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The second APS congress will be held in Entebbe, Uganda from September 1st-5th, 2019. The theme for 2019 is “Primate Conservation in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities”

Second Congress of the African Primatological Society (APS)

The African Primatological Society (APS) was formally established during an inaugural Congress in Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire, July 24-27, 2017.  The congress brought together 150 primatologists from 22 countries in Africa and a few dozen from other countries across the globe. All regions of Africa (North, West, Central, East, Southern Africa and Madagascar) were represented.
The second APS congress will be held in Entebbe, Uganda from September 1st-5th, 2019. The theme for 2019 is “Primate Conservation in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities”
At the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group African Primate Red List Assessment Workshop held in Rome, Italy from the18th – 23rd of April 2016, experts assessed the conservation status of African primates wherein 100 out of 179 taxa were classified as threatened with 35 endangered and 15 critically endangered species. More than ever before, these assessments revealed the dire situation facing African primates and drew attention to the potential for imminent and catastrophic loss of the continent’s rich primate biodiversity if concrete steps are not taken urgently to reverse the current trend (Imong et al. 2016). Thus, it became evident that there should be greater commitment from all stakeholders. Thus national governments, international organizations, donor agencies, research institutions, local communities, groups and individuals must reassess their levels of commitment and intervention strategies, and reposition themselves to be more effective in their efforts to save Africa’s primate diversity. In particular, Africans must be better positioned to lead efforts if long term, effective conservation of African primates is to be realized.
As a result, the African attendees at this workshop held a series of meetings to discuss progress towards the formation of an African primate group/society. The meetings in Rome, Italy built on that of the former African Primate Working Group (APWG) held in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2015. The APWG itself was formed after several discussions which have taken place since 2012 at the International Primatological Society (IPS) congresses in Cancun, Mexico and in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2014. 
The decision to transition from a Working Group to a Society has come at an opportune time with many more researchers and conservationists working on African primates increasingly more interested in being part of a home-grown network. A steering committee was immediately constituted in Rome to deliver on the mandate of first Congress inaugurating this new society, and undertaking associated activities to facilitate the affairs of the group. Two members of the APS received support by Conservation International to promote the APS during the IPS meeting in August 2016 and the announcement of the inaugural congress of the APS received enthusiastic support.
The Congress will gather together approximately 200 African Primatologists, non-African researchers and conservationists working on African primates as well as other stakeholders. The second general assembly of APS members will also take place, as well as keynote addresses during plenaries from renown primatologists, poster sessions, round table discussions and training sessions.

Overall goal
The overall goal of the congress is to hold the second African Primatological Society conference and strengthen the group’s position to serve as a platform for knowledge and experience sharing amongst researchers, conservationists, education practitioners, donors and decision makers across the African continent towards the effective conservation of African primates.

Specific objectives

  • To improve knowledge of the advances, constraints, and future perspectives of Primatology in the different regions of Africa (Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Northern Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa, and Madagascar);
  • To share results of selected projects dealing with various aspects of African Primatology including but not limited to ecology, ethology, systematics, taxonomy, distribution, epidemiology, anthropology, human-primate interactions, conflicts, education, conservation, disease, One Health, tourism;
  • Consolidate enabling factors for the efficient running of the society (action plan).

PLANNED ACTIVITIES (subject to slight changes)
Day 1
Opening Session

    • A welcome speech by the Chair of the Organizing Committee with aims of the conference.
    • An opening presentation given by Inza Koné, the APS Chair to give a background of APS.
    • A video speech by APS Patron, Russ Mittermeier
    • The Mayor of Entebbe will give welcome remarks
    • Dr. Jane Goodall, who will be asked to give remarks on her 50 year journey as a pioneer and inspirational primatologist working with chimpanzees in Africa since the 1960s, if she is not able to attend in person then a video speech will be projected
    • Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities will give opening remarks on the importance of primates to sustainable development in Uganda and introduced the Guest of Honor
    • The proposed Guest of Honor is The Prime Minister of Uganda who will open the workshop officially
    • Group photo will be taken

Tea break

    • The first keynote speech will be made by an eminent primatologist, Prof. Vernon Reynolds, emeritus Professor at Oxford University, who established the Budongo Forest Project in 1990, on the topic: “Nurturing African leadership in Primatology”

Afternoon session
This session will be opened by a key note speech from Prof. Liz Williamson and Dr William Olupot from IUCN Primate Specialist Group on the topic “African Great Apes and other primates red listing process: updates and lessons.”
This will be followed by a plenary session on the state of Primatology in each of the six regions of Africa.
The afternoon session will end with a keynote speech by an international guest, Dr. Fabian Leendertz from the Robert Koch Institute on  "Epidemiological issues in primate research and conservation projects”


Day 2
Day 2 of the conference will focus on sharing results of selected projects dealing with various aspects of African Primatology.
A call for abstracts will be launched prior to conference dates and the Scientific Committee will select up to 50 abstracts for oral communications and up to 20 posters.
During Day 2 of the Congress, selected candidates will give their oral presentations during several parallel sessions with simultaneous English-French translation. These talks will be preceded by a keynote speech from an international guest, Dr. Daisuke Mizoguchi,  on the topic: “Building capacity for primatology through south to south (Japanese and African) collaborations”

A poster session will be organized and visitors will be invited to evaluate the quality of competing posters and their presentation on specific sheets in order for a jury to select the winner of the award of the best poster.
Day 3
Day 3 of the Congress will start with

  •  1st key note speech from an African Primatologist, Prof. Jonah Ratsimbazafy from Madagascar on “The potential for African Leadership in primatology to shape national and regional conservation policy”
  • A round table will be organized on the topic “Primate Ecotourism: Opportunities and Challenges for Conservation and Sustainable Development: The Uganda Experience” Panelists include African primatologists: Lily Ajarova (UTB), Sam Mwandha (UWA), Anna Behm (International Gorilla Conservation Programme), Praveen Morman (Volcanoes Safaris) and Arcus Foundation representing the donor community (Helga Rainer). The session will be facilitated by Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (CTPH).
  • Award ceremony for best student presentations and prominent primatologists in Africa will be held
  • Conference recommendations and resolutions will be read by APS President, Inza Koné
  • The Closing session will include remarks by UWA ED, NFA ED and Ian Redmond or Johannes Refisch representing GRASP.
  • The constitution of the APS and chairs of the different governance bodies were elected at the inaugural congress and the next election is scheduled to be held after four years at the 3rd APS conference. A 2nd annual general meeting will be held in the afternoon of day 3.

Days 4-6: Field Trips

The 4th,  5th and 6th days will be dedicated to optional excursions, pre congress training and  post congress study tours in  primate field sites including Ngamba Chimpanzee Island, Mabira Forest, Budongo Forest, Kibale Forest and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest led by local collaborators (UWA, Chimpanzee Trust Uganda, Nature and Livelihoods, Budongo Conservation Field Station).

Additionally there will be a 3 day pre-congress training to be led by Dr. Rainer Dolch in Budongo Forest, where he is fundraising separately for this workshop.

We seek to promote the conservation of African primates through sharing of research and networking among primate conservation stakeholders.
The APS invites abstracts from students, researchers and conservation managers on African primates under the following subthemes for review:


  • Diversity, Taxonomy and Status
  • Diversity and status of primates in Africa
  • Conservation and management
  • Health and Disease
  • Conservation Education and Capacity Building
  • Tourism

Guidelines for Abstracts

  • Write your abstract in Times New Roman Font size 12pt (justify the text)
  • Word limit: 400
  • Abstracts of both oral and poster presentations should be structured as follows
    • Heading/title (Times New Roman, bold font size 12pt, centred)
    • Presenting Author1*, Co-authors2 (Times New Roman, font size 10pt, centred)
    • 1Affiliation (Times New Roman, font size 10pt, centred)
    • 2Affiliation (Times New Roman, font size 10pt, centred)
    • (Times New Roman, font size 10pt, centred)
    • Preference: oral presentation or poster


  • Once the abstracts for posters are accepted, authors should prepare their posters to occupy 1 m x 1 m wall space.
  • Oral presentations will be for 15 minutes including time for questions/comments on your presentation
  • The programme committee reserves the right to make the final decision.


The deadline for abstract submission is 17 May 2019.
The submission instructions will be posted later this month!


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