Invitation to Participate

On behalf of the Conference’s Organising Committee, it is our greatest pleasure to invite you to submit abstract for the 16th Biennial SAGA Conference & Exhibition. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution changing almost every aspect of our lives and the upturn in the global extractive industries and advances in artificial intelligence applications, seize this opportunity to showcase your latest work.


Our venue, The Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is one of the premier conference venues in Durban.  Conveniently situated on the Golden Mile of the Durban Promenade, just half an hour’s drive from King Shaka International Airport, it will provide a serene atmosphere and contemporary style to the 16th Conference & Exhibition.


The theme of ‘Current informing the future’, broadly aims to facilitate and encourage innovation and expansion to collaborate more closely with other disciplines. Authors are encouraged to step outside of their norm and showcase cutting-edge methods and applications which can bring about advanced solutions for the future. The technical sessions held during the Conference are an ideal platform to engage directly with colleagues, clients and industry experts to develop thinking and showcase one’s brand.


The Conference will attract a range of delegates, which will include:

  • Mining juniors and majors
  • Petroleum companies
  • Geophysicists, geologists, hydrologists
  • Geoscience consultants and service providers
  • Geophysical contractors
  • Geoscience researchers
  • Mathematicians
  • Software developers
  • University and industry academics and students
  • Associated professional societies


From 1 November 2018, authors will be able to submit their abstracts. All abstracts must be submitted directly to

Abstracts are to be submitted as Microsoft Word documents using the SAGA specified format only – the abstract template is available for download to assist you in this task. We ask that all authors use this template and adhere to the guidelines for its use.  Failure to do as will result in the abstract been rejected or sent back to the author.

  • Abstracts must be a minimum of two pages and a maximum of six pages, including figures
  • Abstracts must be text with legible graphics embedded
  • Abstracts must be submitted as a .doc or .docx file only. Documents will be converted to pdf once submitted


Abstracts may be submitted for the following presentation media:

  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation (maximum A0 landscape)


Each presenting author must register and pay to attend the Conference. On submission, the author(s) must indicate whether or not they agree to publish the abstract in all Conference publications/proceedings including the website. Successful abstracts must be presented by the author(s) or a nominated party. Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Organising Committee whose decision is final. Authors must pay their own accommodation, travel, incidentals etc. The Conference Secretariat can assist with bookings.

Topics which may be addressed include:

  1. Engineering, Agricultural & Environmental
  2. Climate Change
  3. Marine Geophysics
  4. Groundwater applications
  5. Seismology
  6. EM/Electrical Methods
  7. Potential Fields
  8. Borehole geophysics
  9. Geological mapping
  10. Greenfields exploration
  11. Brownfields exploration
  12. Near surface geophysics
  13. In-mine geophysics and safety

The Organising Committee also welcomes abstracts that may not fall within the suggested sub-themes above. Additionally, more than one sub theme can be addressed.

All abstracts must be submitted by 31 March 2019. Authors will be advised of the status of their abstracts by 31 May 2019.

Any queries regarding the abstract submission process can be addressed via email to the Conference Secretariat at