International Training Course on Taxonomy and Systematics of African Pollinator Flies

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Event Summary

The objective of this group training is to provide a basic training on the identification and ecology of African Diptera that have a significant role in plant-pollinator networks. The target families are Bombyliidae, Calliphoridae, Nemestrinidae, Rhiniidae, Syrphidae, and pangonine Tabanidae). The training is organized for African scientists and African professionals  confronted with the identification and ecology of African Diptera.


This training is organized by two institutions: the Invertebrates Section of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium, and the Sokoine Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania.

Date & Time

November 18 until November 29, 2019


Teachers are Dr. Ashley H. Kirk-Spriggs (Natural History Museum, London, UK), Dr. John M. Midgley (Kwa-Zulu Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) and Dr. Kurt Jordaens (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium).


 Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)

Targeted Audience

Only applications from people with residence in Sub-Saharan Africa (see countries below) and working for an institution, NGO, ministry, research institute or university can be taken into consideration. Applications from consultants or individuals cannot be accepted. Candidates must be citizens of one of the following countries: Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Scientists with a diploma other than MSc or PhD should demonstrate a record of substantial work related to the subject that is presented (Diptera of the target families; plant-pollinator networks, etc.). All applications will be subject to an evaluation by internal experts.


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