SASAS Congress


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The South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) is inviting all members of the association, managers, scientists, students and decision-makers in the field of animal science research and related industries to attend the 50th Congress at Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, from 18 -21st September 2017. The Conference will be hosted at the Boardwalk Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth.


Main theme:


Golden Innovations for Sustainable Animal Agriculture



Sub themes:

    Climate Change and Animal Science

    1. Ruminant Nutrition
    2. Animal Breeding & Genetics
    3. Meat Science
    4. Poultry Nutrition and Products
    5. Wildlife Sciences/Production
    6. Welfare & Health
    7. Aquaculture
    8. Pig Production
    9. Dairy Science
    10. Beef Production
    11. Small Stock Production


International Speakers/Academics

Prof D. Mpairwe – Makerere University, Uganda “Animal Agriculture in Africa”
Dr D. Harmernik, USA” Role of Technology in sustainable livestock production”
Dr J. Sartin, USA “Kisspeptin as a novel regulator of GH”
Dr Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, USA “Public acceptance of GMOs”
Dr James Sartin, USA “Appetite control by the brain in disease”
Dr D. Bole, USA


Local Speakers/Academics

Prof J.B.J. Van Ryssen, University of Pretoria - Keynote address – Animal Science and the SASAS 50th Congress

Prof L. Wotshela, University of Fort Hare “Animal Science and the University of Fort Hare over the last 100 years”
Prof. V. Muchenje, University of Fort Hare “Farm to Fork approach to Meat Science”
Prof M. Chimonyo “recent developments in pig research”
Prof Este vanMarle-Koster, University of Pretoria “Genomics Overview”
Prof Victor Mlambo, North West University “Publication process”
Dr Y.Z. Njisane, University of Fort Hare “Livestock production conditions and their subsequent effects on product quality”
Dr T.T. Nkukwana, University of Pretoria “poultry nutrition”
Dr Niall Vine, University of Fort Hare “aquaculture”

Dr A. Aucamp, Dohne Agric. Development Institute “Dohne Agric. Development Institute and its impact in the Eastern Cape Agriculture”
Mr Mavume “Marine culture in South Africa”
Prof S. Cloete Western Cape Agriculture
Dr J. Van der Westhuizen , Stud Book
Mr Buchner “Dairy Farmer”



Poultry Science South African Poultry Association (SAPA)
Mr P. Makube, First National Bank “Economics in Animal Production”
South African Pork Producers’ Organization (SAPPO)


Panel discussions on hot topics

  1. Communicating science among scientists and the public; through publications and extension- Prof John Mupangwa (UFH);  Dr Debora Hamernik (USA); Dr James Sartin (USA); Prof Joseph Francis (UNIVEN); Prof France Lategan (CPUT)


  1. Research and education for sustainable animal agriculture - Prof Frans Swanepoel (UP),  Prof Charles Kadzere (DRDAR); Prof Norman Maiwashe (ARC); Dr Kathu Nephawe (TUT), Dr Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe (USA)


Submissions of paper/poster titles                       : Paper/poster title submissions are extended to 30 May 2017
Submissions of abstracts                                         : 30th June 2017
Final submission of registration forms                 : 31st May 2017
Final date for payment of registration fees         : 31st July 2017
Cancellation                                                               : 31st August 2017 (No reimbursement)



Welcome message - SASAS


Michiel ScholtzThe 50th Congress of the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) will be held in the eastern Cape. This 50th Congress is a milestone in the history of the Society and I hope to see you all at this important animal science event. A number of international scientist will participate in this Congress. The theme will be “Golden Innovations for Sustainable Animal Agriculture”. These congresses are important events in the calendar of the animal science discipline. Interaction with other animal scientists is the lifeline of animal scientists and this is the ideal opportunity to interact with fellow scientists. You are all encouraged to diarize this important event so that you are available to attend it.


Dr Michiel Scholtz, SASAS President.















Sponsorship Opportunities:

We have various sponsorship opportunities available, Should you or your company be interested in sponsoring the congress, please look for options on the sponsers page for more information.


The Venue: Boardwalk Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Port Elizabeth offers 5-star hotel accommodation only a few minutes away from the Blue Flag awarded Hobie Beach. Not only popular for its 5-star hotel, The Boardwalk is also a unique entertainment, dining and conference venue.


We have also managed to secure a special rate on accommodation at the Sun International Boardwalk Hotel. Please mention that you are a SASAS Congress 2017 delegate when making your booking.



Information regarding accommodation is provided on the "Accommodation" page. There are various accommodation options available to select from.

Please note: Each individual will be responsible for booking and paying their own accommodation at the establishment of their choice. 


Delegates have to arrange their own transport to and from the venue.



  • 50th annual SASAS Congress = 18th to 21st September, 2017


SASAS full members:                          R4 700.00
Non-SASAS members:                        R5 000.00
SASAS student members:                  R3 500.00
Non-SASAS student members :        R3 800.00



Information available on the "contacts" page.