Fifth International Conference of the Pan African Fish and Fisheries Association (PAFFA 5) / Cinquième Conférence Internationale de l'Association de la Pêche et les Poissons

Third and Final Announcement

Organized by: The Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Burundi

With the financial participation of the:
• Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, Tervuren, Belgium)
• Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, France)
• Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
• NUPEM, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
• American Museum of Natural History (AMNH, New York, U.S.A.)

International Organizing Committee
G. Ntakimazi (Burundi),  J. Snoeks (Belgium), C. Leveque (France), Fabio Di Dario (Brazil), Mario de Pinna (Brazil), M.L.J. Stiassny (U.S.A) A. Getahun (Ethiopia), Ph. A. Laleye (Benin), C. Niyonkuru (Burundi), D. Paugy (France)

Local Organizing Committee
G. Ntakimazi, G. Banyankimbona, A Gasogo, C. Niyonkuru,  S. Sibomana, P. Bararunyeretse, W. Nduwimana, J. Nkengurutse

Contacts:
Prof. Gaspard Ntakimazi or Dr Gaspard Banyankimbona
Tel. +257 79 930 942 or +257 79 982 358
E-mail:  paffa2013@yahoo.com or gaspard.ntakimazi@ub.edu.bi or
gaspard.banyankimbona@ub.edu.bi


Introduction

The International and local organizing committee members would like to thank all those who responded to our call for participation in this fifth PAFFA conference. We have received very encouraging responses from five of the six continents; we have received 182 abstracts to be presented by 142 contributors from 34 different countries.
These abstracts will be presented in either oral or poster form and 6 plenary lectures are expected to be delivered. The number of abstracts of the papers to be presented to under each theme is presented in a table. We have also prepared a preliminary program of the meeting.

The time allocated for each plenary lecture is 40 minutes (30-35 minutes for presentation and 5-10 minutes for discussion) while 20 minutes is available for oral presentation (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). Please note that if your oral presentation is in French, the written power point should be in English.

There are sessions allotted for poster presentation and authors need to be around their posters during these periods. Posters need to be in place at the Royal Palace Hotel on the afternoon of Sunday, 15 September 2013. Poster sizes should not be more than 1.20 m (height) and 0.90 m (width).

During the registration, an identification tag that allows access to the conference services and a kit containing the booklet of abstracts and stationery will be made available upon presentation of registration fees payment proof. 

For more detailed information about conference themes or any other matter related to the conference, you may refer to the second announcement. We can resend the second announcement upon request.

Table 1: Number of abstracts to be presented

Oral Posters Total
Theme 1: Fish systematic, biodiversity research and data management 40 26 66
Theme 2: Biology, ecology and behavior 23 5 28
Theme 3: Aquatic conservation and management 22 9 31
Theme 4: Fish and food security in the 21-st century in Africa   23 16 39
Tanganyika session 13 5 17
Total 121 61 182

Program Overview:

Friday ,  September 13th, 2013

Saturday, September, 14th,  2013

Receiving participants at Bujumbura International Airport

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Receiving participants at Bujumbura International Airport

Monday,  September 16th,  2013

8:15-9:00 am    Registration
    Chairpersons’ session meeting
    (Bus leaves hotels at 8:00 am)
9:00-10:30 am   Opening ceremony
10:30-11:00 am   Coffee break
11:00-11:40 am  Plenary lecture I (African Fish and Fisheries: PARADI to PAFFA, the last 25 years, M.L.J. Stiassny)
11:40 am-12:20 pm  Plenary lecture II (African ichthyology: lessons learned, challenges accepted Prof. Jos Snoeks &  Dr. Emmanuel Vreven)
12:30-1:50 pm   Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm    Parallel sessions
4:00-4:30 pm    Coffee break
4:30-5:30 pm    Poster session
6:00-8:00 pm    Official reception Cocktail
    (Royal Palace Hotel, Bus leaves hotel at 8:15 pm)

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

8:15-8:30 am    Chair persons’ session meeting
    (Bus leaves hotel at 8:00 am)
8:30-9:10 am  Plenary lecture III (Poissons d'Afrique et peuples de l'eau -l'importance symbolique des poissons dans les sociétés africaines— Dr. Christian Lévêque)
9:20-10:00 am   Parallel sessions
10:00-10:30 am   Coffee break
10:30 am-13:00 pm   Parallel sessions
1:00 – 2:20 pm   Lunch
2:20-4:00 pm    Parallel sessions
4:00-4:30 pm    Coffee break
4:30-5:30 pm    Poster session
    (Bus leaves hotel at 6:00 pm)
   
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

8:30—9:10 am  Plenary lecture IV   (Lake Tanganyika biodiversity, threats on it, and current conservation strategies, G. Ntakimazi & M. Van der Knaap)
9:20-10:00 am  Parallel sessions
10:00-10:30 am  Coffee break and Group Photo in front of the Royal Palace Hotel
10:30 am-1:00 pm   Trip to Nyanza Lac, Lake Tanganyika southern shore in Burundi
1:00-1:30 pm    Visit of the lakes
1:00-2:30 pm    Lunch at  East African Hotel at Nyanza Lac
3:00 pm    Return trip to Bujumbura

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

8:15-8:30 am    Chair persons’ session meeting
    (Bus leaves hotel at 8:00 am)
8:30-9:10 am  Plenary lecture V (Hyperdiverse freshwater ichthyofaunas in Africa and the Neotropics; overview and comparisons. RP Vari)
9:20-10:00 am  Parallel sessions
10:00-10:30 am   Coffee break
10:30 am-1:00 pm   Parallel sessions
1:00 – 2:20 pm   Lunch
2:20-4:00 pm    Parallel sessions
4:00-4:30 pm    Coffee break
4:30-5:30 pm    Poster session
    (Bus leaves the Royal Palace Hotel at 6:00 pm)
    (Bus leaves hotel at 7:00 pm)
7:30 pm-10:00   Conference Banquet (place to be confirmed)
    (Bus leaves banquet place at 10:15 pm)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

8:15-8:30 am    Chair persons’ session meeting
    (Bus leaves hotel at 8:00 am)
8:30-9:10 am  Plenary lecture VI (The role of multi-disciplinary aquatic research in enhancing conservation and co-management of aquatic ecosystems in East Africa, Wanja Dorothy )
9:20-10:00 am   Parallel sessions
10:00-10:30 am   Coffee break
10:30 am-1:00 pm   Parallel sessions
1:00 – 2:20 pm   Lunch
2:20-4:00 pm    PAFFA general meeting and closing
4:00-4:30 pm    Coffee break
4:30 pm    Departure

Saturday, September 21st, 2013  All Day   Departure
   

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013  All Day   Departure

Detailed programs with titles of abstracts and names of presenters will follow soon.

Travel and reception:
There will be transport facility to receive and take every one of you to your hotel from
the airport at any time provided that you have indicated your travel details. For any
problem at the airport you may call: Sibomana Claver (75902856), Niyonkuru Charles  (71600644 )

Visa
Delegates are responsible for their own Visa arrangements. Please check with your local travel agent to see if a Visa is required to enter Burundi. For those who have sent their passport details to the local organizing committee to obtain a temporary entry, a response will be sent soon; in this case you may receive visa at the international airport in Bujumbura.

Climate and clothes
The weather will be fine during the Conference. Temperatures will range between 23 and 28°C.

Health
It is recommended that you take yellow fever, hepatitis and meningitis vaccinations and bring malaria prophylaxis. Bujumbura is located at relatively low altitude (800 m above sea level) and there is a risk of tropical diseases.

Registration
Those of you who haven’t registered could register with late registration fees on Sunday afternoon at the Royal Palace Hotel (recommended) and Monday morning at the same place. Registration ticket will be requested to have a swipe in card for the conference rooms.

Accommodation
Delegates are responsible to arrange their own accommodation by contacting the Hotels directly. The list of hotels is, again, attached to this announcement. When that is difficult you may contact the local organizing committee to do the arrangement for you.

About cash money
Credit cards are accepted only in some banks in Burundi. So, bringing cash in dollars is a recommendation to avoid financial problems during the meeting.

Pre and post conference excursion
Pre and Post-conference excursions can be organized by contacting the local organizing
committee or any local travel agency.

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