The local executive organizing committee of the 2nd International Whitefly Symposium (IWS) is pleased to announce that the symposium will be held from Sunday 14 to Friday 19 February 2016 in Mount Meru Hotel Arusha, Tanzania.

**REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!**

Please follow the link below to register:

http://www.iita.org/iws2016-registration 

The International Whitefly Symposium (IWS) is a series of specialized scientific meetings that resulted out of the merger of the International Bemisia Workshop (IBWS) and the European Whitefly Symposium (EWS). The Symposium aims to foster research and education around a broad range of whitefly related issues regarding local, national and global interests. Topics to be discussed will include: taxonomy/systematics/evolution, genomes and proteomics, ecology, virus-vector-plant interactions, epidemiology, endosymbiont communities and integrated pest management.

The venue of the 2nd IWS presents the participants with a lifetime's opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of Africa, and Tanzania specifically, as it is within a day's safari drive to the world's topmost tourist attractions including: Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Great Rift Valley, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater and Arusha National Park.

Special tours may also be organized to visit the tourist sites after the symposium, including the Oldvai George, a site in Tanzania that holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors.

The passionate whitefly scientist will be glad to know that so far Africa provides the widest genetic diversity of Bemisia tabaci, making it the centre of origin of the world's most economically important 'beautiful' insect pest.

Welcome to the centre of 'origin' of mankind and Bemisia!

The symposium is open to scientists and private companies dealing in whitefly science.

Please mark off the dates in your diaries.

More details for registration and symposium agenda will be posted to you in due course.