The African Advanced Vaccinology course (Afro-ADVAC) is a 10-day long course in advanced vaccinology, aimed at decision-makers in the field of vaccinology.

This biennial course is hosted near Johannesburg, South Africa by ALIVE (African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise), University of the Witwatersrand.

Afro-ADVAC is a residential course, with in-person lectures, workshops and interactive sessions.

The course is conducted in English. No translation facilities are available.


The African Advanced Vaccinology Course (Afro-ADVAC) aims to develop expertise in vaccinology on the African continent and foster research collaboration and informed decision-making by key professional bodies on immunisation practices and policies in Africa.


Afro-ADVAC 2016 & 2018 were held at Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa.

Who should apply?

The Afro-ADVAC course is targeted at mid- to senior level scientists, medical professionals and public health specialists, who are involved in vaccine development, clinical trials, implementation - or management of vaccination strategies, and who have decision-making or advisory responsibilities in their region or country.

Afro-ADVAC is targeted specifically at delegates from Africa, however, applicants from other LMICs will be considered.

Previous Afro-ADVAC courses

Afro-ADVAC 2016

The first Afro-ADVAC course was held from 19th- 28th September 2016. More than 30 African and international faculty members presented lectures and delegates participated in group work and debates.

Click here for Afro-ADVAC 2016 agenda

Afro-ADVAC 2018

Afro-ADVAC 2018 was held from 3rd- 12th September 2018.

Click here for Afro-ADVAC 2018 agenda

Next course

Afro-ADVAC 2020 is scheduled to take place from 7th- 16th September 2020.

Venue near Johannesburg TBC

Applications will open in January 2020.


Full scholarships are available for selected LMIC delegates. Industry and HIC delegates fees for 2020 will be available in Jan 2020.

Delegates & Alumni

The Afro-ADVAC course attendees will have the opportunity to share experiences from their work across the region and learn from others. Videos of lectures are available for teaching purposes. After completing the course, delegates will join an ALIVE-supported network of alumni aiming to foster scientific exchange and support the development of collaborative projects.