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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 4th Balkan Scientific Conference on Biology, which will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from November 1st to November 3th, 2017.

Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is claimed that the city is a contemporary of Troy and Mycenae, but it is more ancient than Rome, Athens and Constantinople. Plovdiv is the second largest and important city in Bulgaria. Plovdiv is strategically important industrial, commercial, scientific, cultural and transportation-communications center on the Balkans region. The city is famous with the international fair, whose spring, autumn and other specialized exhibitions make it a center of economic and business. Plovdiv is a strategic railway junction and the airport „Plovdiv“ recently established itself as an alternative to the airport „Sofia“.

The conference will be held at Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg, located in the heart of the city, at walking distance from historic sites, shops, hotels and restaurants.

Plovdiv University is one of the leading higher-education institutions in Republic of Bulgaria. It is the largest university in southern Bulgaria as well the second biggest in Bulgaria.

Faculty of Biology at the Plovdiv University is located in the cultural reserve Old Town in Plovdiv, next to the Ancient Theatre. Nowadays the Faculty of Biology has more than 50 years of history. Its development is associated with the changes in modern socio-economic conditions of transition to market economy and the process of democratization of society, the integration of Bulgaria into the European structures and the adoption of the achievements of European and world educational and scientific experience by providing resources for the new economy and society in the spirit of European cultural values.

After the success of the three previous Balkan conferences in Plovdiv (2005, 2010 and 2014), we hope that this edition will, once again, offer a dynamic and friendly environment for stimulating exchanges and discussions.

Yours sincerely,

Sonya Kostadinova (Dean of the Faculty of Biology)

Iliya Iliev (Chair of the Organizing Committee)