Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1912) visited what is now Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia between the years 1854-1856, observing, collecting, thinking and writing on a plethora of aspects of natural history. Arguably the most significant of these survives today in the form of a document entitled “On the law which has regulated the introduction of new species”, famously referred to as “the Sarawak Law”, written while at Santubong in 1855.

One hundred years after the passing of this great biologist (he died on 7 November 1913), and eight years after our last meeting (July 2005), the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, would like to call for another international meeting honouring Wallace, and other field naturalists before and after him, who have been associated with South-east Asia and Australasia.

We hope to hold these meetings in Kuching, Sarawak between 7-8 November 2013, coinciding with the date of passing of Wallace. This is a follow-up to the first conference we organized in 2005 to commemorate 150 years of Wallace’s exploits in Sarawak.

Our advisors come from such diverse fields as zoology, botany, field biology, museology, anthropology, palaeontology, conservation biology, cultural studies, and the history of science, fields in which Wallace himself demonstrated considerable interest, and in many cases, pioneered their research.

We expect interest in the said meeting from scholars of natural history, social sciences, conservation managers and others in the region, as well as further afield, from Australia, Europe (especially the United Kingdom) and the U.S.A.

Subtopics of interest covers zoology, anthropology, palaeontology, museology, botany, geology, comparative biology, heritage science, ecotourism, social sciences, history of travel and natural history, biogeography, systematics, phylogenetics, parasitology, biodiversity assessment, biodiversity legislation, databasing, conservation biology, resource management, and study techniques in these and related disciplines.

Supported by

Santubong Nature Festival

9 - 10 November 2013


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