University Herpetological Society. It was decided that the BHS would be run on a biennial basis, changing location each time. The reasoning behind the symposium was to encourage people working on reptiles and amphibians within the UK (and Europe) to come together to share their research, an opportunity that was considerably lacking in the UK until the BHS in 2011. The BHS also aims to encourage collaboration and provide a networking opportunity for students. It was entirely run and set up by students and we will endeavour to follow this trend of being student run throughout its existence. As a way of encouraging students to attend we made it our mission to make the 2011 symposium as cheap as possible, charging a small attendance fee for the two day meeting. The BHS program from 2011 can be viewed here. In 2013 the BHS will be hosted at the Natural History Museum, London from 19th-21st April, and will be run as a joint meeting with the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS).
The ACRS was set up as a forum for researchers working on amphibian conservation to share their findings, which was set up by students from the University of Manchester. The main goal was to provide an opportunity for dialogue between the academic, zoo and veterinary communities, which was recognised as lacking, with the intention of hosting the event annually at different locations. The aim of the ACRS is to facilitate communication between these groups of often disjunct entities in order to share skills, knowledge, and research requirements with the hope of increasing the success of conservation projects for amphibians (the most threatened group of vertebrates in the world). The 2012 ACRS program can be viewed here.
Prof. Roger Thorpe - Bangor University
Prof. Susan Evans - University College London
Dr Trenton Garner - Institute of Zoology
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