2017 SAAB Conference

The 43rd Annual conference of the South African Association of
Botanists (SAAB) will be held 8-11 January 2017 at the Life Science Building, University of the Western Cape (UWC), Bellville, Cape Town

The 2017 conference will be jointly arranged by UWC and the Cape Peninsula  University of Technology. We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town and urge you to please diarise this event and dates and include it in your budget.

Please visit the conference website (http://www.saabconference2017.co.za) for online registration, abstract submission, abstract guidelines, plenary speakers, accommodation and updates on the program. Abstracts must conform to the prescribed style on the website and must be submitted via the online submission system. The deadline for abstract submission is strictly 30 September 2016.

Abstracts of oral and poster presentations delivered at the conference will be published in the South African Journal of Botany.

We also invite members who would like to arrange workshops or special sessions to contact the Local Organising Committee (LOC) well in advance.

We look forward to your attendance and contributions.

For any inquiries please contact the LOC:
Dr Stephen Boatwright, jboatwright@uwc.ac.za
Dr Anusha Rajkaran, arajkaran@uwc.ac.za
Dr Sjirk Geerts, geertss@cput.ac.za

Big Thanks to UFS

The 42nd SAAB Congress hosted at the University of the Free State was attended by 215 delegates from all corners of South Africa. Five plenary lectures were given with special guest Jacques Vervoort from the Netherlands delivering a keynote paper on Chemical defence mechanisms in plants.  Prof William Bond was presented with the SAAB Gold Medal while Dr Rob Skelton won the Bronze.  Rabia Mathakutha cupped both the Best MSc oral presentation and the Best Young Scientist award for her paper on Understanding the role of functional traits in plant invasions in the sub-Antarctic islands. The best oral paper by a PhD went to Margaret Hulley; Honours award to Monja Berber and the Best Poster over all categories to Nelly Black. See PDF for details: First_Circular.pdf

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