Global connectivity to ensure the future of primates is the theme for the upcoming 2018 congress being hosted by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) in Kenya. The XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress, which will take place at the UN headquarters in Nairobi, will bring together over 800 of the world’s leading primate experts, scientists and researchers.
The GRASP bid to host the congress – which was presented through the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) – marks only the second IPS Congress awarded to Africa since 1998.
The GRASP bid was built upon the theme, “Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,” and proposes to include Nairobi-based U.N. experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops, and panels.
“GRASP is proud and pleased to be able to host the IPS Congress in 2018,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “The incredible diversity of primates in Kenya and across Africa makes Nairobi a compelling choice, and GRASP’s goal is to provide the highest possible platform to the IPS and its priorities.”
“With issues such as habitat loss, illegal trade and the expansion of palm oil plantations threatening the very future of primates, I believe it is more important than ever that those most committed to the study of primates should come together to craft solutions,” GRASP Ambassador Richard Leakey wrote. “I believe the 2018 IPS Congress in Kenya would offer just such an opportunity.”
The IPS Congress is held every two years and draws many of the leading figures in primate research, conservation and education. The XXVI IPS Congress will be held in Chicago from August 21 to 27, 2016.