Abstracts: Submission of abstracts, please via Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Abstracts for your Powerpoint Presentation (max. 7-10 min), should have max. 500 words, max. 1 jpg / gif with figure explanation and have to contain your Name, Institute, phone, email, address.
Posters should have a maximum format of 120x84cm.
Accommodation: The participants of the workshop will stay in the Safari Hotel***, Aviation Road, Windhoek. This hotel is located opposite the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the venue of the workshop.
Contact tel: +264 (0)61 2968000, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Airport: You will arrive at the international airport Hosea Kutako (WDH) which is located 45km east of Windhoek. (There is also a national airport (Eros, ERS) next to the Safari Hotel. Don’t be confused!)
Airport shuttle: Transportation between the hotel and the airport will be provided, if you tell us your arrival/departure times before Tuesday, 10th March. The transfer will be done by Omahuka Transfers. On your day of departure the shuttle will leave the Safari Hotel*** 3.5 hours before your flight departure time.
If you want to book your own shuttle, please contact the hotel (costs 160,-N$ per trip).
Break out groups: Essential issues on geoscience information in Africa coming up during the workshop will be discussed in small groups.
The Conference Dinner will be a formal dinner with an official welcome for all participants and will take place in the Safari Hotel on Monday, 16th March, 20:00.
Currency: The official currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD) divided into 100 cents. Its value is equal to the South African Rand, which is also accepted as legal currency in Namibia. The OANDA official rate of exchange (22.07.2008) of 1 US$ is currently 7.70580 NAD (1€ is currently 12.22571 NAD), subject to the daily rate of exchange. Traveler's cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at your hotel, or at any bank in Namibia. Major credit cards are accepted. ATMs are available in the city.
Electricity: The Namibian power grid uses 220/240 volts AC 50 Hertz. Wall sockets (round 3 pin) are rated to carry a maximum of 15 amps. It is important to carry a 3 pin round adapter, which can be purchased in hardware and electrical shops and especially at photographic stores, as most foreign electrical plugs do not fit the Namibian electrical socket
Emergency: City Police, Emergency, tel.: 302302
SOS International, tel.: 081-707 or landline, tel.: 230505
Emed 24, tel.: 081-924 or Landline, tel.: 2999924
Countrywide emergency hotline for cell phones, tel.: 081-112
Field trip: The field trip on Wednesday, 18th March, will lead us to Gocheganas, 29km south-east of Windhoek for a social afternoon. There will be many possibilities to get away from the auditorium like joining a game drive, a walk, a pool, chatting or relaxing.
The evening will close with a terrific buffet dinner in the middle of a spectacular landscape.
Insurance: Participants are expected to make their own arrangements for accident, illness and baggage insurance if so desired
Health documents: Participants are kindly requested to check with travel agents or airline concerned regarding health requirements and should be in possession of valid certificate(s) for whichever vaccination is required. A yellow fever-vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas. More information:
Language: The language of the workshop is English, which is the official language in Namibia, but many people also speak Afrikaans and German. There are also several indigenous languages spoken, mainly in the rural areas.
Meals: All meals stated on the programme schedule are included for all participants. (There is no dinner on Tuesday evening and no lunch on Friday).
Medical facilities: Medical services in Namibia are of a very high standard, but medical insurance is essential as treatment is expensive. If there will be need for medical attendance, please contact the reception desk at the Safari Hotel***, tel ++264 (0)61-2968000.
Namibia: Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa on the Atlantic coast. It shares borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south. It gained independence from South Africa in 1990 and its capital city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations. It is named after the Namib Desert. More information:
Participants: More than 70 participants from more than 30 countries will participate at GIRAF2009. A list of all participants can be found here.
Party dinner: The GIRAF2009 Party dinner for all participants will take place on Thursday, 19th March, in the Safari Hotel with Namibian musicians and dancers and dance floor for everyone ;-).
Please bring your poster on Monday, 16th March, when you come for registration.
(Movable walls will be available in the foyer, sticker will be provided at the registration desk).
Presentations: Please check the programme for the date/time/duration of your presentation.
Please always calculate at least 5 min for discussion in the given time. We will ask you to download your Powerpoint presentation in the morning of the particular day.

Your Powerpoint Presentations should be max.15 min!
Posters should have a maximum format of 120x84 cm).
For the presentations in the auditorium and seminar rooms computers, projectors and boards for posters will be provided.
Programme: A preliminary programme you can find at -> Preliminary Programme
Registration: The registration for GIRAF2009 will take place on Monday, 16th March, from 08:00 to 09:00 next to the main entrance of the Geological Survey of Nambia / Ministry of Mines and Energy, Aviation Road 1, Windhoek.
Strategic Plan: This will be the result out of the discussions regarding geoinformation in Africa.
Time: Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the first Sunday in April and the first Sunday in September)
Venue: GIRAF2009 will take place at the Geological Survey of Nambia / Ministry of Mines and Energy, Aviation Road 1, Windhoek. The auditorium is located next to the main entrance at the ground floor. Tel: +246 (0)61 2848242.
For the presentations in the auditorium and seminar rooms computers, projectors and boards for posters will be provided. The venue is located just opposite of the Safari Hotel***
More information you can find at -> Venue

All participants require a passport valid for at least six months after the period of their intended stay, and documents for return or onward travel. Passports should have at least two unused pages for endorsements by the Namibian Immigration Service.

Participants of the workshop should obtain visas to enter Namibia before travelling in due time. There are nationals who are not required to obtain visas to travel to Namibia for visits shorter than three months. For more information, please check:


Inquiries: Ministry of Home Affairs, Private Bag 13200, Windhoek. Tel. +264 61 292 9111 / 2102 Namibia Embassy in Germany


Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. It is located in the Khomas Region and has a population of approx. 280,000. More information: