Welcome & Invitation


On behalf of the Organizing Executive of the SASBMB 2014 congress, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 24th biennial congress of the South African Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, to be held from the 6-9th July, 2014.


The Congress will be held in the beautiful Goudini Spa Resort which is situated at the foot of the Boland Mountains and boasts a well-known natural hot water spring. The venue offers excellent conference facilities in a spectacular mountain setting, in the beautiful Breede Valley vineyards. A full range of accommodation is on offer at the conference site, which together with the all-inclusive registration fee, will allow delegates to enjoy all meals and the entire programme and social activities.


Whether you are a student, a postdoctoral fellow, junior researcher or scientist, or seasoned professional scientist or academic, I am sure you will gain valuable insight, information and inspiration amongst friends, in an appealing, informal and sociable atmosphere.


We have invited an outstanding group of keynote speakers who are known, not only for their seminal scientific contributions, but also for their ability to communicate across a diverse group of ‚’molecularly-oriented’‚ and ‚’inter-generational’ scientists such as we are. We will also be featuring local speakers of similarly high standard, allowing us to focus the programme on the latest and most significant developments in molecular and bioscience research being undertaken in South Africa.
Additionally the congress is an ideal platform for postgraduate students and early-career researchers to present their work and interact with established national and international scientists. As SASBMB places a significant emphasis on supporting young researchers, in addition to the stimulating scientific programme, we are also planning events and sessions that are specifically geared to students and young researchers.


Finally, it is my experience and realistic hope, that each and every delegate will gain through good fellowship that is a hallmark of the SASBMB congresses, in addition to the world-class presentations and stimulating discussions throughout the few days we are together.


I look forward to your participation, and welcoming you to Goudini Spa, 2014.


Sincerely and with warm greetings,


Pete Meissner (Chairman) on behalf of the Organizing Executive Committee and the University of Cape Town