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Stellenbosch Conferences 2013/ 2014


Its Business in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch has an excellent selection of conference facilities despite its relatively small size. At 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 45 minutes from the Mother City, it is accessible and culturally diverse, perfect for accommodating business events. The relaxed winelands atmosphere and diverse array of country accommodation add to its appeal. Types of events held at these venues include conferences, workshops, seminars, congresses, exhibitions, tradeshows, conventions and national meetings. Venues are often upmarket and well equipped, suited to smaller events like team building seminars, all the way up to massive product launches. The types of venues are also a huge attraction to the ‘Town of Oaks’, these include wine farms, modernised conference facilities, historic buildings and country houses.

Here is a selection of up and coming conferences in and around Stellenbosch during the end of 2013/ start of 2014:

SSBP CONFERENCE (12-13 September 2013)

The 16th SSBP International Research Symposium and Educational Day will take place in Africa for the first time in Stellenbosch. The theme for this year’s event is ‘The fundamentals of behavioural phenotypes’. The goal of the conference is to represent the depth of research and clinical work in the neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioural aspects of biologically determined syndromes and genetic disorders. Topics covered include sleep disorders, epilepsy, intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders. It is also to be noted that South Africa has one of the highest rates of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the world.SSBP 2013

Where: At the STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies), within walking distance to most Stellenbosch attractions. For more information visit: http://www.ssbpconference.org/ 

The Unisa Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance eLearning 2013

The small- scale international conference will be limited to 100 delegates and is focused on examining continuity and change within the context of political, economic, social and technological transformations that induce a re- examination of current assumptions and arrangements. Participants to the event will have the opportunity to explore these practices and principles worth preserving from previous generations of Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) as well as the evolution of ODeL in the future. Some of the themes around the event include:

  • The on-going evolution of ODeL and its future.
  • Past practices worth keeping and those we need to let go of.
  • The possible impacts on ODeL through global change and escalating equalities in economies, the digital divide, poverty and the demand for education.
  • Repurposing social media technologies for ODeL applications and the viability of new technologies.
  • The merging of traditional universities and ODeL and how this effects ODeL institutions.Unisa Cambridge International Conference

Where: Spier Estate, Cape Town, South Africa. Accommodation is available at the venue. For more information visit: http://www.unisa.ac.za/ODeL2013/index.html


USAN 2014 Kongres vir Jong Navorsers/Conference for Young Scholars

Starting the new year fresh, the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at Stellenbosch University will be hosting a conference from the 21- 23 January 2014 for young researchers and postgraduate students in the following study areas:

  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Applied Linguistics (Translation, Lexicography, Interpreting, Language Acquisition, Document analysis and design)

The conference aims to encourage young researchers to share their research with others, based on their postgraduate studies. Findings need to be in line with the above themes and papers need to be presented in English or Afrikaans. Attendance at the conference is open to anyone.

Where: Further information about the venue and attending or presenting at the USAN 2013 can be found here- http://www0.sun.ac.za/international/support-and-skills-development/conferences-talks-and-lectures/item/usan-2014-conference-for-young-scholars


9th World Merino Conference 

This one is still a while off but an interesting conference to mention. The Merino is the most popular commercial sheep breed in the world, originating from Spain. The sheep is of great economic importance and is used to produce high quality wool and meat. It is bred in many countries and is a source of livelihood for many people. International Merino conferences are held every four years.

The event will take place next year at the end of April in Stellenbosch where the Worlds Merino lovers will gather to discuss the South African Merino industry as well as international Merino trends news and research. Industry leaders as well as international and local speakers will cover an array of topics of great interest if you are in any way associated to the Merino industry. Other highlights of the event include a Merino expo where you will be able to taste succulent Karoo- infused lamb cutlet, look for a prized ram, watch shearers, shop for woollen garments and see just about everything else Merino- related.Stellenbosch and Bloemhof Centre - Cape Wool SA 9th World Merino Conference - Stellenbosch South Africa 29.April - 01.May 2014

Where: The Bloemhof Centre in Stellenbosch between 29 April and 1 May 2014.

Stellenbosch is not only a rich culturally diverse town famous as a tourist destination, but also an inviting business destination with an array of conference facilities suited to a variety of events. Many only know it as an accommodation hotspot but undervalue it as a resource to bring people with common interests and needs together.

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