NNU hosted the 8th World Congress of Herpetology (WCH8) with other two Chinese universities in Hangzhou, China, from August 15-21, 2016.
The WCH8 was co-hosted by the Institute of Zoology, the Chengdu Institute of Biology and the Kunming Institute of Zoology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and sponsored by the Chinese Herpetological Society (CHS), the China Zoological Society (CZS), the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS), and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR).
The World Congress of Herpetology (WCH), which was founded on August 2, 1982, is an international conference with the aim of promoting worldwide interest and cooperation in herpetology.
The WCH8, themed "Adaptation, Evolution and Global Survival Crisis of Amphibians and Reptiles", drew 683 participants from over sixty countries and regions. NNU Vice President Jiandong Miao addressed the Opening Ceremony of the congress.
In the meeting, academic and professional herpetologists from all over the world presented their findings in four workshops, twenty-four multiple symposia and thirteen open sessions. In addition to the various lectures, a large number of other activities and expositions were organized as part of the congress.
Secretary General Elect of WCH, NNU Professor Xiang Ji said,” The exhibits were on display for the four full days of the meeting. To maximize exposure for the exhibitors, the Exhibit Hall was made the location for poster presentations and some evening receptions.”
On the fourth day of the conference, there was a silent auction and the presentation of the 2020 WCH bids. New Zealand beat Australia, Kenya and Hungary to become the host of the next WCH in 2020.