Vectors, Pathogens and Diseases: Current Trends and Emerging Challenges (T1)

Scientific Organizers: Maureen Coetzee, Josiane Etang, Stephen Torr and Scott L. O'Neill


September 10—14, 2017

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


BEWARE of booking lodging through companies unaffiliated with Keystone Symposia. Click here for more details.

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Scientists, Postdocs and Students Conducting Research in South Africa...Awards are still available!
Click here for information about applying for a registration subsidy.

** Meeting has ended **

Discounted Abstract Deadline: May 11, 2017


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Abstract Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadlines. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract early allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • accept your abstract online
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
(The Abstract Deadline: is June 13, 2017)

Global Health Travel Award Deadline: April 11, 2017


Global Health Travel Award Details: You MUST complete your Global Health Travel Award appplication by the Global Health Travel Award Deadline and complete the other required steps (verify your contact information and submit a recommendation letter) to be considered for a travel award.


Click here to learn more about Global Health Travel Awards.

Scholarship Deadline: May 11, 2017


Scholarship Details: You MUST submit your abstract by the Scholarship Deadline and complete the other required steps (submit a scholarship application and submit a mentor letter) to be considered for a scholarship.

Click here to learn more about Scholarships.

Abstract Deadline: June 13, 2017


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract by the Abstract Deadline allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
Abstracts submitted after the Abstract Deadline will NOT be considered for a short talk.

(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is May 11, 2017)

Discounted Registration Deadline: July 11, 2017


Registration Fee: 820.00 USD* (includes 200.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 595.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 1020.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 795.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

Registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to discounted registration deadline.

Please be advised that a few meeting participants have received calls and emails from a number of different housing services - "Exhibitors Housing Services", "Global Housing", etc. THESE COMPANIES ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA and are not authorized by Keystone Symposia to contact you. These companies may tell you that the meeting is filling and seek to take your lodging reservation and obtain your credit card number. We highly recommend that you not make a reservation with these companies or any other housing service! These companies' representations to participants have been misleading. Please report to Keystone Symposia any calls or correspondence you might have received and book only through the lodging link on our website, an established travel agency, or directly with the hotel.

Keystone Symposia has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to subsidize a limited number of registration fees for local scientists, students and post-doctoral associates to attend and participate in this Keystone Symposia conference.

Who can Apply: Scientists, students and post-doctoral fellows residing and working in the local region. This money is intended to enable individuals with financial need to attend the meeting who would not otherwise be able to participate. This support is for registration fees only. The awardee must arrange for their own transportation, accommodation and food expenses.

How to Apply: Send an email to awards@keystonesymposia.org with the following information: Name, Occupation, Degree, Institute, Area of Research or study, and a short statement explaining why attending this meeting would benefit your research, training, or career goals.

Deadline: Midnight US Mountain Time (MST) on July 18, 2017
Awards are still available, even though the original deadline has passed!

We look forward to receiving your application. All applications will receive email confirmation of receipt. Awardees will be assisted in the registration process. Declined applications will receive notice in advance of the discounted registration deadline.

Things to Do

Walking distance  = Walking distance (within 1/2 mile of conference center)  FREE Shuttle/Bus available  = FREE Shuttle/Bus available
Shuttle/Bus required  = Shuttle/Bus required  Car/Taxi required  = Car/Taxi required  not available  = Not Available

For the complete Durban resource and guide for tourists, please click here.

Suggestion: To find other attendees who may want to join you in activities, use the message board located near the Registration Desk. Post your contact information and activity of interest, and be sure to check the message board during the meeting for posts by fellow attendees.
Other Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Wilson's Wharf, situated on Durban’s Victoria embankment between the Yacht Mole and the Sugar Terminal, is the City’s trendiest fusion of fun, food, top shows and crafts, all blended with the rustic interface of a boating marina and working slipways.

For a unique, one-of-a-kind experience, take in the incredible scenery of Durban by riding horses on the beach. For more details, please click here
Boating Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Isle of Capri Cruises is one of many companies that provide harbor boat cruises and tours within Durban.
Sightseeing Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Explore the historical, cultural and natural sides of Durban by engaging in one of their walking tours or city tours.
Site Provided Activity Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Shaka Tours offers the very best of tours and safaris that explore the rich cultural and natural landscape that South Africa is known for. With a wide variety of half day, full day and overnight excursions, Shaka Tours has something for all ages and tastes. Especially for our Keystone Symposia conference, Shaka Tours is offering specially timed tours on Tuesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 14, to coincide with the scheduled break of the conference from 12:00-17:00. Click here to find out which tours are offered. If those dates and times don't work for you, find a comprehensive list of what else is offered as well as brochures and packages by clicking here.

Spa Walking distance Soothe your aching body and achieve a state of calm at Durban’s highly recommended Mangwanani Boutique Spa. Located within the Southern Sun, a list of treatments and more information (including bookings) can be found here
Swimming Walking distance In addition to being steps from the Indian Ocean, the Southern Sun has 3 incredible pools located throughout their property. Find out more about them here
Fitness Center Walking distance The Southern Sun property has not one but two full fitness centers to allow you to stick to your wellness goals while enjoying this incredible city. Click here for pictures and a list of equipment.
Aquarium Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Located on the newly redeveloped Durban Point, uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare (40-acre) theme park which was opened in 2004. In addition to amusements rides and a full water park, the area specializes in animal encounters and shows within the fifth largest aquarium in the world and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Click here for more information.

Museums Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Check out these lists of the top rated museums and cultural attractions in Durban.
Dancing Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Inquire with the concierge or hotel staff on where to experience traditional dancing or music in the area or just simply book a tour with Shaka Tours that includes it.
Galleries Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Click here for a recent article on the top 10 contemporary art galleries in Durban.

For the complete guide on food and restaurants in Durban, click here.
Dining Walking distance Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is home to 6 distinctive venues offering a diverse menu including traditional Japanese teppanyaki, award-winning steaks, classic cocktails to craft beer, café culture and an exceptional buffet. For a full list, links to menus and description of services, click here or for a more condensed version that has all pertinent information and menus,click here.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL OF THE HOTEL'S RESTAURANTS**
Coffee Shops Walking distance For a close option to the Southern Sun that serves great coffee along with delicious fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, try out the Circus Circus Beach Cafe
Market/Grocery Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Fresh Market is the closest grocery store to the Southern Sun and is located less than 300 m from the hotel's front door on Playfair Road. There are a few other supermarkets within walking distance as well. Please inquire with the front desk or concierge.
Amounts are in US dollars
The above information is provided as a courtesy to our conferees and is subject to change without notice.