The 21st Congress of the International Primatological Society, the first in a country of Great Apes, and the second in mainland Africa, was held in Entebbe, Uganda from the 25-30 June 2006. The meeting was co-hosted by several Ugandan Institutions and Conservation NGOs.
The meeting's theme, Primate Conservation in Action, reflected three broad interests: 1) the need for a forum for primate researchers, conservation practitioners, and students to get together to exchange recent information in the field of primatology, 2) the need for the society to actively contribute to the conservation of primates around the globe, and 3) the desire for a congress to support and encourage conservation efforts in the country and region in which it is held. In addition to going to see primates in the wild, delegates where encouraged to use the opportunity of being at the congress to experience Uganda’s many tourist attractions and other attractions in the East African region.
As one of the activities leading up to the congress, the local organizing committee is ran a primate conservation awareness program, which included several talks at National Fora, widely circulated posters on Uganda Primates, and a Museum exhibition of Uganda Primates. The committee will be ran some of the talks during the main congress itself also.
Many thanks for having selected Uganda to host this congress. It was our pleasure to host you, and we hope that you found it a rewarding and enriching experience. The positive feedback we received from many of the delegates was well worth all the hard work that the committees put into organizing the Congress. The committee of the IPS2006 wish Edinburgh equal success in the managing of IPS2008 in Scotland.
for the IPS 2006 Organizing Committee