Keystone Symposia “Vectors, Pathogens & Diseases” Conference in South Africa

Dear Friends in Africa,

I am writing to let you know about the next Keystone Symposia conference in Africa. The topic of the conference is Vectors, Pathogens and Diseases: Current Trends and Emerging Challenges, and it will be held September 10-14, 2017, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it aims to review the latest scientific knowledge on vectors and pathogens that are responsible for emerging or re-emerging diseases, address innovative methods for the control or elimination of vector-borne diseases, and enhance awareness of the landscape of vector-borne diseases and related new scientific knowledge that can improve the health of vulnerable human populations. It also seeks to break down the “insect silos” in which the vector-borne disease research community too commonly operates, providing a forum for researchers to interact, create networks and partnerships, exchange ideas, and think creatively across disciplines. I hope you will be able to attend and participate in the important discussions that will take place in Durban.

Global Health Travel Awards providing travel, lodging and registration funding to attend the meeting are available to researchers from LMICs where vector-borne diseases are endemic; applications are due April 11, 2017 ( Please contact with questions.

In addition, thanks to further funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are pleased to offer a limited number of no-cost registrations to researchers in the local area. The application instructions will be posted on the meeting page on the Keystone Symposia website after May 11, 2017. You can find more information about the conference program, speakers, award processes and deadlines on our website at

Even if you cannot yourself attend, we would be very grateful if you could spread the word about this conference among your network of colleagues, students and postdocs working in this field. We feel it will be a very valuable experience for all who can participate. A flyer/poster is available for printing if you would like to post it at your institution.

We hope to see you in Durban next September!!
Thank you for your time and best regards,

Jane L. Peterson, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 08:00 to Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 08:00

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal