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2022 - Conference

10 – 12 May 2022

Upcoming 15th International Virtual Conference of the South African Association of Family Ecology and Consumer Science (SAAFECS)

SAAFECS - 2022 Conference








Conference Information

Welcome to the SAAFECS 2022 Virtual Conference Website Page

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes affecting consumers and the contexts in which they live, work and learn. Consumer Scientists across the globe have adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and continue to advance Consumer Sciences in their respective fields. The conference organising team invites all Consumer Scientists, Home Economists, educators in these disciplines, teachers of Consumer Studies and Home Economics, Hospitality Studies, and all related disciplines to join us for the 15th International SAAFECS Virtual Conference.

The purpose of the conference is to engage with researchers, academics, educators and industry on the latest research emerging from the different fields of specialisation in Consumer Sciences. As the conference will be hosted virtually, it is a valuable opportunity to extend this invitation to all our international and national colleagues and those interested in joining us. We also invite students and learners to attend the SAAFECS Conference, as this is an opportunity to experience the variety of contexts that form Consumer Sciences. A special invitation is extended to all Home Economists across the globe to join us and share their research and experiences since Consumer Sciences has a deep-rooted past in Home Economics and still values the relationship to this discipline.

The theme of this conference is Consumer Sciences at a Distance: Creating Social and Economic Value, representing the introspection of the Consumer Sciences discipline and how it is able to support and understand the consumer within different social and economic environments. Research and insight from different cultures, perspectives and approaches will significantly contribute to the conference theme. International and national contributions to this theme will promote the value Consumer Sciences brings to the discipline and those attending the conference.

We invite you to participate, through oral or poster presentations, in the virtual conference brought to you by SAAFECS in 2022, and look forward to a network of contributors.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Kind regards

Prof. EL Kempen

SAAFECS President and Conference Chair



Abstract Submission

Abstracts are submitted electronically via the submission page on the conference web page on the SAAFECS website.  Click on the link below for the abstract submission guidelines, criteria for submitting the abstract and conference themes for which you may prepare your abstract. 

Abstract review

1. Abstracts will be reviewed through a blind review process, after which the Scientific Committee will consider the review.

2. The committee reserves the right to accept or reject any abstract or recommend the abstract for a poster presentation or another theme.

3. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified and receive information regarding their presentation by 28 February 2022.

4. All presenting authors will be informed in writing of the exact time and date of their presentation.

5. Poster presenters will be notified of the format of the poster.

Oral presentation information

Pre-recording of oral presentations is mandatory.

Guidelines will be given to presenting authors during the confirmation of their acceptance.  


Important dates

Abstract submission deadline

31 January 2022

Abstract acceptance/rejection notification

28 February 2022

Presenting author registration

20 March 2022

Conference dates

10 – 12 May 2022


We look forward to receiving your submission



Conference Registration

The presenting authors must be registered to be included in the conference programme.

Unregistered presentations will be removed at the discretion of the Scientific Programme Committee.

Conference Programme

A conference programme will be made available after abstract submissions have been received and presenting authors informed of the acceptance or rejection of their abstract. Please follow the development of the conference programme for further information as it may be subject to change.

Conference Virtual Platform

More information on the virtual platform will follow soon.

Presentation Recordings

More information on the presentation recordings will follow soon.


More information on the speakers will follow soon.