Sponsors of the project

Sponsorship for the costs of production of the Manual of Afrotropical Diptera is currently being sought from various donors. Sponsor information will be posted on this site as sponsorship is secured.

National Museum, Bloemfontein
As key project sponsor, the National Museum, Bloemfontein, has a rapidly-developing Diptera collection (over 66,000 specimens) that focuses on the Afrotropical Region. The Entomology Department undertakes extensive sampling of Diptera in the Region and the collection contains material from: Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. The Museum actively encourages the study of the Diptera collection by specialist researchers and offers collection access and bench space at no cost to bona fide researchers.
KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg
The KwaZulu-Natal Museum, a leading centre of the dipterological research in the Afrotropical region, offers bona fide researchers extensive collection of Diptera and bench space at no cost.
E. Oppenheimer & Son and the Diamond Route
E Oppenheimer & Son and the Diamond Route. The Diamond Route is a massive national project which focuses on linking the conservation properties of the Oppenheimer family and De Beers. These properties conserve vast areas and provide a safe haven for a wide variety of unique, rare and ecologically important plants and animals. E Oppenheimer & Son sponsored the wine reception and banner for the official launch of the project in 2010 and provided funding for illustrations to be prepared for the Manual.
The Samuel Wendell Williston Diptera Research Fund The Samuel Wendell Williston Diptera Research Fund is a Smithsonian administered endowment fund established for the increase and diffusion of knowledge about Diptera. Williston was a great biologist, who made significant contributions to paleontology, entomology, medicine and education. He was the first native dipterist, the first to produce generic monographs of Nearctic Diptera, the first to curate and study the Diptera of the US National Museum, and the first to make a contribution to that collection. This man and his achievements, thus, epitomize what this fund was established to support. The Samuel Wendell Williston Diptera Research Fund is a major sponsor for the project and has provided funding to cover production costs.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is responsible for exploring, revealing, celebrating and championing biodiversity for the benefit and enjoyment of all of South Africa’s people. As well as being the custodian of the National Botanical Gardens’ system, SANBI is a respected authority in research and has an unmatched research record in the indigenous, naturalised and alien flora of South and southern Africa, and beyond. SANBI’s research management covers systematics and collections expansion, conservation and applied biodiversity science, and climate change. The Institute’s knowledge management and planning branch, strives to make biodiversity science more available and accessible through various ‘mainstreaming’ projects and initiatives.
Natural History Museum, London. The international collection holds important type material of Diptera, some dating back to the 18th century, most notably of taxa described by Walker, Bigot, Brunetti, Edwards and Austen. The collection holds extensive material from the Afrotropical Region, much of which was generated during Africa’s colonial period. The Manual project was in receipt of funding from the Dr E.C. Zimmerman Bursary (administered through the Museum), specifically to cover the cost of illustrations to be prepared for the Manual.
The Schlinger Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, promotes and supports research and education in systematics, natural resources, and environmental sciences, and within those, particularly projects that involve flies (Order Diptera) and spiders (Order Araneae). The Schlinger Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for project support. The Schlinger Foundation is a major sponsor for the project and has provided funding to cover production costs.