ASSA Conference 2019

On behalf of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), it is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in 47th annual conference to be held in the ecologically rich Pilanesberg, South Africa. The conference will be held from the 7 – 10th April, 2019. The venue will be at the exquisite Kwa-Maritane Bush Lodge and Conference Centre, North West Province, South Africa.


The theme, Rockin' Anatomy, recognizes Anatomists as a scientific community that understands the “awesomeness” of Anatomy as a science, with its roots in the past and an increasing application in modern science, teaching and diagnostics. The prehistoric pangolin, the symbol of this conference, reflects the history of Anatomy while the interlocking scales represents the different fields of Anatomy including, clinical anatomy, cell biology, histology, neurosciences, developmental biology, oro-facial biology, physical anthropology, palaeoanthropology, veterinary sciences, that together create a functional entity. The conference is an opportunity for delegates including medical and veterinary clinicians, researchers and scientists with an interest in the anatomical sciences to meet and interact in their specific areas of research. We also see this conference as being of particular importance for young academics and students, providing them with an opportunity to meet and discuss their research with top local and international subject experts. The conference will consist of a number of workshops, subject symposia and poster sessions.


I hope that the meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to interact socially and network with colleagues locally and internationally under African skies.  I encourage all our visitors to extend their stay to have an opportunity to relax in this unique region of South Africa. We are looking forward to welcoming you the 47th ASSA conference in 2019.

President of the local organising committee

Prof. Megan Bester