It is a great pleasure for us to invite you to participate in the 11thInternational Conference on Rodent Biology (Rodens et Spatium), which willbe held at the end of July (approximately 24-28 July), 2008 in Myshkin,Russia. The Conference will be hosted by A.N. Severtsov Institute ofEcology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RussianTheriological Community and Myshkin Municipal District Administration. Thethree most recent Rodent Conferences have been held in Belgium (2002),Poland (2004) and Italy (2006), with 130-150 'rodentologists' from 25-30countries in attendance at each.
The aims of the Conference are to bring together scientists studyingrodents from all over the world, to associate mammalogists from East andWest for future collaboration and to exchange scientific information andexperiences through the discussion of various issues. It's for the firsttime the Conference takes place in Russia and we'll be pleased to acquaintyou with our country, its people, history and nature.
Myshkin is a tiny old town in the historical region of old Russia(Yaroslavl region, 250 km North of Moscow). Its name can be translated as"Little Mouse Town" and it was proclaimed by its citizens as "The WorldCapital of Mice". Despite being among the smallest towns in Russia (6000inhabitants), it possesses 10 museums, including the world's only MouseMuseum. Many famous old cities and towns are near Myshkin, includingYaroslavl, Uglich, Rostov-the-Great, and Pereslavl-Zalessky. Myshkin issituated on the high bank of the Volga, the largest river of Europe, andsurrounded by picturesque landscapes and untouched countryside. The year2008 is the Year of Mouse in the Oriental Calendar and it is declared to bea special Festival Year in Myshkin. Thus, it's a special place and time forthose of us studying rodents to meet and discuss our researches.
We use for our logo one of the exhibits of Valenki Museum. You will see it there "alive".
We look forward to seeing you in July 2008 and hope your stay in Myshkin,Russia will be both useful and enjoyable.