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Preliminary announcement

We invite all researchers of tree and flying squirrels to participate in the 7th International Colloquium on Arboreal Squirrels in Helsinki, Finland, in June 1–5, 2015.

The colloquium will take place at the Finnish Museum of Natural History, LUOMUS at the University of Helsinki.

Presentations on various aspects of ecology, behaviour, systematics, genetics and conservation of squirrels are warmly welcome.

Research on arboreal squirrels as model animals can solve general questions, not only in squirrel biology, but also for many broader subdisciplines of the biological sciences. Researchers from all over the world are welcome to present their newest results, meet and discuss with colleagues and build collaborative relationships. Previous colloquium was held in Japan.

Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS

Luomus is a research institute of the University of Helsinki. Its activities include research, education, and conservation, as well as maintenance and display of national collections pertaining to the natural sciences. The extensive collections consist of animals, plants, fungi, rocks and fossils.

Luomus offers science for visitors in four fascinating public attractions: the Natural History Museum, the botanic gardens at Kaisaniemi and Kumpula, and the Mineral Cabinet.

Natural History Museum (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13) is situated near of Helsinki city centre.
(Photo: Pinja Näkki)

City of Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland situated on the coast of the northern Baltic Sea. Helsinki was founded in 1550 when Finland was a part of the Kingdom of Sweden and became a capital soon after Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1809. Finland achieved independence in 1917. Helsinki has nearly 600 000 inhabitants and the broader metropolitan region 1.37 million inhabitants (2012).

Fifty mammal species, including the Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) and the Siberian flying squirrel (Pteromys volans), 164 birds and 1064 vascular plant species have been found in the Helsinki region. The animal symbol of the City of Helsinki is the Eurasian red squirrel.

On behalf of the Organizing committee,
Ilpo K. Hanski, Senior Curator
Finnish Museum of Natural History

Further details of the colloquium will be launched in early 2014.


The colloquium has been held every 3 years, and this is the 7th time, after USA (1994), USA (2000), England (2003), India (2006), Canada (2009) and Japan (2012).

6th International Colloquium on Arboreal Squirrels, Kyoto, Japan, February 4-8, 2012


Advisory Committee:

Takeo Kawamichi, Kansai Wildlife Research Association, Kyoto, Japan
John L. Koprowski, University of Arizona, USA
Michael A. Steele, Wilkes University, USA
Heikki Henttonen, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland
Otso Ovaskainen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Organizing Committee:

Ilpo K. Hanski
Voitto Haukisalmi
Sanna Mäkeläinen
Vesa Selonen
Aino Juslén
Leena Gustavsson
Laura Hiisivuori


E-mail: icas-2015@helsinki.fi

Ilpo K. Hanski