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European Federation for Primatology (Established 1993)
Professional Society
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Mission: Founded in 1993 the EFP brings together national primatological societies as well as groups of primatologists in those countries of Europe where societies could not yet be founded. Its aims are
(I.) to co-ordinate actions related to primatology between the different European societies including A. the circulation of information between the different national societies and groups in Europe. Folia Primatologica, published by Karger S.A., Basel, is the official publication of the Federation. B. meetings of the the national societies, specialist groups and workshops, scientific activities, research and educational projects related to primatology.
(II.) to promote national management of captive primates and to make studies on primates available to the greatest possible number of students and researchers.
(III.) to participate through the Council of Europe in decisions relevant to primate trade and primate captive breeding.
Currently 10 European countries are affiliated to the EFP: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The EFP links people involved in fundamental non-invasive and invasive research, applied biomedical research, zoo management, and field research. This accounts for more than 1100 scientists, graduate students and zoo managers. More than 30 academic institutions are represented in the EFP through membership. The primate colonies belonging to these institutions account for about 2000 non-human primates. The aims of all affiliated societies or groups are identical to those of the International Primatological Society (IPS), i.e. to encourage all areas of non-human primatological scientific research, to facilitate cooperation among scientists of all nationalities engaged in primate research, and to promote the conservation of all primate species. Protection of captive primates is one of the main aims of the EFP; practically this means the improvement of the well-being of primates. Therefore the EFP intends to promote the dialogue with all people involved in primatology and to promote studies providing scientific evidence on primate welfare issues. The EFP will strive to promote the implementation of the "International Primatological Society Guidelines for the acquisition, care, and breeding of non-human primates." The EFP considers its independence from private interests as necessary for its scientific expertise. Consequently the EFP will not sponsor any activities related to private commercial interests. However, the EFP provides scientific expertise for all people and organizations interested whenever non-human primates are affected.

Membership: 1100

President: Carel van Schaik (2004-09) +41 44 635 5410

Secretary: Augusto Vitale,

Treasurer: Russell Hill,

Meetings: third EFP Congress, 12-15 August, 2009, Zurich, Switzerland. Information at:

Publications: conference abstracts in Folia Primatologica

Last Updated: 2009-10-16

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