Event Dates

25 Jul 2022
29 Jul 2022
Add to Calendar 20220725T0800 20220729T1300 Grassland Society of Southern Africa

Best Presentation - Portia Phohlo | Excessive nitrogen fertilization is a limitation to herbage yield and nitrogen use efficiency of dairy pastures in South Africa

Best Presentation by a Young Scientist Likhona Cele | The use of interseeded cover crop species to improve the yield and nutritional quality of natural veld and planted pastures for ruminant livestock production

Norman Rethman Planted Pastures Award - Charné Viljoen | More benefits in kikuyu-ryegrass pastures from using lower nitrogen fertiliser rates

Best Research Proposal Poster - Jamie Paulse | The comparative effects of short duration, high density grazing and conventional, rotational grazing on different soil and vegetation parameters in the dry and mesic grasslands of South Africa

Best Poster - Lisa Matthews | Carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in crop systems containing a pasture-livestock phase vs cash crop only rotation systems

Most prolific online adjudicator - Donna Berjak

Other awards:

Best Paper in the AJRFS in 2021 - Zander Venter, Heidi-Jayne Hawkins and Michael Cramer | Does defoliation frequency and severity influence plant productivity? The role of grazing management and soil nutrients

GSSA Prestige Award - Prof Nico Smit and Prof Tim O'Connor

GSSA Honorary Membership Award - Dr Ed Granger

Aldam Holiday Resort & Conference Centre Grassland Society of Southern Africa info@grassland.org.za

Research Skills Workshop

REMOTE SENSING & CLOUD COMPUTING PLATFORMS: Exploring online tools for environmental analysis 

Monday, 25 July 2022 @ Aldam Resort

The abundance of satellite imagery has created a problem for environmental analysis where huge datasets cannot be easily downloaded and stored. The concept of taking the algorithm to the data has matured and many online options are now available. Many are paid for services but there are some free alternatives which can be used for research and educational requirements.

The objective of this short course is to introduce the learner to the fundamentals of using Google Earth Engine (GEE) and the Sentinel-Hub EO Browser, how to access and analyse imagery available within the platforms and how to copy and use code written and shared by other researchers and stored in public repositories. 


  • A prior knowledge of remote sensing concepts and basic image analysis techniques
  • Some coding experience using JavaScript or Python (copy and paste type coding)
  • Bring your own laptop for a hands-on experience


  • GSSA members | R1 380
  • Non-members | R1 660
  • Students / Retirees / Interns | R1 040

To register, click here.

View or download the flyer here.

*The GSSA will be running an online workshop in June, Introduction to Remote Sensing – A Practical Guide for Rangeland Scientists. The course content will be a great introduction to the Research Skills Workshop. 

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