The SASTA Congress continues to be a premier event in the sugar industry calendar. Excellent scientific and technical papers, the congress exhibition and significant engagement among key role-players in the industry are all factors that contribute to the success of such an event. The SASTA Congress exhibition has become an integral part of the event and each year delegates look forward to reconnecting with exhibitors.
SASTA Congress is grateful and humbled by the overwhelming support it is has been shown this year in spite of growing industry pressures. The SASTA Congress Exhibition has again been SOLD OUT. We gratefully acknowledge the continued support of our exhibitors and sponsors. We look forward to an extended partnership and many more years of successful congresses. The affordable early bird registration fee was extended this year to mid-July and this was possible thanks to the generous and loyal support of many exhibitors and sponsors. Although delegate numbers have steadily increased over the past 11 years, a lower delegate turn out is expected in 2019 owing to budgetary constraints in the industry.
SASTA appreciates the feedback that delegates, sponsors and exhibitors provide both during and after congress. This feedback is used to address the issues and to improve on the quality of the previous congress. The 2019 SASTA Congress promises to deliver much more excellence to the delegate.
We look “Beyond the Horizon” with the world-renowned astronomer, Dr Bernie Fanaroff who will share some of the challenges faced in setting up the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) telescope. The afternoon’s “Wild and Wacky” session will no doubt prove to be quite fun and interesting. This session was inspired by last year’s keynote presentation, which challenged the industry to be more innovative. Delegates will choose the best wacky idea by voting online on the VOX App.
A successful SASTA Congress is also in large part due to the effort and dedication of people behind the scenes. My gratitude is thus offered to the volunteers that serve on the Congress Organising Committee and the support team from Turners Conferences. Their continued interest and dedication to excellence is the recipe for a successful SASTA congress.
Dr Sumita Ramgareeb
SASTA COC Chairman