Final Announcement

Final Announcement

  February 27, 2018

Symposium Final Announcement 12th Southern African Plant Breeding Symposium 11-15th March 2018 Gateway Hotel, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Big Data and Breeding Technologies

Dear Colleague,

It is difficult to believe but the 12th Southern African Plant Breeding Symposium at the Gateway

Hotel, Umhlanga, is around the corner.

We would also like to confirm that we could secure all our keynote speakers for the

symposium. We will host three international and three national keynote speakers.

Additionally, we are also proud to announce that the Symposium will host an annual mini

student Plant Sciences Symposium sponsored by the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. The

Plant Sciences Symposia series is an international series that provides students the

opportunity to interact with experts in the private as well as public domain. The goal of the

series is to improve collaboration and problem solving amongst universities, government

organisations and the agricultural industry. This year at the Symposium four sponsored

students will be presenting alongside Dr. Geoff Graham, DowDuPont Global Research Vice

President, Plant Breeding.

Below you will find some final announcements and important information. Please remember

to visit our website at for updates and all previous documentation (including

the previous announcements) and short CV’s of all keynote speakers.

We will also be hosting a panel discussion on “Plant Breeders of the future” where we would

like to have open discussions on the future of plant breeding, future skills required for

breeders, career opportunities and women in plant breeding. Questions can be submitted to

the committee prior to the panel discussion, by Tuesday evening.


With best regards.


Elizma Joubert

On behalf of the SAPBA executive committee


Registration desk

The registration and information desk will be situated in the foyer area of the hotel for

the duration of the meeting. The desk will be open on:

Sunday 11 March 17:00-18:30

Monday 12 March 07:00-08:15

Tuesday 13 March 07:30-08:30

Wednesday 14 March 07:30-08:30

Delegates are encouraged to register before and during the cocktail function (Sunday

afternoon and evening) to ensure the timely opening of the conference on Monday at



The official language of the symposium will be English. No simultaneous translation

services will be provided.

Oral presentations

All computer presentations must be checked for viruses and should reach Driaan

Bresler at least one session before your presentation, i.e. if you present the following

morning you must submit by the tea/coffee break the previous day. Please note that

presenters will not be allowed to use their own computers. Due to the large number of

presentations received, oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes (12 minutes

presentation and 3 minutes’ discussion). We request speakers to adhere to their

allocated time. Session chairpersons will enforce this to ensure that we keep to the

scheduled programme.

Poster presentations

Posters will be displayed for the duration of the symposium in the foyer and Umdoni 3

area of the hotel. All delegates presenting a poster are kindly requested to put up their

posters by no later than the first poster session on Monday, 11 March at 10:00. Posters

should not exceed 1200 mm (length) and 850 mm (width). A suitable adhesive will be

supplied. All posters must be removed on Wednesday afternoon after the last session


Name badges

All participants must wear their name badges at all times during the symposium.

Badges should also be worn when attending the events on the social programme.


Please note that all tea/coffee breaks will be served in die lobby area of the hotel.

Locations for lunches will be announced during the symposium. If you have any

specialised dietary needs please inform the symposium organisers. Delegates will be

held responsible for any costs incurred due to specialised dietary needs.


The symposium venue is a non-smoking area.

E-mail and Wi-Fi access

No computers will be made available to delegates for reading e-mail and/or to access

the internet. However, most public areas in the hotel have free Wi-Fi access.

Information regarding Wi-Fi use can be obtained from the hotel’s registration desk.


Parking Vouchers, One Per Delegate – these vouchers are valid for all parking areas

in The Gateway Theatre of Shopping Centre.

Cell phones

Delegates are requested to switch off all cell phones and pagers during the


Airport transfers

The hotel does provide a shuttle service to and from the airport. To arrange for shuttle

service please contact or phone 031 536 9200.

Delegates must arrange their own transport to and from the airport.

Social functions

The welcoming cocktail function will be hosted at the conference area of the hotel

(Umdoni 1 & 2) from 18:00 - 21:00 on Sunday, 11 March. Attendance of cocktail

function has to be registered and paid for separate to registration of the conference.

Access to the cocktail function will be indicated on the back of the name badges. The

conference gala dinner will be held on Tuesday, 13 March in Umdoni 1. Dinner will

start at 19:00. Delegates are requested to bring along their name badges to ensure

access, indicated at the back of the name badges. The dress code is smart casual.

Symposium bags and booklets

Symposium bags will be made available during registration, but no symposium

booklets. The registration pack will contain a flash drive with the symposium booklet

(electronic format, containing keynote, oral and poster presentation abstracts and a

delegate list), promotional material and items from sponsors.


Delegates who requested refunds before 31 January will be refunded in full after

considering appropriate bank charges. Refunds will be processed within three weeks

after the symposium. No other requests for refunds can, however, be considered.

More information on the sessions will be communicated via the SAPBA website.

Honorary member’s nominations

Nomination forms for honorary members of the SAPBA will be available on the

website. We have decided to extend the nominations to 2 March 2018.


All correspondence (registration, registration fees and payments and abstract

submission) or general inquiries (including membership applications) can be

addressed to:

Congress secretariat

Roean Wessels

Mobile: +27 (0) 82 388 0311

Office: +27 (0) 58 303 4690


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