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On Wednesday 9 September 2020, the conference sessions will be hosted at the Kirstenbosch National Gardens with the option of visiting the V&A Waterfront and Gold Restaurant thereafter. More information is available on the provisional programme and will be made available during registration.


The ISCE 2020 conference will be held at the Conservatory on the campus of Stellenbosch University which is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses.

The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

Regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch—or rather, the land on which it sits—was bequeathed to the government by Cecil John Rhodes. At the time, it was nothing more than ramshackle farmland overrun with pigs. In 1913 a botanist called Harold Pearson set about transforming the land into a botanic garden devoted to the country’s indigenous flora. It now contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. The 528-hectare Kirstenbosch Estate (which includes the Garden) falls under the Cape Floristic Region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The V&A Waterfront is a mixed-use development comprising residential and commercial property, hotels, retail stores, dining, leisure and entertainment facilities. Spanning 123 hectares, it’s a space where you can work, live, eat and play. 

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The V&A is also home to the Two Oceans Aquarium where you can experience the incredible diversity of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans at one of Cape Town's top tourist attractions. 

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Feel the heartbeat of Africa and be swept up in the excitement of archetypal African stories told through the live entertainment at the GOLD Restaurant where community is everything in traditional African culture - including praise singing to welcome you, Mali puppetry, and dancing to the rhythms of the marimba percussion and djembe drums.

While honouring African culinary traditions GOLD combines these with modern flavours and techniques to serve up a sophisticated African feast that is changed seasonally.

African food is traditionally shared and enjoyed with family and friends. Similarly, the 14-dish tasting menu is served in generous individual and shared portions. Each dish is brought to your table with country of origin, cooking techniques and spicing explained.

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