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Welcome to 6th ASA 2020 at Kochi

It is our great honour and pleasure to invite you to the sixth Conference and Meeting of the Asian Society of Arachnology (ASA), which will be held at Kochi, the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” .

The 6th Conference and Meeting of the Asian Society of Arachnology is jointly organised by Sacred Heart College and Devamatha College, both affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

The ASA conferences are annual meetings of Asian and international arachnologists who are working on Asian and other regional arachnids. The conference is returning to India after 5 years (3rd Conference at Amaravati). We particularly welcome participation by students and academia members from all fields of arachnological research, such as taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary biology, behaviour, ecology, biogeography, physiology, developmental biology, molecular biology, conservation biology, and many others.

We are convinced that you will enjoy the scientific sessions, the field trips and also the traditional Kerala cuisine we have arranged for you! We will make all efforts to make this scientific event a memorable one.

We look forward to receiving you at Kochi for 6th ASA 2020.

Mathew M. Joseph & Sunil Jose K.

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Kochi, the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” is the commercial capital of Kerala, has a rich bounty of culture, history and natural beauty. There are immense possibilities for the travel and sightseeing freaks as well. November is the best time to explore the tranquil backwaters, the Chinese fishing nets, (It is believed that this unique fishing gear was gifted by the Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan to Kochi King in 13th century and Kochi is the only place outside of China where these fishing structures are used), the abundant greenery, the houseboat cruises, the lip-smacking delicacies and a lot more.

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The logo of the conference combines characteristics of the venue and the fields of study in symbols. The blue waves represent the port city of Kochi, the centre of the Indian spice trade for many centuries. The “Cheena vala” (Chinese fishing nets) serves as the official icon of Kochi and is a testimony of relations between Ancient Chinese Empires and the Kochi Kingdom. The spider depicted in the logo is Nephilengys malabarensis (Walckenaer, 1842), an araneid that is distributed in many Asian countries but reported for the first time from Malabar, the present-day Kerala.

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The ASA conferences are the annual meeting of Asian and international arachnologists who are working on Asian and other regional arachnids. We particularly welcome participation by students and academia members from all fields of arachnological research, such as taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary biology, behavior, ecology, biogeography, physiology, developmental biology, molecular biology, conservation biology, and many others. The event has Seminars, Meeting, Presentations, Posters, Workshops, Mid and post-conference Excursion, a sightseeing trip, etc.

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