A team of FABIans, under the leadership of Prof Zander Myburgh, are on the organizing committee of the next joint SA Bioinformatics and Genetics Society Congress to be held at Kwalata Game Ranch north of Pretoria from 23-26 September 2014. The other FABI representatives on the committee include Drs Noelani van den Berg, Irene Barnes, Sanushka Naidoo and Eshchar Mizrachi

According to Prof Myburgh they have a fantastic line-up of international guest speakers and a great conference venue in the African Bushveld that will allow excellent opportunities for interaction with the plenary speakers and with other attendees (picture evening discussions around a camp fire in the boma!). Also please take note of Pre-congress Workshops in Genome annotation and for Ion Torrent PGM, Proton and QuantStudio 12K Flex users.

The extended deadline for abstracts (for oral presentations) is 30 June, but they expect that the main lodge accommodation will soon fill up. So register asap to avoid disappointment. There is lots of student accommodation in the Phiri camp, and altenative accommodation in neigbouring lodges is also available.

Please contact the Congress Secretariat if you would be interested in booking out one of the nearby lodges for your research group or department. All meals and activities will still be offered at the main venue.