News, Meetings and Workshops 2020

Below are some of the most important updates about events organised by the consortium. For more frequent news and pictures, please follow us on social media and have a look at our blog!


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  • Bakeng se Afrika Virtual Interim Meeting II organised and hosted by the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University from 11-13 November 2020. In a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the consortium organised an entirely virtual online meeting. Various subjects were discussed: research, progress in scanning, ethics and business plan. Virtual workshops were also organised for students/staffs. More details in the program and report.


  • The Bakeng se Afrika scanning and dissemination teams celebrated #WorldAnatomyDay with awesome videos posted on our social media pages. Click on the snapshots to see the videos!


  • We are happy to share our 2020 newsletter with anyone interested in the progress of Bakeng se Afrika! BsA is almost two years old and the project has thrived despite the global pandemic. We have grown as a community and have made progress towards establishing a digital skeletal repository of South African individuals. 


  • The Bakeng se Afrika server was delivered in July 2020.


  • Article featuring the Bakeng se Afrika project on the University of Pretoria website in June 2020: UP’s own ‘Bones’ and MakerSpace hopes to print replicas of human bones in 3D.


  • Series of Introductory Research Workshops organised and hosted by the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in February and March 2020. More details in this blogpost. Scientific Writing (protocol, manuscript), biostatistics, geometric morphometrics and 3D imaging were covered.


  • Prof L'Abbé from the University of Pretoria was invited to give a lecture related to the Bakeng se Afrika project: Ethics of building a digital repository of human skeletal remains in South Africa, at the University of Nevada, Reno (United States) in February 2020.


  • Article by S. Wild in Undark Magazine about 3D printing and the murky ethics of replicating bones with an interview of Prof L'Abbé from the University of Pretoria.


  • The Bakeng se Afrika server was purchased in January 2020.


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