Historically, the PAGE Conference has been called the ‘Monkey Conference,’ and has always been named in honour of some sort of monkey (see the conference history here). The PAGE exec has gotten together and decided that this year’s conference will be named in honour of the smallest monkey on the planet: the Pygmy Marmoset.
‘High in the rain forest canopy of South America lives a tiny animal that dodges behind tree trunks and branches, alternately freezing and dashing, just like a squirrel. It also has brown fur and a long tail like a squirrel—but it’s really a pygmy marmoset, the world’s smallest monkey! Marmosets and their cousins, the tamarins, are some of the tiniest primates around, but pygmy marmosets are different enough to be classified apart from other marmoset species.’ –San Diego Zoo
The Physics and Astronomy Executive will be making a monetary donation on behalf of the graduate students to the World Wildlife Fund and it’s Pygmy Marmoset efforts.