The South African Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SASBMB), in conjunction with the Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB), held their annual conference in 2018 at the North-West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom from 8 to 11 July, 2018.
The SASBMB conference is held biannually and brings together lecturers, researchers, students, industry and society working - or interested in - the broad field of biochemistry and molecular biology. It also brings together the many associated disciplines, such as biotechnology, immunology, and other health/medical, agricultural and natural sciences.
This was the 26th conference of the SASBMB, which has a proud history of presenting this conference over more than four decades on a rotational basis. As is done more or less every third rotation, this conference is held in conjunction with the FASBMB, which brings a broader - African - context to this meeting. Thus, appropriately, the theme for this conference was “Life begins here”, from which we addressed a number of topics relevant to health, disease and technology in Africa.
One of the aims of the SASBMB and FASBMB is to promote scientific exchange between academics and students of biochemistry and molecular biology. It was, thus, an objective of this conference to provide the opportunity for as many students as possible to attend this meeting. To do this, we reduced the cost for student registration as much as possible.