Greece is the perfect setting for a viper conference as the country has the highest diversity of vipers in all of Europe. Athens is easy to fly to from around the globe and October is an affordable month to visit with great weather. Beyond the historical aspects Athens has to offer, the southern suburbs of the city have become a popular and attractive area for modern Athenians to live, be entertained and socialize. The suburb of Glyfada is the epicenter of activities in southern Athens and offers a great atmosphere to bring together those of us that research, value and admire vipers.
The venue site is the 4 star Oasis Hotel located on the main coastal road (Posidonos) in Glyfada and a mere 200 m from a beach. The main square is walking distance (1 km) from the Oasis Hotel and has a variety of restaurants ranging from fast food, bakeries, moderately priced restaurants (Greek, Italian, Asian, Mexican, etc.) and fine dining of all sorts. There are, of course, a number of gyros/souvlaki spots which can provide a quick and cheap traditional meal (~ € 4). Glyfada is a dynamic area with many shopping stores, cinemas, banks, coffee shops, ice cream stores, pubs and much more.
The 4th BOV Conference was attended by 50 persons representing 25 different countries. The first two days of presentations were opened by plenary speakers Dr. Luca Luiselli and Dr. Göran Nilson. Forty two presentations (oral and posters) including a total of 105 authors were given on the topics of 1) Distribution Patterns and Dynamics, 2) General and Population Biology, 3) Phylogenetics, Phylogeography and Taxonomy, 4) Genetic and Phenotypic Variation, and 5) Conservation. Two round tables, which were both well participated, focused on 1) Vipers of North-eastern Turkey: taxonomic assessments, distribution and IUCN information chaired by Dr. Konrad Mebert, and 2) was the Viper Specialist Group meeting chaired by Dr. Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailovic (European Regional Coordinator). The meeting was organized by co-chairs Stephen Roussos and Maria Dimaki, and the Organizing Committee (Sylvain Ursenbacher, Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailovic, Balint Halpern, Konrad Mebert and Marco Zuffi). A PDF of the abstracts and schedule is available at the top of this webpage. Photos from the conference are available on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/4th-Biology-of-the-Vipers-Conference
The activities during field trips for Vipera ursinii graeca and Macrovipera schweizeri were under permission of the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.