Building a career in science takes time and usually starts at a young age. The first step may happen when you receive a medal at your very first Science Expo. On the 12th of August, over 550 scholars from more than 60 Gauteng schools attended the annual Northern Gauteng Senior Science Fair at the University of Pretoria Sports Centre on the L.C. de Villiers campus. More than 960 exciting projects were on display from scholars between Grades 7 to 12.

The Expo gives budding young scientists and engineers the opportunity to showcase their talent. With 28 categories ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Health Care at this year's Fair, there was more than one way to show off that talent. To help judge the projects, 179 people from industry, academic institutions, research institutes and government volunteered their Friday afternoon to be part of this special day. FABI was again prominently represented on the day with the help of Dr Awelani Mutshembele, Magdeleen Cilliers, Esna du Plessis, Darryl Herron, Bianca Jardim, Dorah Mwangola, David Nsibo, Alisa Postma, Lizel Potgieter and Ariska van der Nest who were there to help judge some of this years fantastic projects. Thanks to Dr Irene Barnes, Dr Markus Wilken, Arista Fourie, Juanita Avontuur, Benny Swalarsk-Parry and Nam Pham who helped mentor various scholars with their science expo projects this year.

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Human ZR, Crous CJ, Roets F, Venter SN, Wingfield MJ, de Beer ZW. (2017) Biodiversity and ecology of flower-associated actinomycetes in different flowering stages of Protea repens. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-017-0942-3
McTaggart AR, Beasley DR, Wingfield MJ, Wood AR, Pretorius ZA, Drenth A, Shivas RG, Roux J. (2017) A dynamic, web-based resource to identify rust fungi (Pucciniales) in southern Africa. MycoKeys 26:77-83. 10.3897/mycokeys.26.14602
De Maayer P, Aliyu H, Vikram S, Blom J, Duffy B, Cowan DA, Smits THM, Venter SN, Coutinho TA. (2017) Phylogenomic, pan-genomic, pathogenomic and evolutionary genomic insights into the agronomically relevant enterobacteria Pantoea ananatis and Pantoea stewartii. Frontiers in Microbiology 8(1755) 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01755
Jami F, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M, Slippers B. (2017) Diversity of tree-infecting Botryosphaeriales on native and non-native trees in South Africa and Namibia. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-017-0516-x
Stewart JE, Ross-Davis AL, Graҫa RN, Alfenas AC, Peever TL, Hanna JW, Uchida JY, Hauff RD, Kadooka CY, Kim MS, Cannon PG, Namba S, Simeto S, Pérez CA, Rayamajhi MB, Lodge DJ, Arguedas M, Medel-Ortiz R, López-Ramirez MA, Tennant P, Glen M, Machado PS, McTaggart AR, Carnegie AJ, Klopfenstein NB, Cleary M. (2017) Genetic diversity of the myrtle rust pathogen (Austropuccinia psidii) in the Americas and Hawaii: Global implications for invasive threat assessments. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12378