Upcoming Meetings

16th Annual North American Black Fly Association (NABFA) Meeting
February 15-16, 2018

Greetings NABFA Members, Friends and Colleagues,

The 16th annual North American Black Fly Association (NABFA) meeting will be held February 15-16, 2018 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Georgia. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, February 15th and end around noon on Friday, February 16th.

We invite black fly enthusiasts, researchers, control specialists and students to join us to exchange ideas, information and camaraderie. Students are especially encouraged to participate in the Mike Spironello Award competition presented annually to the student giving the best talk. The award was established to honor the memory of former NABFA Secretary and black fly researcher, Mike Spironello, who passed away unexpectedly in 2006.

Registration for the meeting is $130.00 for non-students and $70.00 for students. Registration includes a BBQ dinner, a group luncheon at the Georgia Center and one of our classic tee-shirts. A tour of the University of Georgia black fly rearing and bioassay laboratory will be available for anyone whom is interested. Registration and reservations will be handled through the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Direct page to Registration: https://www.hotel.uga.edu/events/north-american-black-fly-meeting

You will be given the opportunity to make a hotel reservation as you proceed through the online registration process. A block of rooms (room rate $109) is reserved at the Georgia Center until January 18th.

Please email presentations title/abstracts to johnwalz@mmcd.org by February 5, 2018.

Feel free to contact either one of us with any questions or concerns.

We hope you can attend!

John Walz – NABFA President
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
St. Paul, Minnesota US 55104
Office: 651-643-8388
Email: johnwalz@mmcd.org

Elmer W. Gray – NABFA Vice-President
Department of Entomology, University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Laboratory (706) 542-1184
Email: ewgray@uga.edu

Carey LaMere – NABFA Webmaster
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
St. Paul, Minnesota US 55104
Office: 651-643-8389
Email: clamere@mmcd.org

The 2018 Simuliidae Symposium will be at University of Birmingham, England, on the 21-22 June 2018. Sessions on blackfly ecology and systematics, genomics, and working towards the elimination of onchocerciasis in Africa will be held, with a possible workshop on nanopore DNA sequencing. The website for registering for the 2018 VIII International Simuliidae Symposium and booking accommodation is now open at the following URL: http://shop.bham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-life-environmental-sciences/school-of-biosciences/viii-international-simuliidae-symposium-2018