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ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting

Conference program

Cultural activities

The local Organizing Committee of the ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting is planning some cultural activities for the participants:

1) Technical visit to Butantan's labs*

2) Birdwatching at Institute Butantan*

3) Milonga and other night activities

4) Visits and guided tours in São Paulo, on Friday afternoon

*Visitations to Butantan Institute are free of charge, but the spaces are limited. Registration will be available starting from June 19 at the links below.


These visits will be at the same time (participants will only be able to attend one activity)

Date: July 19 (Wednesday)

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Meeting point - Butantan Institute, at the Center for Scientific Dissemination building (CDC)

How to get there: There will be a bus to take participants (IB - Butantan - IB). The Institutute of Biosciences is also at walking distance from the Butantan Institute,  as can be seen here:

Visitors arriving by car will not be allowed through the gates that directly communicate University of Sao Paulo (USP) and Butantan, however the main gate of Butantan can be used (1500, Vital Brazil avenue) to reach the Institute.

            1.1 The Arthropods Laboratory


In this lab, thousands of spiders (mainly Loxosceles and Phoneutria species) and scorpions (Tityus spp.) are maintained in captivity in order to obtain venoms that are used to immunize horses in the antivenom production’s process, and for scientific research purposes, involving both venoms and animals. Visitors will see how we reproduce, feed and keep spiders and scorpions (as crickets and cockroaches that are used to feed the arthropods); venom extraction by electrical stimulus will be shown and the importance of these activities will be discussed while we make the tour through the facilities.

Seats: 8 participants

Register here: (

Source: Butantan Institute

            1.2  The Herpetology Laboratory


The work carried out in the Herpetology Laboratory is focused on research related to the natural history of snakes; the breeding and housing of captive snakes; the systematics and evolution of snakes; the properties of ophidian poisons; hemostasis and mechanisms to protect against poisoning; as well as reptile-related diseases and pathologies. In addition, several lectures are offered each year to the general public on how to avoid ophidian accidents as well as first-aid steps that should be taken. We also help participants to learn how to identify species of venomous snakes that are medically important and differentiate them from those that are not. One of the main objectives of this lab is to obtain different types of ophidian poisons for the production of immunobiological drugs and also for different types of research carried out in several of the Butantan Institute’s labs.

Practical demonstration

        Recognizing snakes whose poisons are used in the production of anti-venom sera.

      Monitoring the extraction of venom.

Seats: 16 participants

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Source: Butantan Institute         

            1.3 Special Laboratory for Zoological Collections

This lab focuses on the fields of Taxonomy, Systematics, Morphology, Biodiversity, Zoological Inventories and Molecular Biology for Arthropods, Reptiles and Amphibians. It houses the following Butantan Institute zoological collections: the Arachnological, Acarological, Entomological, Herpetological and the Myriapodological collections. It also conducts multidisciplinary research, bringing together researchers from the Butantan Institute, other Brazilian institutions and abroad.

Seats: 20 participants

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Source: Butantan Institute


Date: July 18 (Tuesday)

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Venue: Meeting point – Butantan Institute, in front of the Biology Museum.

How to get there: For this activity there will be no congress transportattion, but the Butantan Institute is close to Butantã subway station (1.1 km) and can be reached either walking or by taxi, as can be seen here:

More than 150 bird species have been registered in the Butantan Institute Park! 

The #vempassarinhar is a guided tour led by an ornithologist who teaches the group about some of these birds. The activity promotes a reconnection with nature, and the participants learn several curious facts about the species, while observing the birds in their open, natural environments. Additionally, following the concept of "citizen science", a list of species that were observed is made and submitted to eBird, a worldwide collaborative database of birds.

Seats: 40 participants

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Source: Butantan Institute


The "milonga" is a style of singing, music and traditional dance from various parts of Latin America and Spain. The milonga originated from a form of singing and dancing from Andalusia, Spain, which, at the end of the 19th century, became popular in the suburbs of Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Later, the milonga, like dance, was absorbed by the tango. But milonga survived as a musical genre, sung to the sound of the guitar. The clothes that women wear are skirts to the foot. Men wear suits, as in tango.

The milonga will be hosted by our ISHPSSB member and colleague, Sherrie Lyons.

Date: Tuesday, July 18th
Hour: 19h30 to 22h
Place: HBB Hostel
Address: Rua Fidalga 479, E-mail: 
Entry: R $ 25.00 (U $ 8) cash paid at the entrance, 10% will be returned to the dancer at the end of the event.
Consumation of the guests reverted to the Hostel, which can be paid in cash (national currency), debit and credit card (international credit cards). Foreign currency in cash or checks are not accepted.
Drinks to be served: water, soft drinks, beer, cachaça, catuaba, lemon caipirinha, vodka, energy.

HBB  HBBlounge

HBB Hostel

Forró is a traditional Brazilian rhythm, typical of the semi-arid regions of the Northeast. It is associated with the religious festivities of June and has as main musical instruments the accordion, zabumba and triangle. One of its main exponents was Luiz Gonzaga, the "Rei do Baião". You can dance forró in par or in a group ("quadrilha") and you will always find someone willing to teach you. Then, on Wednesday, we will experience this tradition in one of the most famous forró houses in São Paulo: "Canto da Ema". The dance will be accompanied by a "trio" (band) of forró.

Date: Wednesday, July 19
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Canto da Ema
Address: Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 364 - Pinheiros
Entry: Promotion ticket R$ 20,00 (U$ 6.5) presenting the ISHPSSB & ABBHiB badge or a combo of R$ 50 (U$ 16) ticket + 1 "escondidinho" + 2 beers or 1 caipirinha.
For students with an official card and teachers from the state of São Paulo, the ticket costs R$ 14,00 (U$ 4.5).
Do not forget your identity / passport!
The house works with the sale of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and some snacks.



São Paulo City Tour
4 hours
The Cosmopolitan Megalopolis with a Brazilian Pinch

São Paulo has more than 12 million inhabitants and nearly 18 million in the metropolitan area, about 400,000 corporate headquarters and it is one of the cities with the greatest cultural scene in Brazil. It houses 150 libraries, 158 museums, 138 theaters, 115 cultural spaces and concert halls and many other cultural venues.
Culture, leisure, shopping, sports, business, events are some of the segments that the tourist can enjoy in the city. The numbers are impressive, 12,500 restaurants, 15,000 bars, 53 shopping centers, 301 movie theaters and much more. Has the 4th best nightlife of the world, according the National Geographic – World´s Best Nightlife Cities.

The city was founded in 1554 and grew up with the arrival of foreign immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, coming from different parts of the world like Portugal, Bolivia, Japan, or Italy, five biggest communities in the city, transforming the small village it  used to be in the big cosmopolitan metropolis it is today.

People from different parts of the country also come to São Paulo in search of work, which makes the city the perfect place to get in touch with the different faces of the vast Brazilian culture.
This mix of people and cultures makes São Paulo one of the most interesting city to visit and explore, and discover how this compound of cultures has influenced the  gastronomy, construction and the way of life of the "paulistanos".

Architecture in São Paulo is also very rich. From old houses of the coffee barons to the modernistic style of Oscar Niemeyer, every street of the city´s expanded center has a hidden architectural gem. Art lovers will find amazing museums and cultural centers with the best of Brazilian and international arts.



-The Pacaembu stadium (Brazilian soccer stadium) - panoramic
-Paulista Avenue (Financial heart of the city) - panoramic
-Ibirapuera Park (The biggest green space in town) - panoramic
-MAC, Contemporary Art Museum - disembarking to see the great view of the ibirapuera park
-Liberdade district  (Japanese neighborhood) - panoramic
-Sé Cathedral Square - Panoramic
-Pateo do Collegio (City’s foundation spot) - panoramic
-Luz Railway Station (Classic late-Victorian train station) - disembarking
-Luz Park - disembarking
-Pinacoteca - panoramic
-Municipal market - panoramic

RESERVATION HERE or by phone or e-mail: 55 11 98680-8958 or

Departure time: 2:00 p.m., and return: at 6 p.m. (expected).
Departure point: meeting point, in the garden in front of the IB restaurant (where coffee breaks will be served)
Place of return: WZ Hotel and Hotel Mercure São Paulo Jardins

Regular tour by van, micro-bus or bus
Languages: English (Other languages upon request in advance)
Included:  Pick up and drop off, private transport and indemnity insurance
Not Included: food, meals and drinks, international travel insurance, accommodation
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes
Additional Information
Minimum age: any age;
infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
Number of people per van: 8 to 14 people - the tour is only confirmed with a minimum of 8 reservations

Visit to Brasiliana Guita and José Mindlin Library 

("Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin")

For those who want to know more about the University of São Paulo, we suggest a visit to the "Brasiliana" Library. Built in 2005, this library contains more than 50,000 rare books on Brazil, collected by José Mindlin, and donated to the University. At this library it will be possible to browse books on the Brazilian fauna and flora, written by naturalists of the 17th to the 19th century - such as the ones containing the illustrations used in this web site.

The new building of the Biblioteca Brasiliana, at the University of São Paulo

José Mindlin (1914-2010) at his home library

ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting   
International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)   
Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia (ABFHiB)   
São Paulo, Brazil, 16 to 21 July, 2017   

São Paulo, Brazil
16 to 21 July, 2017

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