ANNOUNCEMENT AND FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS 2020

54TH CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR
PAPERS & POSTERS
"FACILITATION FOR DEVELOPMENT IN AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION"
ASHANTI ESTATE, SONSTRAAL ROAD, PAARL, WESTERN CAPE.
6 – 9 JULY 2020

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:

The Board of SASAE will be holding the 2020 Annual Conference in Paarl, Western Cape, July 6–9, 2020. The theme of the conference is: "Facilitation for development in Agricultural Extension"

The South African Society for Agricultural Extension is a voluntary professional organisation with the aim to improve the quality of extension to all farmers through its members. The ultimate aim of agricultural extension professionals is to influence developmental change in the societies where they work. In the agricultural innovation systems (AIS) context, this change will be stimulated by better relationships between stakeholders. It is therefore imperative that you (as an extension professional) endeavour to develop good facilitation skills to increase your effectiveness.

To facilitate this process, contributions relating to any of the following sub-themes are invited:

Sub themes:

  • The relevance of facilitation for development in the context of agricultural extension
  • Facilitating change in individuals, groups and organisations
  • Facilitating multi-stakeholder engagements
  • Brokering strategic partnerships and networking

CALL FOR PAPER AND POSTER SUBMISSIONS
Individuals and organisations/institutions are hereby invited to prepare proposals of papers or posters on:
(a) Topics related to the central theme of the conference or any of the above related sub-themes.
(b) Any other extension and advisory services related proposals or submissions that are not directly related to the conference theme, but are of potential interest and value to conference participants.

Research and philosophically based papers, as well as papers based on practical experience, will be considered. However, proposals related to the central conference theme will receive preference. All proposals will be peer reviewed and for this purpose the following is required: (If your proposal does not comply with this, it will not be accepted).

A summary of a minimum of 200 words, with clear reference to (a) Introduction (b) Purpose of the paper (c) Methods or data sources, (or reasoning used in theoretical/philosophical papers) (d) Results, (e) Conclusions and extension implications.
Separate title page with name(s) of author(s) and full contact information. E-mail address is especially important.
Submission by e-mail in Microsoft Word to the e-mail address below.
An indication whether the proposal is intended as a paper or as a poster presentation
PROPOSALS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 16th of DECEMBER 2019 and should be emailed to  Dr J. Swanepoel - SwanepoelJW@ufs.ac.za or SASAE Secretariat – secretariat@sasae.co.za

Presenters will be required to register for the conference and to PAY the conference registration fee. If the Registration Fee is not paid, you will not be allowed entrance into the conference to present and the paper will not be published in the proceedings.

The due date for completed papers and posters are 16 March 2020. If your final paper is not submitted by the due date, you will NOT be allowed to present at the conference. The paper must be in MS Word format for publication in the proceedings. MS PowerPoint presentation will not be accepted for publication. MS Power Point must be used for presentation at the Conference. Posters can be in MS PowerPoint or MS Word or another appropriate poster format.

CONFERENCE VENUE
The venue for the Conference will be: Ashanti Estate, Sonstraal Road (R101), Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation for the conference period must be arranged by each delegate themselves at Hotels and Guest Houses in Paarl. Details of Guest Houses and Hotels will be on the SASAE Website early 2020.

REGISTRATION
The registration at the conference will start on the afternoon of 6 July 2020 and the Conference will start on 7 July 2020 at 09:00. The Conference will be closed with a Gala Dinner on 9th of July 2020. Delegates may depart on 10th of July 2020.

Registration fees

The conference registration fee covers: Conference proceedings, full conference facilities, all lunches, teas and coffees with pastries or biscuits, an informal braai (barbecue) and a formal dinner.

The cut off dates for the different registration fees, means that the registration fee must show in our bank account by that date. If it does not show by (for instance the 25th May 2020), then the next higher fee will apply. No exception will be allowed.

PLEASE TAKE IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Registrations for the conference will close strictly on the 1st June 2020 – No registration forms will be accepted after this date.
  • Payment for the conference needs to be made no later than the 8th June 2020. If payment is not received you will not be allowed entrance into the conference.

For Departments:

  • Orders will no longer be accepted for entrance into the conference, payment has to be paid and received in full by SASAE in order for the delegates to attend. No exceptions will be made.
  • Registration forms for each delegate needs to be sent to the Secretariat before the registration closing date. Adjustments on dietary requirements of delegates will not be made if the registrations forms are not received.

SASAE BANKING DETAILS

For registration, use the enclosed form but please do not mail your payment to us. Deposit/EFT your payment into the SASAE Account

SASAE Account: ABSA Bank
Account no:  540 810 257
Branch code: 334 334
EFT branch code: 632 005

For payments made Outside of South African, the swift code is ABSA JJ ZA.

Reference: Name and Surname or invoice number.

Deposit slips and proof of payments can be sent to the Secretariat at secretariat@sasae.co.za

You are only registered when we have received your registration form and proof of payment.

KEY DATES:

Deadline for abstracts: 16 December 2019
Submissions of papers and posters (electronically by email: SwanepoelJW@ufs.ac.za) 16 March 2020
Notice of acceptance: 14 January 2020
Early registration: on or before 25 May 2020
ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO:

Dr. J A van Niekerk, Cell: 083 231 7380; Email: vNiekerkJA@ufs.ac.za
Ms C Levendal, Email: caroll@elsenburg.com
Dr. J Swanepoel, Email: SwanepoelJW@ufs.ac.za
The SASAE Secretary Tel. 051 401 2782; Email:secretariat@sasae.co.za

To contact The Society through the Website, go to Contact Us.