Arid Zone Ecology Forum

A Non-Profit Organisation focused on research in the arid zone of southern Africa



16 - 18 May 2017 (pre-conference field trip to Compassberg on 15 May 2017)

Conference Venue

Merino Hall, Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute, Middelburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa

 Important Cut-Off Dates 

Abstract submission deadline

7 April 2017

Early Bird registration cut-off

7 April 2017

Late registration

8 - 28 April 2017

Student Sponsorship cut-off

7 April 2017


2nd announcement

Registration form

Instructions to authors

Student sponsorship guidelines

Compassberg Invitation (pre-conference field trip)

Main Topics 

We invite papers and posters on the topics of:

• Renewable Energy • Shale Gas Development • Conservation and Stewardship • Global Change • Rehabilitation • Biodiversity • Plant Ecology • Animal Ecology • Socio-Ecology •

Special Sessions:
• Large scale development
• Social changes in the arid landscape
• Long-term monitoring


There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available through the generous support of SAEON and other funders. Applications will close on 7 April 2017.


Please complete the registration form (above) and return to Gill Murray ( before the relevant deadline.

Please ensure that your registration fee has been paid and that you have sent your proof of payment to Gill Murray

Conference Dinners

On Monday 15 May 2017, there will be a 'Meet and Greet' at Vivere Restaurant (108 Coetzee Street, Middelburg) from 18:00 to 19:30 where finger snacks will be provided.

Dinners will be provided on the evenings of 16, 17 and 18 May 2017 at Vivere Restaurant.

The registration fees include administrative costs, teas, lunches and dinners as from the evening on 15 May 2017 (meet and greet). Accommodation and breakfasts ARE NOT INCLUDED.  

Annual General Meeting

The AZEF Annual General Meeting will be held on the evening of 16 May 2017.

Field Trips

Field trips will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 17 May 2017 and options include:

 • Grootfontein Grazing Trials
 • Noupoort Wind farm
 • History of Middelburg and Grootfontein

NB: Pre-conference field trip to Compassberg on 15 May 2017.

Prizes and Awards

Awards will be made to the best paper and poster by young scientists and students.