Registration is CLOSED!

The Program’s Aims

For the scientific community

Expand knowledge by training postgraduates in the necessary skills to advance proteomics-driven research in academia and industry.

For the individual

Facilitate networking and collaboration between participants through the meet-the-experts and roundtable discussions, including interaction with industry participants. Certificates of attendance will be issued for your personal training records. 

For industry

Leverage the unique genetics and biodiversity of Africa to facilitate collaborative opportunities between local and international research groups with a focus on the detection and prevention of disease, personalized medicine, food safety and security.

Gauteng, South Africa

4 - 10 Feb 2024

Situated within the World Heritage Site, the “Cradle of Humankind”, the natural scenic beauty of Glenburn Lodge & Spa makes this venue the ideal setting for the 2024 summer school.  The lodge is within easy access (approx. 10km) from Maropeng where Homo Naledi, a species of human relative, was discovered in a cave in the Cradle of Humankin, South Africa. 

The venue is home to kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, springbok, gemsbok, zebra as well as a fascinating array of bird life.  There are nature walks on the property, a spa, as well as many other amenities.  Glenburn Lodge & Spa has become one of the venues of choice in Gauteng for hot air ballooning safaris, due to the favourable flying conditions.

Registration Details

International Students
Registration fees include:

  • Shared accommodation for 6 nights (incl dinner, bed and breakfast) 4th to 10th February 2024
  • Event registration for 5 day summer school (incl. lunch, tea breaks and refreshments)
  • Team building experience on Wednesday 7th February 2024
  • Shuttle service to and from the venue

Local Students
Registration fees include:

  • Shared accommodation for 5 nights (incl dinner, bed and breakfast) 4th to 9th February 2024
  • Event registration for 5 day summer school (including lunch, tea breaks and refreshments)
  • Team building experience on Wednesday 7th February 2024
  • Shuttle service to and from the venue if outside of Gauteng


designed to provide in-depth information on the application of state-of-the-art proteomic technologies


Delegate Experience

Join us for an afternoon game drive at the Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve which is situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

With over 600 head of game, this is the perfect setting for admiring nature on your doorstep.  More than 30 species of game, including three of the big five, can be viewed from open game drive vehicles in the presence of an experienced SATOUR-registered guide.  These include the Kruger Lion, White Rhino and Buffalo.

The Game Drive is scheduled on:
Friday 9
th February 15h00 to 17h00
Collection from Glenburn Lodge & Spa at 14h00

(Not included in Registration Fees. Cost at own expense)

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Hot Air Balloon Experience

Join us for a once in a lifetime hot air balloon sunrise experience.

The Hot Air Balloon Experience offers guests the serene beauty of floating gently over the Cradle of Humankind, while sipping on champagne and orange juice, as the pilot allows the hot air balloon at times to drift at tree top height and at other times will ascend into the skies, offering guests a panoramic view of the beautiful African landscape below. 

AirVentures Hot Air Ballooning is the proud recipient of eight tourism awards, and they add further value to your experience by employing FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) qualified pilots and staff.  Their knowledge of the environment will ensure that your time spent is informative, as well as exciting and fun!  Their primary balloon fleet was designed as a tribute to an African sunrise, with the warmth of the colour spectrum reflected in the use of reds, oranges and yellows.  The intricate pattern used for the balloon “envelope” incorporates the geometric design of tribal artwork, and are woven in the traditional manner.

They are the only balloon operator to launch balloons centrally within the Cradle of Humankind, and to offer a flight experience within the 53 000 hectare world heritage site.  Proclaimed a world heritage site in 1998, this protected area is predominately made up of large private game reserves, it contains 13 fossil sites, and has over one third of all hominid fossil finds in the world.  With minimal human impact, this area is a true wilderness gem to fly in.

Take off from Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa just before sunrise.

Duration: 1 hour flight time (approx. 2-3 hour experience, including transportation to and from Glenburn Lodge & Spa)

05h00 to 08h00 on Wednesday 7th, Friday 9th or Saturday 10th February 2024

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL AND ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT.(Not included in Registration Fees. Cost at own expense)

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“In Africa we have a concept known as Ubuntu, based upon the recognition that we are only people because of other people”



To advance proteomics-driven research


Welcome Prof Jonah Choiniere

Thank you to Jonah Choiniere, Professor of Comparative Palaeobiology from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at University of the Witwatersrand, for sharing your knowledge as an invited guest lecturer. We look forward to your what you have to share with our Proteomics community! 

Tour the Cradle!

Spend some time in the Cradle and explore the origins of man. Visit the Maropeng World Heritage Site, take a tour of the caves, go hot air balooning, and much much more! The closest big five safari is the Pilanesberg National Park

Weather Expectation

Johannesburg and surrounds can be very hot during summer with temperature in the mid 30’s  (95°F). Rainfall is usually limited to the late afternoon with spectacular electric thunderstorms!