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Call to Young Scientists to Submit Abstracts for Oral Presentations

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)-Twas Young Affiliate Network (TYAN), the South African Young Academy of Science(SAYAS), Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) and theWorld Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) will behosting an Infectious Diseases Symposium from 27 to 28 May 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

The theme of the symposium on ‘ONE HEALTH: A focus on Infectious Diseases in Africa’ seeks to increase knowledge and build capacity in infectious disease research amongstearly career researchers in the Africa region. The main aim of convening this symposiumfrom a One Health stance stems from the growing global threats of epidemics and theneed for realisation of a collective sense of responsibility towards a proactive public healthregime. ASSAf is seeking young scientists from Africa to participate in this symposium. 


This call is open to early career researchers who are based in Africa. Applicants shouldmeet the following criteria to participate:

1. Be resident in Africa

2. Be early career researchers (those undertaking PhD or a Postdoctoral Fellowship)

3. Be under the age of forty (40)

4. Have research experience associated with infectious diseases. Click here for subthemes

5. Commit to be present and actively engage for the duration of the symposium

6. Submission of an abstract that will be the basis for presentation at the symposium

7. Willing to present and share current research results at the symposium

Symposium Participation and Application

ASSAf invites the submission of abstracts for oral presentations. Interested candidates, who meet the above-mentioned criteria should please complete the accompanying application form and return it to Ms Edith Shikumo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Tel: +27 (0)12 3496614 by Friday, 15 February 2019. There is no registration fee to attend the symposium.ASSAf will cover the travel and hospitality costs for the selected candidates for theduration of the symposium. Visa costs (if applicable) will be to the participants costs. Further information about the symposium will be circulated.

Abstract Format

Applicants should follow the instructions clearly:

• Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Authors and Institutions)on the attached form

• Abstract must be written in English

Abstract Acceptance

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel which reserves the right to accept and allocateoral presentations. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selectionprocess by 1 March 2019.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019