Kruger National Park, Mpumalaga
Sunday, 02 September 2018

Modeling of Structures and Properties

The 2018 Indaba, the ninth in a series of interdisciplinary workshops, organized by the South African Crystallographic Society (SACrS) in conjunction with the Structural Chemistry Commission of the International Union of Crystallography, will be held over the period Sunday 2 September - Friday, 7 September 2018 at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

Sunday, 02 September 2018 - Friday, 07 September 2018

Skukuza Camp
Kruger National Park
South Africa

Map and Directions

*** Registration for INDABA 9 will open on 1 November 2017 ***

Water and nutrition, health, energy and the climate are among the most relevant global issues. Science must address them, in particular chemistry,which deals with the isolation and characterization of natural products, the discovery of novel molecular compounds and materials, the understanding of molecular and crystal structure and their influence on stability, reactivity and electronics:Chemists must have solutions of the most pertinent global issues.

INDABA 9 will assemble scientists from around the world, from chemistry, physics, life and materials sciences, crystallographers, theoreticians and spectroscopists, scientists interested in the correlation of structure and function, in dynamics, activity and selectivity. The meeting is aiming at discussing the recent progress of experimental structural methods, structural modeling, the correlation of structures with properties and the prediction of properties and function. In particular, fundamental and new theories and methods, and their application to small molecule activation, energy conversion and storage, and the life sciences will be discussed.

The scientific sessions will include invited keynote lectures, contributed oral presentations and poster sessions. The venue in the Kruger National Park is ideal to spend free time in the early mornings, afternoons and late evenings in a spectacular surrounding, with friends and colleagues, to relish nature, discuss scientific problems, important challenges of our society and possible future directions to address these issues.

Participation is unrestricted except for a limitation on the numbers due to the nature of the venue that can accommodate around 100 delegates. Preference will be given to presenters of original research and to students and postdoctoral associates.

The "INDABA" Story
"INDABA" is an African term used to describe a meeting to analyze a difficult problem from all angles. Click here to download a summary of topics covered by previous INDABAs. The history can be found on the website of the South African Crystallographic Society.

Organising Committee
Prof Demi Levendis (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) (Chair)
Prof Peter Comba (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Prof Manuel Fernandes (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Prof Andreas Lemmerer (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Dr Melanie Rademeyer (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Dr Charmaine Arderne (University of Johannesburg)

Programme and Advisory Committee
Prof Peter Comba (University of Heidelberg, Germany) (Chair)
Prof Dave Billing (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) (Advisory)
Prof Susan Bourne (University of Cape Town, South Africa) (Advisory)
Prof Lee Brammer (University of Sheffield, UK)
Prof Tim Egan (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Prof Catherine Esterhuysen (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Prof Demi Levendis (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Prof Helder Marques (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Prof Orde Munro (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Prof Andreas Roodt (University of the free State, South Africa)
Prof Yasien Sayed (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Prof Dietmar Stalke (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
Prof Karl Wilhelm Törnroos (University of Bergen, Norway

Jan Boeyens Award Committee
Prof Helder Marques (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) (Convener)

Registration fees
This section will be updated before registration opens.

Jan Boeyens Award

The Jan Boeyens Prize is awarded to a young South African researcher [under the age of 40 years] who has made a distinguished contribution to the utilization of crystallography and other structural methods in a holistic manner to investigate fundamental problems in nature.


Contact Details

  • Thereza Botha
    Tel: +27128070869

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