3rd International Symposium of Benthological Society of Asia

3rd International Symposium of Benthological Society of Asia


3rd International Symposium of Benthological Society of Asia
27–30 August, 2016

1st Youth Freshwater Ecology School

27–30 August, 2016

Vladivostok, Russian Federation

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in the 3rd International Symposium of the Benthological Society of Asia, organized by the Institute of Biology and Soil Science (Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences) and Far Eastern Federal University. The Symposium will be held 24–26 August, 2016 in Vladivostok, Russia (Primorsky Territory).

The Benthological Society of Asia (BSA) is a young, but rapidly developing international scientific organization. The history of the company began in 1998, when Japanese and Korean specialists (water entomologists) organized the Aquatic Entomological Societies in East Asia (AESEA). In 2009, after 4 workshops in Korea, Japan, China, and Thailand, it was transformed into the Benthological Society of Asia. Professor Kazumi TANIDA, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, was the first president of the Society. The first symposium, which was attended by 90 delegates from 8 countries, was held in Matsumoto, Japan, in June 2012. Professor Tae-Soo CHON, Pusan National University, Republic of Korea, was the next president and the chairman of the organizing committee of the Second Symposium of BSA, which was held in 5–7 June, 2014 in Busan.

The Third Symposium of the Benthological Society of Asia will be held in 2016 in Russia (Vladivostok). Professor Victor V. BOGATOV, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, was elected as the Third President of the Society for the period from 1 January, 2015 to 31 December, 2016.

Vladivostok is the largest city on the Pacific Ocean coast of Russia and the administrative center of Primorsky Territory. It is surrounded by the Amursky Gulf on the west, the Ussuriisky Gulf on the east, and Golden Horn Bay south of the city center. Vladivostok is located in a hilly region and is the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet. Vladivostok, meaning the “Overlord of the East” in Russian, is located less than 120 km east of the Chinese border, approximately 160 km north of Korea and just across the Sea of Japan from Honshu, the main Japanese island. The Vladivostok Airport is served by several major airlines.

Vladivostok shares the same or approximate latitude with Sapporo, Sukhumi, Almaty, Florence, Marseille, La Coruña, Boston, and Toronto. Mean annual temperature: +4.8°C (40.6°F). Average temperature in July: +18–20°C (63–70°F).

The railroad distance to Moscow is 9,302 km and the direct distance is 6,430 km. The direct distance to Bangkok is 5,600 km, to Darwin – 6,180 km, San Francisco – 8,400 km, Lisbon – 10,100 km, London – 8,500 km, Seoul – 750 km, Tokyo – 1,050 km, and Beijing – 1,331 km.

The freshwater biota of the Russian Far East demonstrates a striking difference from the rest of Russia. This difference is especially evident in the southernmost part of the area, in Primorsky Territory, belonging to the East-Asian subregion of the Palaearctic region (Amur Province). The aquatic and marine ecosystems of this region are extraordinarily rich in species and unique landscapes; many of the species are endemic, rare or limited to the Eastern Palaearctic region.

The scientific program of the Symposium will include the following sections:

(1) Freshwater Biomonitoring and Bioassessment (2) Biodiversity and Conservation (Subsections: Algae, Worms, Mollusks, Crustacea, Aquatic Insects, Other

Invertebrate Groups, Fish)

(3) Evolution and Systematics (4) Community Structure and Dynamics (5) Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling and Management (6) Behavior and Physiology (7) Molecular Biology and Genetics

(8) Lower Parts of Rivers, Estuaries

(9) Marine Ecosystems

Information about hotel(s), registration fees, the cost of accommodation, and details of post-symposium excursions will be included in the Second Circular and will be found in the near future on our www.BSA-2016 website.

We hope you will participate in the 3rd International Symposium of the Benthological Society of Asia and the following 1st Youth Benthological School in Vladivostok; we look forward to seeing you there!

Best regards,


Conveners, 3rd International Symposium of Benthological Society of Asia & 1st Youth Freshwater Ecology School

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Vladivostok City, Golden Horn Bay, the Gold Bridge.