Dear friends and colleagues : Orthopteran insects have influenced human life and human history for more than 3000 years. Orthoptera are fully integrated in human culture. For example, we not only study locusts to help control them and protect our food, we also play with crickets to find enjoyment. We listen to the sound of katydids to comfort our hearts. We draw paintings and use all other arts to depict the beauty of orthopteran insects, their attractive fusiform aspect, their seemingly interminable jumping legs, their diversity of colors and shapes. We Orthopterists express not only our science, but also our feelings through the colorful forms and biology of this precious insect specimen. Therefore, the theme of this Congress is “Orthoptera in Scientific Progress and Human Culture”. This Congress will provide the opportunity for researchers and scientists from around the world to get together to share their current research results in Orthoptera, exchange new ideas and techniques, establish networks to support future research in this field, and explore the study of cultural aspects of Orthoptera in different countries. On behalf of the local organizing committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the 11th International Congress of Orthopterology, in Kunming, China. Kunming is a beautiful city, located in the center of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, which has a long history. About 30,000 years ago, local inhabitants lived mainly around Dian Lake in Kunming. By about 286 BC, Kunming was a capital of southwest of China. Besides many fascinating historical sightseeing options, this area has amazing natural beauty. Kunming is surrounded by lakes and hills, with many attractive destinations, such as Stone Forest, Gold Palace Park, Culture Exhibition Center, Dian Lake, Lijiang Ancient City, Shangelila (also known as Shangri-la), and Xishuangbanna ( home to China's last remaining herds of wild Asian elephants). Yunnan has plentiful biodiversity and beautiful landscapes, extending north near to Tibet, and south near to Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The weather in the city is very comfortable. Because of its year-round temperate climate, it is called The Spring City. Let’s meet in August of 2013, and enjoy the excitement of advances in science, and the colorful culture life of Kunming.
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