2-6 September 2013
STIAS Conference Centre
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Conference Location

Conference Location - Stellenbosch South Africa

The conference will be held in the historic university town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, about 50 km east of Cape Town.  Stellenbosch was founded in 1679 and is the second oldest town in South Africa, with distinct Dutch and French influences.  The town is small with a population of less than 150 000, and is dominated by the University of Stellenbosch.  The town is also the centre for wine production in South Africa, and is surrounded by vineyards and mountains.  A short distance away is the Atlantic and Indian oceans with Cape Town and Table Mountain in the distance.Stellenbosch is famous for wine with several wine routes  where visitors are encouraged to taste the best of South African wine


The venue will be the WALLENBERG RESEARCH CENTRE  at STIAS, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, situated within the heart of Stellenbosch. Formally opened on 15 November 2007, the WALLENBERG RESEARCH CENTRE at STIAS provides modern facilities for Fellows, as well as multipurpose CONFERENCE VENUES that bring scholars, researchers, decision-makers and members of civil society together in a great variety of ways. The Centre provides venues and state-of-the art equipment for up to 300 conference guests at a time as well as breakaway rooms. The building’s sound proof Auditorium 1 offer optimal situation for concentrated and undisturbed work, while its communal areas encourage optimal interaction for exchanging viewpoints and perspectives and to stimulate new thought. Air conditioning helps to make the building comfortable during all seasons, especially in the hot summer months, but the emphasis is on low energy-consumption and low maintenance, with liberal use of double-glazing and solar heating.

The water-wise garden is filled with hardy plants, indigenous to the Western Cape. Wherever you are in the Centre, those who work and visit there are constantly aware of the Jonkershoek Valley and the natural beauty surrounding them. The spacious south terrace overlooks the vineyard and the mountains beyond, and if you take a walk to the old Cape Victorian farmhouse, you experience views of the magnificent gardens with The Pieke in the distance.