ESF Research Conferences

Europe-Africa Frontier Research Conference Series


Chaired by


Professor Monique Capron
U547 Inserm - Lille 2 University, Institut Pasteur de Lille, France

Professor M. Iqbal Parker
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Cape Town, South Africa


4 - 9 April 2009


NH The Lord Charles Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
The NH The Lord Charles Hotel is situated in the Cape Winelands, 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. Group transportation will be organised on arrival and departure days from/to Cape Town airport.

Practical Information Guide PDF (248 KB)

Final Programme and List of Accepted Participants

The first conference in this series will focus on various topics around infectious diseases, paying particular attention to tuberculosis, malaria and more neglected diseases such as Buruli ulcer, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis and filariasis, along with emerging viral diseases.

The conference will concentrate on basic sciences in order to promote research and cooperation in an area that is generally regarded as of minor importance and therefore does not attract adequate funding in developing countries.

Extensive public interest in HIV/AIDS has resulted in diversion of attention to other infectious diseases, even though they still remain a key concern in all countries. In a globalised world almost every issue that concerns Africa affects the developed world, and vice versa.

This meeting will focus on the basic mechanisms underlying infectious diseases and explore how they may be applied to drug development and other intervention strategies.

The conference will highlight excellence in European and African research in an ‘open forum format’ of plenary discussions and lively interactions both inside and outside the conference room. It is anticipated that this format will help both formal and informal knowledge exchange between leading scientists and young researchers to create new synergies resulting in intercontinental research projects and joint funding applications.

Scientists from academia and industry worldwide are invited to apply to attend this conference. Selection will be based on academic merit, with the objective of achieving a balance between African and European participants and with a special focus on young researchers.

In order to enable the largest possible number of scientists to attend, a number of travel and conference grants will be made available.

Participants at the conference in Cape Town, South Africa (April 2009)

Final Programme PDF (746 KB) Last Updated 30-March-2009
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the programme. All other abstracts have been accepted as posters.

List of Accepted Posters PDF (38 K)

Posters can be fixed with pins or velcro onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (248 KB)


Transportation will be arranged on arrival day from Cape Town airport to NH The Lord Charles Hotel. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes.

Bus departure times – Saturday 4 April: 14h00 and 16h00 and 18h00

Group transportation back to Cape Town airport will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day.

Bus departure times – Thursday 9 April: 05h30 and 08h00 and 15h00 (to be confirmed)


SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed for invited speakers. All other participants will share TWIN rooms. If single rooms become available for participants, they will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis and you will be asked to pay a supplement to the hotel. Please email ablondeel[at] to be put on the single room waiting list.

If you are bringing a guest and need to be accommodated in a double room, please also inform us without delay.

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Registration Form

Registration Form
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 20 February 2009

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 6 February 2009
700 €
Registration and payment between 7 February and 20 February 2009800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after the official registration deadline of 20 February 2009.Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Senior Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2024
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-277 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the International Council for Science (ICSU)

with support from

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Fondation Merieux