About IAC

IAC, which stands for the International Aquarium Congress, is the most important and prestigious event for the public aquarium industry. Held every four years, IAC gathers professionals from public aquariums all around the world to share and learn about new developments in research, technology, management and other related issues for the industry. A mini exhibition is held concurrently during the event, providing an opportunity for businesses that offer products or services to the public aquarium industry.

IAC was first held in 1960 to provide a platform for public aquariums from all over the world to gather and share experiences and problems faced in conservation and aquarium management with their peers. Over the years, the IAC has been broadening its influence by attracting an increasing number of conservationists, scientists, educators and suppliers in the marine and aquatic fields in its discussions, as evidenced by the growing number and diversity of its attendees. Such interaction has been helpful in creating global collaboration in marine and aquatic conservation. It has also helped to enhance the overall quality of aquariums.

The IAC has become the most important and prestigious event for the public aquarium industry. It has been held in several countries, covering Europe, the Americas and Asia regions. 


9 to 14 September 2012
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa

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Did You Know

The South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Trevor Manuel, officially opened the Two Oceans Aquarium on 10 February 1996.