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MSSA conference 2011

This year the Nanoscience Centre of the CSIR will host the 49th Annual Conference of the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa (MSSA). And its back to normal this year... Its in December.... Go to the "Conferences" page for more details .MSSA 2011

Announcement of the international Ernst-Ruska-Prize 2011

 Please distribute the announcement of the international Ernst-Ruska-Prize 2011 of the German Society for Electron Microscopy within your society and interested colleagues.

The announcement can be found as pdf at: http://www.dge-homepage.de/erp2011_announcement.pdf

More information about the ERP is available at: http://www.dge-homepage.de/
Best regards and thank you for your help in spreading this announcement,

Thomas Gemming
Executive secretary of the German Society for Electron Microscopy

Optimising the Role of Electron Microscopy in Biological Science

8 - 11 September 2009

Together with Protrain, Medunsa is hosting this training course in September.

Please download the PDF form for more details or call Chantlle Baker at Medunsa / University of Limpopo on 012 521 4334.

PDF Course details... Click here.

TEM Winter School Univ of PTA

Together with the CSIR and ALS, the University EM unit will host a TEM training course presented by Sarah Haigh of Oxford University.

Date: 29 September - 1 October 2009

Cost: R8,200.00 for the 3 day course.

TEM Training course application form


 IMC 17 Assistance needed  

Dear All,
The President of the International Federation of Microscopy Societies (IFSM) has requested assistance for the IMC-17 (International Microscopy Congress, held every 4 years) to be held in Rio de Janeiro 19-24 September 2010. The current request for suggestions at this stage of planning is for:
1) workshops and chairpersons
2) pre-congress schools
3) Presidential Symposium
For Southern Africa, I am acting as the co-ordinator of suggestions. Please could you e-mail me your suggestions. I would prefer to submit them by the end of this coming week if possible. Thanking you for any assistance that you can give.
Best regards
Michael J Witcomb
E-mail:       Michael.Witcomb@wits.ac.za   Telephone:   +27 (0)11 717 1330/1333 Fax2Email :  +27 (0)865533764 Fax:+27 (0)11 717 6494 (all hours)                   

     New MSSA Listserver address

    As from the 1st of June MSSA has a new Listserver.

    To subscribe, or unsubscribe, please send an email to Alan Hall at alan.hall@up.ac.za

    The new address is mssa@kendy.xxxxxx Just watch out for it. ( not giving full correct address as you can't subscribe directly to it.)

    MSSA has transferred most of the old email addresses across, but if you have not received notification of the new Listserver from the above address, you will need to subscribe.


Applications for MSSA Trust.

The Microscopy Society of Southern Africa (MSSA) Trust wishes to promote microscopy in Southern Africa and improve the microscopy skills of people. As such, it invites applications for funding towards the following areas:  .... read more.


Patricia Berjak - Award Winning Seed Scientist

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is delighted to announce that Professor  Patricia Berjak from the School of Biological and Conservation Sciences will be invested with the Order of Mapungubwe: Silver - by His Excellency, President T M Mbeki, at a ceremony in Pretoria on 27th September 2006 ...read more.

End of a Legend

Frank Reginald Nunes Nabarro 1916 -- 2006


One of South Africa's greatest scientists died in Johannesburg on 20  July 2006. A world-renowned physicist, he was one of the pioneers of solid- state physics, which underlies modern technology. Despite his age, he remained actively involved in research, both locally and  internationally. .....read more.

Re-apply to join the MSSA listserver

Feb 2006

Trevor has asked that MSSA members who's email addresses may have changed due to all the merges with the Universities in South Africa please re-apply to get onto the MSSA listserver.

The Univ. of Kwa Zulu Natal, What was Rau and UPE all seem to be bouncing.


South African Awards for Women in Science 2004

Distinguished Woman Scientist award

Winner: Professor Patricia Berjak

The winner of this award was the University of Kwazulu-Natal 's A-rated biologist, Professor Patricia Berjak who received the equally prestigious Distinguished Woman Scientist award at the Women in Science function in recognition of consistent contributions to science over an entire career. Professor Berjak, who began her academic career with a Bsc degree at Wits in 1962, has had many papers published in top-ranked international journals and is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences. She is trying to establish an Africa-wide cryo-preservation facility in Durban to rescue plants from extinction by finding new and innovative ways to preserve rare seeds for future generations using the latest in flash-drying techniques and keeping the seeds in flasks of liquid nitrogen.  

Well done Pat on winning this award this year. I Guess drinks will be on you this year at MSSA.

How to write a Faultless Abstract

After years of trying to edit every abstract submitted, MSSA has now a presentation that you can follow giving you assistance on getting your abstract accepted first time round. Go to the Conferences Page and select A Guide on Abstracts. Enjoy!

 A tribute to Fiona 

It is with sadness and regret that the untimely death is announced, of Dr Fiona Graham of the Electron Microscope Unit on the Howard College Campus.

Fiona was both an inorganic chemist and electron microscopist, who received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Natal in 1995, for her thesis entitled, "Electrochemical investigation of the growth of anodic films on iron and ferrous alloys". ...... read more.

Feedback on Invited Speakers

Dear MSSA member

Since we have limited funds available, we always need to think carefully about who to invite as keynote speakers to our local conferences. ....read more.

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