April 13, 2017

The 9th International Symposium and Training Course of Integrative Zoology (First Announcement)


International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS)
Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
BCGC program, International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)
Chinese National Committee for Man and Biosphere Program, UNESCO
Key Laboratory of Adaptation and Evolution of Plateau Biota, CAS
Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Norway
A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences
China National Committee for International Union of Biological Sciences
Asia Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN)
Asia-Pacific Wildlife Diseases Network(APWDN)


Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS
Department of International Affairs, China Association for Science and Technology
Division of Life Science, National Natural Science Foundation of China


"The Belt and Road (B&R)"is a development initiative started by the Chinese government in 2013 and it refers to the New Silk Road Economic Belt, which will link China with Europe through Central and Western Asia, and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which will connect China with Southeast Asian countries, Africa and Europe.

In order to promote collaboration on integrative zoology among countries and regions alongside new silk road and the world, the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS), together with its major partners, will organize the 9th International Symposium and Training Course of Integrative Zoology, 27 August – 6 September 2017, Xining city, Qinghai, China. The theme of the symposium is “Response and Adaptation of Animals to the Rapid Global Change”

Tibetan Plateau is one of the most representative regions in an alpine climate zone in China. As the typical alpine grassland of Eurasia Grasslands in Eastern Asia, it consists of marshlands, grasslands, sand dunes and wetlands, and providing an abundant ecological system and environment for development of plants and animals. Currently, the ISZS is planning to set up an international scientific research and training base station in Xining to study biological consequences of global change (BCGC), and to train cooperatively the necessary personnel in the countries and regions alongside the new silk road.

We look forward to your participation, especially the zoologists, scientists, guests, and students, from all over the world. As well as the ISZS members, EC & AC members, INZ board members and other invited guests, in Xining.

The current major topics of this symposium include:

Long-term population dynamics
Historical distribution and range shift
Biological invasion 
Wildlife-borne disease
Plant-animal-microorganism interaction
Animal behavior
Evolution and adaptation
Ecosystem service
Conservation biology 
Pest management
Wildlife monitoring
Protection of wild animals in Three-river-source national park

Other Meetings

ISZS EC(Executive Committee)meeting (2017)
INZ Board meeting (2017)


Registration: 26 August 2017
Symposium: 27 – 31 August 2017
Training Course: 1 September – 6 September 2017 (junior and students with maximum of 20 positions and invited teachers. Please indicate your attendance when doing your registration.)


Xining city, Qinghai, China

Working Language

The working language for the symposium and training course is English.

Call for Symposia Speakers and Posters

If you are interested in delivering a presentation or poster at the Symposium, please contact Dr Chunxu Han ( before 31 April 2017. Organizers of sessions with current or new topics are especially welcome. The poster size is: 180 cm in height and 80 cm in width.
Publication of Papers Presented at the Symposium
Submitted abstracts for the Symposium will be collated in the Symposium Program Book for attendees. Manuscripts of presented talks or posters from the Symposium can be prepared for submission, peer review and publication in Integrative Zoology the official journal of ISZS and SCI-indexed. For publication in Integrative Zoology, please contact Dr Wenhua Xiong (

Integrative Zoology Subscription

Integrative Zoology (INZ) is a multidisciplinary scientific journal which is SCI (IF=1.722 in 2015) and Medline Indexed. It is also the official journal of ISZS and publishes zoological researches that compass all aspects of animal life. According to the Annual Report by Viley-Balckwell for 2014, INZ is currently available in over 2,000 institutions worldwide via Wiley-Blackwell license and another nearly 3,000 institutions in the developing world via philanthropic initiatives. To subscribe the journal, please visit or contact Ms Tina Wang ( The ISZS members can enjoy a discounted subscription and buy an online subscription to INZ for only $82.

ISZS Membership
The ISZS Membership is open to any individual or organization with an interest in animals worldwide. Currently, there are two categories of membership at ISZS, Institutional and Individual. Institutional Members are required to pay 500€ per 4-year term and Individual Members 40€ per 4-year term to enjoy the voting rights at the ISZS General Assembly (GA). If voting rights are waived, membership is free. As if at the end of 2013, there over 100 Institutional Members (representing over 30,000 zoologists) and over 1,000 Individual Members with ISZS. To become a member, contact Ms Wei Zhang ( To learn more about the membership and its benefits, visit


Online Registration:Online registration is encouraged. Please register at:
Registration Fee: The registration fee is US$200 for ordinary attendees and US$150 for ISZS members, students or accompanying guests. Extra fees will be charged for those who wish to exhibit products or devices during the Symposium. The registration fee does not cover local accommodation or insurance (but does cover the lunch and dinner during the meeting). Registration fees for ISZS EC and AC(Advisory Committee)members, INZ board members, and invited plenary speakers will be waived.

Ordinary Attendee:US$200
ISZS Members, Students or Accompanying Guests:US$150
Payment: You can pay your registration at the Registration Desk or through bank transfer. The information on bank transfer appears as below:
Bank address: 18-B-1, Beichen West Road Fenglinlvzhou Kexueyuannanli Datun Road, Beijing 100101, China
Name of the bank account: International Society of Zoological Sciences
Bank account number: 324656829425
Swift code: BKCH CN BJ 110
Bank telephone number: +86-10-6484-4650 or +86-10-6484-4596
Bank fax number: +86-10-6484-4651
Note: You must notify the Secretariat after your fund transfer at: or fax: +86-10-6480-7295
Refund Policy: The Secretariat incurs costs immediately upon the registration of a participant. If no other costs are incurred, there will be a processing fee (20% of the registration fee you paid) for a refund. There will be no refunds after 15 July 2017. Questions regarding refunds may be sent to the Secretariat at: or fax: +86-10-6480-7295.
Participant's Badge: Pick up your participant's badge at the Registration Desk. This badge is available only to the invited speakers and guests, ISZS EC and AC members, and those who have paid their registration fees.


All insurance during the meetings and traveling in China must be self-arranged.

Visa Application Information

General information on obtaining a Chinese visa can usually be found at the local Chinese Embassy/Consulate (or their website). Attendees from most countries will require a visa to enter China. Some attendees may wish to apply for a tourist visa, which will allow you to attend the symposium and training, as well as sightseeing in China.

If you need a general invitation letter from the Secretariat, in order to apply for your visa or grants or scholarships, please download it at: Some countries may require an Authorized Notification Form for Visa Application in order to obtain a visa. If you need this type of special invitation letter with the ISZS seal, please contact the Secretariat ( as soon as possible, after you have paid your registration fee. This letter takes some time to process.

Information on Xining, Qinghai

Xining (Chinese Name:西宁; Pronunciation: xī Níng) is the capital city of Qinghai Province, (Chinese Name:青海; Pronunciation: Qīng haǐ), China.

Location of Xining in China

Referred to as China's Summer Resort Capital, Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, is located on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the upper reaches of Huangshui River. It is the political, economic, scientific and technological, cultural and traffic center of Qinghai Province. The activities of human beings in this region can be traced to 2,100 years ago. During the Western and Eastern Han Dynasties, owing to its developing agriculture, Xining was paid more attention due to its economic and martial significance. As well as being the important hinge between the central plains and the western part of China in ancient time, Xining was the most common passing channel of the famous Silk Road. Until now, it is still the only road by which to enter the hinterland of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

At present, five districts, three counties and a national economic and technological development zone are under the administration of the local government. With a population of more than two million, Xining is the first city on the upper reaches of the Yellow River to achieve a population into the millions. There are about 37 nationalities living here, including Han, Hui, Tu and Tibetan. The local traditions and customs are influenced by these distinctive nationalities, in particular the Tibetan group.

Xining enjoys a typical Plateau continental climate featuring strong wind, aridity and chilliness. Spring and autumn are short, winter is long. However, there is no summer heat, and the annual average temperature is around 4.9℃. Therefore, June to August is the best season to visit Xining in the year.


Air flights: Xining Airport has regular flights to Beijing.
There are also occasionally direct flights to other major cities in China.
Table of Flights from Beijing to Xining
Flight        Departure        Arrival        Airport Departure        Airplane
CA1207        06:55        09:35        T3, Beijing Capital International         Boeing 737-800

MU2078        10:40        13:20        T2, Beijing Capital International        Airbus A320

CA1261        16:10        18:50        T3, Beijing Capital International         Boeing 737-800

CZ6991        18:10        20:50        T2, Beijing Capital International        Airbus A320

MU2444        22:30        01:10        T2, Beijing Capital International        Airbus A320

Table of Flights from Xining to Beijing
Flight        Departure        Arrival        Airport Arrival        Airplane
MU2077        07:10        09:35        T2, Beijing Capital International        Airbus A320

CA1208        10:40        13:05        T3, Beijing Capital International        Boeing 737-800

MU2443        18:40        21:15        T2, Beijing Capital International        Airbus A320

CA1262        19:35        22:00        T3, Beijing Capital International        Boeing 737-800

CZ6992        21:50        00:20        T2, Beijing Capital International        Airbus A320

Railways: The T175, Z151, Z21, K885 train connects XINING with the national rail network and departs daily for Beijing.

Organizing committee:

Zhibin Zhang, Professor, IOZ, CAS; President, ISZS; Editor-in-Chief, INZ.
Abraham Haim, Professor, Faculty of Science and Science Education, University of Haifa, Israel; Vice President, ISZS
Yoshitaka Nagahama, Professor, Institution for Collaborative Relations, Ehime University, Japan; Vice President, ISZS
Rosa Polymeni, Professor, Section of Zoology and Marine Biology, University of Athens, Greece; EC Member, ISZS
Nils Chr. Stenseth, Professor, Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Norway; EC Member, ISZS; Past President, IUBS
Juergen Heinze, Professor, Faculty of Biology, University of Regensberg, Germany; EC Member, ISZS
Marvalee Wake, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA; EC Member, ISZS
Sarita Maree, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa; EC Member, ISZS
Jean-Marc Jallon, Professor, Laboratory of Neurobiology, University Paris, France; Immediate Past President, ISZS
John Buckeridge, Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia; Chair, AC, ISZS; President Emeritus, ISZS; Executive Member, ICSU
Michael Schmitt, Professor and Research Scientist, Ernst-Moritz Arndt-Universit?t, Greifswald, Germany; AC Member, ISZS
Edwin Cooper, Professor, Laboratory of Comparative Neuroimmunology, UCLA Los Angeles, USA; AC Member, ISZS
Yanming Zhang, Professor, Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, CAS, China.

About ISZS
The ISZS was established in Beijing in 2004 as an international zoological body charged with organizing the ICZ(The International Congress of Zoology) and providing a global voice for zoologists. It is also a nonpartisan, nonprofit membership-based organization of professionals that aims to:
promote zoology by improving communication between zoologists and zoological organizations; 
increase the availability of resources needed to conduct zoological research;
and promote co-ordination, collaboration and co-operation between different fields of zoology.

Currently, it remains the only international organization that covers all branches of zoological sciences in the world.

The core business of ISZS includes organizing the International Congress f Zoology (ICZ, started in 1889 and held every four years), publishing Integrative Zoology (INZ), a multidisciplinary scientific journal which is SCI and Medline Indexed, organizing the International Symposia of Integrative Zoology (ISIZ) in non-Congress years, and facilitating international research programs, such as Biological Consequences of Biological Sciences (BCGC). Currently, there are over 100 institutional members, including scientific academies, universities, NGOs, nature reserves, zoos and other professional societies from every continent, as well as more than 1000 individual members, with the ISZS. For further information about the ISZS and its membership, please visit the official website at:

Person to contact: Mr Chunxu Han (, ISZS Secretariat, for symposia, donations and advertisements. Address: Room C-506, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China; Tel: +86-010-6480-7295; Fax: +86-010-6480-7295; Email:; Website: