Congress 2018



It is with great excitement that we announce the next SASBMB conference, held in conjunction with the Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB), at the North-West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom between 8 and 11 July, 2018.

This will be the 26th conference of the SASBMB, which has a proud history of presenting this conference over more than four decades on a rotational basis. As is done more or less every third rotation, this conference is held in conjunction with the FASBMB, which brings a broader – African – context to this meeting. Thus, appropriately, the theme for this conference is “Life begins here”, from which we can address a number of topics relevant to health, disease and technology in Africa. During the conference, the following twelve topics will be covered over the three days:

Structural Biology
Inflammation and Immunity
Cell Biology
Non-communicable Diseases
Gene Regulation and Genomic Dynamics
Inherited Metabolic and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Plant Biology
Drug Discovery & Medicinal Plants
Systems Biology, “Omics” and Bioinformatics
Infectious Diseases
Bioenergetics and Biotransformation

We will provide an intimate environment for this conference, which will be held on the scenic and friendly Potchefstroom campus of the NWU (for more about the NWU, see Potchefstroom is situated on the banks of the Mooi River in the North-Western Province, ±120 km southwest of Johannesburg. It borders the oldest and largest meteorite impact site in the world, called the Vredefort Dome – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Potchefstroom is among the oldest and most historic cities in this part of the country and, with the NWU at its core, has developed into the educational hub of the North-West Province.

One of the aims of the SASBMB and FASBMB is to promote scientific exchange between academics and students of biochemistry and molecular biology. It is, thus, an objective of this conference to provide the opportunity for as many students as possible to attend this meeting. To do this, we will reduce the cost for student registration as much as possible. We also have arranged a range of accommodation and transport options at different cost structures, including a lower cost accommodation option mainly for students.

The events management company, Londocor, organisers for the 2012 SASBMB-FASBMB conference, will again organise this conference. The conference website will be active during August 2017 and will indicate the key dates. Registration and abstract submission will start on October 1, 2017.

I warmly invite you to attend this conference and we look forward to welcoming you in Potchefstroom!

Yours sincerely,

Francois van der Westhuizen