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#SSAG2018

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.

Geography and Community

Research

To investigate, argue and explore in order to communicate through Geography.

Learning

To engage with teaching and learning at all levels of geography education.

Impact

To make an impact on local industry, society and governance with improved geographical knowledge.

SESSIONS

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.

Eco-Tourism
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Eco-Tourism

Human

Rural Culture
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Rural Culture

Human

Spatial Planning
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Spatial Planning

Human

Sustainability
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Sustainability

Human

Urban Politics
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Urban Politics

Human

Advancing Geoscience
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Advancing Geoscience

Physical

Afromontane
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Afromontane

Physical

Earth Surface
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Earth Surface

Physical

Enviro-Management
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Enviro-Management

Physical

Land Use & CC
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Land Use & CC

Physical

Military Geos
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Military Geos

Geoinformatics

Remote Sensing
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Remote Sensing

Geoinformatics

Rural Education
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Rural Education

Education

Secondary Education
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Secondary Education

Education

University Education
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University Education

Education

PROGRAMME

SESSION SCHEDULE

Council Meeting

1 Hour

TBA

Delegates Welcoming & Registration

2 hours

TBA

All

Sessions: Bloemfontein

8

EBW Building, BFN

Sessions: Bloemfontein

8

EBW Building, BFN

Sessions: Bloemfontein

8

EBW Building, BFN

Student Conference Welcoming

BGM

1 Hour

TBA

Gala Dinner

3 hours

Centenary Hall, Eeufees Complex, BFN

Field Excursions (Academics & Students)

depart from BFN: Urban (BFN) OR Tourism & Afromontane (QQ)

6 hours

TBA

Sessions: QwaQwa

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QwaQwa Campus

Student Conference: Sessions & Workshops (BFN)

Student Conference: Gala Dinner

Delegates Depart

Delegates return early from QQ to return BFN.

FIELD EXCURSIONS

QwaQwa Excursion

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.

Bloemfontein Urban

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.

Bloemfontein Physical

Co-organised by the Southern African Association of Geomorphologists. Details to be confirmed.

YOUR HOSTS

Sessions are shared between UFS’ Bloemfontein & QwaQwa campuses, please take note of this when planning your attendance.

UFS Bloemfontein Campus

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University of the Free State
205 Nelson Mandela Drive
Park West
Bloemfontein

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UFS QwaQwa Campus

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Qwaqwa Campus
Kestell Road
Phuthaditjhaba

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INFO

IMPORTANT DATES

Academic Conference

1-5 October 2018 (welcoming eve – 30 Sept)

Closing Dates:

  • Call for Abstracts – 30 April
  • Early-bird Fees – 30 May
  • Final Registration – 30 June
  • Paper Submission for Proceedings – 30 June

Student Conference

4 & 5 October 2018 (welcoming eve – 3 Oct)

Submission & registration dates t.b.a.

FEES

Academic Conference

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.

Student Conference

MSc. and Hons. students are invited to attend at R 550 p.p.

1

RESEARCH

30 September – 5 October

  • Welcoming function
  • All sessions (BFN & QQ)
  • Daily lunch and refreshments
  • Gala dinner
  • QwaQwa field excursion
ACADEMICS

R 3 000

Standard fee: R 3 300
PhD STUDENTS

R 2 300

Standard fee: R 2 600
NON-MEMBERS

R 3 300

Standard fee: R 3 600
2

LEARNING

30 September – 4 October

  • Welcoming function
  • Excludes attendance to QQ sessions
  • Daily lunch and refreshments
  • Gala dinner
  • Bloemfontein field excursion
ACADEMICS

R 2 500

Standard fee: R 2 800
PhD STUDENTS

R 1 800

Standard fee: R 2 000
NON-MEMBERS

R 2 800

Standard fee: R 3 100
3

IMPACT

3 October – 5 October

  • Gala dinner
  • QwaQwa field excursion
  • Only QQ sessions on Afromontane, Sustainability, Tourism and Rural Education
ACADEMICS

R 1 800

Standard fee: R 2 000
PhD STUDENTS

R 1 500

Standard fee: R 1 800
NON-MEMBERS

R 2 000

Standard fee: R 2 300

PRESENT

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.

Preparation guidelines

  • Oral Presentations: 10-15 min talk time
  • Poster Presentations: A0/A1

Feel free to use these A0 portrait and landscape templates to design your poster.

PROCEEDINGS

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 ssag2018proceedings@ufs.ac.za before 30 June 2018. Manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer review. 

Submission guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be no more than  4 000 words; excluding tables, references, figures, captions, footnotes.
  • Please use Times New Roman, Size 11.
  • Authors must adhere to the guidelines laid out in the style sheet when preparing manuscripts for submission. 
  • A maximum of two papers may be submitted by each contributor.

Please note the mail server imposes an e-mail size limit of 5MB. 

TRAVEL & STAY

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.

Transport

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. 

Bloemfontein Accommodation

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 (reservations@ufs.ac.za) or visit Safarinow Lekkeslaap to view some of the accommodation options around town. Set the filters according to your budget and needs. 

QwaQwa Accommodation

You may opt for accommodation on campus (sekhelenm@qwa.ufs.ac.za) 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.

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UNIVERSITIES

15

SESSION THEMES

400

ATTENDEES

300

PRESENTATIONS

PARTICIPATE

Submit

The call for abstracts are open until 30 April 2018.

Oral & poster presentations are welcome!

In your submission, please indicate whether you would like to submit to the proceedings and remember to submit the full-length paper by 30 June.

ABSTRACT
PROCEEDINGS PAPER

Pay

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 ssag2018@ufs.ac.za before registering.

Invoice

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