Conference 2020

13th Southern African Plant Breeding Symposium 2020

Event Date: 08 - 11 March 2020
Time: 14:00
Venue: Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria
Enquiries: Roean Wessels | +27(0) 82 388 0311 | or
Finances: Dr. Zelda Bijzet | +27(83) 280 3498 |


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Latest Conference Programme


On behalf of the Southern African Plant Breeding Association (SAPBA) I, Driaan Bresler (SAPBA President), have the pleasure to announce the 13th SAPBA symposium to be held from March 8th -11th, 2020, at the Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria, a place where Africa's leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines will come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

The past decade has seen a revolution in genotyping creating large sets of data which has called for more accurate and precise phenotyping strategies. The multidisciplinary nature of the phenomics and the need for reliable, automatic and high-throughput phenotyping platforms gave rise to the 2020 SAPBA symposium theme of "Innovating together -Plant Breeding in the 4th Industrial revolution".

Important Dates

18 September 2019 - Online Registration Opens
08 November 2019 - Deadline for Abstract Submissions for Oral Contributions
08 December 2019 - Online Registration Payments
08 December 2019 - Deadline for Abstract Submissions for Posters
08 December 2019 - Oral Abstract  Acceptance Confirmed
​08 January 2020 - Poster Abstract  Acceptance Confirmed
17 February 2020 - Late Registration Cut-off
17 February 2020 - Electronic payment for Registration Cut-off
17 February 2020 - Final Programme Announced
08 March 2020 - Symposium Commences at 14:00


Invited Speakers

A diverse group of distinguished key-note speakers will introduce the concept of the fourth industrial revolution, which is the current and developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (loT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (Al) are changing the way we live and work, within the multidisciplinary nature of plant breeding. 

More information regarding plenary speakers will be made available on the SAPBA website, but I, Driaan Bresler (SAPBA President), would also like to encourage groupings and/or institutions that would like to sponsor and/or nominate plenary speakers to contact the symposium secretariat.

Accommodation and Transport

Accommodation and transport information will be confirmed soon.