Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We are delighted to have the opportunity to invite you to participate in the 13 th International Congress of Orthopterology. The congress will be held in Agadir, Morocco, from the 24 th to the 28 th of March, 2019.
The Local Committee would like to invite orthopterists and the scientific community working on different aspects related to orthopteran species to participate. The first important date to note is the closing of symposia proposition, which will be the 28 th of February, 2018.
The overall theme of the congress will be to address the Challenges in front of climatic and environmental changes. Some plenary lectures, symposia, oral presentations, and poster sessions will be organized to let orthopterists exchange ideas and advances under this overall theme. We strongly encourage symposia proposals in a wide variety of topics, such as biodiversity and phylogeny, invading species, systematics and molecular taxonomy, functional genomics, biology and behavior, plant-orthopteran interactions, orthopterans as key indicators, evolution and population dynamics, chemicals and environmental impacts, modelling and management, environmental protection, biological control, and new pesticides.
Symposia are supposed to focus on a common theme with at least three participants from different institutions. Presentation length must be between 15 and 25 minutes with time for questions and at least 10 minutes at the end of the symposium allotted for discussion time. A symposium will typically last 2 hours, but could be extended if planned at the time of proposition. For a symposium of normal length, a maximum of 7 speakers is expected, but here again the organizing committee will consider other forms of propositions. The symposium organizer should make sure that the speakers submit an abstract during the call for abstracts and fulfill the registration to the congress.
Symposia propositions should be sent by email (orthoptera2019@uiz. ac.ma) as PDF document and include: 1) The title; 2) Organizer(s) name(s), affiliation and complete contact information, including email address; 3) Justification and description (maximum 1 page); 4) List of speakers (name, affiliation and email) and presentation titles; 5) Logistic requirements (specific needs for internet or something else).
It is the responsibility of organizers of each symposium to obtain funding for their own expenses and those of their invited speakers or participants. The local organizing committee is not responsible to support speakers’ travel expense to the meeting. Preference may be given to proposals for which organizers can demonstrate that funds are likely to be available.
If your working group has further propositions of workshops or specialmeetings, please do not hesitate to contact us providing all information before the 28 th of February, 2018. We will try our best to accommodate appropriate requests.
For the moment, please note these important dates in your agenda:
• Deadline for Symposia submissions or other propositions: February 28, 2018
• Deadline for Abstract submissions: September 30, 2018
• 13 th International Congress of Orthopterology: March 24-28, 2019
A website about the congress will open soon and will convey all necessary information for registration, payment, accommodation, and venue of the congress.
As president of the Local Organizing Committee of ICO 2019, I will be happy to welcome you in our warm city of Agadir and hope you will join us to make this 13th edition a large success.
Prof. Amina Idrissi
President, Local Organizing Committee of ICO 2019