Ant Identification Course

11-16th March 2018

Location: Wits Rural Facility, Hoedspruit, South Africa


This five-day course will teach the basics of ant identification, sampling and ecology, focusing on the southern African fauna. It will include training in collection methods, identification of ant specimens to genus and morphospecies level, mounting and specimen preservation, and lectures on ant community ecology.


The course will be led by Prof Kate Parr (University of Liverpool, UK), Prof Alan Andersen (Charles Darwin University, Australia) and Dr Tom Bishop (University of Pretoria).

Target audience

This course is suitable for students and researchers working on insects and savanna ecology, and anyone with an interest in ant ecology.

Course fee

R 2600.00 per person (includes dormitory accommodation and full catering). Places are limited to a maximum of 15 participants. Priority will be given to South Africa applicants in the first instance.

Participants need to provide their own microscopes and arrange transport to venue at own cost.

Registration deadline 02 March 2018

Contact to register: Monica Leitner (Email:; Phone +27124204614)

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