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Jeremy Rayner (a former participant in this group) attempted to send
the following message.  In the hope that some of you find it of


  University of Bristol, U. K.
  12-17 July 1997


  Please circulate this announcement to colleagues who may wish to see

  The International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology aims to bring
  together all those with an interest in vertebrate morphology and
  related subjects. It will be a meeting place for professional
  zoologists, morphologists and anatomists from throughout the globe.
  Topics considered at the meeting will be all aspects of vertebrate
  morphology, including anatomy, evolution, development, biomechanics
  and locomotion, vertebrate palaeontology, ecological morphology,
  morphology in behaviour, neurobiology, morphometric and other

  The Congress will be held at the University of Bristol, hosted by
  the School of Biological Sciences and the Departments of Geology and
  Anatomy. The Convenors are Professor Jeremy Rayner (University of
  Bristol) and Professor R. McNeill Alexander (University of Leeds).

  International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists
  The ISVM serves to promote international co-operation in vertebrate
  morphology and related areas. All those interested in the subject
  are invited to become members of the Society. The President of the
  ISVM is Dr S. W. Herring (University of Washington;
  Herring@uwashington.edu), and the Secretary is Dr G. A. Zweers
  (University of Leiden; zweers@iulsfb.ledienuniv.nl). If you wish to
  join the ISVM (the dues are a nominal $5) send an e-mail to
  Professor Rayner and your request will be forwarded.

  Registration arrangements will be described in the Second Circular,
  available late in 1996, which will include details of the
  registration fee, a booking form and a call for papers. A reduced
  registration fee will be available for students. We hope to make
  available a limited number of bursaries for those who might
  experience genuine hardship.

  Provisional Programme
  The Congress will occupy 9 half-day sessions, with a variety of
  invited Symposia and workshops on a range of topics of current
  interest in vertebrate morphology, complemented by poster
  presentations and parallel sessions for offered papers. There will
  be a plenary lecture by a distinguished scientist each day, plus a
  trade display, and opportunities for showing films, dissections and
  other demonstrations. Suggestions for Symposia and workshops will be
  The Congress opens with a reception hosted by the University of
  Bristol on the afternoon of Saturday 12 July 1997; scientific
  sessions will take place from Sunday 13 to Thursday 17 July. The
  ICVM-5 banquet will be held at the Regency-period Assembly Rooms in
  the City of Bath, with entertainment by the Pump Room Trio.

  Accommodation, breakfast and evening meals for Congress participants
  will be arranged in University of Bristol halls of residence, which
  are within a short distance of the meeting rooms in the main
  University buildings (transport will be provided where
  appropriate). Lunches will be available at the Congress site. There
  will be a choice of rooms with en-suite facilities, or cheaper rooms
  without. For those who prefer an hotel, there is a wide choice in
  the City within a few minutes' walk of the University: please
  indicate your preference on the registration form.

  Web Site
  For more information about the Congress and the ISVM, see our World
  Wide Web site: http://www.bio.bris.ac.uk/icvm.html.

  Bristol and its environs
  Bristol is one of the finest historic cities in England. It lies
  about 120 miles west of London, close to the estuary of the River
  Severn. For many years it was the second City of the Kingdom, and it
  became pre-eminent as a centre for trade and shipping during the
  Middle Ages. Local legend claims that Bristol mariners sailed to the
  American mainland throughout the last part of the fifteenth century,
  some years before Columbus's voyage. John Cabot, credited with the
  discovery of Newfoundland, sailed from Bristol in 1497. In 1997
  Bristol will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of Cabot's voyage:
  many special events are planned, including a re-enactment of his
  journey with a replica of his ship, The Matthew.

  The City has many fine old buildings and some excellent museums; it
  is a major centre for the aerospace and other high-technology
  industries, and an important financial and educational centre.  As a
  relatively small city it is within easy reach of countryside; the
  National Parks of Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Brecon Beacons are within
  easy reach, as is the Roman city of Bath. There are excellent links
  by rail, road and air to all parts of the United Kingdom, including
  London Heathrow Airport, and to major European cities.
  Weather in southwest England in July is normally fine and mild, but
  with a maritime climate is hard to predict; typical temperatures are
  around 22xC, but occasionally as high as 27xC; some rain is likely.

  To register for ICVM-5, please complete and return the form below,
  either in printed form or by completing the blanks and replying to
  this message: this will ensure you receive the Second Circular. To
  help in planning the programme, please indicate on the form if you
  hope to present a lecture or poster.

  For further information, contact:

  Professor J. M. V. Rayner
  School of Biological Sciences
  University of Bristol
  Bristol BS8 1UG, U. K.

  tel. +44 117 928 8111 / 7476
  fax. +44 117 025 7374
  e-mail: icvm97@bristol.ac.uk

  Fifth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
  Bristol, 12-17 July, 1997



  I hope to participate in the Congress          yes / no

  I expect to contribute a presentation as a     Lecture / Poster

  The provisional title of my contribution is:

  I would prefer to stay in an Hotel rather
  than a University Hall of Residence            yes / no

  I am an ISVM member                            yes / no

  I would like to join the ISVM                  yes

  Complete and return this form to:

  Professor J. M. V. Rayner
  School of Biological Sciences
  University of Bristol
  Bristol BS8 1UG, U. K.

  tel. +44 117 928 8111 / 7476
  fax. +44 117 025 7374
  e-mail: icvm97@bristol.ac.uk