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Dear Colleague

I am extending a warm welcome to all attendees of the 8th World Congress of Herpetology (WCH8), to be held 15-21 August 2016 in Hangzhou, China.

Amphibians and reptiles provide ideal model systems for investigating a broad range of biological issues and, for many questions, they can provide more feasible and logistically suitable study organisms than can other terrestrial vertebrates. This realization has promoted a massive increase in the research effort devoted to herpetology worldwide, and I believe that the WCH8 has its unique position in surveying and integrating the latest advances in a great variety of scientific disciplines and making new conceptual and professional connections.

Chinese herpetology has enjoyed a long and distinguished history in many research areas of amphibians and reptiles and is maintaining a wide international network of collaborative studies. The hosts, participating societies, sponsors and organizers of the WCH8 are committed to enable as many herpetologists from all parts of the world to attend the Congress and present their studies.

I am looking forward to welcoming the congress participants from all parts of the world in Hangzhou in August 2016.

Ya-Ping Zhang, PhD
Chairman, the 8th World Congress of Herpetology
Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences



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