South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The South African Society of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


SASBMB 2022 – January 23 to 26  2022 – Virtual Congress

The organisers of the 27th Congress of the South African Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are excited to welcome you to the virtual event scheduled from 23 to 26 January 2022. It will feature oral and poster presentations covering a broad range of topics in the molecular life sciences. Speakers will include a mix of international experts, established national researchers, postdoctoral fellows as well as postgraduate students. The conference is open to delegates from South Africa, the African continent and beyond.

Timeline and Deadlines:

Official website goes online – soonest

Student SASBMB bursary application deadline – 15 November 2021

Abstract deadline for oral and poster presentations* – 15 December 2021

Normal registration deadline* – 15 December 2021

Final programme – 15 January 2022

Opening event – 23 January 2022

SASBMB AGM (virtual) – 25 January 2022**

Late registration deadline – 26 January 2022

(*Fees need to have been received for deadlines to apply.)
(**Open to all members of SASBMB)

Plenary and Keynote Speakers:

Frances Arnold, Caltech, California, USA – 2018 Nobel Prize

Nenad Ban, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Lynn Morris, NICD and University of the Witwatersrand – DVC Research

Lyn-Marie Birkholtz, University of Pretoria

Brett Pletschke, Rhodes University

SASBMB 2022 Gold Medalist (to be determined)

SASBMB 2021 Silver Medalist (to be determined)

(watch this space for more exciting speakers!)

Session Topics:

Metabolism and Enzymology

Molecular Signalling and Homeostasis

Phytomedicine and Drug Development

Molecular Structure and Function

Molecular Cell Biology

Parasitic Diseases

Understanding and Treating Cancer

Combatting Viral Diseases

Bacterial Pathogens

Hereditary and Degenerative Diseases

Molecular Omics and Bioinformatics

BioEconomy, Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurship

Environmental Biochemistry


Sunday, 23 January,

   17:30 Opening of the Congress

Monday, 24 and Tuesday 25 January:

   09:00 – 10:30 – Keynote and Plenary presentations

   10:40 – 12:30 – Invited and Selected presentations (3 parallel streams)

   12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch and Poster presentations

   13:30 to 15:10 – Invited and Selected presentations (3 parallel streams)

   15:20 to 16:50 – Keynote and Plenary presentations

   Monday, 17:00 – Special Event

   Tuesday, 17:00 – SASBMB AG

Wednesday, 26 January:

   9:00 to 12:30 – as above

   12:40 to 13:30 – Closing and student prizes (Oral and poster presentations)

Registration Fees:



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

The last SASBMB congress was held 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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