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Discover, network, and collaborate at the 5th Annual BIO Africa Convention.  

BIO Africa Academy


AfricaBio, in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation, will be sponsoring 200 students to attend the BIO Africa Convention which will take place between the 27th – 31st August 2022. 


Students’ Selection Criteria:


Students are encouraged to submit research abstracts related to the convention theme: “Africa Resilient: Life Sciences Innovation for Achieving Health and Food Security”.


Students who meet the following criteria may submit their abstract: 

a) Must be registered for Masters, PhD, or post-doctoral studies. 

b) Must be registered at a historically disadvantaged South African University/Institute of Higher Education. 

c) Must submit research abstracts related to biotechnology. 

d) Must be willing and available to travel to Durban on the following dates 28th August 2022 – 31 August 2022 (all travel, accommodation and convention registration fee will be at the expense of AfricaBio). 

e) Must be willing to produce a poster for their research abstract for presentation of at the convention. 

f) Must be registered at a previously disadvantaged institution in South Africa.

g) Students of all African nationalities are encouraged to submit abstracts. 

h) Female students are encouraged to submit their abstracts.


Send us your CV and motivation letter that outlines your current research and why we should select you to:

Call For Exhibitors Open!

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The BIO Africa Convention is an unmissable opportunity for exhibitors to showcase new technological advances and innovations in the biotechnology sector to potential investors, other SMEs, industry, and the research community.


The convention guarantees all exhibitors five full days of exposure to industry stakeholders looking to get their hands on the next big thing and invest in solutions designed to improve our lives and the health of our planet.


Your stand at the convention is your stage. It is an excellent way to attract potential buyers and investors. This face-to-face approach is the perfect platform for you to explain, present and answer questions in detail to other developers, scientists and end-users who will be eager to share their opinions, compare innovations and learn.


The exhibition hall at the International Convention Centre Durban (ICC) is famous for being the most advanced state-of-the-art convention facility, with a beautifully modern and spacious location to exhibit your innovations. 

DEADLINE: 16th of August

Youth Innovation Challenge

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The BIO Africa Academy has enhanced its Knowledge Transfer offering with the introduction of the Youth Innovation Challenge.


The Youth Innovation Challenge is designed to bring visibility to how learners apply themselves in conceptualising potential solutions for every day personal, family, community, school, and even global issues. It encourages knowledge-building, the improvement of the understanding of sciences, building presentation skills and confidence in learners through the sharing of their research projects and investigations.


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