KEYNOTE AND WELCOMING ADDRESS
It is a privilege to introduce the two speakers who will deliver the keynote address and welcoming address at the conference. Professor Mike Meadows will be honoring us with his presence at the opening of the conference on Monday, 19 June. He will share a few thoughts on the International Geographical Union and its link with Military Geosciences with us. Professor Meadows is a Past President of both the Society of South African Geographers and the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research. He was elected Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and served in that capacity from 2008 to 2010. In 2010 he was elected Secretary-General and Treasurer of the IGU, a position he still holds.
During the Conference Dinner on Thursday, 22 June, Professor Luke Sandham, the current President of the Society of South African Geographers (SSAG), will deliver a short address and welcome delegates on behalf of the SSAG.
PROFESSOR MICHAEL EDWARD (MIKE) MEADOWS
Professor Meadows was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom and obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1982. After employment in lecturing positions at John Moores University (then City of Liverpool College of Higher Education) and Rhodes University in South Africa, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. He was promoted to Professor in 1993 and appointed Head of Department in 2001, a position he still holds. In 2016 he was also appointed as Honorary Professor in the School of Geographic Sciences at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.
Professor Meadows served as President of both the Society of South African Geographers (2002-2004) and the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research (2007-2009). He was elected Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and served in that capacity from 2008 to 2010. In 2010 he was elected Secretary-General and Treasurer of the IGU. His term of office at the IGU extend to the end of 2018. Professor Meadows was the editor of the South African Geographical Journal from 1994 to 2006 and served (or is serving) on the editorial boards of 14 national and international academic journals.
He acts as visiting scholar/professor for the Universities of Cambridge, Johan Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as the Paris Sorbonne University of Abu Dhabi. Professor Meadows delivered keynote addresses at a substantial number of national and international conferences. He is a Fellow of the Society of South African Geographers, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of South Africa.
As far as research is concerned, Professor Meadows is a National Research Foundation B-rated scientist who published 119 articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed a further 28 book chapters. He also wrote or served as editor of 8 books. During his career he supervised 13 PhD and 40 MSc students and carries a full teaching load at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Besides his numerous and varied academic pursuits, Mike remains a dedicated family man, loves road and trail running with his loyal black Labrador, and is a staunch supporter of South African Rugby and Cricket teams, as well as Everton Football Club.
PROFESSOR LUKE ALAN (LUKE) SANDHAM
Professor Sandham is a senior lecturer and associate professor in Geography at the North-West University in Potchefstroom. He has taught climatology, geomorphology, philosophy of Geography, remote sensing, Environmental Impact Assessment and geographical techniques at undergraduate and post graduate level for many years. Forty three students have completed dissertations under his supervision and a further 14 Masters and 2 Doctoral students are currently working under his supervision. He has been external examiner for masters and doctoral dissertations for 57 candidates from eight South African Universities.
Professor Sandham is the author or co-author of 1 book chapter, 26 articles in scientific journals, 43 presentations at local and international conferences, and has acted as a referee for 32 journal submissions for several academic journals, including Scientia Militaria. In 2016 he was rated as a C-level established researcher by the National Research Foundation.
He has been a member of the Society of South African Geographers since 1980, a Councilor of the Society since 2012, and is serving as the President of the Society for the term 2016-2018.
Professor Sandham is married to Eleanor and has two daughters.