5th ASA, Thailand, 2018 – Website Launched!

Dear Participants,

With an intensive help by Mr. Pakorn Nalinrachatakan who has been assigned as an act-in web-developer in the last minute, I am pleased to announce that the conference website for registration is launched! I know 9 days before the registration closes; but here it is: http://www.asa5conference2018.com

As I stated earlier last week, for those of you who have already sent their abstracts via Google Doc, you do not need to resubmit through the website. However, to pay for registration fee, please create login account to be eligible for payment.

Other information relating to the upcoming conference is also available in the website.

I hope this attempt despite how tardiness it has been, will provide alternative route for our colleagues around the world, specifically China to register to our conference.

Respectfully yours,

Natapot Warrit


Abstracts & Presentations

Oral Presentations 

  • Oral presentation will be limited to 15 minutes (max), with 12 minutes for delivery and 3 minutes for Q&A.
  • Participants intending to do presentations are NOT required to submit abstracts now. The deadline is the 31st October 2018)
  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 31st October 2018 Bangkok time.
  • Abstracts should be written in English.
  • Abstracts cannot contain special symbols, diagrams, photographs or tables.
  • The Abstract title should not exceed 20 words.
  • Abstract text should not exceed 2,000 characters (including space).
  • An example of abstracts may be viewed here.

Poster Presentations 

  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 31st October 2018, Bangkok time.
  • Abstracts should be written in English
  • Abstract title should not exceed 20 words
  • Abstract text should not exceed 2,000 characters (including space)
  • The language should be English
  • The size of the poster is A0 (84.1 x 118.9 cm)



Plenary Speakers

ROBERT JOHN RAVEN-Queensland Museum, Australia

Robert Raven is currently Head and Senior Curator of Chelicerata at the Queensland Museum, Australia. He completed his PhD from University of Queensland in 1981. Robert Raven’s research focuses on the systematics of Theraphosidae, Ctenizidae, Idiopidae, Nemesiidae, Corinnidae and many more! Throughout his active career, he has described at least 351 new spider species and 42 genera from Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Mexico, India, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea. His current projects involve Spider Catalogue of the World (as Chairman with the American Museum of Natural History, USA), Taxonomic Source for Spider Venom database, and Taxonomy of Australian Theraphosidae. Robert Raven is also the founder of the Australasian Arachnology Society and editor of Zootaxa (Infraorder Mygalomorphae).



Deb Smith is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, USA. She completed her PhD from Cornell University in 1982 working with Dr. Ruth Buskirk, one of the first modern biologists to study social behavior in spiders. Deb Smith’s research focuses on the population genetics, behavior and evolution of group-living and sociality in spiders (Anelosimus & Stegodyphus). She has conducted research in the American southwest, South America (Suriname and Trinidad), Africa (Gabon and South Africa), the Middle East (Israel), and Asia, including India and Thailand. Her work on spiders and mites has been supported by grants from the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, the National Geographic Society and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. During 19982–2016, Deb Smith served as Chair of the proposal review committee for the American Arachnological Society Research Fund and recently in 2017 has become the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Arachnology.


Travel Grant-BIOPAT

Through BIOPAT e.V. (Germany), it is possible to offer small travel grants to students who will do a submission at the 5th ASA Conference in Bangkok either by poster or oral presentation.

The subject must cover nature conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity, but this requirement may be liberally interpreted.

Please include your CV, the title of the poster & oral presentation, and itemized estimated expenditure in your application, and send it to Dr. Peter Jaeger (Peter.Jaeger@senckenberg.de) before 31.10.2018 (Time Zone Frankfurt, Germany).

The selection committee will announce its decision on the successful applicants by the 7th of November, 2018.