31 July to 4 August 2022, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa

Welcome

Dear friends and colleagues

I was initially going to draft this letter in a somewhat different manner, but as I was preparing the letter, the news of the new Covid-19 variant in southern Africa and elsewhere, Omicron, was announced. The UK responded very quickly, followed by several other countries, including the USA, by imposing a travel ban from several southern African countries, including South Africa. This served as a reminder of the fickle and unpredictable global situation in which we still find ourselves. It also serves as a reminder of the flexibility and agility required to successfully organise and run a meeting of this nature.

Right now, we are proceeding to organise this meeting as an in-person on-site meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, from 31 July to 4 August 2022. It will be three years since we last met in person as a society. This was at the excellent meeting in Valencia in 2019. It is therefore with great excitement and anticipation that we invite you to the first SIP meeting to be held in Africa in the 55-year history of the society, or as we now refer to the meeting: the International Congress of Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control and the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. We are confident of filling the scientific programme with the latest research findings in invertebrate pathology and microbial control and of offering an enjoyable and entertaining social programme with a distinctly African flavour.

However, the success of the meeting is very dependent on as many insect pathologists and insect pathologists in the making, from all over the world, participating in the meeting. Of course, we also hope to attract a greater African attendance than ever before in the history of the society. You will note that registration and abstract submission open in February. Please take the opportunity to benefit from the early bird rates. Also, the sooner you register, the sooner we can be assured of offering you a top class meeting.

If we do not get sufficient registrations by the end of the early bird period, we may be compelled to change to a virtual meeting. Similarly, if the in-person meeting is unexpectedly undermined by another travel ban shortly before the meeting, we will ensure that we are sufficiently nimble to immediately convert into a virtual meeting. We will need to cover costs incurred up to that point, but all income from registration fees over and above this will be refunded. Therefore, please do not allow the uncertainties of the global pandemic to prevent you from registering expeditiously for this much awaited meeting. Also, remember to take out your own travel insurance, as protection against any possible travel ban.

Not only is Nelson Mandela Bay ready to welcome you, but South and southern Africa are a wonderful and affordable holiday destination for those who have time to stay on afterwards.

Please do contact us if you have any queries or needs.


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Kindly note that Port Elizabeth as well as the rest of South Africa is currently (December 2021) under level 1 lockdown during the COVID 19 pandemic (international and local travel permitted). As with everywhere else in the world, the pandemic is being monitored closely at all times with some of the best scientist in the world and every precaution is taken to ensure the continued safety of our delegates.
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2022 International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control
54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology Hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape South Africa | 31 July 2022 - 4 August 2022