This year the American Arachnological Society (the leading scientific society of arachnid biologists in the Americas) is going to be hosting a virtual annual meeting. The meeting events are from 24 June through 1 July 2021. One consequence of a “virtual” meeting is the cost is dramatically lower. You can register for this meeting for $20, which admits you to all events and programs. If that is more than you can afford, you can request financial assistance. To participate, you need to register by Monday 14 June 2021!
Check out the full schedule here.
The meeting will feature a number of fun events for arachnid enthusiasts in addition to a full scientific program. These events include:
- An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Panel Discussion & Workshop
- Workshops on Arachnid Collection, Photography, and Identification
- Movie nights (Maratus, Sixteen Legs)
- Free public talk by Jillian Cowles “THE THIEF IN THE WEB & OTHER STORIES” Jillian is a clinical microbiologist, naturalist, and photographer and the author of the fabulous and lavishly illustrated book Amazing Arachnids (Princeton University Press, 2018).
- A virtual bioblitz incorporating the iNaturalist platform
- Arachnid phototography and art contests
- An arachnid Q&A livestream
The scientific program will feature:
Keynote speaker: Maydianne Andrade, University of Toronto Scarborough “Widows as Windows on Adaptive Plasticity”
Announcement of the Norman Platnick Award
Research Poster Sessions & Student Poster Competition
Daily Plenary speakers: Mercedes Burns, Ivan Magalhães, and Lauren Esposito
Submitted Research Talks (featuring research on arachnids from around the world)
Student Presentation Competition
For more information about this meeting and how to register follow this link.
But there is very little time. Registration closes on Monday 14 June 2021!