Words of Invitation

Dear colleagues,mammalogists, friends:

On behalf of the Organizing Committee it is a great pleasure to invite you attend the Xth International Congress of Mammalogy (IMC-10) to be held in Mendoza, Argentina,9-14 August, 2009.

The Congress is hosted by the Center for Science & Technology (CONICET), the Institute for Aridlands Research, the Biodiversity Research Group ((IADIZA, GiB), and the Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM).

This is the first time that the International Congress of Mammalogy will take place in South America. It is our deep and sincere desire to bring together the broadest diversity of studies and investigators. professionals and students in the field of mammalian biology. We wish to provide a forum for an stimulating exchange of ideas and promotion of integrative and collaborative research among the members of our scientific community. Morever, the IMC-10 constitute an extraordinary opportunity to promote and consolidate the growing number of South American mammal societies.

The Province of Mendoza, known as "the land of sun and good wine / la tierra del sol y del buen vino", is located in the pre Andean foothills, surrounded by an heterogeneous matrix of arid and semiarid landscapes, from the Cordillera de los Andes mountain ranges to the lowland desert. There are diverse and marvelous local activities and trips to the Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America with 6959 m (barely three hours away from town) or the Wine Routes (where one can visit various wineries' cellars and taste their products). Mendoza it is also a good starting point for interesting tours.For example, to the eastern coast of Patagonia (in August, one can observe whale migrations). Or, in the south, the Valdivian Temperate /Nothofagus/Forest. Or, the marvelous Iguazú Falls within the the southernmost extension of the Mata Atlantica forest. Or the always impressive Argentine Northwest, wherein is apparent the pre-Columbian culture of South America...And much more landscape and biodiversity to see in the contiguous countries of Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil !

In the name of the Organizing Committee we look forward to seeing you in August 2009, and wish all of you an enjoyable stay in Mendoza and other places you might visit in Argentina and neighbour countries!

Ricardo A. Ojeda
Chair IMC-10
Organizing Committee

The International Federation of Mammalogists (IFM) is extremely pleased to invite mammalogists from all parts of our planet to participate in the 10th International Mammalogical Congress (IMC-10) to be held in Mendoza, Argentina from 9 to 14 August 2009. This congress continues a proud tradition of international conferences that began in Moscow (USSR) in 1974 (ITC-1). Moreover, this is the first time that we will meet in South America, making this the sixth and last continent (not counting Antarctica) to host at least one of these congresses. This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for the promotion of South American mammalogy, but for mammalogists from all over the world to get better acquainted with this fascinating part of our planet.

Ricardo Ojeda and his colleagues are working hard to plan a truly memorable, enjoyable, and scientifically productive meeting. This will also be the first congress to be held under our new bylaws adopted in the summer of 2006. In addition to one or more meetings of the Board of Directors, there will be an Assembly meeting at which all Congress registrants can participate as voting members. At this meeting we will decide on a venue for 2013 (IMC-11), hear reports from the Board of Directors and from working committees, discuss possible future directions for the Federation, and consider whatever other business is brought before us.

I am confident that this will be a meeting you will not want to miss. Make your plans to attend now, and be an active contributor to, participant in, and beneficiary of the exciting community of international mammalogy!

Very best wishes y mil saludos,
W. Z. (Bill) Lidicker, President IFM
www.mammalogyinternational.org

SAREM (Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos) is pleased to invite the scientific community, professionals and students, to participate of the X IMC (International Mammalogical Congress) will be held in Mendoza from 9th to 14 August, 2009. This is the first time that South America will host that very important meeting that congregate mammalogists from all over the world, allowing us to present our researching results, as well as to exchange ideas and experiences with them. Join us next year in Mendoza, the land of wine, we will be waiting.

Best regards,

Mónica Díaz Presidente SAREM