INDABA 9

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

INDABA 9
Sunday, 02 September 2018 - Friday, 07 September 2018

Skukuza Camp
Kruger National Park
Mpumalaga
3105
South Africa

Map and Directions



Background 
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.

Committees
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)

Conference fees*
Before 31 May 2018  1 June to 31 July 2018  After 1 August 2018 
Registration fees1
   
Full delegate R 5 500  R 6 000  R 7 000
Student2 R 3 500  R 3 800  R 4 200
Accompanying person3  R 2 300  R 2 400  R 2 500
Children under 12  R 1 200   R 1 200  R 1 200

Accommodation (per person for 5 nights, incl 1% community levy)4
 
     Single  Sharing with 1  Sharing with 2
2 bed chalet no kitchen  R 6 520
 R 3 260  
2 bed chalet with kitchen  R 7 070  R 3 550  
3 bed chalet no kitchen  R 6 520  R 3 260  R 2 640
3 bed chalet with kitchen  R 7 070  R 3 550  R 2 820

Transport (return)5
     
OR Tambo Airport to Skukuza  R 2 200    
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Skukuza  R 2 200    
Skukuza Airport to Skukuza   R 1 500     

Meals6
     
  Per breakfast  5 breakfasts
Breakfast: Cereals, fruit, hot breakfast buffet with juice, tea & coffee  R 153  R 765
     Per dinner   2 dinners
Dinner: Buffet with dessert       R 193  R 385

Conservation levies7
     
South African citizens R 410     
SADC citizens R 820     
Foreign visitors R1 640 
 

* Please click here to convert the Rand amounts to your currency of choice.
1. Registration fees include access to all sessions, conference material, refreshments and lunch during the conference days, gifts, conservation levies and access to three functions. Accommodation, transport, breakfasts and dinners on evenings when there are no functions, as well as excursions arranged in Skukuza with the camp management are extra.
2. Student fees apply to full time students only.
3. This fee applies to spouses/partners/children over 12 who accompany registered delegates but will not attend the conference sessions.  This fee includes lunches on the conference days, gifts and access to three functions, but excludes accommodation, transport, other meals and excursions arranged in Skukuza with the camp management.
4. Please note that a limited number of each of these chalets have been allocated to the conference.  If the registration form does not allow you to book a certain type, it means all the chalets of that type has been booked.
5. This transport is organised by the conference organisers and includes two sightseeing trips per conference day (one before breakfast and one in the afternoon).  People using their own vehicles to get to Skukuza will have to use their own vehicles for sightseeing trips. Should you wish to travel outside the arranged times, extra costs will apply.
6. We can unfortunately not cater for strictly Halal and Kosher meals.
7. Conservation levies are included in the fees for delegates, but have to be paid by accompanying people. The fees quoted are for 5 days.  The levies for children are 50% of the adult fee.

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.

Young Scientists Awards
A limited number of IUCr-sponsored bursaries are avialable to assist young scientists to attend the conference.  Please see the "Financial support" page of the website for more detail.

Accompanying person's programme
No official programme will be arranged for accompanying persons. Those who register as such will be able to join in all non-Workshop activities such as functions, tea/coffee and lunches during workshop breaks, sightseeing trips (those who booked the special arranged transport). Apart from this, various Guided Activities (click to download information) are offered by SANPARKS and this can be booked at the registration desk upon arrival. The costs for these activities will be for your own account.

Nature Photo Competition
Since this conference is held in the Kruger National Park, ample time will be allowed for game viewing. As in the past, a nature photo competition will be held. Delegates are encouraged to supply their best photos taken during the conference for display.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellations before 30 June 2018: 50% refund
Cancellations after 1 July 2018: no refund

















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
    thereza@technoscene.co.za

    Click here if you want to be added to the mailing list and be notified when registration opens
 

Important Dates 
Submission of Abstracts deadline: 31 March 2018
Notification of acceptance of Abstracts: 30 April 2018
Early Bird Registration: 31 May 2018
Accommodation bookings: 31 July 2018
Standard Registration: 1 June - 31 July 2018
Late Registrations: 1  - 31 August 2018

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