2 May 2014 - 09:15

Southern Africa is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world and boasts an extraordinary richness of plants and animals in both the marine and terrestrial environments. This diversity has formed a central focus for academics and students within the University of Cape Town's Botany and Zoology Departments for well over a century. To celebrate our phenomenal natural heritage as well as the recent merger of these two departments to form the Department of Biological Sciences, we are hosting a four day conference on biodiversity research in the region from 2-6 December 2013 as well as post-conference fieldtrips on the 7th. The conference is open to researchers working on any aspect of southern African biodiversity or broadly-related topics which showcase the excellence of our science and the wonder and importance of our biological environment. Senior postgraduate and postdoctoral students are especially encouraged to participate in the event. In addition, several leaders in the field of biodiversity research have been invited as keynote speakers.