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.
1) TECHNICAL VISIT TO THE
ARTHROPODS, HERPETOLOGY AND ZOOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS LABORATORIES OF THE INSTITUTE BUTANTAN
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: (https://goo.gl/forms/dEXYZOKW6H1Ro6NP2)
Source: Butantan Institute
1.2 The Herpetology Laboratory
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
snakes whose poisons are used in the production of anti-venom sera.
the extraction of venom.
Seats: 16 participants
Register here: (https://goo.gl/forms/LAjqWcgpD6Lv0KxM2)
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
Register here: (https://goo.gl/forms/mmH0sgoG9I1w5BRq1)
Source: Butantan Institute
2) BIRD WATCHING -
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
Register here: (https://goo.gl/forms/AkRAIgZwozl9WD4y1)
Source: Butantan Institute
3) NIGHT ACTIVITIES: MILONGA AND FORRÓ
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
The milonga will be hosted by our ISHPSSB member and colleague, Sherrie Lyons.
Date: Tuesday, July 18th, http://hbbhostel.com.br/ E-mail: email@example.com
Hour: 19h30 to 22h
Place: HBB Hostel
Address: Rua Fidalga 479
Entry: R $ 25.00 (U $ 8) cash paid at the entrance, 10% will be returned to the dancer at the end of the event.
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.
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
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.
4) VISITS AND GUIDED TOURS IN SÃO PAULO, ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON
São Paulo City Tour
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
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.
4 HOURS - SÃO PAULO HIGHLIGHTS
-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
USD40.00 PER PERSON
RESERVATION HERE or by phone or e-mail: 55 11 98680-8958 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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