Activities are being prepared to encourage networking across and within disciplines using social events, including an ice breaker event, poster sessions with wine and nibbles, conference dinner consisting of a Boma, training event and field trip. We can also point you towards other activities to undertake after the conference to experience the thrills of Victoria Falls and wider game park experience.
AVANI Victoria Falls Resort – initial registration, buffet and drinks in the grounds of Avani Victoria Falls Resort on Monday 2nd July at 18.00-21.00.
There will be two poster sessions on the Tuesday and Wednesday (3/4th July), with flash presentations beforehand. Snacks, drinks and wine will be provided during the poster sessions at the end of each afternoon.
Thursday (5th) evening 19.00-22.00, the Boma will be held at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort on the banks of the Zambezi, within site of the edge of the Victoria Falls. A braai ( a social gathering around a barbeque which is typical in Zambia and other Southern African countries particularly South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe ) will be provided, along with entertainment including traditional music and dancing. The Boma also allows you to enjoy an African Village Experience as you visit different huts belonging to the people who you’d find in a village community such as craftsmen as they create traditional wares or the traditional healer.
Friday 6th will encompass a selection of training sessions encompassing topics on QGIS, Introduction to Geostatistics using R, Quality Assurance for laboratory data, Presentation skills, Ethics, Isotope Tracer modelling, a tutorial on Epidemiology provided by IARC-WHO and environmental-public health data interpretation from Dr Alex Stewart (retired Public Health England) and others subject to demand. The training day will run in two ½ day sessions for QGIS and Geostatistics, whilst the other tutorials will comprise of 1 -3hrs and will be free of charge, but does require advanced registration for demand management. (Coffee will be provided, lunch will not).
All of the above events will be included within the registration price and supported by sponsors.
Saturday 7th will provide a visit to a local Agricultural Research station, a typical African village and end with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Delegates will need to register in advance within the Early Bird registration date.
Unfortunately, those wishing to add on the sunset cruise will need to pay £60, which includes drinks and buffet. The company organising the sunset cruise along the Zambezi will view wildlife on the river bank.
SEGH Early Career Ambassadors’ Dinner
This is a networking opportunity for Early career researchers to meet and mingle with other young researchers as well as seasoned scientists from the SEGH community on the Thursday evening (5th). Young attendees will be able to benefit from a motivational talk from an SEGH Mentor. Dinner and refreshments will be included for £10. This meeting will also guage interest from Early Career scientists in participating in an Early Career Ambassador advisory group to the SEGH international board and/or in participating in a mentorship scheme to progress towards a Fellowship award (F SEGH). Early career scientists are considered as PhD students or within 5 years of graduating at undergraduate or postgraduate level.