Countdown to Congress
Date and venue:
14 - 16 August 2015
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch,
Important abstract dates:
Abstract submission deadline:
Friday 17 April 2015
Early bird - R2500
Late registration - R3200
Day registration - R1100 per day
Early bird - R3300
Late registration - R4000
Day registration - R1350 per day
Early bird - R650
Late registration - R800
Early bird fees are valid for registration and payment by 30 April 2015.
Cape Town is a beautiful city to visit, and offers a wide range of tourist attractions and activities, as well as world-class shopping and dining.
Stellenbosch, where the congress is being held, is a pretty town steeped in history. The town dates back to 1679 and is the second-oldest wine producing region in South Africa. Stellenbosch has something for everyone - from the history buff to the adventurer, nature-lover, music and art-lover. The many cafes and restaurants offer a variety of dining options, over and above the numerous top wine estates for wine-tasting and dining. Nature and sports lovers can enjoy the walking, running and mountain-bike trails in the area.
Other top tourist attractions in and around Cape Town include:
Table Mountain: Right in the heart of Cape Town lies Table Mountain, one of the seven modern natural wonders of the world. Take a cable car to the top for incredible views of the city, the beaches and the Twelve Apostles.
Robben Island: A short ferry trip from Cape Town lies Robben Island. The island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, and over the centuries has been used as a prison, a hospital, a mental institution, and a military base. It is most famous for being the prison where Nelson Mandela spent many years.
Kirstenbosch gardens: Kirstenbosch national botanical garden is set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil's Peak, and is home to more than 22 000 indigenous plants. Kirstenbosch is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
Cape Point: Cape Point is the most south-westerly tip of Africa. It is a spectacular sight, covered in endemic fynbos and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and valleys.
Cape Winelands: Breathtaking natural scenery, long-standing cultural heritage, world-class wine and fine cuisine characterise the Cape Winelands region. The wine-growing areas of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek offer many options for wine tasting and fine dining.
Moving beyond Cape Town, South Africa offers exceptional big-five game-viewing safaris in our many national parks. This large and diverse country covers white-sand beaches, deserts, forests, wetlands, mountains and sand dunes. Activities include anything from shark-cage diving, whale-watching, surfing, hiking and mountain biking to bird watching or playing a round of golf on one of the country's many beautiful golf courses.