In the midst of a global pandemic, it is impossible to predict with any certainty when the epidemic will have run its course, as it is affecting different regions
of the world at different times. This will remain a challenge for the planning of all our in-person events in the coming months.
Your safety is our priority and whenever we do host an in-person/hybrid event, all COVID-19 regulations and safety protocols will be observed, ensuring a safe and secure event for all our attendees. Sanitizing stations, masks, personal sanitizing wipes/spray will be freely available and the necessary social distancing regulations will be implemented throughout the event.
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Dear Fellow Parasitologists,
The Parasitological Society of Southern Africa (PARSA) is delighted to invite you to the 4th International Congress on Parasites of Wildlife (ICPOW), to be held at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre in Skukuza, the main congress centre of the world-famous Kruger National Park, South Africa, during 11-15 September 2022.
The congress provides a perfect opportunity to exchange research findings and engage in stimulating conversations around the broader theme of wildlife parasites. All parasitologists (in the fields of biology, taxonomy, systematics, evolutionary biology, epidemiology, veterinary science, etc.) are invited to participate. The venue complements the congress theme and will allow everyone to experience the African bush in all its glory. The event is an ideal opportunity to strengthen existing friendships and collaborations and forge new ones. As in previous years, the congress will be hosted by PARSA and will thus coincide with the 50th annual meeting of the Society.
As a Society it is our pleasure to host national, regional and international delegates and, together with the local organizing committee, we commit to making this another memorable event.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Skukuza in September 2021.
We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to host an in-person congress. We are fully aware that the viability of an in-person event is marked by the unpredictability and uncertainty that has characterized the COVID-19 context. Given this, we will continue to monitor COVID-related developments and choose one of the following formats that most aligns with the current and future climate at the time a decision needs to be made: mostly in-person attendance with a small hybrid component; some in-person attendance with a larger hybrid component, or fully virtual. Throughout this process, we will consult with the SAVA Board, our members, our sponsors and other congress stakeholders to ensure that all concerns are considered.
In light of the recent turn of events concerning COVID-19, which has led to travel restrictions to and from South Africa, the local organizing committee of the 14th International Polychaete Conference has come to the decision to postpone the Conference to 2023. The intention behind this postponement is to help prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure the utmost safety to all our stakeholders and visitors.
This decision was made after extensive and careful consideration of the current situation alongside our commitment to cooperate with the government’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We humbly ask for your understanding in these trying times.
We want to thank everyone who has taken part in the preparations for the 14th IPC and those who expressed their commitment and support and would like to assure all concerned that the event will be held in 2023.
NEW DATES TO BE CONFIRMED.
For now, we hope for everyone’s continued well-being and safety.