The plenary speakers and relevant symposia in which they will speak are indicated below.

  • Dr. Ken Aplin (Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Australia): Diversity, Taxonomy, Genetics.
    Title “Rodent taxonomy in the 21st century - old fashioned discoveries meet new age technologies”.

  • Dr. Bastiaan Meerburg (Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands): Diseases and Host-disease interactions.
    Title "Transmission of pathogens by rodents: a threat for human and animal health?"

  • Dr. Florencia Palis (International Rice Research Institute, Philippines): Sociology/Cultural aspects and Economics.
    Title “Can Humans Outsmart Rodents? Learning to work collectively and strategically”.

  • Prof. Nigel Bennett (South African Research Chair of mammal behavioural ecology and ecophysiology, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Pretoria University, South Africa): Behavioural ecology and ecophysiology.
    Title “Socially- induced infertility in non-reproductive female Damaraland mole-rats: unravelling an underground secret”.

  • Dr. Rhodes Makundi (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania): Management: Agriculture, Urban, Rodenticides.
    Title "Ecologically-based rodent pest management in Africa: Potential and Challenges"

  • Prof. Chris Dickman (School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia): Conservation and Management of invasive rodents.
    Title “Invasive rodents: ecology, impacts and management”

The Concluding Remarks will be made by Prof. Charles Krebs (Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Canada).

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