Welcome to the 2019 Botany Conference Website

Registration and Abstract submission is now closed (28 November 2018)


Johannesburg 8 – 11 January 2019

The deadline for registration for the upcoming congress is now upon us, however at the request of the SASSB community we are extending the deadline by another week. The new deadline will therefore be 23rd November, 2018. If you have not submitted your abstract yet, please do so as soon as possible. We have a vibrant programme planned and are working towards its finalisation.

Due to some issues regarding the website and registration we have a slight delay in preparing invoices for those who have already registered. Our sincere apologies for this delay. We are pushing our Debtors to generate invoices as soon as possible. Most invoices have been sent out, but if you have not received yours yet, it should reach you via email at the latest by Friday, we thank you for your patience.

The LOC invites you to register for the gala dinner. The congress fee come in at a very competitive price when including the gala dinner registration. This will be held at the Randpark Golf Course and centre around a night of exceptional food, entertainment and lively music to dance the night away. The price includes welcoming drinks, soft drinks, wine for the table and entertainment.

The University has eventually informed us that the Sophia Town residence will be made available for accommodation during the congress. This residence is situated across the road from the Auckland Park campus and within walking distance of the congress venue. Should you want to make use of this for your accommodation needs please contact Ms Mildred Muller at mmuller@uj.ac.za. The total cost is broken down as follows:

R 160.00 (once off linen fee)
R 160.00 per person/night (only single basis available)
R 110.00 breakfast

Additionally, there is a large number of guesthouse located close to the Kingsway campus (e.g. Auckland Park, Melville, Milpark, Richmond, etc.) to suit your accommodation needs.

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

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.

Visa support letters
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 saabconference@uj.ac.za 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.

Important dates

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

Congress contact information:
Ms Mildred Muller
Email: saabconference@uj.ac.za
Tel: +27-11-559-2436

Announcements as PDFs:

  1. First announcement (PDF)
  2. Second announcement (PDF)
  3. Third announcement (PDF)