Third International Barcode of Life Conference Updates Newsletter 5 (22 October 2009)

Registration Deadline Approaching

Online registration for the Third International Barcode of Life Conference will close at midnight CST on Friday, 30 October. If you have not registered by then, you will have to register on-site, either at UNAM during the pre-conference workshops or at the conference at the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Information about on-site registration will be posted at the conference website. The conference fee for onsite registration will be:

· US$300 for delegates,

· US$175 for delegates from developing countries, and

· US$100 for students

The registration fee entitles you to:

· Admission to all the pre-conference workshops and conference sessions;

· Lunches and coffee breaks during the pre-conference workshops and conference meetings

· Bus transportation between the two conference hotels and the pre-conference and conference venues;

· Admission to the opening reception on Monday evening, 9 November 2009;

· Admission to the closing banquet on Wednesday evening, 11 November 2009;

· Bus transportation to the opening reception and closing banquet with return to the two conference hotels; and

· Copies of the conference documents.
We need your input!

Have you ever arrived at a workshop or seminar and found that the organizers picked a room that was too small, and there was no room for you (or that you had to stand through the whole thing)? We want to be sure that this doesn’t happen to any of you at the barcode conference.

Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey that will help us make sure that everyone will have room in the sessions they want to attend. It’s also a great way to organize your plan for participating in the conference! You’ll be asked to look through the agenda for the pre-conference workshops and the afternoon technical sessions during the conference, and mark the ones you plan to attend.

Thanks in advance for helping us make sure that there will be room for you in the sessions you want to attend.

Sign up for Tours

The conference organizers have assembled information on half- and full-day tours in and around Mexico City, and multi-day excursions in Mexico (see Tour Information). If you are interested in one of the multi-day excursions, you must sign up two weeks in advance!

The first of these tours begins on Friday, 6 November so you must sign up by Friday, 23 OCTOBER. Don’t miss these opportunities to see some of Mexico beyond the hotel and conference venues!

The opening reception will be housed at the beautiful Ex Hacienda de Tlalpan. Be sure to keep an eye out for their exotic white peacocks.

Opening Reception

The official start of the Third International Barcode of Life Conference will be an opening reception on Monday, 9 November 2009 at 7:30pm. Buses will take conference registrants from the pre-conference workshops at UNAM and from the two conference hotels to the Ex Hacienda de Tlalpan, a historic country estate on the southern outskirts of Mexico City. Bus schedules will be posted on the conference website and in the Conference Program which will be released online on 2 November 2009.

Conference Website: http://dnabarcodes2009.org

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