Call for Abstracts

Important Dates

Abstract submission closes on 12 November 2021.

Authors are requested to adhere to the specifications as set out below in the guidelines section.

Final acceptance of presentations will be communicated on or before 30 November 2021.


The conference theme covers all fields of research in Botany. Delegates can submit abstracts on the any of the following proposed topics:

  • Conservation biology
  • Ethnobotany/Phytochemistry
  • Invasive alien plant biology
  • Plant anatomy
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant ecology
  • Plant physiology/biochemistry
  • Plant systematics
  • Plant taxonomy
  • Pollination biology/Plant-animal interactions

Presentation Information

Oral presentations will be 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions.

Speed talks will be 3 minutes with an additional 2 minutes for questions. PowerPoint slides should consist of a maximum of 3 slides including photos and figures.


  • Best young scientist (any scientist under the age of 30 is eligible)
  • Best oral presentation by an Honours student
  • Best oral presentation by a Masters student
  • Best oral presentation by a PhD student
  • Best speed talk
  • The presenter with the most IT-problems during their speech

If a delegate qualifies for one of these prizes, please indicate on the abstract and please state which prize category (see abstract guidelines).

Abstract Book

Click here to download the bok of abstracts for SAAB 2022.

Abstract Guidelines

Please format your abstract according to the following guidelines:

  • Submit your abstract as a Word (.doc or .docx) file.
  • Font type for the whole abstract is Arial. The title, author names and body of the abstract should be 12 pt, all other information, 10 pt.
  • Use single spacing.
  • Do not use special spacing or tabs.
  • Maximum length of abstract excluding title, authors and affiliations is 250 words.
  • Abstract must only contain text and not references, pictures or graphs.
  • Justify the body of the abstract, the rest of the information and title should be left aligned.
  • First line:
    • Presenting author’s full name(s), surname and e-mail address.
  • Second line:
    • Indicate whether it is an oral presentation or speed talk.
  • Third line:
    • Indicate in which category/session your presentation will fit best.
  • Fourth line:
    • Indicate for which prize categories you are eligible. Remember, to be in consideration for the Best Young Botanist reward, you must give your ID number in brackets. For students, please also indicate your current level of study (Hons, MSc, PhD).
  • Fifth line:
    • Leave open.
  • Sixth line:
    • Give a concise and informative title for your presentation.
    • Use: 
      • Lower case
      • Text in Bold.
  • Seventh line:
    • Leave open.
  • Eighth line:
    • List the authors.
    • Use:
      • Lower case.
      • Initials before the surname.
      • Full stop after initial(s).
      • No spaces between initials.
      • Commas between authors.
      • No “and” between the last two authors.
      • Underline the presenting author’s name.
  • Ninth line:
    • Leave open.
  • Tenth line:
    • List the author’s full postal addresses.
    • Use:
      • Lower case.
      • Multiple addresses on separate lines.
    • Where more than one institution is represented, use:
      • Superscript numbers after each author’s name.
      • Link the author with the particular institution with the same superscript number before the address.
  • Eleventh line:
    • Leave open.
  • Twelfth line:
    • Give the abstract.
    • Use:
      • A single paragraph for the whole abstract.



Click here to download abstract guidelines as a PDF document.

Click here to download abstract example as a Microsoft Word document.

Abstract Submissions


Please submit abstracts by uploading your file here.