International Association of Astacology (IAA)
August 26 – 31, 2012
On behalf of the International Association of Astacology (IAA, http://iz.carnegiemnh.org/crayfish/IAA/) and the Forum Flusskrebse, the conveners, local organizing committee and the scientific committee invite you with great pleasure to participate in the IAA 19 Symposium. The Symposium will be held August 26 - 31, 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria.
The IAA19 symposium will be held in Austria, where 40 years ago, the first symposium of the IAA was held 1972 in Hinterthal, where also the IAA was founded. So let us take the opportunity, and join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the IAA! The idea for the first European symposium on crayfish was that of Sture Abrahamsson of Sweden in the early 1970s, who also suggested forming an association of astacologists and having a newsletter, although the first was not published until 1977. The first symposium in Hinterthal, Austria, in 1972 in fact became an international one as a number of American astacologists also attended. James Avault Jr. from the USA suggested a second meeting in Louisiana, and the International Association of Astacology took off from there. Ten of our current members have been made Charter Members of the IAA as they were at Hinterthal when the International Association of Astacology was formed and still retain an interest in the Association's affairs.
The IAA19 symposium will take place in the historic center of Innsbruck, which is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 km (18.64 mi) south of Innsbruck. Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the Nordkette (Hafelekar, 2334 m (7657 ft) in the north, Patscherkofel (2246 m (7369 ft)) and Serles (2718 m (8917 ft)) in the south, it is an internationally renowned winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics and the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. It is to host the 1st Winter Youth Olympics in January 2012. The word "bruck" comes from the German word Brücke meaning "bridge" which leads to "the bridge over the Inn".
The conference will consist of a five-day scientific program, with presenters welcome to submit papers on all aspects of freshwater crayfish. We will focus on conservation, biogeography, genetics and diseases, as they are hot topics in Europe at the moment, but will also encourage delegates to consider presenting papers on all relevant crayfish topics including physiology, behaviour, ecology and all other interesting matters discussed and appreciated at IAA symposiums.
Prior to the symposium, on Sunday, August 26, 2012, workshops will be organised. As Tyrol is bordered by Germany in the North and Italy in the South, an excursion is planned for the weekend September 1-2, where delegates can enjoy catching the three native crayfish species, Astacus astacus, Austropotamobius torrentium and Austropotamobius pallipes. Hope to see you in summer 2012 in Innsbruck!
In addition to scientific program we will cater a lively but not too exhausting social program. As the conference will take place in the historic center of Innsbruck, there will be several opportunities for accompanying persons as well as for delegates sneaking out of the lecture rooms to experience summer in Tyrol.
Meanwhile, keep your eyes on these webpages, all you need IAA19wise is going to be here.
On behalf of the organizing committee, we welcome you to Innsbruck in August 2012!