• Postdoctoral fellowship



    Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Closing date: 19 June 2024


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  • ICY 2024

    ICY 2024

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  • AGM


    SASM 2023

    Annual General Meeting

    20 September 2023

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  • SASM2023

    SASM 2023

    Scientific Programme

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    SASM 2023


    Deadline: 21 August 2023

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  • SASM2023 Student Awards

    SASM 2023

    Student Awards SASM2023

    Deadline: 28th August 2023

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  • SASM 2023 AWARDS

    SASM 2023


    Deadline: 30 August 2023

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  • IUMS 2024


    The International Union of Microbiological Societies

    Florence, Italy, October 23-25, 2024

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  • ISME19

    ISME important dates

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  • Symposium

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    "Bioprocessing: Unlocking Prospects for a Sustainable Future"

    08 August 2023

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Welcome to SASM

Welcome to the website of the South African Society for Microbiology (SASM)

SASM is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences in South Africa. Its members comprise microbiologists employed in universities, institutes, industry and government as well as student and corporate members. SASM has grown remarkably during the last four years and currently has over 600 members. Eligibility to become a full member of the Society is open to any person who holds at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent in microbiology or related field. Students majoring in microbiology are encouraged to sign up as student members.

Objectives of the society

  • to promote the professional interests of microbiologists, to improve the standing of the profession and to uphold the dignity of an honourable profession;
  • to act as official and representative mouthpiece of members of the profession;
  • to create a channel by means of which the authorities may gauge the opinion of the profession regarding matters directly or indirectly affecting the profession;
  • to promote high academic standards in the training of microbiologists and to proffer advice in this regard;
  • to advise on the professional assessment of microbiologists;
  • to receive and administer membership fees, other funds and donations for the furtherance of the general or specific objects of the Society;
  • to lay down such rules as are deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Society and the achievement of its various objects;
  • to make awards;
  • to further knowledge in the various microbiological disciplines and all areas in which it may be applied and to create channels of communication between members who share common interests;
  • to promote affiliation with related scientific societies in South Africa and similar scientific societies beyond our borders;
  • to collect and disseminate information on microbiology.