SAEON Graduate Student Network

About the GSN

The GSN is multi-disciplinary and promotes interaction among postgraduate students in various disciplines in terrestrial and marine sciences. 

The Graduate Student Network (GSN) is a network comprising of Honours, Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral students. It aims to encourage, engage, build and promote sustainability, academic excellence and communication among post-graduate students in South Africa through research projects that are in line with the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). 

Through SAEON, the GSN seeks to encourage students to link and channel their research to deliver long-term reliable data for scientific research and inform decision-making; for a knowledgeable society and improved quality of life. The network facilitates and creates a platform for participation, knowledge sharing, networking, collaborations and contributions to long-term environmental research and monitoring aligned with SAEON’s mandate in order to detect, translate and predict environmental change in South Africa.

Annual Conference

The GSN holds its own and exciting and interactive annual conference, “The Indibano” (means “meeting” in isiXhosa) which has been running since 2008. About 20 postgraduate students are selected on a highly competitive platform to present their work.


SAEON GSN hosts a variety of capacity buliding workshops to advance research skills amongst postgraduate students. The SAEON GSN website and social media platforms provide information on career and research opportunities, workshops, symposia and other national and international activities.