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Abstract submissions are now open for the South African Geophysical Association’s 15th Biennial Conference & Exhibition to be held from 10 – 13 September 2017 at The Lord Charles Hotel in Cape Town. Save the date and read the call for abstractshere for more details.

1st  Africa Energy Materials Conference

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract to present your work in this important continental scientific event.

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The Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Geography hereby cordially invites you to the World Environment Day Colloquium“Go Wild for Life – Zero tolerance for illegal Wildlife Trade”

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We are pleased to announce the South African Geophysical Association’s 15th Biennial Conference & Exhibition to be held from 10 – 13 September 2017 at The Lord Charles Hotel in Cape Town.
Save the date and read the first announcement here for more detail.

Theme: Transforming risk into opportunity

25 & 26 October 2016

Hatch Africa Offices, Johannesburg, South Africa

“You are invited to register for the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Indaba”

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday, 25th and 26th October 2016
WHERE: Hatch Africa Head Office, Modderfontein, Johannesburg
PROGRAMME: The 2016 programme includes the following exciting line-up:

  • Daily opening keynote addresses from respected business leaders.
  • The business case for biodiversity from business’ perspective, including financial risks and opportunities.
  • Business as a key partner in reversing biodiversity loss.
  • Latest international and national developments in the mainstreaming of biodiversity.
  • Panel discussions and presentations on progress in the mainstreaming of biodiversity into key business sectors in South Africa.
  • The NBBN’s approach to catalysing biodiversity mainstreaming in business – pushing the biodiversity mainstreaming agenda.
  • Panel discussions to present and discuss on-the-ground learnings from businesses that have been actively managing biodiversity risks and opportunities.
  • Break-away sessions to explore a variety of approaches and tools to managing natural capital risk and opportunity.
  • Break-away sessions and round-tables to present and dissect case studies demonstrating how the management of biodiversity has added value to business.
  • Panel discussion to sum up the learnings from the two days and propose the way forward.

SPEAKERS: Speakers include Deidre Herbst (Sustainability Manager, Eskom), Chantal van der Watt (Senior Manager in Sustainability and Integrated Reporting, Price Waterhouse Coopers), Dr. Theresia Ott (Principal Advisor: Group Environment, Rio Tinto), Dr. Marie Parramon-Gurney (Regional Technical Coordinator: Business, Economics and Biodiversity, IUCN), Dr. Peter Lukey (Chief Policy Advisor: Strategic Environmental Intelligence Environmental, Department of Environmental Affairs), Dr. Lorren Haywood (Senior Researcher: Sustainability Science and Resource Economics, CSIR), amongst others. Other companies and organisations to be represented include Transnet, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Woolworths, Santam, Nedbank, Mondi, Talmar Sustainable Developments, The Biodiversity Company, De Beers, WWF-SA, Conservation South Africa, Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme, etc.

TARGETED AUDIENCE: The targeted audience for the Indaba includes representatives from all South African business sectors. The Indaba is relevant to CEOs, financial, sustainability and risk managers, supply chain and corporate social responsibility directors, environmental economists, leading academics, professional advisors, sustainability leaders, natural capital experts, government officials, financiers, and other influencers.

Delegates at the 2015 Indaba highlighted the need to bring the “unconverted” into the biodiversity mainstreaming conversation. We are acting on this by offering attendees a discount for registering a fellow delegate who did not attend the 2015 Indaba. It is our hope that this attracts an audience balanced with old and new faces giving us the opportunity to drive the biodiversity mainstreaming agenda more widely. See below for details.

REGISTRATION: Submit your registration ASAP, as seats are limited, by filling in the attachedregistration document and sending to Michael Adams, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Early bird registration closes on 30 September and registration closes on 14 October.

2016 Indaba Registration Fees (incl. VAT)

  Early Bird fee – by end Sept Regular fee – by 14 Oct
Per person for full conference R1600 R1800
“Bring a new friend” discounted pp rate* R1400 R1600
Per person for one day only R900 R1000
* attendees who register a second person who was not at last year’s Indaba (both attendees will pay this discounted rate).

SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorship opportunities exist for those organisations that wish to have their names associated with South Africa’s premier sustainability and business event. For more information on our variety of prime sponsorship opportunities please contact Michael (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at 011 372 3600.

“Look out for an email in the coming weeks presenting the 2016 Indaba agenda!”

Young Scientists Address Human Rights 

Human rights will come under scrutiny at the 7th Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 6 and 7 October 2016. 

The conference will be hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), and the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC), and. The conference theme, Human Rights, is aligned to the 2016 African Union Year Theme of Human Rights with Special Focus on Rights of Women. 

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We invite you to attend the 9th IWRS, taking place from 12-16 September 2016 in Namibia. This symposium will focus on the potential of wildlife, to not only lead to the conservation of the natural environment, but also to contribute significantly to the welfare of indigenous communities. In this way we can optimize biodiversity, the conservation of wildlife and encourage and support rural communities to create more long-term, sustainable wildlife ranches and conservancies.

This is also a perfect opportunity to tour the beautiful country of Namibia before or after the symposium!

The 9th IWRS will consist of two plenary sessions and the following elective specialist streams:

  1. Wildlife Management
  2. Non-consumptive use of Wildlife
  3. Consumptive use of Wildlife
  4. 2nd African Buffalo Symposium

We have already received excellent abstracts from local and international speakers. Should you be interested in giving a presentation, please submit abstracts for consideration urgently.

We are looking forward to welcome you to Namibia!

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Click to view Call for abstracts

The process of reconstituting the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions has been completed. View the new Council.
If you are final year Natural Science student, you can enroll at SACNASP. View more information.