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Sixth Annual System Dynamics Conference

This is a revolving conference hosted by the System Dynamics Conference of South Africa, with academic contributions from System Dynamics Modellers from around the country and globally. It offers a forum for presenting the latest applications of SDM methodology to a wide variety of environmental and social problems.

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29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

29th Annual Conference of SAIIE – “Steering the 4th
Industrial Revolution”

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Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) 2018

This is the annual conference of the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA). The conference gives industry, government, and for the first time in 2018, academia the opportunity to showcase the latest case studies, practice and research.

The conference aims to explore Smarter approaches to enterprise asset management. With Industry 4.0 gaining momentum, permanent change is the new constant. From the daily fundamentals to strategically casting a futuristic vision, the focus is on doing these things Smarter.  Working Smarter will impact on the workforce (how they work and how they are managed), our assets (adapting to new and disruptive technologies) and operations (thinking differently about efficiency and connectedness).

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New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests

An international meeting of forest growth and yield scientists to present the latest research and innovation in the field of predicting future forest growth, yield and wood properties.

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7th African Economic History Network Meeting

The African Economic History Network (AEHN) presents its 7th meeting in Stellenbosch, South Africa in October 2017. The meeting brings together the leading scholars who study Africa's economic history. It serves to encourage research in the field and on the continent. This year's conference theme focusses on innovation in Africa's past and includes panel discussions co-ordinated by Harvard University's Center for African Studies, and keynote addresses by academics and opinion leaders.

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19th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference

The 19th annual meeting of generative syntacticians working on language change and variation

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SAIIE28 wants to challenge you to take a broader perspective, to not only seriously start taking an active interest and responsibility for our public sector, but more than that, to take up stewardship.


The ISO for

‘Sustainability in Events Management' provides this definition for stewardship:

"Responsibility for sustainable development shared by all those whose actions affect environmental performance, economic activity, and social progress, reflected as both a value and a practice by individuals, organisations, communities, and competent authorities.


During the SAIIE28s programme, we will attempt to answer this key question:

In light of the Scarce Resources Report*, what is the potential role of IEs within the National Development Plan (NDP)* and the Strategic Infrastructure Programs (SIPs)*


SAIIE28 will, in particular, focus on:


  • Government service delivery and capacity building
  • Water & Energy
  • Infrastructure & the NDP


Abstracts submitted addressing this and other topics relating to industrial engineering applications within the public sector will enjoy preference.


*Please contact the SAIIE Office at to request copies of these reports

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4th International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation

NPIT4 provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners within the field of interpreting and translation studies to share recent and relevant work within this discipline and related to the activities of non-professional interpreters and translators. It builds on discussions initiated at the first three international conferences on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation held in Bologna/Forlì(2012), Mainz/Germersheim (2014) and Zurich (2016).

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The 45th International Student's Symposium (IFSS 2017) will take place in South Africa, after Saasveld Forestry Association of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s George Campus won the bid to host the IFSS 2017.

Of particular note is that IFSS 2017 will be a collective effort of all South African IFSA chapters under the auspices of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). In the history of IFSA, IFSS 2017 will be the first symposium to be hosted by a team of collaborating local chapters from one country. It is indeed a South African symposium, a country where collectivism and diversity resonate in a people.

The event will run from the 2nd of July to the 17th of July 2017 and will take place in various regions of South Africa.

IFSS 2017 plan to:

  • Have 150 students from 50 countries and all continents will attend IFSS 2017.
  • The general assembly and workshops will take place during the symposium. Further more the elections for all IFSA positions for 2018 will take place.
  • South Africa's people, cultures, landskape and forestry industry aspects will be presented.

The theme for IFSS 2017 is “Practicing Forestry in a diverse environment: Que Vedas- Where to from Here” . The nature of forestry is changing rapidly, with social components becoming as important as the traditional biophysical components, landscapes are transforming and humanity has become a key driver of global change and in this century, unlimited mobility presents diversity in all its forms. Education, transformation and diversity can therefore be regarded as critical issues for forestry in the 21st century and beyond.  The symposium seeks to deliver a well-rounded program with a strong academic component as well as field and cultural tours that will engage and challenge the participants.

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This is a joint conference between the pattern, recognition, robotics and mechatronics communities of South Africa. The two tracks cover a wide variety of tropics from the respective fields. The conference will run over two days with one day of workshops preceding the conference.

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Additive Manufacturing (AM), alternatively referred to as 3D printing, is a layer-based process used to manufacture physical objects. Using AM technology enables the manufacturing of geometrically complex parts, which require a high degree of customisation. AM technologies are currently used in a wide variety of manufacturing sectors, which include Aerospace, Medical, Bio-medical, Dentistry, R&D, Automotive and many more. Throughout the years, AM has demonstrated its value, is of a disruptive nature and can be considered a technology that can be used improve quality of life for all human beings. This year’s conference will focus on Additive Manufacturing’s impact on all South Africans’ quality of life. As such, this year’s conference theme is:
“Building on the Foundations - Consolidating Impact into Products to Enhance Quality of Life for All South Africans”
In support of this theme, the first day of the conference will build on the success created during RAPDASA 2015 and again be dedicated to a special event entitled the South African Additive Manufacturing Innovation Showcase. The showcase will allow the general public, industry, inventors, universities and funding agencies to interact with each other. The day will end with a tour through the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, demonstrating its capacity and available services.

With respect to the conference theme, papers can be submitted under any of the following topics: 
  • AM business development
  • New AM applications
  • Impact of AM on the intellectual property environment
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Reverse engineering
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Process monitoring and control
  • Material evaluation and selection
  • Post processing and qualification
  • Material / Process development
  • Product development

To Submit an Abstract click on the following link: Call for Papers


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Stellenbosch University 14th Annual Library Symposium

Shaping the academic library of the future: adapt, empower, partner, engage

The tradition of the Stellenbosch University Annual Library Symposium of being a platform for discussing new library and information services and developments will continue at the 14th Annual Library Symposium in November 2016. The discussion will be turned to the shaping of the academic library of the future. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of adapting to users’ needs, adapting to new roles as librarians, adapting as a library, empowerment of staff and clients and the importance of partnerships and engagement.

The theme is partly based on the recent OCLC report, Shaping the Library to the life of the user: adapting, empowering, partnering, engaging. In this report it becomes clear that “research and learning needs are changing. Higher education is reconfiguring. As a result of these massive changes, the library must pivot and adapt”. The following core themes are mentioned in this report:  to empower users, to empower the library, form partnerships and to engage the campus community. The report advises libraries to be able to “move from offering a fixed set of services to a ‘constant beta’ mode of service evolution” .

Three different sessions will focus on the following themes, all related to the shaping of the academic library of the future:

  • Digital innovation: Topics of this session may include Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Research Data Management, Big Data, E-learning, Digital Humanities, Next Generation Systems.
  • Collaboration / Partnerships : Partnerships with OCLC, SANLIC and other consortia as well as other collaboration possibilities will be discussed.
  • The user experience: Academic staff, researchers and students of local universities will share their expectations as users of academic libraries.

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Precision Forestry Symposium 2017

The objectives of the symposium is to bring decision‐makers, forest scientists, forest practitioners, academics, forest managers and researchers; who are interested in PF together in one forum to share and review information, developments, concepts and ideas within the broad listed topics. This interaction will facilitate networking to development of joint projects and activities that will address priority issues.

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The 31st annual meeting of generative syntacticians working on the structure of Germanic languages

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27th Annual Conference of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineering

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SA-EU dialogue on soil information

The dialogue will focus on the legislative framework for soil data collection and data sharing between government and private data owners.

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AfroSense 2015

Hosted by the Department of Food Science and the Institute for Wine Biotechnology

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IFLA 2015 IT Section Satellite Meeting

This preconference is an opportunity for libraries to experience current developments in open source for Big Data, Library Management, Digital Libraries and Publication Management.

The preconference features both workshops and current case studies in open source implementation.


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Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies have ex­panded vastly over the more than 20 years of its history. Originally seen as mostly suitable for Rapid Prototyping (RP), these processes are not exclusively used for that purpose any longer. Intensive research efforts in recent years focused primarily on the technologies for processing metallic powders and showed their huge potential for delivery of end-use components, or to be an adequate complementary to advanced machining. With its more than 1000 systems currently in use, South Africa is swiftly following this general trend.   The Annual International RAPDASA Conference is taking place for the fifteenth time. Over the years it grew constantly in importance both from academic and industrial perspective, as well as in international significance. Having a fully peer reviewed conference and keeping at the same time its industrial relevance, this anniversary signifies a milestone in its own right. In this way it meets its main objective to be a generator of innovative ideas and fruitful collaboration both locally and abroad. The theme of the conference captures this objective, expressing the precondition of engineering education and skills development for industrial growth.

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Open Scholarship

Date and time - 2 sessions:

Session 1: Wednesday 23 April 09:00 - 12:00 Setting up an online journal

Session 2: Thursday 24 April 09:00 - 11:00 Managing the e-workflow and publication process

Venue: Learning Commons E-Classroom, JS Gericke Library

Please register by 23 April 2014 should you be interested to attend:


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Annual Conference of the Operations Research Society of South Africa

An advanced warm welcome to the 44th Annual Conference of the Operations Research Society of South Africa (ORSSA). The Conference will be hosted by the Johannesburg Chapter of ORSSA, and will be held at Pecan Manor, on the R560 road in the Hartbeespoort valley, west of the lake, from September 13th to 16th, 2015.

The theme of the conference is FutureAnalytics

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Computers and Industrial Engineering

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International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing (COMA)

In a small world where trade is the new global driving force conquering countries and continents alike, international competitiveness is becoming the ultimate challenge. It requires high quality products manufactured with state-of-the-art technologies at low cost under the assumption of highly efficient operations management as well as clear corporate goals and strategy. This in turn is based on improved engineering training and education, relevant applied research and an active interaction between academia and industry. The International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing (COMA ’16) is taking place for the sixth time. The main objective of the conference is to present recent developments, research results and industrial experience related to Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness in the field of manufacturing. A further objective of the conference is to be a generator of innovative ideas and fruitful collaboration both locally and abroad.

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International Service-Learning Symposium

5th International Service-Learning Symposium

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International Symposium on Toxicity Assessment

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LIASA Higher Education Library Interest Group (HELIG)

A series of webinars brought to you by the Higher Education Interest Group of the Library and Information Association of South Africa.

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New Wave Centre

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LSSA / SAALA / SAALT Joint Annual Conference

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Stellenbosch University Annual Library Symposium

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USAN Kongres vir Jong Navorsers / Conference for Young Scholars


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