BactiVac 3rd Annual Network Meeting

24 - 27 March 2020, Kilifi, Kenya


Please note: All available places have now been booked. To be added to our waiting list, please e-mail

We are delighted that our 3rd Annual Network Meeting will be hosted in collaboration with The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Kenya on 24-27 March 2020. KWTRP delivers internationally recognised research and capacity building and this collaboration will undoubtedly enhance our Network Meeting. 

The dynamic 4-day event builds on the success of both our Inaugural Meeting in 2018 and 2nd Annual Network Meeting in 2019. Our 2020 meeting is being held in Kenya to showcase research in an LMIC setting, and the facilities and environment where vaccine research is translated into real benefits to local communities. 

The meeting is open to members only - you can apply for free membership here.  

The Network Meeting will be delivered at the Mnarani Club Resort in Kilifi, Kenya. Sessions will also be held at the KWTRP site.

The full programme (PDF 716kb) is now available, together with speaker profiles (PDF 913kb).

Network Meeting

  • Hear from internationally renowned speakers (PDF 913kb) from the world of bacterial vaccinology 
  • Networking sessions throughout the event
  • Poster session from selected submitted abstracts (Word Document 68kb)
  • Travel Bursary Scheme for LMIC based members and Early Career Researchers
  • Financial contribution towards the cost of airfare for registered delegates

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme 

There will be sessions (PDF 716kb) from experts (PDF 913kb) working at KWTRP, delivering insights into their work and the challenges they face. Network members will have the unique opportunity to engage in one of the following visits:

  • Tour of the onsite laboratory facilities at KWTRP
  • Visit a field dispensary to see first-hand the work being undertaken
  • Access Kilifi County Hospital ward facilities (limited to clinical personnel only)

Vaccinology Workshop

  • A half-day Workshop (PDF 716kb) will be delivered by Dr Sanet Aspinall (PDF 913kb), Arden Consulting (Pty) Ltd, South Africa. Vaccinology is an integrative discipline and the workshop is aimed
    • to provide participants with an overview and understanding of what is required to take a vaccine from start to finish including quality requirements
    • to broaden the understanding of the regulatory process and hurdles 
    • at enhancing the understanding of conducting trials in developing countries with a focus on quality ethical standards
    • to provide skills and expertise to deal with current and emerging challenges related to vaccine programmes

The workshop (PDF 716kb) will strengthen the development, testing and use of vaccines, which remain the most efficient tool for infectious diseases prevention.

Registration open

Please note: All available places have now been booked. To be added to our waiting list, please e-mail

All registration fees are significantly subsidised however, in addition we are offering an early bird rate giving further discount for bookings up to 14 January 2020 (23:59 hrs GMT). There are limited places available at this meeting so we encourage you to book your place as soon as possible. Applications will close on 2 February 2020 (23:59 hrs GMT), but as with previous Annual Network Meetings, registration will close once all available places have been booked and a waiting list will then be in operation for places to attend.

Registration fees
Delegate category Early bird registration
(up to 14 January 2020, 23:59 hrs)

Regular registration
(from 15 January 2020)

Standard £150 GBP £170 GBP
Student1/Early Career Researcher2 £100 GBP £110 GBP
LMIC member3 £50 GBP £55 GBP
KWTRP based member4 £25 GBP £30 GBP
Delegate category information
 1 Student Anyone registered as a university postgraduate student, including a doctoral researcher
 2 Early Career Researcher Members who do not currently hold a substantive position within their organisation
 3 LMIC member Based in an organisation within a country listed here
 4 KWTRP based member No accommodation will be provided, there are limited places available for this category and these are subject to availability

Your registration fee covers:

  • Attendance at the 4 day Network event (PDF 716kb) with lunch and refreshments provided
  • Hotel accommodation (single occupancy, bed & breakfast) in Kilifi for 4 nights (23, 24, 25 and 26 March 2020)
  • Provision of evening dinner on 3 nights (24, 25 and 26 March 2020)
  • Airport transfer between Mombasa International Airport and Kilifi (at specified times only)
  • Financial contribution towards airfare costs for attending delegates - up to 50% of the total flight costs, up to a maximum of £250 GBP*
  • Provision of letter of support to accompany Visa applications

There is no reduction in registration fee for less than full attendance.

*Financial contribution for airfare costs are only applicable to delegates who attend the meeting. 

Abstract Submission

Please note: Abstract submissions are now CLOSED

We welcome abstract submissions for poster presentation. A limited number of successful abstracts will be chosen for oral presentation. To submit an abstract please complete the Abstract Application Form (Word Document 68kb) by 01 December 2019 (23:59 hrs GMT). All applicants applying for a Travel Bursary must also submit an abstract.

Key dates

Applications close:                01 December 2019 (23:59 hrs GMT)
Notifications by:                    20 December 2019  

All applicants must register to attend the 3rd Annual Network Meeting

Travel Bursary Scheme

Please note: Travel Bursary applications are now CLOSED

The BactiVac Network are offering Travel Bursaries of up to £800 GBP (this is in addition to the delegate airfare contributions of up to 50% of the total flight costs to Kenya, up to a maximum of £250 GBP) to support travel costs to attend our 3rd Annual Network Meeting. Please refer to the event programme (PDF 716kb). Full details can be found on our Travel Bursary page

Financial Contributions To Flight Costs

The BactiVac Network are offering a financial contribution of up to 50% of the total flight costs to Kenya, up to a maximum of £250 GBP. This financial support is available to all delegates who attend the meeting, and details of how to submit a claim will be provided following the event. Attendance at the meeting is required to be eligible for a claim. 

Places to attend this meeting are limited so to avoid disappointment do not delay in booking your place with us! Full details of accommodation, travel, health advice, and visa requirements will be provided once registration to attend the meeting is confirmed.

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