Role of the Genital Tract Microbiome in Sexual and Reproductive Health (S6)

Scientific Organizers: Janneke van de Wijgert, Jeanne Marrazzo, Douglas Kwon and Jo-Ann Passmore


December 11—15, 2018

Southern Sun Cape Sun, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


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


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

** Meeting has ended **

Discounted Abstract Deadline: August 28, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time

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 September 12, 2018)

Global Health Travel Award Deadline: July 10, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


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.


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Scholarship Deadline: August 28, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


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.

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Abstract Deadline: September 12, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


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 August 28, 2018)

Discounted Registration Deadline: October 11, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Registration Fee: 845.00 USD* (includes 200.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 620.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 1045.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 820.00 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.

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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 associates that mainly reside in the country of South Africa.

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: Email awards@keystonesymposia.org with the following information:
Name, Occupation, Current Degree, Institute Attending or Current Employment, 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 Monday, October 29, 2018

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

African Eagle Day Tours is offering Keystone Symposia delegates amazing experiences that fit in with the meeting schedule. Follow this link to see tours available during S6 conference with special times and pricing. In order to book the special tours for our group, please email Keenan Mally at: daytours@aecpt.co.za

If you are extending your trip on either side of the conference, check out their full list of offerings. You can book tours on their website.
Wine Country Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required The Western Cape Region (where Cape Town is located) is one of the most fruitful areas for wine production in the entire world. This area includes the majority of vineyards in South Africa and many tours departing from Cape Town explore these areas. For more information, click here
Boating Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required To fully explore the beautiful peninsula on which Cape town sits and the breathtaking scenery, islands, and wildlife, consider chartering a boat. For more information, click here
Hiking Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Cape Towns amazing scenery can best be appreciated on one of their several well maintained hiking and walking trails. For a partial list of recommended trails, click here
Other Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required For the most comprehensive guide to all things to do, see, and experience in Cape Town, click here.

Fitness Center Walking distance Guests at the Southern Sun Cape Sun hotel have complimentary use of their well-equipped gym. For more information, click here
Swimming Walking distance The Southern Sun Cape Sun pool is the perfect place to refresh and relax during your stay in Cape Town. For more information, click here
Spa Walking distance The Camelot Spa at Southern Sun Cape Sun brings a sense of tranquility to the hecticness of city life in Cape Town. The spa offers a variety of treatments and takes reservations. For more information and to book a treatment, click here
Aquarium Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Experience the incredible biodiversity of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans at one of Cape Town's top tourist attractions, the Two Oceans Aquarium. For more information, click here

Galleries Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required From indigenous, folk pieces to modern artwork, South Africa is a proud contributor to the art world. For more information, click here
Museums Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Museums in Cape Town range drastically from those that remind visitors of its racially, divided past like Robben Island to beautiful art museums to those that celebrate it's rich cultural heritage like the District Six Museum and the collection of Iziko Houses, Centres, and Museums. For more information, click here or here or here
Other Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required From freshly cut flowers sold in street markets to high end fashion and diamonds, Cape Town has great shopping for all budgets. For more information, click here.

Bars/Pubs Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required If you are interested in beer instead of wine, check out this article put out by Cape Town Tourism that points out all the interesting pubs, breweries, and other watering holes.
Market/Grocery Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Food, craft, and clothing markets are plentiful throughout each neighborhood in Cape Town. For example, the famous Greenmarket Square is located just 250 m from the Southern Sun hotel. For more information go to click here.
Dining Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required For the most comprehensive guide to the best restaurants in Cape Town, click here.
Amounts are in US dollars
The above information is provided as a courtesy to our conferees and is subject to change without notice.