The physical conference will be held at the Protea Hotel by Marriot in Stellenbosch, a scenic university town situated in the winelands of the Western Cape. For guests seeking the magnificent backdrop of mountain ranges, a scenic drive along the coast or a wine tasting at the many surrounding wine farms. The conference venue will also be used as a studio from where all presentations will be streamed and shared.
Situated in the heart of the Winelands, in one of the most beautiful and heritage conscious towns. With its temperate climate, scenic environment and well-maintained facilities, Stellenbosch is the second-oldest town in South Africa and affectionately referred to as the “Eikestad”. Whether it’s the magnificent backdrop of mountain ranges you seek, perhaps just a scenic drive or wine tasting at the many surrounding wine farms, you will never run out of things to see and do.
With a 360° view of Table Mountain, the Helderberg, Stellenbosch vineyards and the De Zalze Golf Estate, the hotel offers two restaurants, swimming pool and picnic facilities.
Wireless internet access is available in all bedrooms, public areas, conference rooms and restaurants.
Directions to the hotel:
From Cape Town – On the N2 (to Airport), take the Somerset West turnoff.
Follow road for approximately 11 km until you get to the Stellenbosch Golf Course, above the Spier Kleine Zalze Golf Course in Stellenbosch’s newly developed Techno Park. Approximately 32 km from the airport and 40 minutes from Cape Town city centre.
5 min from Blaauwklippen Wine Estate
10 min from Eikendal Wine Estate
10 min from Mooiberg Strawberry farms
15 min from Danie Craven Stadium
40 min / 48km from Cape Town/Waterfront
45 min / 58km from Kirstenbosch
20kms from Strand and Gordons Bay beaches
Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its beautiful environment, wine farms, street cafés, restaurants, quality wines, historical buildings and its famous university.
Did you know?
British soldiers who failed to show valour on the battlefield during the Anglo-Boer War (also called the South African War) were sent to Stellenbosch. This led to the use of the town’s name as a verb: to be ‘Stellenbosch-ed’.
Stellenbosch owes its existence and name to the former governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, who established this settlement on the banks of the Eerste River in 1679, making it the second-oldest formal settlement in South Africa.
Today, it’s a beautiful town, characterised by oak-lined streets and whitewashed buildings, many of Cape Dutch origin (although most of the town burnt down in 1710 and was rebuilt after that date), and lies between the imposing Simonsberg and more modest Papegaaiberg (‘Parrot Mountain’).
Visit on any given day, and you will immediately realise that this is a university town, with students whizzing by on bicycles and many sidewalk cafés and restaurants. It’s an idyllic setting to explore on foot.
The town is centred around the university, which is one of the leading universities in the country, renowned for its law and engineering faculties. It also offers courses in viticulture, the primary agricultural industry in the area, as it lies in the heart of the Cape winelands.
Many leading wine estates are located here and are home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Look out for Rust en Vrede, Jordan and Terroir, all of which have made it on to the Eat Out award list for the top 10 restaurants in the country.
Other estates to consider visiting include Delheim, Thelema, Tokara and Blaauwklippen.
Art lovers are also well-catered for here with several collections of note. Among them is the Rupert Museum, showcasing the private collection of the Rupert family and featuring some 350 artworks of famous South African artists, among them Pierneef and Irma Stern.
On the outskirts of Stellenbosch is a beautiful valley called Jonkershoek, which leads to a nature reserve of the same name located in a cul-de-sac in the mountains. This area is popular with hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, and is well worth the detour as the scenery here is nothing short of breathtaking.
Overview of Stellenbosch:
Overview of Cape Town: http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/overview/cape-town
The official language of the conference will be English.
Conference nametags must be worn by all participants at all times during the conference and on all conference premises. Nametags should also be worn when attending the events of the social program. Only participants or accompanying persons wearing their conference nametags will be admitted to the scientific sessions and the social events.
Major credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa) are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.