Invitation to Participate

The Conference’s Organising Committee takes pleasure in extending an invitation to submit abstracts for presentation at SAGA’s 15th Biennial Conference & Exhibition. With the upturn in the global extractive industries having begun, seize this opportunity to showcase your work.

The purpose of this letter is to formally invite you, on behalf of the Organising Committee of the South African Geophysical Association’s  15th Biennial Conference & Exhibition, to submit abstracts for either oral or poster presentation.

Our venue, The Lord Charles Hotel is one of the premier conference venues in Cape Town. Conveniently situated in the Cape Winelands, just half an hour’s drive from Cape Town International Airport and the CBD, it will provide a refined and contemporary style to the 15th Conference & Exhibition.

The theme of “Expanding Frontiers”, broadly aims to facilitate and encourage technical creativity and expansion to more closely collaborate with neighbouring disciplines. Authors are encouraged to showcase new, innovative ideas of addressing modern-day geo-scientific issues and problems. The technical sessions held during the Conference are an ideal platform to engage directly with partners, 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 & 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 2016, 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 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.

  • 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)

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:

  • Borehole geophysics
  • Potential field geophysics
  • Electrical and electromagnetic geophysics
  • Seismology
  • Minerals exploration
  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Geophysical data processing and modelling
  • Integrated geoscience
  • Near surface geophysics
  • Geophysics in near mine environments
  • Archaeological, agriculturaland bio-geophysics
  • Environmental and engineering geophysics
  • Groundwater and contaminant mapping
  • UAVs in geoscience
  • Structure and evolution of the African continent

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 2017. Authors will be advised of the status of their abstracts by 31 May 2017.

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