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IX International Simuliidae Symposium 2020 Chefchaouen, Morocco

18-21 June 2020

 The Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee for the International Simuliidae Symposium in Morocco are closely monitoring the covid-19 situation. A decision will be made in early April whether or not to proceed with the meeting. In the meantime, the registration deadline is extended to 15 April.

Announcement from Boutaïna Belqat:

Dear colleagues,

I am very glad to organize the 9th International Simuliidae Symposium in
Chefchaouen (Morocco) in 2020 presented by the University Abdelmalek Essaâdi, Faculty of Sciences of Tétouan.

Chefchaouen with its historical, environmental features, the hospital character of his inhabitants, and his big ecosystematic and specific diversity is improved to organize the 9th International Simuliidae Symposium.

Chefchaouen is a small Mountainous city located in the northwest of Morocco in about 50 km as the crow flies from the Mediterranean Sea and in 120 km from Tangier city and 65 km from Tétouan.
At 600 m in altitude at the beginning of the of the Rif mountains, Chefchaouen, with a population of 43 000 inhabitants, registers in a country environment close to the National Park of Talassemtane and in front of the Natural Park of Bouhachem.

Chefchaouen is known for the striking, blue-washed buildings of its old town. The beauty of the mountain landscape of Chefchaouen is reinforced by the contrast of the lively colours of its old city.

Best regards and I hope to see all of you in Chefchaouen.

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 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


Come to Brum!
For the
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
The registration fee will be 100 GBP, which will include the conference dinner on Thursday June 21. An optional dinner at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant will be available for 30 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 poster formats will be available.

Delegates will be able to book their own on campus rooms directly
 with VenueBirmgham Accommodation. For conference rates, please use this booking code when reserving your room: FLY18. The conference rates are valid for June 20-22 inclusive (Arrive 20, depart 23), and must be booked by April 30, 2018.

Please note that accommodations outside of June 20-22 must be booked separately, and do not qualify for the conference rate.

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.

Special Dietary Needs:
If you have special dietary requirments for the conference meals, please contact Dr. Charles Brockhouse ( upon registration.

Letters of Invitation:
Official letters of invitation for visa or grant purposes are available upon request. Please email Charles Brockhouse ( and we will arrange for a letter to be emailed to you. Note that the letter does not include funding for the conference.

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.

Trains from London: Direct trains to University Station run from Euston Station (London). Alternatively, trains from Euston also run to Birmingham New Street, followed by transfer to University.

Trains from London Marylebone run to Birmingham Moor Street. It is a short walk from there to Birmingham New Street, or cabs are available (go to Lucas House at the University of Birmingham).

Please register at:

Standard registration fee is £100, with second delegate rate for spouses/accompanying persons of £30. The registration fee for students is waived. There is an optional conference dinner for the last night of the conference at £20 per person. 

Abstract Deadline April 30, 2018:

If you wish to have an Abstract of your talk or poster included in the meeting, please email your abstract to, with the subject line Symposium Abstract, by April 30. All meeting abstracts will be published in the Simulium Bulletin, July 2018.

Download:  This notice and the Provisional Agenda can be viewed and downloaded Here

The Symposiun Web site is at:VIII-International-Simuliidae-Symposium-2018

Preliminary Agenda:
Wednesday June 20 (evening): Registration

Thursday June 21.
Nicholson Building, Nettlefold Room
9:00 -9:15. Registration continued. Morning coffee.
9:15: Welcome and opening remarks (John Davies and John Colbourne)
9:30 Session 1: Towards the elimination of River Blindness. Chair: Prof. Daniel Boakye
10:30: Coffee Break and Posters. The Refectory.
11:00-12:30 Session 2. Ecology of Blackflies; Chair: Prof. John McCreadie.
12:40-13:30. Buffet lunch. The Refectory.
13:40-14:30. Session 3. Taxonomy of Blackflies.
14:40-15:30. Session 4.
15:30-15:45: Coffee break. The Refectory.
15:45-16:45. General Discussion.
19:00-21:00 Dinner in Lucas House’s Park Restaurant.

Friday June 22.
Nicholson Building, Nettlefold Room

9:00-9:15. Morning coffee.
9:15-10:30. Molecular biology and taxonomy of Blackflies. Chair: Dr. Soochin Cho.
10:30-10:00. Coffee break and Posters. The Refectory.
11:00-11:30. Blackflies as tools for environmental studies. Chair: Dr. Charles Brockhouse.
11:40-12:30. Progress in the Simulium Genome Project. 1. Chair: Dr. John K. Colbourne
12:30-13:30. Buffet Lunch. The Refectory.
13:45-14:30. Progress in the Simulium Genome Project. 2. Chair: Dr. Charles Brockhouse
14:40-15:30. Demonstration of the Portable MinION DNA Sequencer.
15:30-          . Wrap up discussion. Where from here?

19:00- Optional Conference Dinner. Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

More Information and Registration:

Further announcements will be made through the Simuliidae-L and

Please contact Charles Brockhouse ( with expressions of interest or for further information.


  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:

    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

    Available on campus at the conference center, book via the link .
    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,,, and other similar reservation sites.

    If you wish to make a presentation, or require further information please contact Charles Brockhouse at

    Any changes will be notified via this list, and posted on the Simuliid Bulletin site:

    I look foreward to meeting you there
    John Davies

  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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