IAB 2013 London, UK

Conference organisers: Jeff Duckett,  Silvia Pressel and Jo Wilbraham

We are pleased to announce that the next meeting of the International Association of Bryologists will be held in London, UK at the Natural History Museum (NHM). The NHM is one of the world’s foremost centres for biodiversity research and hosts one of the largest bryophyte herbaria in the world, incorporating more than 900,000 specimens (with some 30,000 type specimens).

The NHM is situated in South Kensington, central London (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/getting-here/index.html). To the west, the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are only a 30 minute underground ride away; to the north, and less than 5 miles from Central London, is Hampstead Heath with a mosaic of semi natural habitats. The Heath offers not only some of the best views of the City of London but also plenty of scope for urban bryology with nearly 150 recorded bryophyte species.

The dates for the event are 15th – 19th July 2013. These dates have been chosen to avoid, as far as possible, clashes with other bryological meetings across the world and at a time when most members are free from essential university duties.

For those wishing to stay on after the Congress we are arranging a field excursion to North Wales, leaving London on 20th July and returning on 26th July. North Wales offers a variety of exciting bryological habitats including mountain cliffs with a range of arctic-alpines, ravines rich in Atlantic species, mine sites, and coastal habitats with extensive sand dune systems. For each excursion, we will try and cater for different fitness levels.

Additional details and a call for registration will be circulated soon. In the meantime we would be very grateful for expressions of interest and an indication about a possible oral presentation or a poster that you might like to contribute. This information will give us an indication of possible attendance levels (for both the conference and the post-conference field trip) and thus help us to finalize our plans for specific symposia at the Congress.

Expressions of interest, questions and comments should be directed to Silvia Pressel and Jo Wilbraham.