The African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) are proud to announce and welcome delegates to our hosting of the 7th International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Conference, from November 20 to 24, 2017. This is the first time that this event will be held on the African continent.
The venue for the hosting of this prestigious event will be the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife at Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa. The Centre is capable of hosting up to 700 delegates, with a number of smaller rooms for plenaries and workshops, and is in walking distance from the accommodations. The KNP was established in 1898 and is the flagship of the South African National Parks. It covers an area of nearly 2 million hectares and is home to the big five as well as a wide range of other species, which includes 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, and 147 mammals. Skukuza Rest Camp is the largest camp in the KNP, well situated in the heart of ‘Big 5’ territory, 10 km from the Paul Kruger Gate.
The rest camp is fenced-in, making it safe to move about freely, and overlooks the Sabie River, where big game such as elephants, hippopotamuses, and buffaloes are often found; there is also a high concentration of predators like lion, hyena, and leopard in the vicinity of the camp. Accommodation at Skukuza Rest Camp caters to a variety of guest requirements. You can choose anything from luxury, river-view bungalows and self-catering bungalows to two-bedded tents (communal ablutions) and campsites.
All accommodation units also have their own barbecue facilities. For those who prefer to stay outside the Park, the four-star Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, situated 100 m from Paul Kruger Gate and 10 km from Skukuza, provides great-value accommodation.
The African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB), The International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL), The Department of Environmental affairs (DEA) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is proud to announce and welcome delegates to our hosting of the 7th International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Conference, 20 – 24 November 2017. This is the first time that this event will be held on the African continent. The venue for the hosting of this prestigious event will be the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife, the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Our intention is to make this a global conference with a distinctive African flavour, using the event to highlight, support and encourage African researchers across the continent and to link them up with the global barcoding network. The conference format will include plenary lectures, parallel sessions comprising invited and contributed/selected talks as well as poster presentations. The optional first day (20 November) will be devoted to training workshops.
The major theme of the conference is exploring mega-diverse biotas with DNA barcodes. A series of presentations and workshops will focus on the use of DNA to understand diversity patterns and ecological processes in species-rich and complicated ecosystems. The conference also provides a general forum for presentations, posters and discussion on the wider field of DNA barcoding.
The prospect of hosting world-leading delegates and experts in the field under African skies is a truly thrilling one and we are looking forward to welcome you all soon in South Africa.
Michelle van der Bank
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and the International Scientific Collaboration Committee (ISCC)