March 6-10, 2023
Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité (CSB), Faculty of Science – University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Kisangani, Tshopo Province, DR Congo
How to apply for a grant to attend the conference ?
Grants to attend the conference will be available to cover registration costs, travel expenses, accommodation and a moderate daily subsistence allowance. Only candidates from countries in the Congo basin and adjacent countries are eligible. Applicants will have to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation about one of the conference themes before May 31 2022. By the end of August, successful applicants will be notified.
- for African participants, residing in Africa, whose abstract (poster or oral presentation) is accepted by the scientific committee .
- for local participants wishing to attend the sessions without having submitted an abstract or without accepted abstract. They should also register. However, they will have no right to free meals and coffee breaks.
.- 50 USD for African participants, residing in Africa, who have not submitted an abstract or whose abstract has not been accepted by the scientific committee
– 400 USD (early bird registration)
– 300 USD (early bird registration for students)
– 450 USD (full registration)
– 350 USD (registration for students)
An official invitation for administrative or visa purposes will be sent to those participants whose participation is confirmed by the scientific committee and for which payment (if applicable) has been received.
Only cancellations sent to congobiodiv23orgcom[@]naturalsciences.be before December 1, 2022 will be refunded.
The organising committee reserves the right to relocate or cancel the conference, or reassign some or all presentations to online
sessions in the event of special circumstances.
Travel and Accommodation
For participants coming from abroad, pre-vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory, otherwise you will be refused entry into the country. The vaccination must be done in an approved centre (hospital, tropical medicine centre) authorized to provide the vaccine and to issue the international vaccination booklet. This must be presented to the health control authorities at the airport, both on entry and exit. Vaccination against typhoid fever, tetanus (coupled with polio and diphtheria), hepatitis A and hepatitis B as well as meningitis are recommended but not mandatory.
In the absence of a malaria vaccine, it is highly recommended that travellers take anti-malarial treatment before, during and after their stay in the DR Congo.
Additional administrative costs
Please consult the website of the DR Congo embassy in your country of residence. You may need a document, the ‘Engagement de Prise en Charge’, from the Direction Générale de Migration (DGM), which UNIKIS, via CSB, can provide. This document costs 80 USD per person.
This DGM document is linked to the legalized invitation that you will also need for your visa application. This invitation costs USD 20 per document, but it can be issued for several people at the same time. If necessary, UNIKIS, via the CSB, will provide you with this invitation.
Therefore, please take into account an additional cost of 20 to 100 USD, depending on your case. The CSB will advance these costs, but you will have to reimburse these expenses after your arrival in Kisangani.
In addition, for participants arriving in Kisangani for the first time, there is a form to be filled in at the DGM at the airport, for a fee of USD 20 per person (to be paid by you upon arrival).
Photographers appointed by the Conference organisers will photograph the Conference and its participants. Conference participants agree to be photographed by registering for the event. However, if a participant does not wish to be photographed, he/she should inform the organising committee before the start of the conference (6/03/2023).