31 July - 5 August 2016


Durban, South Africa


Plenary Speakers

Welcome / Sawubona

Dear Colleagues and Students,

We are pleased to announce that the 17th International Bat Research Conference in 2016 will be hosted in Durban, South Africa. South Africa is the third most biodiverse country after Brazil and Indonesia and is the only country in the world with more than one biodiversity hotspot. Located in the middle of one of these hotspots, the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Region, Durban is the right place for an international bat conference. With warm weather all year round, Durban welcomes visitors to a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle where beaches, barbecues, seafood and curry restaurants, clubs, quality accomodation and incredible wildlife provide everything an out-of-towner could wish for while attending a conference.

Please share the information on the International Bat Research Conference with colleagues, students and all other persons who have an interest in participating.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Durban!

With best regards,
The Local Organising Committee
Dr Corrie Schoeman (School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal)
Prof Ara Monadjem (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Swaziland)
Prof Peter Taylor (School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences, University of Venda)
Dr Leigh Richards (Durban Natural Science Museum)
Prof Colleen Downs (School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal)

ABOUT THE IBRC / What's going on

The conference will take place from Sunday 31 July to Friday 5 August 2016, at the Gateway Hotel, Umhlanga. It will provide a forum for scientific exchange between bat researchers at all levels of their career, for personal interaction in a friendly and international atmosphere and for establishing new contacts and cooperation. Contributions from all fields with a focus on bats are welcome.




Durban Harbour

Conference Overview / Programme at a glance

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Plenary Speakers / To be announced

Dr. Tigga Kingston is an Associate Professor in the Department of

Dr. Yovel's research focuses on bridging the gap between the fields

Dr Paul Bates works extensively in South and South-east Asia. Here,

In the context of his post at The Field Museum of

Dina is a group leader at the Department for Migration and

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Conference Pricing / Choose your option



Price Per Day

The gala dinner price is not included, dinner charged at an additional R800.00 per person


R4 800,00

 1 Feb-31 May 2016

 Price includes all six days.

 The gala dinner price is not included dinner charged at an additional R800.00 per person.


R4 200,00

 Price includes all six days.

 The gala dinner price is not included dinner charged at an additional R800.00 per person


R5 500,00

1 June – 31 July

 Price includes all six days.

 The gala dinner price is not included dinner charged at an additional R800.00 per person.

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Event FAQS / All you need to know

Yes WiFi is available.
The South African Rand is the currency of South Africa. For more information on the currency, click here
The best bet is to sort out your cell phone in Johannesburg airport when you land in South Africa. Both Vodacom and MTN have shops there that will sell you a prepaid SIM card on sight of your passport and, maybe, airline ticket. If you wait until you are in a South African town you may find that cellphone shops will not sell you a simcard without proof of South African address. At the airport, the companies are used to dealing with tourists requiring SIM cards. Vodacom and MTN both have prepaid data bundles.  Buy up to 3GB at a time using purchased airtime. The cost is not horrendous, given the price of internet in South Africa. 3GB of airtime is probably about 40USD. You may have a problem buying a SIM before you leave your home country. The law in South Africa requires all SIM cards to be registered and it's normally a requirement to show South African residential addresses. As  mentioned, Vodacom and MTN at Joburg airport will sell you a SIM in person when you land but, as far as I am aware, you cannot get one without being present at the airport.  
High-quality tap (faucet) water is available in South Africa's urban areas, but not all water in rural areas is safe to drink straight from the tap. In some areas, the water is mineral-rich, and you may experience a bit of gastric distress for a day or two until you get used to it. Bottled mineral water, both sparkling and still, is readily available in most places. Drinking water straight from rivers and streams could put you at risk of waterborne diseases – especially downstream of human settlements. The water in mountain streams, however, is usually pure and wonderful. You may also find this colouring in tap water in some areas. It's fine – it just looks a bit weird in the bath.
If you're an adult, you won't need any inoculations unless you're travelling from a yellow fever endemic area (the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America), in which case you will need certification to prove your inoculation status when you arrive in South Africa. It is recommended that you have the required inoculations four to six weeks before you travel to South Africa. A yellow fever inoculation certificate only becomes valid 10 days after inoculation – after which it remains valid for 10 years. Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants. Booster doses for tetanus and measles can also be administered.
Many of the main tourist areas in Durban are malaria-free, so you don't need to worry. However, the Kruger National Park, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal do pose a malaria risk in the summer months. (Transmission is seasonal, with peak rates of infection occurring in April and declining by June.) Many local people and some travellers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Consult your doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.  
Yes you do. It is strongly advised that visitors to South Africa buy a plug adapter at the airport on arrival in South Africa. A typical SA plug would look like:  

News from our Blog / Keep updated on the IBRC

IBRC Programme

Please note the provisional program is available for download. Less than 4 weeks before the conference starts, we look forward to see ing you in Durban!

Call for Sessions

The organising committee encourages all scientists to submit proposals for chairing sessions or workshops. Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2015. Submit a session proposal


Corner Centenary Boulevard & Twilight Drive,
Umhlanga, 4321

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