(a) The Internet Conference on Integated Bio-Systems has a new homepage: http://home2.swipnet.se/~w-25860/icibs . New materials include the list of titles of papers. The target of the programme is to arrange at least one presentation every Monday between 6th April and 8th June; and between 5th Oct and 30 Nov. 1998. Please contact [log in to unmask] if you would like to make a presentation. See special funds available to authors from developing countries below.
(b) The deadlines for submission of abstracts has been changed to "2 months before the date of presentation" - see homepage for more information.
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***** 2nd ANNOUNCEMENT ***** :
Internet Conference on Integrated Bio-Systems (April-Dec 1998)
The Conference is a virtual conference on Internet; full papers will be available on the web and their discussions will be conducted via electronic mailing lists.
The Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS) of the United Nations University (Tokyo) and the UNESCO Microbial Resources Center (MIRCEN-Stockholm) invites you to participate and present a paper on the science, technology and practice of integrated bio-systems in agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture, forestry, industry, built structures and in natural ecosystems. The purpose of the conference is to permit Internet access to a comprehensive documentation of past and current work on integrated bio-systems, to facilitate authors to share knowledge and know-how and to encourage interactions between the authors and participants.
The conference covers the science, technology and practice of integrated bio-systems in agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture, forestry, industry, built structures and in natural ecosystems. It will emphasize on the use of integrated bio-systems in human activities and their roles in creating a better environment and to sustain development. The main topics are :
* Integrated bio-systems for agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and forestry
* Integrated bio-systems for treatment and utilization of
industrial/municipal solid wastes and wastewaters
* Integrated bio-systems for management of natural resources
* Integration of bio-systems into built structures
You are invited to describe existing or propose new integrated bio-systems that can be used for a wide variety of purposes, e.g. energy and primary food production, solid wastes and wastewater treatment and utilization. Some of the examples are fish-bivalve polyculture systems in aquaculture; crop-mushroom-compost systems in agriculture; integrated agriculture-aquaculture systems (e.g. rice-fish systems); aquaponics and wetland systems for wastewater treatment and utilization; water quality management; solid waste treatment and utilisation (e.g. municipal solid waste-vermiculture-compost-duck systems, and livestock manure-biogas-crop/horticulture systems); etc.. Scientific papers related to the above topics on their microbial ecosystems, their materials balance and nutrients flows, transfer of toxics in the food chains, analysis and assessment of whole systems, ecological bioremediation, etc. are also welcomed. Other systems may have a wider landscape applications, including integrated resource management in coastal zone aquaculture, agro-forestry, lowland-upland and urban-agriculture, lakes, villages, communities, industrial and recreation parks, cities) and those at a regional level.
Instructions for Submission of Abstracts :
An abstract should not be longer than 55 lines (65 characters per line) and to include (a) title, author(s) name(s), postal address, and other electronic addresses. Please send your abstract(s) to: [log in to unmask] . All abstracts will be reviewed by the planning committee. Deadline: two months before the date of your presentation.
Submission of Manuscript :
Upon approval of abstracts, authors will be requested to submit the full paper of minimum 5 pages. See homepage in "Instructions to Authors" for more information. Illustrations and photos illustrating your ideas and/or showing existing facilities of pilot research or practice are essential and encouraged; assistance to scan materials (photo, published works, other illustrations) will be provided if needed (contact [log in to unmask] for help). If you are submitting a published works, permission from the respective journals or authorities must be obtained to avoid copyright problems. Deadline: one month before the date of presentation.
Support to Authors from Developing Countries :
Funds (150-200 US$) to cover the communication costs of authors from developing countries may be available for deserving cases. Please contact [log in to unmask]
Eng-Leong "Jacky" Foo
Director, UNESCO Microbial Resources Centre, Stockholm.
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