Invitation

Dear Fellow Dipterists and Entomologists,

On behalf of the Council for the International Congresses of Dipterology and the ICD9 Local Organising Committee, I cordially invite you to attend the 9th International Congress of Dipterology in Windhoek, Namibia, from 25–30 November 2018.

Namibia

Namibia is very much a country of contrasts and includes some of the world’s most spectacular wilderness areas and breath-taking scenery. Its western regions form the famous hyper-arid Namib Desert, which is provided with moisture in the form of fog from the Benguela upwelling. This desert is home to a range of extraordinary arid-adapted plants and animals, including the peculiar welwitschia_mirabilis0425_resWelwitschia (inset picture), which is intermediate between cone-bearing and flowering plants and is probably pollinated by the Diptera family Mythicomyiidae. Namibia then becomes increasing wetter moving north-eastwards, with the Kavango and Zambezi Regions being wet and subtropical. The northern sections of the barren Namibian coastline, known as the Skeleton Coast, is home to large Cape fur seal colonies and desert elephants and in north-central Namibia the famous Etosha National Park offers some of the most impressive game viewing in the whole of southern Africa, including Africa’s Big Five. On the edge of the Namib Desert lies the imposing inselberg of the Brandberg Massif (inset picture), a massive volcanic ring complex, which has acted as a refugium for paleogenic elements in the Diptera fauna, including livbrandberg-nasaing fossils of Africa’s only known examples of the family Atelestidae.

The only permanently flowing rivers in Namibia occur at its northern and southern borders, but the country is characterised by the westerly-flowing ephemeral rivers and their catchments, which act as linear oases. The Great Escarpment, known as the Khomas Hochland for part of its length, forms a prominent feature of the Namibian landscape and along with the Succulent Karoo Biome of southern Namibia, comprises Namibia’s two endemicity hotspots.

Although a large country (823,680 km2), Namibia’s population is only 2.113 million (2011 census). Despite this, Namibia is rich culturally, with cultural groups including the San Bushmen, Damara, Germans, Herero, Kavango, Nama, Ovahimba, Ovambo, Rehoboth basters and Zambezians, with the official language being English. These groups have their own traditional dress and customs.

Central Namibia will be hot and dry at the end of November, but there are still ample opportunities to undertake fieldwork, especially in the north-east of the country.

Windhoek

Situated in central Namibia, Windhoek is set against the impressive backdrop of the Auas Mountains, which form part of Africa’s Great Escarpment, a geological feature that dates back to the breakup of Africa and South America. Namibia has excellent infrastructure and Windhoek is regarded as one of the cleanest cities in Africa, with its German colonial history evident in its architecture and many of its cultural traditions. German is spoken quite widely still and this attracts numerous German visitors.

Windhoek is a popular tourist destination and offers all the amenities of a modern developed world city, including banking facilities with ATMs that take all major credit cards, a range of affordable restaurants and cafés, pharmacies, hospitals, shops and boutiques.

Venue

The Congress venue will be the Safari Hotels and Conference Centre in central Windhoek. The Hotels offers modern, world class conference facilities, including a large reception area, suitable for functions, space for the erection of poster boards and three adjoining Congress rooms, the largest of which seats over 400 delegates and is suitable for plenary sessions. The two adjoining rooms seat 150 delegates each and will be used for concurrent symposium sessions.

A buffet lunch will be provided by the hotel, which also offers affordable mid-range accommodation with single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. The Conference Centre has two restaurants, a bar and several smaller sites for beverages.

Top-range accommodation is available elsewhere at the Hilton and Heinitzburg Hotels in central Windhoek and the Windhoek Country Club and low-end affordable accommodation for students is available nearby at local guesthouses, B&Bs and backpackers a short distance from the Congress venue.

Registration is now open!

Organising Committee

Dr. Ashley H. Kirk-Spriggs
(Chair & ICD representative)
National Museum, Bloemfontein
South Africa
ashley.kirk-spriggs@nasmus.co.za

Dr. Josiane Etang
L’Organisation de Coordination pour la lutte contre les Endémies en
Afrique Centrale (OCEAC)
Cameroon
josyet2@gmail.com

Dr. Michael Osae
Biotechnology & Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute
Ghana
mosae5@yahoo.com

Dr. Sunday Ekesi
International Centre for Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE)
Kenya
sekesi@icipe.org

Mrs. Mary Kirk-Spriggs
Namibian Coordinator
South Africa
Kachana74@gmail.com

Dr. Gillian Maggs-Kölling
Gobabeb Research and Training Centre
Namibia
gillianm@gobabebtrc.org

Mr. Kenneth Uiseb
Scientific Services, Ministry of
Environment & Tourism
Namibia
kenneth.uiseb@met.gov.na

Dr. Seth Eiseb
University of Namibia
Namibia
seth_eiseb@yahoo.co.uk

Dr. Candice-Lee Lyons
Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI)
South Africa
candice.lyons@hotmail.com

Mr. Burgert Muller
National Museum, Bloemfontein
South Africa
burgert.muller@nasmus.co.za

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Our Congress logo and letterhead incorporates Mormotomyia hirsuta Austen (Mormotomyiidae);
the charismatic “terrible hairy fly”; Africa’s only endemic monotypic family of flies.