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
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 www.sapba.co.za 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.
On behalf of the SAPBA executive committee
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.
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
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
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.
Delegates are requested to switch off all cell phones and pagers during the
The hotel does provide a shuttle service to and from the airport. To arrange for shuttle
service please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 031 536 9200.
Delegates must arrange their own transport to and from the airport.
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
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