Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa


Karibu Tanzania
Mt. Kilimanjaro
The Land of Kilimanjaro


University of Dar es Salaam

The 16th NAPRECA Symposium on Natural Products

Symposium Programme!

Book of Abtracts


31st August to 3rd September 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania

Important Deadlines

August 15, 2015 Abstract Submission
Registration Fees
Early Bird (end June 30th)
Late (begin July)
NAPRECA Members (Non Tanzanians)

US$ 300
US$ 320
US$ 200
US$ 100
TZS 180,000
US$ 500

Click here to register online now!

Improved Health and Agriculture through Sustainable Exploration of Biodiversity for Drug Discovery and Bio-energy

NAPRECA international symposia are held every two years in a NAPRECA member country which has been so designated by NAPRECA Co-ordinating Board. The symposia have turned to be important fora for the dissemination of results from natural products research, not only within NAPRECA countries, but also globally. This has stimulated international collaboration amongst African scientists, especially the up-coming generation of scientists and between African scientists and their colleagues in the developed countries. During the 15th NAPRECA symposium held in Khartoum Sudan in 2013, the NAPRECA Co-ordinating Board gave NAPRECA - Tanzania the responsibility of hosting the 16th NAPRECA Symposium on Natural Products and their Applications. The symposium will be held from the 31st August – 3rd September 2015 in Arusha. NAPRECA-Tanzania has previously successfully hosted two such symposia. The first was the 3rd NAPRECA symposiun in May 1989 in Arusha and the second was the 7th NAPRECA symposium in August, 1997 in Dar es Salaam. The 16th NAPRECA symposium will focus on the dissemination of results on research of natural products from African and the the world biogenetic resources, in the development of pharmaceuticals and agriculturals through chemistry, botany, pharmacology, ecology, nanotechnology and other sciences.

The symposium will be preceded by a Pre-symposium Workshop aimed at training young scientists especially students on the new emerging techniques in natural products research. The work shop will be held from the 24th - 29th August 2015 at the Nelson Mandela-African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha.


Palace Bar
The conference will be held at the
  Palace Hotel Arusha.

The elegant and conspicuous Palace Hotel Arusha stands out against the backdrop of Mount Meru and amidst gardens located between the hotel and the magnificent historical buildings of Regional Commissioner Offices and the AICC, seat of the United Nations in Tanzania. Located in Arusha’s central business district, 45 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport and 15 minutes from Arusha airport Kisongo the hotel is easily accessible.

Palace Hotel Night

Conference Themes

The conference will cover all areas of research and disciplines related to natural prodcuts chemistry including:

  • Drug discovery
  • Bio-energy production
  • Food Security and Agrochemicals
  • Synthesis of Natural Products
  • Phytochemistry
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Ethnobotany
  • Nanotechnology in Natural Products

Call for Papers

Abstracts of both papers and posters should bear the tittle, the names of authors and their affiliation and should not exceed 300 words.

Posters should be prepared to occupy 1 m x 1 m wall space.

Deadline for receiving abstracts is August 15th 2015.

Authors should indicate their preferred form of presentation. The programme committee will reserve the right to make the final decision.

The registration and submission of abstracts can be done through the following link:

 Registration and Abstracts

or contact: or

Presentations and Proceedings

The program committee prefers that all oral presentations be on power point. Power point projectors will be available in all the halls. Power point presentations should be given to the program officer in the form of  CDs or flash disks.

Proceedings of the conference will be published. Soft and hard copies of full papers should be submitted to the organizing committee by 3rd September 2015, the last day of the  conference.


The official language of the conference shall be English.

Registration Fees

The registration fee is US$ 320 (US$ 300 early bird). The registration fee will cover conference materials, lunch, tea and bites.

Details of the bank account where all payments should be made are as given below:

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 040105000039

Accommodation and Hotel Reservations

Reservations can be done through the conference hotel via the following link.

Hotel Palace Arusha

Please mention the 16th NAPRECA Symposium for special conference rates which are US$ 100 single, US$ 110 double.

Other details and alterantive hotels are given below. Please make your reservation and inform the organizers or ask the organizers to make a reservation for you.



Special Rates


Palace Hotel Arusha

Boma Road,

P.O. Box 303, Arusha.

Opposite Regional Commissioners’ offices

Single US$ 100

Double US$ 110

Bahati Shirima

Mobile: +255 755 706 206

+255 715 706 206

Landline +255 27n554 5800

New Safari Hotel

Boma Road,

P.O. Box 303, Arusha.

Opposite TTCL building

Single US$ 80

Double US$ 100

Mr. John Lorri

Mobile: +255 754 271 545

Land line: 255 27 2545940

Equator Hotel

Boma Road,

P.O. Box 3002, Arusha.

Behind TTCL building

Single US$ 60

Twin US$ 80

Triple US$ 90

Mr. Patrick Mutua

Mobile +255-754-375581

Land line: +255 27 2508409

Corridor Springs Hotel

Engira road

Near Kibo Palace Hotel

Corridor Area

Single US$ 30

(T. Sh 60,000)

Double. US$ 45

(T. Sh 90,000)

Mr. Andrew Sabaini

Mobile:+255 754 603100

City Link Pentagon Hotel

Moshi Arusha Highway

P.O. Box 448 Arusha,

Phillips Area

Single US$ 20

(T. Sh 40,000)

Suite: US$ 30

(T. Sh 60,000)

Mr. Gaspar

Mobile: +255 75 4366636

Land line: +255 27 2544444 or


Tanzania is served by two International Airports. Julius Kambarage Nyerere International (Airport code JNIA) and Kilimanjaro Airport (Airport code JRO).  Kilimanjaro International Airport is the nearby airport but there is also Arusha airport that handles mostly domestic flights and some scheduled flights between Nairobi (Kenya) and Arusha airport.

Airport transfer rate is as follow:

a. Individual arrival and up to 3 pax USD 50 per car

b. Group arrival of 6 -7 pax 120 USD per car

c. Group arrival of 15-20 pax : USD 180 per car

The cost of each pax in a group arrival is obtained by dividing the total amount by the number of pax

Please inform the hotel and the organizers about your itinerary (arrival and departure details) in order for the transfer to be arranged and take advantage of group arrival rates.


Visas have to be applied at the nearest Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission. Some Commonwealth and Scandinavian countries are exempted from visa applications. Otherwise a visa can be obtained at entry points. For more detailed information about visa requirements, exceptions etc. please click the following link:
Tanzania Visa Information


The weather will be warm with temperature between 24-28 degrees Celsius during the day.


The basic unit is the Tanzania shilling. The exchange rate is about 2000 Tanzanian shillings to 1 US dollar. Major credit cards i.e. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted in the big hotels including Arusha Palace Hotell. It is however advised to carry a sufficient amount of cash/traveller’s cheques to avoid embarrassment since there are many shops and service centers that deal only with cash. Foreign currencies in cash or travelers cheques may be exchanged at commercial banks, international airports, border posts and at bureaux de change which are many in the city. Bureaux de Change accept all the major currencies. However, it is advisable to use US dollars, Euros and Pound Sterling for good exchange rates.

Social Programme

Tanzania has more land devoted to National Parks and Game Reserves than any other wildlife destination in the world. Everything from the famous national parks, the remote game reserves and the Crater Highlands, to pristine coral reefs are all protected by Government Law and placed in trust for future generations.
A variety of excursion have been can be arranged via the symposium travel agent with attractive individual or group rates. Click below to make you choice.


Organizing Committee
Chairperson - Dr. C.A. Mgina
Secretary - Dr. J. Munissi
Assistant Secretary - Dr. P. Masimba
Treasurer - Dr. S.S. Nyandoro

Dr. Musa Chacha
Mr. Novatus Mushi
Dr. Paul Erasto
Dr. Hamis Malebo
Dr. Steylus Mkoma
Dr. Regina Peter
Dr. Elbert Mbukwa
Dr. Charles Kihampa
Dr.  Francis K. Machumi
Dr. Faith P. Mabiki
Dr. Justin Omolo
Mr. Baraka Samwel
Dr. John Makangara
Mr. Dominic P. Sumary
Dr. Quintino Mgani

NAPRECA Coordinating Office

Prof. Sami A. Khalid - Executive Secretary
Prof. Hatil H. Elkamali - Asst Secretary/ Treasurer

Prof. Hassan E. Khalid - Program Officer

National Advisory Committee

Prof. Robinson H. Mdegela
Prof. Madundo Mtambo
Dr. Ester Innocent
Mr. Hiiti B. Sillo
Prof. Samwel Manyele     
Dr. Mwele Malecela
Dr. Leonard Mboera
Dr. Egid Mubofu
Prof. Mainen Moshi
Prof. Malcom Buchanan
Dr. Hassan Mshinda
Dr. John Makangara

International Advisory Committee

Prof. Jacob Midiwo, Kenya
Prof. Robert Byamukama, Uganda
Prof. Ermias Dagne, Ethiopia
Prof. Runner Majinda, Botswana
Prof. Philippe Rasoanaivo, Madagascar
Prof. Stanley Mukanganyama, Zimbabwe
Dr. Sameh AbouZid, Egypt
Prof. Berhanu Abegaz , Kenya
Prof. Bonaventure Ngadjui, Cameroon
Dr. Oscar Shetonde Mihigo, DR Congo
Prof. Joseph Keriko, Kenya
Prof. Abiy Yenesew, Kenya
Dr. Solomon Derese, Kenya
Prof. Gerhard Bringmann, Germany
Prof. Dulcie Mulholland, UK
Prof. Pascal Richomme, France
Prof. Matthias Heydenreich, Germany
Prof. Jacobs Eloff, South Africa
Prof. Mayunga H.H Nkunya, Tanzania


For further information please contact:

Dr. Clarence A. Mgina
+255 767 547970
Chemistry Department
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Dar es Salaam
P.O. Box 35061
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dr. Joan Munissi
+255 764 252411
 Chemistry Department
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Dar es Salaam
P.O. Box 35061
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania