Still in the midst of the global pandemic, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University will again be hosting its Annual Academic Day (AAD) ‒ its 65th ‒ on a virtual platform this year, on the afternoons of Wednesday 18 August and Thursday 19 August 2021.
The world is still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic but vaccinations are being rolled out and our staff and students have become accustomed, as far as possible in each of our own unique circumstances, to the new normal of social distancing and restrictions, distance learning and virtual meetings, including virtual conferences.
Following a very successful fully online AAD in 2020, the Faculty has decided to hold its 65th AAD again on a virtual platform this year. As in the past, this virtual platform will provide a unique online meeting room where all participants can meet, network, collaborate and be inspired by the outstanding research done at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
We will not have a central theme this year but all presentations submitted by staff, postdoctoral fellows and students will be presented as poster presentations in the eight traditional multidisciplinary tracks:
- Infectious Diseases
- Non-communicable Diseases
- Mental Health and Neurosciences
- Violence, Injuries, Trauma and Rehabilitation
- Maternal and Child Health
- Health Systems Strengthening
- Primary Health Care
- Perioperative Sciences
We hope that the return to our main research themes for these state-of-the-art sessions will ensure that researchers from across disciplinary borders come together to discuss the important issues around these central health questions of such importance to South Africa and the rest of the world.
We invite you to join us at this outstanding event on the calendar of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. We trust that it will still, as with the previous virtual event, be a unique and informative conference and we look forward once again to spending the day with you under these exceptional circumstances.
Prof Nico Gey van Pittius
Vice Dean: Research and Internationalisation