Microgrant - Attend the XXVI International Congress of Entomology

Grant #76304

Submitted by Carolina Gomez on May 9, 2022

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Attending the XXVI International Congress of Entomology will provide me with a unique and enriching experience that will contribute to the professional growth I am looking for in my academic career. Presenting my research in this congress will benefit its development by receiving feedback from the experts in the field of sensory ecology in insects in my first year of Ph.D. It also will be an exceptional opportunity since this congress is held every four years, which means that I have only one chance to attend it as a Ph.D. student. It will also be my first time participating in an international meeting. I am applying for this grant since I am an international student funded by the University of Durham, which provided me with a small budget (3000£) to cover all the expenses of my research project (lab reagents, fieldwork, training courses, and conferences). However, this is not enough to meet all the financial costs to participate in this conference and conduct my research; therefore, I will only be able to attend it if I get additional funding. I have already been looking for sources, and luckily I have already found how to cover the registration fee (£418), although I still need to pay for flights and accommodation to be able to attend. Currently, I am financially supporting my family in Colombia, so I cannot get any monetary help from them. Given the importance of this event to me, I hope you consider my request and allow me to have this remarkable experience.

£200.00 GBP

Total amount £200.00

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By Carolina Gomezon

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By Carolina Gomezon

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£204.81 GBP

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Expense policies
Undergraduate and graduate students in animal behaviour in any country can submit expenses from £5 to £200 (or equivalent in other currencies).

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