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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 congress 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 congress theme is ‘Conserving biodiversity to ensure our future’. There is still time 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 evening programme includes a welcoming function that will allow delegates to mix and meet-up with acquaintances, vibrant poster sessions that will benefit students through interaction with other delegates and a gala dinner with entertainment at the Randpark Golf Club.

The following confirmed speakers will present at the congress/associated workshops:

Professor Emerita Elisabeth Wheeler (North Carolina State University, USA)
Professor Emeritus Pieter Baas (Emeritus Professor, National Herbarium of the Netherlands)
Professor Jeffrey Doyle (Cornell University, USA)
Professor Luke Harmon (University of Idaho, USA)
Dr Paul Hills (SAAB President, University of Stellenbosch)

The following sessions are considered:

Invasion Biology
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

Associated Workshop:

Phylogenetics in R
6th – 7th January 2019
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa
Deadline for workshop registration: October 2018
The University of the Witwatersrand will host the workshop under the auspices of the SASSB. Professor Luke Harmon from the University of Idaho will present this workshop. The aim of the workshop is the facilitation of analytical skills to benefit taxonomy and systematics research in South Africa.
For more detail, please contact Kelsey Glennon (

Associated Symposium with dedicated sessions at the combined congress:

Wood anatomy: an African perspective
University of Johannesburg
South Africa.
This symposium will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the annual Congress of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB). The program will include different topics of wood and bark anatomy such 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 (


The Congress Organisers will strive to make accommodation available at the University of Johannesburg located close to the Auckland Park campus. Additional Bed and Breakfast/Self-catering accommodation is available around the University of Johannesburg campus. Please see the congress website for additional information.

Please plan your travel well in advance and allow plenty of time for visa application. The Congress Organisers will be able to provide a visa support letter on request from a delegate. Please note that the Congress Organisers cannot issue formal invitation letters or actual visas to attend the congress. Additionally, this support letter does not guarantee the granting of a visa.
Please send your request to and include the following information:
– Your name as it appears on your passport
– Date of birth
– Country of Issue of your passport
– Your current postal mailing address
– Your registration confirmation
– If you are the author of an accepted poster/oral presentation, provide the title.
Please note that a visa support letter will only be issued upon confirmation and after full payment for registration fees has been received. The letters will only be issued as a PDF via email and will take approximately one week to draft.

Local congress 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, Workshop Coordinator)
Dr Aleksei Oskolski (Symposium Coordinator)
Ms Estherna Pretorius (Publicity Officer)
Ms Rene Tong (Venues and Facilities Officer)

Registration costs

Full registration: R2 800
Student registration: R2 400
Gala dinner: R1 000
Congress T-shirt: R100

Important dates

Registration: 1 October to 15 November 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 1 October to 15 November 2018

Please visit the congress website at for additional information and online registration.

Congress contact information:
Ms Mildred Muller
Tel: +27-11-559-2436

Announcement by: The Organising Committee

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