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The African Bioacoustics Community is going to the Kruger!


The Community

Globally, bioacoustics is a rapidly growing field of research. However, despite access to a wide range of behaviourally interesting and vocal species, unique environments, and increasing development resulting in noise pollution, bioacoustic research in Africa and by African scientists is comparatively lagging.
Financial constraints limit the opportunities for African scientists to learn from and network with experts in the field through international conferences, workshops, and courses etc.
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It is with these realities in mind that the African Bioacoustics Community was initiated in March 2018. The African Bioacoustics Community aims to provide a networking forum for people working on all aspects of bio-acoustic research in Africa.
Bioacoustic research from Africa and by African scientists is not well represented in the global field and thus the African Bioacoustics Community strives to shine a light on the achievements of bioacoustics research in Africa. We work towards equal representation, access to crucial learning and networking opportunities, and providing an environment where information flows freely between scientists, research labs, countries, and continents. 
Sustainability and minimizing our carbon footprint is something we value highly and we work hard to ensure that our events are sustainable, plastic-free and carbon responsible. As part of our effort in this matter, we ask that members of our community consider carbon-offsetting measures or donating to a cause that aligns with our values.
Every action we take makes a difference.
Diversity and Inclusion are as necessary as ABC
The African Bioacoustics Community wants to make the science of sound accessible to the continent of Africa. We cannot achieve this without a diverse and inclusive mindset, valuing new ideas, and celebrating different approaches. We hope to foster connection and relationships between people who are passionate about the unique and fascinating field of bioacoustics.
After all, Community is in our name.
Our ultimate goal is to provide a socially and environmentally conscious place for researchers to network, to learn and to share their research in the field of bioacoustics.
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The African Bioacoustics Community hosts a biennial conference that brings together individuals from around the world who are interested in bioacoustics. 
These conferences provide opportunities for underrepresented scientists based in Africa to present their research, learn from some of the best in the field and network with other researchers working on bioacoustic projects in Africa.

2nd - 7th OCTOBER

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Preliminary Conference Programme:
2nd - Icebreaker Event 
3rd - 6th - Conference Proceedings
7th - Workshops

Abstract Submission is OPEN!!
Head over to our Abstracts page to make your submission today



Conference Registration Fees
Student (low-income country)
Student (high-income country)
Standard (low-income/ unwaged)
Standard (high-income/ professional) 

Conference Extras
Workshop Registration
Conference Banquet

Exhibitor Registration Fees
Standard Exhibitor Stand *includes 1 conference registration

3000 ZAR
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500 ZAR
300 ZAR

9500 ZAR

200 USD
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633 USD

176 EUR
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559 EUR

150 GBP
195 GBP
200 GBP
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25 GBP
16 GBP

475 GBP



Conservation tariffs are included in the conference fees for the duration of the event for registered delegates. If a delegate brings any family members, daily conservation fees will apply (visit the Kruger National Park website for more information). Registering your family members/ loved ones that are tagging along would be a huge saving (and a very cool experience for them to learn something new!).

Curious about our previous conferences?

Click here to see the highlights!



Julie Kern

Plenary talk title: Bioacoustics and behaviour in Africa's smallest mammal, the dwarf mongoose

BackgroundJulie Kern is a behavioural ecologist with a focus on communication and cooperation in mammal communities. In January 2020 Dr Kern joined the University of New England, NSW, Australia, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her work focuses on communication, specifically the use of social information, cooperation, and social relationships.


Marco Gamba

Plenary talk title: The song of the indris in space and time: what we know and what we (still) do not know!

Background: Marco Gamba is a Researcher in Zoology in the Department of Life Sciences And Systems Biology at the University of Torino. In recent years, Marco combined anatomical analyses of the vocal apparatus and acoustical analyses to create computational models of non-human primate vocal tract in order to simulate vocal tract resonance. His long time interest in sounds and music led him to a growing interest in bioacoustics. Gamba’s current works are focused on several distinct areas of research, all based around improving our understanding of Primate phonation and vocal abilities.


Stephanie Plön

Plenary talk title: Listen carefully for sound conservation

Background: Stephanie Plön has been researching cetaceans in Eastern Cape waters, South Africa, for the past 27 years, focusing on the general ecology of local species, including their natural history, reproductive biology, and trophic ecology, but also anatomy, population ecology and genetics, strandings, pathology and health assessments. For this Prof. Plön uses a diverse array of research methods and collaborates widely with colleagues in related research fields to gain a more holistic picture of variations in the populations found in our local Eastern Cape waters in South Africa. Increasingly, Prof. Plön has pursued an integrative and comparative research approach, combining various lines of investigation and using them to cross-inform each other. 


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