Dear colleague,

Are you perhaps a bit tired of attending scientific meetings at large hotels that all look the same, no matter where you are in the world? Would you like to combine excellent science in a relaxing environment fronting the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean with the possibility of going on an exciting safari before or after the meeting? Are you interested in Africa, in particular science in Africa?

If your answer to any of these questions is "yes", you should consider attending the Tofo Advanced Study Week on Arboviruses: Dengue - Zika - Chikungunya, which will take place from August 28 to September 01, 2016, at Praia do Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique. 

The conference is organized by Professor Rolf Hilgenfeld, University of Lübeck (Germany), in collaboration with Professor Subhash Vasudevan, Duke - National University of Singapore Medical School (Singapore), and with the Instituto Nacional de Saúde, the National Institute of Health of Mozambique (Scientific Director: Dr. Eduardo Samo Gudo). 

The meeting builds on the big success of the 2015 Tofo Advanced Study Week on Ebola and Other Filoviruses (see Please see some comments of participants of the Ebola conference below.

The scientific program of this conference will be shaped by a Scientific Committee headed by Subhash Vasudevan (Singapore) and composed of world-renowned virologists such as Sina Bavari (USA), Eva Harris (USA), Siew-Pheng Lim (Singapore), Eduardo Samo Gudo (Mozambique), Aruna Sampath (USA), and Pei-Yong Shi (USA).

The focus of the meeting will be on Dengue virus, but other (re-)emerging viruses such as West Nile virus and Chikungunya virus will be included. In view of the ongoing outbreak of Zika virus in the Americas, this virus will also be in focus.

The following scientific sessions are planned for the conference:

- Dengue, West Nile, Zika, and Chikungunya in Africa

- Molecular Biology of Dengue virus and other flavi-/alphaviruses

- Differential diagnostics

- Vaccine Development

- Development of Antivirals
- Vector Control

- Public Health Issues (incl. Outbreak Responses)

The number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 55, in order to enable most efficient and robust discussions in a familiar atmosphere. The 55 slots available at this meeting will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Being part of the new series "Tofo Advanced Study Week", the conference will take place at Hotel Tofo Mar, Praia do Tofo. This is a newly renovated boutique hotel situated directly on the beautiful Indian Ocean beaches of Tofo. Tofo is a divers' paradise (with one of the largest populations of whale sharks and manta rays on Earth) and offers a relaxed atmosphere, enabling you to combine excellent science with a well-deserved holiday. Tofo is only 22 km from the airport of Inhambane, which has flights from Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, and Johannesburg (South Africa).

Conference participants will either stay in Hotel Tofo Mar or in one of the many guesthouses and lodges on or near Tofo beach. All classes of accommodation, from dormitory to luxury, will be available.

Stipends will be available to support the participation of scientists from African countries and of PhD / MD students from anywhere in the world.

Our local travel agency, Terra Agua Ceu Lda., will offer pre- and post-conference tours to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. One of their tours to the Kruger starts in Maputo (Mozambique) and ends at Johannesburg International Airport, from where you could catch your flight home. The travel agency can also assist you in booking accommodation and flights.
Looking forward to seeing you at "Dengue and Other (Re-)Emerging Arboviruses" at Tofo Beach in August, 2016!

With best regards,
Rolf Hilgenfeld, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Lübeck, Germany
Eduardo Samo Gudo, Dr., Scientific Director, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Maputo, Mozambique
Subhash Vasudevan, Professor in Emerging Infectious Diseases Program, Duke - NUS Medical School, Singapore

From the guestbook of the Tofo Advanced Study Week on Ebola and Other Filoviruses, September 06 - 10, 2015:

"I think this was a very successful start for a series of future symposia!" (Stephan Becker, Marburg, Germany)

"Congratulations on the initiative to hold this meeting in Africa" (Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Kinshasa, DR Congo)

"Never before have I been at a meeting where you could spot 10 whales or more already before breakfast" (Heinz Ellerbrok, Berlin, Germany)

"Thank you so much for a wonderfully organised conference" (Hannah Kibuuka, Kampala, Uganda)

"It's been a wonderful meeting and I really love Tofo" (Kartik Chandran, New York City, NY, USA)

"This is an extraordinary meeting, both for its scientific excellence and its most beautiful setting" (Hans Klenk, Marburg, Germany).

"Thank you so much to all the organizers who developed and pulled off this fantastic event" (John Dye, Fort Detrick, MD, USA)

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please send an email to
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