@Future Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
6-8 November 2019 (with post-meeting field trip 8-11 November)

IUFRO is an international network of forest scientists working in a very broad range of research areas, including forest health and the management of invasive species. The IUFRO working group 7.03.13 focuses on research related to the biological control of forest insect pests and pathogens. This is the first meeting of the working group since the meeting in Poland in 2015, and the first time this working group has met in Africa! The working group meetings are generally not too large (less than 100 people) which allows easier engagement with fellow researchers.


The meeting will be held at the newly opened facilities of the Future Africa Campus ( of the University of Pretoria, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Important Dates

Send interest in post-meeting field trip: 30 April 2019

Abstract submission deadline: 15 June 2019

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 30 June 2019

Early registration deadline: 31 July 2019

Late registration deadline: 30 September 2019


For more information about the meeting you can contact Prof. Brett Hurley (FABI, University of Pretoria)
Tel: +27 12 420 5822


Preliminary programme (will be updated)

Tuesday 5th November: Afternoon arrival and registration
Wednesday 6th November: Morning and afternoon sessions + visit to FABI Biocontrol Centre
Thursday 7th November: Morning and afternoon sessions + banquet dinner
Friday 8th November: Morning session; leave for field trip; departure of other attendees not attending field trip

Registration information

Early registration (before 31 July 2019) = US$300 per person
Late registration (1 August – 30 September 2019) = US$380 per person
This includes the Welcome Reception, dinners, teas and lunches, and shuttle service from ORT International Airport in Johannesburg to Future Africa (and back to airport). The post-meeting field trip is NOT included in the registration fees.

After online registration you will be sent a confirmation email, followed by an invoice for payment of the registration fees, and field trip fees if applicable.

Registration Form

Venue and Accommodation

The meeting will be held at the newly opened facilities of the Future Africa Campus of the University of Pretoria, in Pretoria, South Africa. This is a beautiful facility with a modern conference venue and multiple breakaway discussion rooms. The facility has specifically been designed to provide an environment for leading scientists and scholars from around the world to engage and address global challenges, and will thus be the ideal venue for the IUFRO Biocontrol meeting.

We have reserved accommodation at Future Africa for 5-8 November at a good rate, ZAR900pp for bed and breakfast (= approx. US$65). The accommodation is just a few minutes walk from the meeting venue.

Accommodation should be booked directly with Future Africa ( ), please use ‘IUFRO Biocontrol’ as a reference for your booking.

Information on the accommodation and conference facility can be found at (under 'Campus').

Post-meeting field trip

There will be a post-meeting field trip from 8-11 November. The field trip will include exposure to South African plantation forestry, including visits to sites with infestation of some of the main pests of pine and eucalypts, such as the Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio), the bluegum chalcid (Leptocybe invasa), the Eucalyptus snout beetle (Gonipterus sp.2), as well as native insect pests. The field trip will also include exposure to some of South Africa’s amazing native fauna and flora, with a visit to the Kruger National Park.

The cost of the field trip must still be finalized, but is estimated to be approx. US$650 per person. This will include accommodation, all meals, and transport.

The numbers for the field trip need to be finalized soon to secure accommodation. And spaces for the field trip will be limited. Thus, if you are interested to attend the field trip please let me know ( as soon as possible, but preferably by 30 April 2019.

Abstracts Submission

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 June 2019. Click here for instructions and template for abstract. Abstracts should be submitted to