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SASM will sponsor the conference fees of 25 deserving students (5 Hons, 10 MSc and 10 PhD students) presenting at the SASM2016 congress in Umhlanga in January 2016.
The South African Society for Microbiology's 19th Biennial Congress, SASM2016, will be held at the Coastlands Umhlanga Convention Centre, Durban, from the 17th to the 20th of January 2016. SASM2016 is organised by Durban University of Technology. Online registration and abstract submission details are now available.
Remember the Bela-Bela Forever Resorts Warmbaths and SASM2013 conference?
Here are the links to the presentations and images:
PowerPoint presentations (only viewable in Google Chrome browser)
During the #SASM2013 Conference, all participants are invited to post opinions, reports, and feedback on the meeting’s Twitter Wall.
Simply tweet using your laptop or smartphone using the official conference hashtag: #SASM2013.
How do people use Twitter at conferences? Here is a list:
- Share highlights of a interesting topic that was presented.
- Share resources about a topic presented, i.e. an interesting web link, pdf article etc.
- Ask a question about a topic or conference event.
- Share your conference experience.
Lastly, keep the content of the tweets as relevant as possible. The Twitterwall is extremely useful for people who cannot physically attend the conference to follow whats happening at #SASM2013.
Setting Up A Twitter AccountGo to www.twitter.com, and sign up. You will need to enter identifying information and agree to the terms of service. You will need to verify your email address before continuing. Twitter will walk you through a setup wizard of sorts, and ask you to follow five or more people. This is optional, though the website doesn’t give you an option to skip it. Search for “#SASM2013” if you wish to follow the messages at the conference. Otherwise, at this point, if you don’t want to go any further in the setup wizard, go back to www.twitter.com and independently update your profile page and if desired, add a photo. Other Twitter users like to see photos of tweeters.
Install a Twitter Application on your Mobile DeviceOne option for using Twitter is to install a Twitter app on your mobile device. Go to https://twitter.com/download and select your device. If you do not wish to install an app for Twitter, you can still use Twitter within your web browser.
Sending a Tweet to the SASM2013 Twitter WallYou can do this within the Twitter app on your mobile device, or on the Twitter website. On the website, you can post a tweet by clicking on Home and then type inside the left-hand box that says “Compose new Tweet”. You are limited to 140 characters in a single tweet. At the end of each message, in order for your message to appear on the Twitter wall, you must put #SASM2013 at the end, such as:
Plenary Speaker Dr. Jones starting now – hall packed, exciting, standing rm only! #SASM2103
- Messages must be about Meeting content or activities.
- Messages cannot contain personal information.
- Messages cannot personally attack another person.
- Messages that SASM considers unprofessional will not be displayed on the Twitter Wall.
We hope you’ll join us in tweeting the #SASM2013 Meeting in November!
Dr Maneshree Jugmohan-Naidu (Deputy Director: Biotechnology at the Department of Science and Technology)
Title: The National Bioeconomy Strategy
Prof Doug Rawlings (acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, Stellenbosch University)
Title: Three decades of developments in our understanding of the microbiology of biomining
Prof Anthony I Okoh (Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Fort Hare)
Title: Emerging challenges of microbial water quality in South Africa: a clarion call for the review of current guidelines and problem of shortage of skilled manpower in the water sector.
Dr Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay (Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Research and Innovation Support and Advancement), National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa)
Title: Knowledge Production in Microbiology: How does South Africa compare?
Prof. W.H. (Emile) van Zyl (Senior Chair of Energy Research (CoER) in Biofuels, South African National Energy Research Institute (Pty) Ltd (SANERI), Department of Microbiology, Stellenbosch University)
Keynote Title: Modern bioenergy and its potential role towards enabling a sustainable future for southern Africa