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International Congress on Palaearctic Mollusca

This meeting was held from September 1-4 in Munich, Germany, with an excursion program of two additional days. The congress was organised on behalf of U.M., under the auspices of the Friedrich-Held-Gesellschaft and the Deutsche Malakozoologische Gesellschaft. The congress venue was in the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Historical Geology, situated conveniently in the centre of Munich. In total, 123 participants had registered, 84 of which, representing 19 countries, were really attending the congress. For unclear reasons, the participants did not form a random sample of malacologists interested in Palaearctic Mollusca. Some countries were not well or not at all represented. Nevertheless, the meeting was considered a very successful and inspiring one by everybody present. The good opportunities for personal contacts and the fact that there were only two parallel sessions at most, clearly contributed to these positive feelings. A broad range of topics related to Palaearctic molluscs was discussed, giving a good impression of the main areas of actual interest. The organisation in general and during the congress made this a professional congress indeed, worth the link with U.M. The sessions were well chaired, the poster session was enhanced by explanations by the authors, and there was an interesting social program and very successful excursion. A problem with the third circular, which did not reach everybody in time, proved to be incidental only. There was general agreement during the closing session that high standard international congresses of this kind, with a restricted theme, organised under a U.M. umbrella by a local malacological society, may fill a gap, in Europe and probably elsewhere as well. I would like to thank here all those who made this congress possible and a success, in particular the omni-present Falkners.

Edmund Gittenberger

(Published in Newsletter Nr 12)