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16th Annual North American Black Fly Association (NABFA) Meeting
February 15-16, 2018
Georgia Center for Continuing Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 

Greetings NABFA Members, Friends and Colleagues,

The 16th annual North American Black Fly Association (NABFA) meeting will be held February 15-16, 2018 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Georgia. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, February 15th and end around noon on Friday, February 16th.

We invite black fly enthusiasts, researchers, control specialists and students to join us to exchange ideas, information and camaraderie. Students are especially encouraged to participate in the Mike Spironello Award competition presented annually to the student giving the best talk. The award was established to honor the memory of former NABFA Secretary and black fly researcher, Mike Spironello, who passed away unexpectedly in 2006.

Registration for the meeting is $130.00 for non-students and $70.00 for students. Registration includes a BBQ dinner, a group luncheon at the Georgia Center and one of our classic tee-shirts. A tour of the University of Georgia black fly rearing and bioassay laboratory will be available for anyone whom is interested. Registration and reservations will be handled through the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.


You will be given the opportunity to make a hotel reservation as you proceed through the online registration process. A block of rooms (rate $109) is reserved at the Georgia Center until January 18th. 
Please email presentations title/abstracts to johnwalz@mmcd.org by February 5, 2018.

Feel free to contact either one of us with any questions or concerns. We hope you can attend! 

John Walz, NABFA President
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
2099 University Ave West
St. Paul, Minnesota USA 55104
Office: 651-643-8388

Elmer W. Gray, Entomologist
413 Biological Sciences Building
Department of Entomology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Laboratory (706) 542-1184
Cell (706) 338-0266
Fax (706) 542-2279


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VIII INTERNATIONALSIMULIIDAE SYMPOSIUM 2018
Advance Notice 
Note the new Date!
June 21-22nd, 2018
The 2018 Simuliidae Symposium will be at University of Birmingham, England June 21-22nd, 2018. Arrival and registration will be during the evening of Wed., June 20. The conference facilities can be viewed at venuebirmingham.com
The registration fee will be 100 GBP, which will include the conference dinner on Thursday June 21. An optional dinner/canal boat ride will be available for 20 GBP per person on the evening of Friday June 22.
Sessions on blackfly ecology and systematics, genomics, and working towards the elimination of onchocerciasis in Africa will be held, with a possible workshop on nanopore DNA sequencing. Both oral/powerpoint and posters presentations will be accepted.
Accomodation:

Delegates will be able to book their own rooms directly with VenueBirmgham. In late August we’ll be given a meeting code for booking.

Conference rate room charges per night are:

Single: 56.00 GBP
Double room 66.50 (per room)
King room 76.50 (per room)

The rooms include buffet breakfast.

Arrival/Transportation:

Birmingham International Airport has direct links to continental Europe, and North America through Iceland Air. Trains run from the airport to New Street Station, Birmingham. The University train station is two stops away from New Street.

More Information and Registration:

The conference website will be available for registration in September 2017. Further announcements will be made through the Simuliidae-L and Simuliid Bulletin Blog (http://simuliid-bulletin.blogspot.com.

Please contact Charles Brockhouse (charlesbrockhouse@creighton.edu) with expressions of interest or for further information.

Charles Brockhouse.

3 comments:

  1. Dear Colleagues,
    This notice has just been sent to the SIMULIIDAE Discussion list.

    The website for registering for the 2018 VIII International Simuliidae Symposium and booking accomodation is now open at the following URL:

    http://shop.bham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-life-environmental-sciences/school-of-biosciences/viii-international-simuliidae-symposium-2018

    Please note the overall program is:
    Wednesday 20 June, arrival and registration
    Thursday 21 June, Presentations and Symposuim Dinner
    Friday 22 June, Presentations, Final Session, optional Canal Boat Dinner (or an alternative).
    Saturday 23 June, No organised activities, departure

    Prices are:
    Standard Registration (Includes Welcome Buffet, Coffee and Lunches, Dinner on Thursday) £100.00
    Standard Registration + Canal Boat Dinner (Friday 22nd.) £120.00
    Student Registration: free
    Student Canal Boat Dinner £20.00
    Registration for accompanying persons (social activities only) £30.00
    Registration for accompanying persons (social activities plus Canal Boat Dinner) £50.00

    Accomodation:
    Available on campus at the conference center, book via the link .
    https://conferences.bham.ac.uk/accommodation/overnight-stays/
    Special Conference Prices, Single Room per night bed and breakfast; £56.00
    Double Room per night bed and breakfast, £66.50
    The Promotion Code to obtain the special rates is not yet available. A further notice will be issued when it is.
    Alternative B&B accomodation can be found via the booking.com, trivago.co.uk, expedia.co.uk, tripadvisor.co.uk and other similar reservation sites.

    If you wish to make a presentation, or require further information please contact Charles Brockhouse at charlesbrockhouse@creighton.edu.

    Any changes will be notified via this list, and posted on the Simuliid Bulletin site: http://simuliid-bulletin.blogspot.co.uk

    I look foreward to meeting you there
    John Davies
    simuliidbulletin@gmail.com




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  2. viii International Simuliidae Symposium 2018

    Please note that the problems regarding thr booking of on-campus accommodation have been resolved.

    Special rates as detailed in the previous post are available for the nights of 20, 21 and 22 June 2018 only using the Promotion Code FLY18.
    NOTE other nights such as 19 or 23 June will need to be booked separately and will incurr the full rate.

    Accompaning persons should be registered as "Second Delegate"

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