Welcome to the 14th African Small Mammal Symposium

The ASMS conferences are held once every four years, providing the opportunity for local and international scientists, students and others interested in studying African small mammals to meet and exchange ideas. Small mammals mainly: rodents, bats, shrews, sengis, tenrecs, golden moles, rabbits, hares, otters, mongooses, ground squirrels etc. are covered within these meetings.

Conference Fees

Standard – 350 USD (late registration 400 USD)

Full-time student – 200 USD

Registration fee includes conference pack, access to complete scientific program, welcome function, mid-conference excursion, lunches and coffee breaks during the whole conference. It does not cover travel to Swakopmund (Namibia), accommodation (incl. breakfasts and dinners) and post-conference trips.

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Key Dates

Abstracts Due Date 31 May 2023 at 23h59 CAT
Registration Due Date 31 May 2023 at 23h59 CAT
Notification of Acceptance 31 July 2023 at 23h59 CAT
Registration Fee Due Date 30 June 2023 at 23h59 CAT
Conference Dates 17 to 22 September 2023

Banking Details

Account Name ECORAT Namibia
Bank Name Standard Bank Namibia
Swift/ Sort Code SBNMNANX
Branch Name & Code Ausspannplatz, 082672
Account Number 041 640 349
Telephone +264-61-294 9500
Physical Address 50 Rehobother Road, Windhoek, Namibia

More Info

The abstract should include the title, list of authors, affiliations with addresses, the text, and email for the presenter (and corresponding author if different), in that order.

The name of the presenter should be in bold.

The format for the abstract must be Times New Roman in MS-Word document as follows: Title of the paper (font size 12 in bold); and the rest in font size 11, double spaced with a 2.5 cm margin on either side.

The total number of words in the abstract should not exceed 250.The abstract must be submitted online (?), on the conference website.

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Kindly take note that all participants should arrive in Swakopmund (Namibia) on Sunday the 17th of September 2023. Participants that are coming into the country via air route have a number of options: (i) Book flights directly to the Walvis Bay International Airport (Namibia) either via Cape Town International Airport (South Africa) or O. R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg, South Africa); (ii) Book flights directly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek, Namibia). All delegates are requested to provide the Local Organising Committee with their flight itineraries so that we can arrange shuttles from the airport to the hotel.

Conference Venue

The 14th ASMS will be hosted at the Swakopmund Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre. This hotel and conference centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and is surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants providing you with the best base to explore Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the Namib Desert.

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Bookings should be made directly with the hotels. The Swakopmund Plaza Hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms; suites, family rooms, and unique luxury suite (kindly refer to the hotel website for detailed information). Use the email address info@plaza.na and indicate in the email subject line “14th ASMS Bookings” to qualify for discounted rates.

Delegates can also book alternative accommodation with sister establishments of the Swakopmund Plaza Hotel.

For alternative accommodation in Swakopmund, visit the following website:

View other Accommodation.

Seth J. Eiseb (University of Namibia)

Penda Muteka (University of Namibia)

Lina Mushabati (University of Namibia)

Salmi Kapala (University of Namibia)

Ester Kayala (University of Namibia)

Laina Abiatar (University of Namibia)

Lavinia Haikukutu (University of Namibia)

Francois Becker (National Museum of Namibia)

Apollonia Dirks (National Museum of Namibia)

Kenneth /Uiseb (Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Tourism)

Seth J. Eiseb, Department of Environmental Science, School of Science, University of Namibia, Namibia

Penda Muteka, Department of Animal Production, Agribusiness & Economics, School of Agriculture & Fisheries Science, University of Namibia, Namibia

Francois Becker, Natural Science, National Museum of Namibia, Namibia

Kenneth /Uiseb, Department of Wildlife Monitoring and Research, Directorate of Scientific Services, Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Tourism, Namibia

Rhodes H. Makundi, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania

Apia W. Massawe, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania

Ara Monadjem, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Eswatini, Eswatini

Voahangy Soarimalala, Association Vahatra, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Peter J. Taylor, Afromontane Research Unit, Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, South Africa

Nico Avenant, Department of Mammalogy, National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Petr Benda, National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

Josef Bryja, Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic

Steven Belmain, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

Christiane Denys, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France

Laurent Granjon, Institut de Recherches pour le Développement, Montpellier, France

Herwig Leirs, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Victor Rambau, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

The Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) pledged to support us financially for the 14th ASMS.

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Dr. Seth J. Eiseb
Tel: +264 61 206 3414
Email: seiseb@unam.na
Email: seth_eiseb@yahoo.co.uk

Dr. Sacharian Muteka
Tel: +264 61 206 4033
Email: spmuteka@unam.na


Birds Mansion Hotel

Relax in the Bird's Mansions Hotel or the Bird's Nest Guest House. Both venues are nestled right in the centre of Keetmanshoop, the capital of Southern Namibia.

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The Schützenhaus

The Schützenhaus, established in 1907, is the oldest German Club in Southern Africa. It was privatized after 98 years and is now a prestigious Guest House in Keetmanshoop.

wVisit Website t+264 63 225 584 @reservations@exclusive.com.na

Central Lodge

Central Lodge offers spacious and airconditioned en-suite rooms for the overnight tourist as well as the business traveler. Enjoy our restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and conference facilities.

wVisit Website t+264 63 225 850 @clodge@iway.na