In 2018 the Willi Hennig Society meeting will be coming for the first time to the Mediterranean!
Barcelona welcomes you all to the XXXVII Annual Meeting of the Willi Hennig Society. The congress will be held on September 16th to 20th 2018 at the landmark building of the Museu Blau, home of the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona, within walking distance to the four-kilometer long sandy beaches that merge the city with the ancient sea.
Barcelona is an open city, a harbor where new ideas, modern arts and architectural styles, and technological advances have first entered the Iberian Peninsula. Because of this, Barcelona has historically played a leading role in the development and advancement of politics, science, technology and arts at the western end of Europe.
To honor Barcelona’s long tradition of open-mindedness and eclecticism, we propose a meeting where all perspectives and approaches to modern systematic research can be presented and discussed. The Willi Hennig Society was formed with the explicit purpose of “advancing the science of phylogenetic systematics in all its aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice, for both living and fossil organisms, with emphasis on areas of common interest to all taxonomists regardless of individual specialization”. In alignment with the goals of the WHS will welcome all classic and new, integrative and interdisciplinary theories and methodologies that may help us to better understand the diversity of life, across time and space and at multiple hierarchical levels. We especially would like to encourage the participation of women in a plea for a most needed gender equality.
The Willi Hennig Society meeting in Barcelona will provide an arena for exchanging ideas, sparking collaborations, developing new vocations and training the next generation of systematic biologists.
We will announce in the next weeks the scientific program, which will include plenary talks and symposia, as well as the social activities, ice-breaking parties, guided visits to the city and the customary congress banquette.