SASBMB hosts a biennial national congress featuring lectures, seminars and poster presentations from students, junior researchers and established scientists.

26th SASBMB congress

Between the 8th and 11th July 2018, North-West University hosted the 26th biennial SASBMB conference held in conjunction with FASBMB. It was hosted on the Potchefstroom campus of NWU and was attended by 401 delegates. In total 17 South African higher education institutions were represented and delegates from 6 countries attended.

The broad scope of the themes and topics of the programme was aimed at covering the main topics of research done in South Africa/Africa. The programme was divided into four main themes:

  • Human disease

  • Biological systems

  • Structural, Cellular, & Molecular biology

  • Therapeutics and Biotechnology

In total 13 plenary talks were given, including a presentation by the Gold Medal winner, Prof Trevor Sewell. Delegates were spoiled with choice as 99 research talks were given across 3 parallel sessions over the three days. Most encouraging was the number of postgraduate students presenting their research indicative of an active Biochemistry and Molecular Biology community in South Africa.

The conference provided an enjoyable opportunity for scientific exchange between academics, students, scientists, and industry. The general collegial atmosphere and opportunities of exchange during the conference program where visible during lively Q&As after presentations, open air lunches, lively poster and tea/coffee sessions and social functions.

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