In November 2005, the famous primatologist and ethologist Professor emeritus Dr. Hans Kummer will turn 75. On the occasion of this special anniversary, the Anthropological Institute and Museum organizes a scientific symposium to be held on the 4th and 5th of November.
The symposium will include presentations by senior primatologists, former students, and colleagues of Hans Kummer, all of whom have gained much from their professional and personal interactions with him over the years. Numerous presentations by invited speakers will provide a forum for discussion and information for interested students and professionals.
The title of the symposium "Trends in Primatology" is meant to represent the two sides of the same coin. On the one side, looking backward, the symposium will bring together Hans Kummer (Zürich), Bill Mason (Davis, USA) and Emil Menzel (Stony Brook, USA), i.e. the very triumvirate who - back in the Sixties at Covington, Louisiana - substantially shaped primatology. On the other side, looking forward, the symposium will provide an opportunity for all participants to obtain up-to-date summaries in major areas of primatology presented by leading scientists of their fields.
This symposium will be most enjoyable and scientifically stimulating. I am looking forward to seeing you in Zürich in November 2005.
With best wishes