Welcome to the SIP 2016 in Tours
Dear SIP Members and Colleagues,
It is our pleasure to invite you to attend SIP2016 - the International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control and the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology to be held 24-28th of July 2016 in Tours, Loire Valley, France. Following SIP tradition, the meeting will offer exciting scientific and social programs.
As always, the meeting will offer an exciting scientific program exploring the latest fundamental and applied findings in invertebrate pathology, including microbial control, diseases of beneficial invertebrates, and advances in fundamental research on host-pathogen interactions. Among the scientific highlights, the society divisions have put together exciting symposia and the plenary symposium will be on the innovative topic of ‘Pathogenic aspects in insects produced for feed and food’. All symposia, Founders’ lecture, concurrent- and poster sessions will take place at the Vinci Conference Center, conveniently located in the center of Tours close to hotels, restaurants, and easily accessible by foot or public transport.
In the spirit of SIP meetings, the rich social program will foster discussions throughout the meeting. The Sunday evening Mixer will be held at the Hotel de Ville de Tours. On Tuesday afternoon, the excursion will give you the opportunity to discover the city of Amboise with the visit of the Castle and of the Clos Lucé, the last home of Leonardo Da Vinci. Then you will have time to relax or to participate in the 5K run at the Domaine de Candé in Monts before the evening barbecue. On Thursday evening, the closing Banquet will take you to the Grange de Meslay, a truly unique medieval monument. Last but not least, to make the most of SIP 2016 by increasing your energy and mobility while calming your mind, Qi Gong classes for beginners will be proposed every morning before the conference sessions.
We encourage you to bring family and companions and to extend your stay, as there are numerous local attractions to see and activities to do during your stay in Tours, which is at the heart of the UNESCO Loire Valley world heritage (http://loirevalley-worldheritage.org/). Information is easily available at the tourist office (http://www.tours-tourism.co.uk/), through which visits can also be booked.
We look forward to welcoming you in Tours!