SAEON's Graduate Student Network will be holding its annual Indibano

5 Sep 2011 - 06:45

It’s time for the GSN Indibano!!!!

30 October – 3 November 2011

There is an exciting opportunity for a limited number of GSN members (around 16) to win a place
to attend the GSN indibano with all travel and accommodation expenses paid by SAEON!
See our poster attached!!! and read on for details….

The first call for abstracts closes 12 September 2011 – get your abstract in to avoid disappoinment!!!

How can I get to go? 

There are a limited number of places at the Indibano and attendance is secured through selection of submitted abstracts by SAEON.
Those members whose abstracts are selected will get to attend with all transport and accomodation expenses covered.
Please note SAEON can only fund travel within South Africa. International travel cannot be covered.
Entry of abstracts is only open to registered post-graduate students who are members of the GSN. (To become a member see our website).
To enter you need to send your abstract (in the format below) to the GSN ( before 12 September 2011, together with your contact details.

Abstract instructions: Abstracts must be based on original research already done or being done by the GSN member during the course of their postgraduate degree.
They should be in line with SAEON’s and the GSN’s main research focus which is Long Term Environmental Observation Research. Think how your research fits within this theme and keep your abstract focused and concise.
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.
Authors names should be given at the top along with full contact details and affiliations. (A sample abstract is attached).

What is the Indibano? 

The indibano is a meeting for GSN members that happens once a year where students get to network amongst themselves and researchers and get taught valuable skills for their studies.

Students present their own work in a conference-style presentation.
There are training workshops too, where you can learn valuable skills for your studies.
There will also be plenary talks and interaction times with leading researchers in a wide diversity of fields
And a number of exciting outings to see beautiful natural sites, including the Addo Elephant National Park, and to learn about long term environmental observation.
The theme of this years Indibano is Interdisciplinary Research in Long Term Environmental Observation.

When is the Indibano? 

This year the Indibano will be hosted from Sunday 30 October until Thursday 3 November, providing 4 nights and 5 days of exciting GSN activities. (For most selected attendees travel will take place on Sunday morning and Thursday afternoon.)

Where is the Indibano? 

This year the Indibano will be held near Addo in the Eastern Cape in a gorgeous rural location. Accommodation and meals are provided at a lovely venue situated in an ideal location.
This location allows us to easily visit locations like the Addo Elephant National Park and it is conveniently situated within a reasonable vicinity to three major Universities – Rhodes, NMMU and Fort Hare.
It also happens to be located to the SAEON Elwandle Node in Grahamstown.

Good luck with your submissions!
We look forward to meeting some of you
Rachel Cooper
on behalf of the GSN committee


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