Biological Conservation through Research and Education
Theme: Biological Conservation through Research and Education
Dates: 23-25 August 2003
Host: The Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea Programme (WCS-PNG)
Venue: University of Goroka and the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Goroka, EHP, PNG
This is the second call for abstracts for the Fifth New Guinea Biological Conference, which is scheduled for the 23rd - 25th August 2003. This falls on a weekend and the Monday following that. Participants should arrive in Goroka by Friday, 22nd August for check-in registration. Presentations will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Optional fieldtrips will be arranged for Tuesday the 26th.
Presentations can be oral or in poster form and must be based on original research in any of the biological sciences. The official language for the meeting is English. Oral presentations should be 15 minutes long with three of these minutes allowed for questions. This time limit will be strictly enforced. Details for poster presentations will be sent to those who register to present a poster.
We have extended the deadline for abstracts to 15 June 2003 – please send us your abstracts by this date!
Abstracts should be in English and should be fewer than 250 words. The abstract should include specific information about the results and conclusions of the research. Abstracts that state: "results will be discussed" will not be accepted.
We accept mailed or faxed hard copy abstracts recognizing not everyone has access to computers and email; however, we especially welcome submissions in electronic format (email text or attachments). Files formatted in Microsoft Word are preferred.
The abstract should include (see attached for a sample abstract):
accepted than can be accommodated as spoken presentations, we may request that some be presented as posters.
The third and last announcement will be sent in July and will be sent only to those who have submitted abstracts or confirmed participation by registering for the conference. This will provide detailed information on Goroka (the town where the conference will be held) as well as a tentative conference program.
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) will host a symposium entitled “The Importance and Application of Biological Data for Conservation.” If you wish your paper to be in this session, please mention this when you submit your abstract. If your paper is accepted for this session and you do not have institutional support to cover your costs for the meeting, SCB will pay for your accommodation, meals and registration fees (you only have to pay for your travel cost).
SCB is also funding an award for the meeting - a two year membership to the SCB and a two year subscription to their journal Conservation Biology. This award will be presented for the best paper or poster addressing the importance and application of biological data for conservation in New Guinea.
Wildlife Conservation Society is funding an award for the meeting - a two year membership to SCB and a two year subscription to the journal Conservation Biology. This award will be presented for the best paper or poster addressing issues affecting wildlife conservation in New Guinea.
Support Grants: If you submit an abstract to give a paper or present a poster at the meeting and you do not have institutional support to cover your costs, you can apply for a support grant to cover part of your registration, accommodation and meal costs and/or your travel. Please mark the appropriate box(es) on your registration form if you wish to be considered.
Sample abstract (Please copy this format as closely as possible):
Presentation type: Oral Presentation
Authors: Mack, Andrew L. and Gretchen Druliner
Contact details for author(s):
Andrew L. Mack: Wildlife Conservation Society, P.O. Box 277, Goroka, EHP, PAPUA NEW GUINEA;
Gretchen Druliner: The Peregrine Fund, 5666 W. Flying Hawk Ln., Boise, ID 83709; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: A Non- Intrusive Method for Measuring Movements and Seed Dispersal in Dwarf Cassowaries (Casuarius bennetti)
Presenting author: Gretchen Druliner
We describe a method for measuring gut passage time and seed dispersal distance for a large terrestrial frugivore. We attached temperature data loggers to radio transmitters in baits that were ingested by free-ranging dwarf cassowaries (Casuarius bennetti).
The data loggers passed through the gut in 3-4 hours and they were deposited 240-325 m from the place of ingestion. Thus the data loggers serve as an analogue for dispersed seeds, providing measures of gut passage rates and dispersal distances.
Additionally, the data loggers revealed that cassowaries re-ingest faecal matter, the first observation of coprophagy in wild cassowaries.
Registration Fees :
This includes attendance for the three day conference, welcome packet, the welcome mixer the night of 22 August, the closing Barbeque dinner the night of 25 August, and lunch 23, 24 and 25 August. Fees are given in PNG Kina in the following table. For approximate price in US$ multiply by 0.25 and for price in Indonesian Rupiah multiply by 2500.
Fees may be directly deposited into the 2003 BioCon bank account at ANZ-Goroka Branch. Simply go to any bank and ask them to deposit the money for you. Please fax a copy of your deposit receipt, along with your name and contact information to the Organizing Committee on Fax: (country code 675) 732 2461.
Bank name and address : ANZ-Goroka Branch, Corner Fox and Elizabeth, Goroka, EHP, Papua New Guinea
Overseas Routing number : ANZ-BPG-PX8891
Account number : 11685731
Account name: 2003 BioCon
Or you may send us a check or money order made out to “2003 BioCon” for your registration fees, but PLEASE, only in PNG Kina. The bank will charge us K50 to accept check in any other currency and we cannot afford this charge.
Alternatively, if you are coming from outside of PNG, you may pay your registration fees in person during checkin on 22 August. In this case cost will be determined by when we receive your registration form—see below—please get your registration form to us as soon as possible!
Accommodation & Meals :
You may select any of the following hotels in Goroka for your stay. Many of the conference events will take place at the National Sports Institute, but we will arrange transportation to and from the conference from the other hotels as well. You will be having breakfast each morning at your selected hotel as well as dinner on the nights of 23 and 24
All other meals will be provided at the conference. Prices are given in PNG Kina. For approximate price in US$ multiply by 0.25 and for price in Indonesian Rupiah multiply by 2500. Self-contained rooms have their own shower and toilet facilities. Other room types use shared shower/toilet facililties.
Please mark your first, second and third preferences on the attached registration form and we will make bookings for you. If you have any questions about the different options, please email us on
PNG Visa and Border Fees :
If you are not a PNG citizen, you will need a visa to enter PNG.
If you are an Indonesian citizen and are traveling from Papua, you will be arriving in PNG by road. You need to obtain a PNG visa in advance from the PNG Consulate in Jayapura (cost is about K100). You will then need to have your visa stamped at the border at Wutung and there may be a minor charge for this. Please see the information below and
contact Dr. Rosye Tanjung for further information.
If you are a citizen of another country, you should obtain a visa in advance from the PNG Embassy or High Commission in your country; your travel agent should be able to help you with this.
Important Notice for Participants coming from Indonesia :
Unfortunately, there are no plane flights between Papua, Indonesia and PNG. The only relatively inexpensive option available is to travel by road between Jayapura and Vanimo, then catch a flight to Goroka from Vanimo.
Dr. Rosye Tanjung of UNCEN, Waena Campus, has agreed to organize road transportation from Jayapura to the border at Wutung,
and to arrange for car hires from there to the airport at Vanimo. Please contact Dr. Rosye Tanjung of UNCEN, Waena Campus, for further travel arrangement details and to reserve a place in the cars: email:
If you need help in making your air travel bookings within PNG, please contact us on email@example.com or fax (675) 732- 2461.
Also please note: When traveling, be aware that Indonesian Rupiah are no longer bought or sold in PNG. You will need to change your money into US$ before coming to PNG, and before returning to Indonesia.
Time in PNG is 2 hours ahead of Papua, Indonesia.
Air and Road Transport to Goroka :
Here we have tried to include current information on travel options, but please bear in mind that rates and schedules could change depending on the airline, and so please arrange your own travel and check on the dates and times.
We are hoping to arrange discounts with airlines in PNG for travel to the conference, but have not yet confirmed this. Hopefully we will know in a couple of weeks and will send out a supplementary notice once we can confirm. The following is meant as a guide only.
If you want us to meet you at the airport in Goroka at your arrival, please fill in the travel section on the registration form; if you have not confirmed your travel arrangements by the time you send in your registration form, note that you will let us know later on.
Please arrange to arrive in Goroka on 22 August for check-in and for the welcoming mixer. Please arrange to leave Goroka the morning of 26 August unless you will be staying for an optional fieldtrip.
Or CLICK HERE to be taken to an area of our website that has a user friendly flight schedule for your perusal of flights on offer here in PNG :
Land Transport :
Note for participants coming from Indonesia:
In Vanimo, the car hire company is called “Vissers Enterprises”, Telephone: (675) 857 1366 or (675) 857 1009, Fax: (675)
A double cabin Nissan Navara and a single cabin Mitshubishi vehicle are available for hire. Each of these vehicles can take between 6 and 8 passengers depending on amount of baggage.
[b]It is PGK 154 for the entire vehicle for the Wutung (border) to Vanimo trip (one hour driving time). Travel time by road between Jayapura and Wutung is 1.5 to 2 hours. From Wutung to Vanimo Airport road travel is one hour.
So if participants start road travel at 6:00 AM in Jayapura, they will be in time to catch the 12:45 PM flight with Airlink to Goroka via Wewak and Mt. Hagen on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Remember!! Time in PNG is 2 hours ahead of Papua, Indonesia. You must catch a flight between Vanimo and Goroka as the road network is not continuous between the two towns.
Optional Post-Conference Field Trip Information and Costs :
The following are options for post-conference field trips. Please indicate the option(s) you prefer on your registration form. One half-day trip will cost roughly PGK 80, two half-day trips or one full day trip will cost roughly PGK 140 and the 3-day Crater trip will cost roughly PGK 500.
Option 1. Daulo Pass & Village Experience (half day trip).
A journey from Goroka at 1500m above sea level to the Daulo Pass at 2478m above sea level along the Highlands (Okuk) highway.
You capture the beauty and atmosphere of the highlands in this tour. Along the roadside, women and children sell their wild flower headpieces, and the sight of blue smoke rising steadily through the kunai village huts in the early mornings and late afternoons is a memorable experience.
Ascending the Daulo Pass, you will be enchanted by the views of
the Goroka valley and the spirit of the real PNG Highlands.
Option 2. Mudmen warriors and Asaro (half day trip). A short scenic trip into the rugged mountains overlooking the Goroka Valley is followed by a visit to the home of the Asaro Mudmen. With their fierce, yet artistic masks, these mudmen were once renowned for fighting.
Option 3. Gahavisuka Provincial Park (half day trip).
Mt. Gahavisuka Provincial Park nestles in pristine montane forest, 2450m above sea level. Rare species of orchids and rhododendrons thrive in this unspoilt environment.
The spectacular Birds of Paradise can often be seen in the forest canopy, ensuring a visit here is truly unforgettable. From numerous vantage points, breath-taking panorama of distant mountains and valleys can be enjoyed. For those who embrace nature and environmental enthusiasts, this tour is a must.
Option 4. Goroka Culture, History & Environment (half day trip).
This tour starts with a visit to Goroka’s colourful local markets, and continues onto the J K McCarthy Museum. A fascinating glimpse into a nearby village is followed by a stop at the “Mount Kiss Lookout”, to capture the magnificent views of Goroka and the Bismark Ranges.
Option 5. Kainantu Pottery, Lufa Mushroom Project, Yonki Hydro & Kassam Pass (full day trip).
The town of Kainantu is widely renowned for its distinctive handcrafted pottery. This tour will take you to the Kainantu Pottery and Craft Centre, where you can appreciate the local craftsmanship. You will also visit the Lufa Village Mushroom Project.
From there a picturesque drive will take you to the famous Yonki Dam and Hydro Power Station, and finally on to the Kassam Pass, where the highlands descend over 1000 spectacular meters to meet the coastal plains of the Markham and Ramu Valleys. Lunch can be enjoyed at the Kainantu lodge.
Option 6. Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area (3 days).
You will fly into the village of Herowana within the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area (30 minute flight from Goroka) where you will stay in a local guest house and have your choice of many nature hikes during your stay (waterfalls, bat cave, bird-watching, etc.).
The magnificent surrounding forests and the local village culture are both fascinating. This is a true PNG Highlands experience that you will not soon forget.
If you have any questions, please contact us :
The 5th BioCon Organizing Committee
Wildlife Conservation Society-PNG
P. O. Box 277,
Goroka, EHP, PNG
Tel: (+675) 732-3836
Fax: (+675) 732-2461
Conference Registration Form
Please complete this form and return to:
The 5th BioCon Organizing Committee, Wildlife Conservation Society-PNG, P. O. Box 277, Goroka, EHP, PNG
Tel: (+675) 732-3836, Fax: (+675) 732-2461, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of Participant: ____________________________________________
Institutional Affiliation: ___________________________________________
Phone: ___________________ Fax: __________________ Email: ___________________________
Download attachment for the full registration form :
Reminder message !
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 8:39 PM
Subject: 5th NG BioCon Reminder
Subject: 5th New Guinea Biological Conference Reminder
The 5th New Guinea Biological Conference Organising Committee has decided to extended the deadline for submission of abstracts and registration to 20th July. This is a friendly reminder to those of you who have not yet sent in an abstract or completed registration form to do so by the deadline if you want to present a talk/poster or just attend.
After the 15th of July, an additional information pack and a tentative conference program will be sent to only those who have confirmed participation by submitting an abstract and/or a completed registration form.
The Organising Committee
5th New Guinea Biological Conference.
This is a final call to those of you who have not yet sent in an abstract or completed registration form to do so by 1st August.
All abstracts MUST be submitted by or before the deadline to be organised into sessions. If we have not received an abstract from you by 1st August, you will not be presenting a talk or poster at the conference; no more extensions will be given.
We also request that all participants (even those not giving talks) please submit a registration form by 1st August so that we can organise catering for lunches and breaks. There will be a registration desk at the welcome mix on the evening of 22nd August (5:00 - 9:00 PM). Please stop by the desk to pick up your registration materials (name badge, bag, T-shirt and coffee mug).
We have received several requests for some helpful guidelines for preparing talks. Most international meetings now provide such tips, and we have attached them for those who would like to use them. There are many really useful tips here, and we encourage everyone to have a read of them.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The 5th BioCon Organizing Committee
Wildlife Conservation Society-PNG
P. O. Box 277, Goroka, EHP, PNG
Tel: (+675) 732-3836
Fax: (+675) 732-2461
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