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Colloquiums


The AFRAS colloquiums are usually held every three years, and serve as a conference where researchers can meet and present results of their research. Notice of upcoming colloquiums is distributed to all AFRAS members, members of the International Society of Arachnology (ISA), and via the internet. This ensures that a fair compliment of international researchers is able to attend the meetings.

The history of the AFRAS Colloquiums can be downloaded here.

Meetings

  • 1st meeting of The Research Group for the Study of African Arachnida (RGSAA) was held in Pretoria, South Africa in August 1986 and organized by Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman of the ARC – Plant Protection Research Institute. It was attended by 30 persons and during the three days 20 papers and 8 posters were discussed. The research group was officially launched during the week.
  • 2nd meeting of the RGSAA was held in Swakopmund, Namibia from 11-15 July 1988 and was organized by Eryn Griffin and Joh Henschel. It was attended by 56 persons including researchers from USA and Germany, and 25 papers and posters were discussed. The group voted on a logo for the RGSAA. A post-colloquium trip was undertaken to the Gobabeb Research Centre.
  • 3rd meeting of the RGSAA was held at the Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa from 16-20 July 1990 and was organized by Peter Croeser. It was attended by 46 persons, including researchers from Belgium and Germany, and 19 papers and 7 posters were discussed. A post-colloquium trip was undertaken to Fanie’s Island in the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park.
  • 4th meeting of the RGSAA was held at the Medical School at Tygerberg in Cape Town, South Africa from 8-14 March 1993 and was organized by Gerbus Müller. It was attended by 46 persons, including researchers from Belgium and Germany, and during the three days 22 papers and 9 posters were discussed. A post-colloquium trip was undertaken to Dwarsriver in the Cedarberg Mountains.
  • 5th meeting of the RGSAA was held at Klein Kariba near Warmbaths from 23-28 November 1995, and was organized by Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman and her team. It was attended by 38 persons including researchers from Belgium, Germany, Israel, UK and USA. During the week 33 papers and posters were discussed. A collecting trip was undertaken at Klein Kariba. The name of the group formally changed to the African Arachnological Society (AFRAS).
  • 6th Colloquium of the African Arachnological Society was held at the National Aquarium Conference Centre in Swakopmund, Namibia from 19-23 April 1999, and was organized by Eryn Griffin and Joh Henschel. It was attended by 32 persons, including researchers from Belgium, Germany, Italy and New Zealand. During the week 23 papers and 5 posters were discussed. A sight-seeing trip was undertaken to the Welwitchia Plain and Bird Paradise.
  • 7th Colloquium of the African Arachnological Society was held at the Durban Natural History Museum in South Africa from 21-26 July 2002, and was organized by Tanza Crouch and her team. It was attended by 25 delegates from five countries. During the week 31 papers and posters were presented. A sight-seeing trip was undertaken in the Durban harbour, and a collecting trip to the Kranzkloof Nature Reserve.
  • 8th Colloquium of the African Arachnological Society was held at the Maselspoort Resort near Bloemfontein, South Africa from 30th of January to the 4th of February 2005, and was jointly hosted by the University of the Free State (Charles Haddad) and the National Museum, Bloemfontein (Leon Lotz). It was attended by 26 delegates from seven countries, and 29 papers and seven posters were presented. A collecting trip was undertaken to the Oliewenhuis gardens and also to the National Botanical Gardens in Bloemfontein. Post-congress trips were undertaken to the Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Park in KwaZulu-Natal, and to the Tswalu Game Reserve in the Northern Cape.
  • 9th Colloquium of the African Arachnological Society was held from 3-7 February 2008 at the Lajuma Mountain Retreat in South Africa, and was jointly hosted by the University of Venda (Stefan Foord) and ARC – Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria (Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman and team). Delegates from nine countries attended, and 29 papers and six posters were presented. Collecting was undertaken in surrounding Afromontane forest and savanna, and a demonstration of the canopy fogging that forms part of the Planetary Biodiversity Survey (PBI) for the Oonopidae was also given. A post-congress tour forming part of the latter project was undertaken to several savanna sites in the Limpopo Province.
  • 10th Colloquium of the African Arachnological Society was held from 31 January to 4 February at the Rhemardo Holiday Resort near Mookgopong in South Africa, and was jointly hosted by the ARC - Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria (Petro Marais and team) and the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Pretoria (Robin Lyle). The colloquium was attended by delegates from four countries, and 22 papers and eight posters were presented. Delegates were able to spend a day collecting in bushveld savanna typical of the Limpopo Province.