- Welcoming function
- All sessions (BFN & QQ)
- Daily lunch and refreshments
- Gala dinner
- QwaQwa field excursion
The Society of South African Geographer’s biennial Academic and annual Student Conferences will be hosted by the Department of Geography at the University of the Free State from 1 – 5 October 2018 on both the Bloemfontein and QwaQwa campuses.
Academics, practitioners, teachers and government officials will attend and contribute to discussions around the importance of Geography within contemporary change, management and governance. Papers will be accepted for presentations and proceedings.
To investigate, argue and explore in order to communicate through Geography.
To engage with teaching and learning at all levels of geography education.
To make an impact on local industry, society and governance with improved geographical knowledge.
Sessions have been tailor-made to include all spheres of Geography for discussions around Geography and Community: research, learning, impact. We encourage you to keep these themes in mind when preparing your paper. Click on the images below to view more details on session themes and venues.
depart from BFN: Urban (BFN) OR Tourism & Afromontane (QQ)
We depart early from the Bloemfontein Campus for a full day excursion in and around QwaQwa with stops at Surrender Hill, Clarens, Basotho Cultural Village, Golden Gate, and QwaQwa Regional Parliament.
The excursion takes us on a round-trip of wider Bloemfontein with stops including Naval Hill; the first black township in Bloemfontein, Batho; various informal settlements; and the inner city.
Co-organised by the Southern African Association of Geomorphologists. Details to be confirmed.
Sessions are shared between UFS’ Bloemfontein & QwaQwa campuses, please take note of this when planning your attendance.
1-5 October 2018 (welcoming eve – 30 Sept)
Three packages are available, Research (BFN & QQ); Learning (BFN); Impact (QQ), depending on which sessions you would like to attend.
Early-bird fees indicated are valid until 30 May. Different rates apply to society members (academics and PhD students) and non-members.
Extra tickets to the Gala Dinner are available at R 400 p.p.
MSc. and Hons. students are invited to attend at R 550 p.p.
R 3 000
R 2 300
R 3 300
R 2 500
R 1 800
R 2 800
R 1 800
R 1 500
R 2 000
Abstracts will be accepted for oral and poster presentations, of which full-length papers may be submitted for the proceedings.
The sessions are theme based and will be shared between Bloemfontein and QwaQwa campuses, so please align your abstract to a session theme and refer to the schedule before you submit.
A proceedings of conference papers will be published before the conference.
To be considered for the proceedings, submit your abstract for an oral or poster presentation online before 30 April and send the final manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org before 30 June 2018. Manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer review.
Please note the mail server imposes an e-mail size limit of 5MB.
Delegates please need to organise their own transport & accommodation for the duration for the conference. Transport for the excursions, and transit to and from QwaQwa campus, is included in all relevant packages.
Bloemfontein is the home of Bram Fischer International Airport (BFN), which is only a 30-minute drive from UFS campus. BFN airport serves various airlines, including CemAir, Mango, and South African Airways, with direct flights form JNB and CPT (travelstart.co.za).
Delegates opting for the Research and Impact packages (which includes QwaQwa sessions) will be transported from UFS Bloemfontein campus to QwaQwa, via the field excursion on Thurs. 4 October, and will return early on 6 October, in time for morning flights out of BFN.
In Bloemfontein everything is within 15 minutes’ drive from UFS. Your accommodation options are therefore unlimited. Neighbourhoods surrounding the Bloemfontein Campus are Universitas, Brandwag, and Westdene; with Langenhoven Park just around the corner.
Contact KovsieInn for accommodation on campus (email@example.com) or visit Safarinow & Lekkeslaap to view some of the accommodation options around town. Set the filters according to your budget and needs.
You may opt for accommodation on campus (firstname.lastname@example.org) or choose one of the many picturesque options available in and around QwaQwa: Golden Gate, Clarens or local guesthouses (Witsieshoek, Sisonke).
A shuttle service between campus and your accommodation will be arranged for.
Invoicing will be available soon.
Early-bird closes 30 May and standard registration closes 30 June 2018. No refunds will be made after 30 June.
Based on your preferred package, request an invoice below and make your payment to:
Bank : Nedbank
Account number : 1158272987
Branch code : 11713400
Type of account : Business PAYU
Reference : Invoice number
Please send your proof of payment to email@example.com before registering.