SAEON Graduate Student Network

Annual GSN Conference

SAEON’s Graduate Student Network 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. These students are fully funded to attend the event with the aim of sharing their scientific research work experiences with their peers. The Indibano also offers guidance and mentorship from experienced senior researchers and increased motivation for learning through the knowledge sharing and field excursions during the conference coupled with training workshops that students are not exposed to in a university setting. 

SAEON GSN Virtual INdibano Background


The 13th SAEON GSN Virtual Indibano is taking place from the 6th-9th September 2021.



On September 1, delegates from all over South Africa convened at Cape St Francis Resort in the Eastern Cape for the 12th Graduate Student Network (GSN) Indibano. Indibano theme, “Our Future, Our Science – Embracing connectedness, networks and multidisciplinarity as we march towards a future of change”. All workshops were funded by the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

Science Communication workshop


The 11th SAEON Graduate Student Network (GSN) Indibano proved to be time was held at Wits Rural Facility, the University of the Witwatersrand’s satellite research facility located on a 315-hectare estate of savanna woodland in the central Lowveld region of Limpopo, near the Kruger National Park from the 16th-20th September 2018. The theme of the Indibano was,"“Selling your science, selling yourself.”