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• African Workshop is being organized and will be in 2013 at the Pan African Ichthyology Conference in Burundi.

• Biodiversity of Asian Freshwater Fishes Conference to be held at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam,Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Muara, Brunei, 10 - 13 January 2013.

• A conference on cypriniform fishes (minnows, loaches, carps, etc.) was held at the Suan Bua Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 13-16 January 2012. The conference was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and was attended by 45 scientists and students from 13 countries: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.S.A. Cypriniformes is the largest order of freshwater fishes, containing at least 4,000 species, and contains many ecologically and commercially important species.

Goals of the conference were to review ongoing systematic studies on cypriniform fishes, develop international collaborations, and discuss opportunities for new studies. A volume based mostly on presentations at the conference will be published in a special issue of Zootaxa to appear in 2012.

The conference was considered by all who attended to have been extremely informative and successful, and ended with a resolution to meet again in early 2013, in Brunei Darussalam, and to form an Asian Society of Ichthyology with the objective of having an annual meeting. Although the participants of the 2012 conference will organize the meeting, all scientists and students interested in the systematics, ecology, behavior, and conservation of Asian freshwater fishes will be invited to attend.

Participants in the January 2012 conference in Chiang Mai are extremely grateful to our local hosts, the Meeting Moderator, Dr. Weerapongse Tangjitjaroen, from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, and the Field Trip Organizer and Fish Expert, Dr. Apinun Suvarnaraksha, from the Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources Department, Maejo University. Other Thai institutions represented at the conference were the Inland Fisheries Resource Research and Development Institute, Bangkok; Ubonrajathanee University, Ubon Ratchathani; Burapha University, Bangsaen; and Rajamangala University of Technology, Isan Surin.

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This is the primary page opening to two very large research initiatives on Cypriniformes fishes: the All Cypriniformes Species Inventory (ACSI-2), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation DEB-1022720 (Dr. Lawrence M. Page, University of Florida), DEB-1023403 (Dr. Jonathan Armbruster, Auburn University), and DEB-1021840 (Dr. Richard L. Mayden, Saint Louis University )and The Cypriniformes Tree of Life (CToL), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation EF-0431326 (Drs. R. L. Mayden, R. M. Wood, and N. Aspinwall). You can learn more about both of these international-scale studies using the links available on this site.