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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 18:26

IUMS 2014

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IUMS2014XIVth International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology
XIVth International Congress of Mycology
XVIth International Congress of Virology

Sunday, 17 November 2013 10:54

Participate in the SASM2013 Twitter Wall!

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TwitterDuring the SASM2013 Conference, all participants are invited to post opinions, reports, and feedback on the meeting’s Twitter Wall. The Twitter Wall can be viewed at the Convention Center’s Main Lobby. All you need is a mobile device with an installed Twitter app, or a web browser.

Setting Up A Twitter Account

Go to, 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 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 Device

One option for using Twitter is to install a Twitter app on your mobile device. Go to 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 Wall

You 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

Twitter Etiquette

All incoming tweets are monitored by ASRM staff, and those tweets that show up with the hashtag #SASM2013 and that pass moderation will be posted to the Twitter Wall.  In order for a tweet to pass moderation, the following guidelines should be kept in mind:
  • 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!

Maneshree-Jugmohan-NaiduDr Maneshree Jugmohan-Naidu (Deputy Director: Biotechnology at the Department of Science and Technology)

Title: The National Bioeconomy Strategy

Doug RawlingsProf 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.

Gansen PillayDr 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?

Emile van ZylProf. 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

Peter LipkeProf. Peter Lipke (Professor of Biology, City University of New York Brooklyn College, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keynote Title
: Biological Consequences of Functional Amyloids in Yeast Adhesins

Evodia SetatiDr. M. Evodia Setati (Senior Researcher, Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University)

Keynote Title: The wine microbial consortium and its evolution during spontaneous fermentation

Sunday, 03 November 2013 17:45

SASM2013 current stats

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The 18th Biennial Conference of the South African Society of Microbiology (SASM), SASM2013, promises to be another successful and exciting conference with a scientific programme covering a diverse spectrum of microbiological topics. Here are some current stats and highlights:

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