Arid Zone Ecology Forum

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


***Please note that the AZEF 2018 conference and workshops have officially been registered with SACNASP. Please contact Gill Murray for further information regarding this.


16 - 18 October 2018 (pre-conference workshop on 15 October 2018)

Conference Venue

Callie de Wet Sport Centre, 8 Kerk Street, Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa

Pre-Conference Venue

Graham Beck Skills Centre, R60 Riverside/Goree Road, Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa

 Important Cut-Off Dates 

Abstract submission cut-off

31 August 2018

Early bird registration & sponsorship application cut-off

31 August 2018

Registration cut-off

14 September 2018


2nd announcement

Registration form

Instructions to authors

Abstract template

Student sponsorship form

Robertson Town accommodation list

Pre-Conference Workshops

Parallel sessions sponsored by the Wilderness Foundation Africa. Choose to participate in one of the following sessions: 

1) Show me the Money:
Project proposals and funding

2) Expanding the Conservation Estate:
Challenges and Opportunities in South Africa’s Arid Zone

Conference Main Topics 

We invite papers and posters on the topics of:

• Alien invasion biology • Animal & plant ecology • Biodiversity stewardship • Development in the arid zone
 • Drought-related impacts • Rehabilitation & restoration • Rangeland ecology • Socio-Ecology •

Special Sessions:
• Drought
• Alien & Invasives
• Animal-Plant Interactions

*Special Farmers Session


There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available through the generous support of SAEON and other funders. Applications will close on 31 August 2018.


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 the evening of 15 October 2018, there will be a 'Meet and Greet' at Graham Beck Skills Centre (R60 Riverside/Goree Road, Robertson) from 17:00 to 19:00 where finger snacks will be provided.

Dinners will be provided on the evenings of 16, 17 and 18 October 2018 at various venues in and around Robertson.

The registration fees include administrative costs, teas, lunches and dinners as from the evening on 15 October 2018 (meet and greet). Accommodation and breakfasts ARE NOT INCLUDED.  

Annual General Meeting

The AZEF Annual General Meeting will be held during the conference. Details will be included in the conference programme. 

Field Trips

Field trips will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 17 October 2018 and options include:

  • Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy: Conservation in Action
  • WFW Breede River Alien Clearing: Conservation and Community
  • Special Habitats: Robertson Area
  • Biodiversity Stewardship: Farmers and Conservation

NB: Pre-conference workshop on 15 October 2018.

Prizes and Awards

Best paper & best poster presented by young scientists with priority given to postgraduate students. 


During the conference, Clement Cupido will auction a photograph from the arid zone to raise funds for future student participation at AZEF – watch this space!