Advancing rangeland ecology and pasture management in Africa

The Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) is proud to host it's 54th Annual Congress in Upington in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Upington was established in 1870 and is today the agricultural, business and educational center of the Gordonia district. Nestled on the banks on the Orange River, Upington is the gateway to the Great Kalahari, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Richtersveld, the flowers of Namaqualand and the Augrabies National Park.

The GSSA is a dynamic and inclusive forum for scientists, students and practitioners in rangeland ecology and pasture management, which champions the sustainable use of rangelands and pastures for the benefit of people and the environment.

Members and associates of the GSSA are active in a range of applied fields such as livestock production, wildlife management, nature conservation, water catchment management, rangeland rehabilitation and socio-economic aspects of rangeland management. While the Society has historically had a strong agricultural focus, social and environmental sciences are increasingly represented among its members and outputs.

The GSSA Congress is an important meeting place for all those involved in grassland science, rangeland ecology, and pasture and veld management, to share new ideas, fresh research and future projects. Do join us!

Topics / Themes:

  • Climate change
  • Advances in methodology
  • Rangeland ecology and management
  • Planted pastures
  • Land transformation and rehabilitation
  • Feeding ecology
  • Livestock impacts on rangelands
  • Bush encroachment
  • Fire ecology
  • Conservation of rangelands
  • Primary production in rangelands
  • Standard Poster Sessions
  • Research Proposal Poster Session

Visit the Grassland Society Website for more information about the Society and what it does.

Keynote Speakers

University of Cape Town
Senior Researcher
Centre for Biological Control, Rhodes University
Rhodes University
Kansas State University
North-West University
Associate Professor
Namibia University of Science and Technology

Venue Map

Desert Palace Hotel & Casino

1 Olifantshoek Road, Keidebees, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa

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