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Given the uncertainties caused by the on-going SARS-CoV-2/COVID19 pandemic, the arrangements for IPNC 2021 are currently under review. We anticipate that this review will be completed by the end of February. We will communicate the outcome of the review through the website and via email and social media. In the meantime, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Fri 19 March 2021.

Welcome to the 22nd International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome you to Cape Town, South Africa for the 22nd International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference, 19-24 September 2021. This is the first time that this conference will be held on African soil. IPNC focuses on Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae - two bacterial pathogens that pose a major public threat globally.

The conference aims to bring together passionate scientists, emerging and experienced researchers and clinicians from all continents to discuss the clinical presentation, epidemiology, population genomics, vaccine research and development, host-pathogen interactions and gene regulation of these Neisseria species in order to keep abreast of the latest developments in this field. IPNC is a great opportunity for networking and forming collaborations for future work on pathogenic Neisseria species.

IPNC 2021 will be taking place at the world-renowned Spier Wine Estate, which is one of the most beautiful wine farms in the country. Although located in the Stellenbosch countryside and surrounded by majestic mountains, it is easily accessible for both local and international delegates. The Spier Wine Estate is situated less than 10 minutes by road from the Cape Town International airport and only 30 minutes from Cape Town city centre and the iconic Table Mountain.

IPNC 2021 is a conference not to be missed and we look forward to welcoming our many colleagues from around the world to experience Cape Town and its surrounds at the southern tip of Africa.

Prof Anne von Gottberg
On behalf of the IPNC 2020 organising committee

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