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
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
The announcement can be found as pdf at:
More information about the ERP is available at:
Best regards and thank you for your help in spreading this announcement,
Executive secretary of the German Society for Electron Microscopy
Optimising the Role of Electron Microscopy in Biological
8 - 11 September 2009
Together with Protrain, Medunsa is hosting this training course
Please download the PDF form for more details or call Chantélle
Baker at Medunsa / University of Limpopo on 012 521 4334.
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.
IMC 17 Assistance needed
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
Michael J Witcomb
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
To subscribe, or unsubscribe, please send an
email to Alan Hall at
The new address is
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: ....
- Award Winning Seed
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
End of a Legend
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
Re-apply to join the MSSA listserver
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
African Awards for Women in Science 2004
Woman Scientist award
Professor Patricia Berjak
winner of this award was the
'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
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.
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
in 1995, for her thesis entitled, "Electrochemical investigation of the growth
of anodic films on iron and ferrous alloys". ......
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