46th SAAB ANNUAL CONFERENCE
UFS QWAQWA CAMPUS | 7-10 JANUARY 2020
DUMELANG BOMME LE BONTATE! (Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen!)
“Dimela ke bophelo” (english translation “Plants are life”), a Sesotho phrase embodying the immense intrinsic value of plants and the cultural heritage of the Qwaqwa community nestled against a backdrop of the majestic Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains. This watershed is shared between South Africa and Lesotho, supporting a unique afromontane grassland flora with over 2100 species, of which over 90 are endemic, some found only above 3000 m in altitude. After seven years the annual conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) returns to the summer-rainfall afromontane region of South Africa. The 46th SAAB conference is set to be held on a satellite campus of the University of the Free State (UFS), situated on the edge of the town of Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa.
The annual conference of the South African Association of Botanists is the premier botanical conference in South Africa each year. It attracts an estimated 250 local and international researchers from about 10 countries, who present oral or poster presentations on their work, related to any field of plant research. These fields include plant biotechnology, ecology, ethnobotany, plant-animal interactions, plant physiology, conservation biology, plant evolutionary ecology, invasion biology, plant systematics and taxonomy, to name a few.
We are very honoured to host four exemplary plenary speakers: Prof Annah Moteetee (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Prof Peter Linder (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Prof Felipe W. Amorim (Institute of Biosciences, São Paulo State University, UNESP, Brazil) and winner of the Best Young Botanist award at SAAB 2019, Mr Ryan Rattray (Genelethu, South Africa).
Delegates are invited to register and submit abstracts for oral platform presentations and/or poster presentations as soon as possible to secure their position in the scientific program. Various prizes are offered for the best poster, and best oral presentation by a Young Botanist (under the age of 30), a doctoral student and a masters/honours student. We will also be honouring botanists for their lifetime contributions to the field of plant sciences with the Gold and Silver medal awards, and the best doctoral thesis from the previous year with the Bronze medal, to be awarded at the Gala dinner at the end of the conference.
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