The conference will be held at the C.R Swart Auditorium, University of the Free State’s (UFS) main campus, Bloemfontein, South Africa. 

The University of the Free State is recognized as one of the major universities in South Africa. It was established in 1904 and today hosts more than 20 000 students on its three campuses: the Main and South Campuses in Bloemfontein, and the Qwaqwa Campus in Phuthaditjaba. The C.R. Swart Building is situated on the main campus, overlooking water features, gardens and the historical main building. 

Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State Province and the judicial capital of South Africa, is situated c. 400km south-west of Johannesburg, the economic hub of South Africa. Bloemfontein (meaning a ‘Fountain of flowers’) forms part of the Mangaung Local Municipality (pronounced Mang – a – ung, the ‘place of the cheetah’). Its association with the large amount of rose bushes in and around the city has contributed to the city commonly being known as the City of Roses.

The city is also known for the many political parties which had their origin here (including the African National Congress, the current ruling party in South Africa), its friendly citizens, its small town atmosphere and its excellent sport teams (e.g. both the Cheetah rugby and Eagles cricket teams which have won several national titles over the last five years).

The city will also host matches during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. 

Bloemfontein has a continental climate, ranging from hot days (max. > 30°C) and frequent thunderstorms in summer to cold nights (frequently below 0°C) and associated frost during winter. The average annual rainfall is 560mm/year, most of which occurs during the spring and summer months. The mean rainfall for April (= the time of ICRBM4) is 60mm, with an average of nine rainy days in the month. The average minimum and maximum temperatures for April range from 8°C to 23°C.

For more information on the UFS’s main campus, Bloemfontein and Mangaung, you can peruse the following maps and websites below:

Description: 4th International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management (ICRBM) Keywords: Avenant
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