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FIRST training course ON

THE taxonomy and systematics of African pollinating flies

The training (November 20 – December 1, 2017) was organized by three institutions: the Entomology Section of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, Tervuren) in Belgium, and the National Museums of Kenya (NMK, Nairobi) and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE, Nairobi) in Kenya. The training took place at ICIPE (Nairobi - Kenya).

L to R: Arianna Thomas (instructor), Kisimenda Muambalo,  Kudzai Mafuwe, Joseph Mulwa, Laban Njoroge (instructor, local organizer), Michelson Azo'o Ela, Sidonie Fameni, Genevieve Theron, Josiah Achieng, Emanuel Martin, Longin Ndayikeza, John Midgley (instructor), Tricia Moodley, James Egonyu, Toni Hermann, Eugène Sinzinkayo, Robert Copeland (instructor, local organizer), Kurt Jordaens, Nadia Toukem, Ashley Kirk-Spriggs (instructor), Georg Goergen (instructor).


The objective of this group training was to ensure, for the sake of the African scientists or the persons confronted with the problem, a basic training on the identification and ecology of African Diptera that have a significant role in plant-pollinator networks. The target families are Bombyliidae, Calliphoridae, Mythicomyiidae, Nemestrinidae, Rhiniidae, Syrphidae, and pangonine Tabanidae.

The training consisted of ex-cathedra courses on biogeography, morphology, identification (methods), collection methods, and conservation methods of Diptera. Practical exercises were used to identify Diptera and to improve collection management skills.


The following 14 persons participated in the training:

  • Hermann Toni (Benin): Hermann is a research assistant at the National University of Agriculture, Cotonou, Benin.

  • Ndayikeza Longin (Burundi): Ndayikeza is a researcher at the Burundi Environment Protection Authority (OBPE).

  • Eugène Sinzinkayo (Burundi): Eugène is a Researcher at the Burundi Environment Protection Authority (OBPE).

  • Nadia Toukem (Cameroon): Nadia is a PhD student at the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.

  • Sidonie Fameni Topé (Cameroon): Sidonie is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Maroua, Cameroon.

  • Michelson Azo’o Ela (Cameroon) : Michelson is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Maroua, Cameroon. He is the head of the Entomology lab at the University of Maroua.

  • Josiah Collins Achieng (Kenya): Josiah is a Kenyan data entry clerk at the National Museums of Kenya.

  • Joseph Mulwa (Kenya): Joseph is a researcher at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).

  • Kudzai Mafuwe (Mozambique): Kudzai is a researcher, curator and Head of Section at the Natural History Museum of Maputo, Mozambique.

  • Kisimenda Muambalo (Mozambique): Kisimenda works at the Natural History Museum in Maputo, Mozambique as a Diptera curator.

  • James Peter Egonyu (Uganda): James is a researcher and lecturer in entomology at Makarere University, Uganda.

  • Genevieve Lee Theron (South Africa). Genevieve recently started a PhD at the University of Stellenbosch on pollination  networks in the Karoo in South Africa.

  • Tricia Moodley (South Africa): Tricia is a research technician, involved in the digitization of Diptera at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum of South Africa.

  • Emanuel Martin (Tanzania): Emanuel is a lecturer in wildlife ecology at the College of African Wildlife Management. 


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