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Community Meeting

2023 ABIC Community Meeting 

Stellenbosch, South Africa

22 - 24 October 2023

The ABIC Community Meeting is aimed at gathering Africa’s microscopists, biologists, data scientists, and science community developers for a 2.5-day event focused on empowering fundamental biology research in Africa. This annual meeting provides a platform for the community to share not only their work and research, but also their experiences, challenges, and visions. Through discussion and brainstorming sessions, the meeting aims to strengthen community ties, identify new avenues of action and advocacy, and facilitate dialogue with funders, policymakers, and commercial partners. 

The meeting is open to all members of the bioimaging and microscopy community in Africa - imaging scientists, analysts, core facility staff, post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, PIs, facility directors, staff scientists, as well as funders and policy makers.


Registration is free for all attendees, and a limited number of travel fellowships are available for attendees from anywhere in Africa, on a competitive application basis. Key sessions of the community meeting will be made available online in a hybrid meeting format, for those who cannot attend in person.

Meeting dates: 22-24 October 2023

Meeting Venue: Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch

Meeting registration closes: 16 September 2023 [there's still time to register!]

Travel Fellowship application deadline: 12 June 202 [deadline has passed!]

Many thanks to our generous Diamond Sponsors for their support!


Satellite events

ABIC, in partnership with South Africa BioImaging, is also co-hosting the Global BioImaging Exchange of Experience (EoE) meeting immediately after the ABIC meeting; 25 - 27 October. This will be followed by a Global BioImaging training course for Imaging Facility Staff and Service Providers; 29-31 October. Each of these events require separate registrations as they are not automatically  included in the ABIC Annual Community Meeting registration.

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The Global BioImaging EoE VIII will bring together experts from around the world to share their experiences and knowledge. This is an exciting opportunity for the African community to join with the global community, to inspire new ideas and foster collaboration, and ultimately drive the field of BioImaging forward for everyone. ​ We strongly encourage attendees to also register to attend this meeting. Find more information and register here:

The Global BioImaging Workshop is a 3-day in-person course focused on facility management. This course is open to any imaging scientist who provides access to imaging technologies and services, including imaging facility managers and staff, and service providers outside of formal facilities. This course will feature in-person and remote speakers on topics such as setting up and managing an imaging facility, sustainability of imaging facilities, quality control in imaging facilities, impact of imaging facilities, interaction between imaging scientists who run an imaging facility and users/researchers, and data management in imaging facilities. There will also be opportunities for the participants to network with each other. Find more information and register here:

Thank you to all our Event Sponsors!

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