The IAA22 Organizing Committee, on behalf of the International Association of Astacology, invites you to attend its 22nd International Symposium on Freshwater Crayfish, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. The event will be hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and will commence with two workshops on Sunday July 8th including: 1) a crayfish identification workshop and 2) a crayfish photography workshop. Four days of talks are scheduled along with a poster session [student networking], and a 1-day field trip (July 11th). The IAA business meeting will be held on Friday, July 13th and the meeting will wrap up with a 2-day post-conference tour to see some of the West Virginian crayfish fauna (limited availability, so sign up early).

The venue for the meeting will be the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.   The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of the great cultural institutions funded and built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who made his fortune in Pittsburgh’s steel industry. Carnegie’s vision was that the museum would exhibit the wonders of nature to everyone from mill workers to affluent society members. When it opened in 1895, the museum’s early collections included artifacts from ancient Egypt, beautiful minerals, exotic wildlife taxidermy, and, of course, dinosaurs.

More than 100 years after Carnegie’s initial gift, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History remains a place of scientific inquiry and a world class public institution. As species die out and habitats decline, a new emphasis has been placed on conservation. By displaying nature’s wonders, museum leaders hope to spark conversation about the inherent worth of nature and to inspire a new generation of scientists to conserve both the planet and Carnegie’s vision.