10 to 13 November 2004
Palacio de Mineria, Mexico City, Mexico.
Tacuba 9, Colonia Centro (Downtown).

Versión en español


The aim of the congress organizers is to bring together for discussion the many ways in which malacologists interact with mollusks. These can be from either the medical or veterinary points of view or as pests (agriculture, bio-fouling, invasive), sources of chemical substances, the economic importance or impact of mollusks, the presence of mollusks in archaeological sites and as indicators of past environments.

Topics will include:

  • Medical and veterinary malacology
  • Mollusks as resources
  • Aquaculture
  • Mollusks as bioindicators
  • Mollusk control
  • Mollusks and biotechnology
  • Mollusks and archaeology
  • Human impact on natural mollusk populations
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Systematics
  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Morphology
  • Genetics etc.
Researches on general basic malacology are welcome, as they help from the back ground for understanding the biology of mollusks of medical, veterinary, mariculture and general economic importance..
Call for papers  

We invite you to participate with oral or poster presentations.

Guidelines for abstract presentations (PDF)



México is bathed by both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and boasts some 10,600 km of coastline and an area of 1, 958, 201 km2. Its complex geology combined with its latitudinal location allows for the existence of an amazingly [between two main biogeographical zones: neartic and neotropical] diverse flora and fauna.

Mexico City, the country’s capital, is located in a large basin at an altitude of 2,240 m (ca. 8, 000 ft). The city is surrounded by many suburbs making it one of the largest human settlements in the world. It is part of the Federal District, within which are several rural settlements and 14 archaeological sites [insertar figura “caracol”]. A total of 19.1 % of the area comprises ecological reserves. Cultural, artistic as well as academic activities take place in Mexico City and its suburbs all year round.



The VIII International Congress of the Medical and Applied Malacology will be held at Palacio de Mineria [the old School of Engineering and Mines]. The Palacio de Mineria [Palace of the Mines] is at the north-western edge of the oldest part of Mexico City, called the Historic Center. The Palace was built in the French style between 1797 and 1813.to house the School of Engineering and Mines. The building was planned by the Spanish architect and sculptor Manuel Tolsá.

From 1910 until 1954, the Palace of Mines housed the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.). Although it has housed different academic institutions, nowadays it houses various engineering societies as well as the offices of the Faculty of Engineering. A range of academic activities takes place in the Palace each year.

Palacio de Mineria

Registration Fee (Us dollars)  
Payment received
Before 15 April 2004
After 15 April 2004
On – site
Congress participants
$ 175.00
$ 200.00
$ 225.00
Accompanying persons
$ 60.00
$ 60.00
$ 60.00
$ 100.00
$ 125.00
$ 150.00
* Should submit proof of student status
Registration fee includes admission to scientific sessions, a book of abstracts, coffee and cookies or snacks (coffee breaks), welcome cocktail party and closing banquet.
Payments must be made by check or bank draft made payable in US dollars to:

Edna Naranjo-García
Account Number 0000 8439 2821
Bank of America
3805 E Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona, USA 85716-5407

Please send a copy of your deposit to the following fax number: (525) 5550-0164

Substitutions will be accepted in case a registered delegate be unable to attend. The full registration fee, less an administration charge of US$ 46.00, will be refunded for cancellations received before 30 September 2004. No refunds of registration fees will be made after this date.

English and Spanish will be the official languages of the congress.

There are many hotels within easy walking distance of the Palacio de Minería with tariffs to suit all tastes (very inexpensive to expensive). We will provide congress participants with information about them in a future announcement. Participants should arrange their own accommodation.

November is a cool month in Mexico City. Temperatures may vary between 22 and 28 °C during the day but will drop to about 13 ° C or less at night. A sweater is recommended.

Voltage is 125 volts (it varies between 110 to 127 volts) at 60 hertz.

A valid passport is required for all visitors and some passport holders may need a visa.

The currency of Mexico is the “peso” and the present rate of exchange is about 11 pesos to the US dollar.

Preliminary registration forms must be submitted to naranjo@servidor.unam.mx, icmam@ibiologia.unam.mx]
Abstracts must be submitted by April 15, 2004.

  Congress Organizers  
Congress Organization

International Advisory Committee:
John B. Burch (U.S.A.)
Pyung-Rim Chung (Korea)
Joseph C. Boray (Australia)
Yolanda Manga (Spain)
Cecilia Osorio (Chile)
William H. Heard (U.S.A.)
Christopher C. Appleton (South Africa)
Chin-Thak Soh (Korea)
Mary Yong (Cuba)
Jean-Pierre Pointier (France)
Local Organizing Committee:

President: Edna Naranjo-García
Secretary: Francisco Vega Vera
Second Secretary Adrían Velázquez
Treasurer: María Teresa Olivera-Carrasco
Public Relationships Coordinators:

Scientific Committee:

Zoila Castillo Rodríguez
Aurora González Pedraza
Emilio Michel Morfín
Eduardo Ríos Jara
Jorge Romero Jarero
Ma. Luisa Sevilla Hernández
Arturo Toledano Granados
María Villaroel Melo

Rafael Familiar-González
Christopher C. Appleton


(PDF) Preliminary Registration Form

Mail registration form to:

Dra. Edna Naranjo-García
Departamento de Zoología
Instituto de Biología
Apartado Postal 70-153
México D.F. 04510 MEXICO

E-mail: icmam@ibiologia.unam.mx

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