2nd Announcement and Call for Abstracts
Welcome and About our Logo
Dear Colleagues,

The logo for this congress was chosen to reflect the warmth of the people and weather of coastal Kwazulu-Natal in winter, hence the yellow sun in the background. This came about after a request at the ESSA AGM held at the previous congress in Pretoria for a "warm to hot" venue in KZN. Delegates had had 3 congresses in Bloemfontein, Grahamstown and then Pretoria - although the people were very warm at these venues, the weather certainly was not!! So please come through for the warmth of the east coast!! You will also be welcomed by lush green vegetation, inhabited by numerous bird and insect species, hence the green leaves in the logo. The beetle in the foreground is an indigenous cerambycid, called Cacosceles newmannii, and locally and especially amongst sugar farmers, the "long horned beetle (LHB)". Its larvae feed on growing and mature sugarcane stalks. It has made the transition from indigenous forests to sugarcane in the Entumeni area of Kwa-Zulu-Natal (Entumeni is between Eshowe (a town rich in war history), and Nkandla (you know who lives there!)), causing a complete change in landscape in the area. This was because of a stringent containment strategy to prevent its spread throughout the sugarcane industry. Sugarcane fields where the insect was found were ploughed out, as well as surrounding fields on the same soil type, to form a buffer zone between infested and uninfested fields. These fields were then converted into pasture for cattle farming. This was a very expensive programme, and a landmark one in the history of South African sugarcane farming and pest control. However, the research and containment programme embarked on to find out more about this insect, and possible control options, encompasses several categories listed in the call for abstracts below.

We look forward to welcoming you to the warmest place to be!



This photo shows all the life stages of this insect, as well as the damage the larvae does to a sugarcane stalk.

Venue Information
The ESSA 21 Congress will be held at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel & Convention Centre from the 8 - 11 July 2019.

Coastlands Umhlanga is situated on Umhlanga Ridge and has breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. The hotel is ideally located within walking distance, a 6 minute walk, to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping Mall as well as a 7 minute drive to Umhlanga Village which boasts some of the best and vibey restauarants in Durban.

Address:
329 Umhlanga Rocks Drive
Umhlanga Ridge


Call for Abstracts and Programme at a Glance
The Scientific Programme Committee is pleased to invite delegates to submit their contribution to the ESSA 21 Congress. We will be encouraging contributions encompassing new and novel approaches to research and problem solving.

Categories
  • Biodiversity informatics (data management, data applications, spatial planning)
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Systematics and Taxonomy
  • Invertebrate Pathology
  • Medical, Veterinary and Forensic Entomology
  • Invasive Insects
  • Insect Ecology
  • Weed Biological Control
  • Agricultural and Forest Entomology (Sterile insect technique, integrated pest management etc)
  • Biological Interactions (Plant pollinators, Insect plant microbial interactions, multi-trophic interactions)
  • Insects as Feed and Food (Insect rearing, mass production etc)
  • General
Abstracts must be submitted online.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT AND TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT
PLEASE CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR PLENARY SPEAKERS

Symposia & Early Career Researchers Session
If you are interested in organising a symposium during the congress or alternatively a student /early career development workshop (CV writing, grant application writing etc) session, please contact Kirstin Williams - kwilliams@nmsa.org.za to discuss your ideas.


Registration
Registration is now open. The early registration deadline is the 31st March 2019 and we encourage delegates to take advantage of the reduced fees.

Registration Category
Early
Dec 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
Member Delegate
R 4 000.00
Non-Member Delegate
R 4 450.00
Student Delegate
R 2 340.00
Member Day Delegate (per day)
R 1 660.00
Non-Member Day Delegate (per day)
R 2 050.00

Please visit the website for all the terms and conditions and to register. Registration must be done online. If you require assistance, please contact Leannea@turnersconferences.co.za

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Exhibition and Sponsorship
Exhibition tables are available for the congress. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company and/or products to entomologists from across South Africa.

If you are interested in participating in the congress but don't want to take a table, there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available as well.

If you would like more information on sponsorship and / or exhibition, please don't hesitate to contact Catherinet@turnersconferences.co.za

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Accommodation
Our congress organisers have secured preferential rates at various hotels in the area. If the hotels do not meet your budget or requirements please contact Brucer@turnersconferences.co.za who will be happy to assist you with sourcing alternative accommodation for you.

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Tours and Airport Transfers
Durban offers excellent urban vibes including a mix of design, art, music and food - peppered with fascinating cultural influences. We have selected a few of the "must see" attractions for you varying from half day tours to full day tours.

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For those looking for the comfort and security of a pre-arranged collection from the airport we can assist with airport transfers. You will be met by professional friendly staff at King Shaka International Airport and dropped off at your hotel. The same can be arranged for your return trip to the airport.

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