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45th Annual SAAB, AMA AND SASSB Joint Congress – First Announcement

Johannesburg 8 – 11 January 2019

Congress Theme:  Biodiversity and conservation for a better tomorrow

The Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg invites you to the 45th Annual Congress of the South African Association of Botanists. This congress will be affiliating with the African Mycological Association and the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology. The congress will be held at the University of Johannesburg Kingsway campus in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. On campus accommodation will be available within walking distance of the conference venue and there are additional lodging available off campus.

The meeting will provide an exciting opportunity to present new research, interact with colleagues in respective fields and attend workshops linked to the congress. The conference theme is ‘Conserving biodiversity to ensure our future’. We would like to invite you to submit ideas/proposals for workshops, special sessions or symposia around this theme or in a related field.

An exciting evening programme is planned to allow attendees the opportunity to interact in a relaxed atmosphere.

The following sessions are considered:

  • Invasion Biology
  • Ecology
  • Plant Conservation
  • Savannah ecology
  • Ecophysiology, Physiology and Biotechnology
  • Plants interacting with other organisms
  • Systematics and taxonomy
  • Ethnobotany and medicinal plants
  • Plant anatomy, development and structure
  • Mycology

Associated Symposia:

Wood anatomy: an African perspective

Date of this symposia to be announced soon.

University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

This symposium “Wood anatomy: an African perspective” will be held on 7-10 January 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB). The program will include different topics of wood and bark anatomy as structural diversity, formation, functions, evolution and identification of these tissues with the focus on the exploration of African woody plants. The symposium will be associated with IAWA.

For more detail, please contact Alexei Oskolski (


Accommodation will be made available at the Sophiatown residence located next to the Auckland Park campus. Additional Bed and Breakfast/Self-catering accommodation is available around the University of Johannesburg campus.

Local conference organisers

Dr Eduard Venter (Chairperson)

Prof Annah Moteetee (Co-chairperson)

Ms Mildred Muller (Secretary; Hospitality Officer)

Mr Thinus Fourie (Treasurer)

Ms Janice Williamson (Registration Officer)

Prof Michelle van der Bank (Fund raising Officer)

Prof Ben-Erik van Wyk (Scientific Programme Officer)

Prof Bettine van Vuuren (Scientific Programme Officer)

Prof Fanus Venter (Adjudication Officer)

Dr Kelsey Glennon (Scientific Programme Officer)

Dr Aleksei Oskolski (Workshop Coordinator)

Ms Estherna Pretorius (Publicity Officer)

Ms Rene Tong (Venues and Facilities Officer)

Important dates

  • Registration: 27 August to 14 October 2018
  • Abstract submission deadline: 27 August to 14 October 2018
  • Late registration:15 October to 30 November 2018


Please visit the conference website ( for additional information and online registration.

Conference contact information:

Ms Mildred Muller


Tel: +27(0) 11 559 2436

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