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Say What You Will – Justin Hines

8 October 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

At the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) gala dinner, delegates were treated to a touching music video that reflects the mission of the 8th IAC – to share experiences and collectively inspire change – and also speaks to a broader concept of “together we can” make a better future, against all odds.

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Photos: Great white shark experience a great success

19 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) delegates were treated to a proudly South African field trip on Friday 14 September. We were taken to Gansbaai, about 180km from Cape Town, for great white shark cage diving and whale watching with Marine Dynamics, a cage-diving operator with a strong conservation and education ethos.

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Deep down we are all one

17 September 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

The 8th International Aquarium Congress opening ceremony on Monday 10 September marked the start of a hugely inspirational week. Put together by Francois le Roux – the Ha! Man – the opening performance featured a sublime children’s choir, local performers and poetry by Lara Kirsten , all performed against a backdrop of stunning ocean images and important conservation messages. We share Lara’s poetry with you here.

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The global aquarium community: Sharing experiences and collectively inspiring change

17 September 2012 | Dr Patrick Garratt

We hope that you have enjoyed the somewhat different design of this congress, with its Café Conversations and panel discussions, during which we trust that you had fertile opportunities to “share experiences” so that “collectively we can inspire change.” I have been overjoyed by the excellent attendance and level of participation at this congress. Well done to Michael [Farquhar, curator at the Two Oceans Aquarium] and his team for their role in designing a programme that has contributed strongly to this.

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Sharing experiences – Monaco and South Africa forge more links

13 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

Another marriage between Monaco and South Africa happened yesterday, albeit of a slightly different nature to the union between Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Benoni. But there is a tie to Prince Albert II – he is the honorary president of Monaco’s Institut Océanographique, which is now in a formal partnership with Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium. 

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Delegates talk IAC

13 September 2012 | Marin Gorrie

On day two of the 8th International Aquarium Congress we asked delegates attending the conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, may be enjoying a full itinerary about the learning process and their time in the Mother City.

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8th IAC Café conversation: Collection sustainability

12 September 2012 | Marin Gorrie

The last café conversation took place on the morning of day three of the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC), at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

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Two Oceans Aquarium signs formal partnership with Institut Océanographique, Monaco

12 September 2012 | Two Oceans Aquarium

On 12 September 2012 Two Oceans Aquarium Managing Director Dr Patrick Garratt and Mr. Robert Calcagno, Chief Executive Officer of the Institut Océanographique in Monaco, will sign a formal partnership agreement between the two organisations. The five-year agreement will see the two facilities working closely together in the fields of research, animal husbandry, conservation, education and awareness, communication and personnel training. 

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Aquarium business discussed at 8th IAC

12 September 2012 | Roy Barford

There was a great mix of advice and inspiration in relation to the aquarium business at the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) yesterday, 11 September 2012. The Business Management session was chaired by Sea Life Director Rob Hicks with excellent input from keynote speaker, Elena Kazlas of ConsultEcon and various other speakers.

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8th IAC Café Conversation: Business Sustainability

11 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

The first of two 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) Café Conversation sessions happened before lunch today at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 8th IAC delegates were asked to split up and join others in groups of four around tables, where large swathes of paper and colourful pens were waiting. This was to be an interactive brainstorming session.

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8th IAC: Sharing knowledge on captive breeding

11 September 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

After this morning’s plenary session on husbandry advances and captive breeding, a strong need for a central repository of knowledge has come to the fore. The 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) is the ideal place to get this kind of knowledge base going, and the IAC is responding by starting a programme of this nature today.

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Aquarium education: “It changed my life”

11 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair and Marin Gorrie

Education was the focus of the first plenary session of the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) in Cape Town yesterday, 10 September 2012. Following the “Voices for the Future of our Oceans” youth video conference and a heartening welcome from Western Cape Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education Donald Grant during the opening ceremony, 8th IAC delegates were ready to be inspired by the future custodians of the oceans.

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New aquariums: A look at global developments

10 September 2012 | Roy Barford

Speakers from around the world gave 8th International Aquarium Congress delegates some insight into recent developments on the aquarium scene, as well as some tips for anyone looking at buying or building an aquarium.

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Dr Camille Parmesan: Oceans and climate change

10 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

As the second-most highly cited author in the field of climate change in 2010, Dr Camille Parmesan’s presence at the 8th International Aquarium Congress is apt. It is impossible to ignore the effect that climate change has had on oceans, and – as Dr Parmesan pointed out – climate change data relating to oceanic systems specifically pales in comparison to research done on terrestrial systems.

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Elin Kelsey: Inspiring hope among despair

10 September 2012 | Marin Gorrie

How do you feel when you think about the environment? This was the question with which Dr Elin Kelsey opened her keynote address at the 8th International Aquarium Congress taking place in Cape Town until 14 September.

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8th International Aquarium Congress opening ceremony a hit

10 September 2012 | Roy Barford

The opening ceremony for the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, included an amazing performance with the message: “Deep down we’re all one.”

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Faces of the 8th IAC welcome function

9 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

The Two Oceans Aquarium hosted the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) welcome function on 9 September 2012. It was a resounding success with colleagues and friends reuniting after at least four years of being apart! Here is the night in faces.

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8th International Aquarium Congress gets off to a swimming good start

9 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

The Two Oceans Aquarium was packed to the hilt tonight with more than 400 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) delegates and their accompanying persons, friends of the Aquarium, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers.

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Photos: 8th IAC registration underway

9 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) delegates from around the world are making their way to the Cape Town International Convention Centre today to pick up their welcome packs, which include conference bags made from hemp, lanyards made by the Positive Beadwork Project, programmes and handbooks printed on recycled paper and T-shirts made from bamboo fabric, all in line with the IAC’s commitment to sustainability.

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Photos, tweets and teens: “Voices for the Future of our Oceans” are heard for 8th IAC

8 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

It was all nerves and last-minute speech-revision last night in the stunning Tranquility boardroom as Two Oceans Aquarium Head of Education Russell Stevens’ terrific teenagers – the Young Biologists (YBs) – gathered to make their voices heard. PA to Russell Katja Rockstroh manned the equipment that would allow these South African future leaders to connect with their contemporaries in France, Monaco and the United States of America. 

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“Voices for the Future of our Oceans” video conference in run up to the 8th IAC

8 September 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

Last night, a group of passionate young students from various parts of the world participated in the “Voices for the Future of the Oceans” video conference hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium as part of the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC), which opens on Monday 10 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The students gathered at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, the Institut Océanographique (Monaco), Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, USA) and Nausicaá, Centre National de la Mer (France) to engage in discussions about the marine environment.

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Important information for 8th IAC delegates

6 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

The 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) is here, and we're ready to welcome you to beautiful South Africa. Here are some details to ensure a smooth arrival in Cape Town.

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All about the 8th International Aquarium Congress

4 September 2012 |

There are just a few days left before the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) kicks off. Hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium and taking place from 9 to 14 September 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the IAC is the only international platform for the global public aquarium community to share and learn about new developments in the fields of inter alia animal husbandry, research, technology, management, education, conservation and sustainability. Held only every four years, this is the first time that the IAC, the “Aquarium Olympics”, will take place in Africa and in the southern hemisphere.

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Schools benefit from IAC legacy

3 September 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

International aquariums are contributing resources to underprivileged schools in Cape Town as part of the legacy of the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC). To date, six aquariums and one private individual have responded to an appeal, sent initially to the IAC Steering Committee, to purchase tables which will be donated to schools after the IAC. The aquariums that have responded are Beijing Aquarium, Enoshima Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Nausicaá, Centre National de la Mer, SeaWorld (Orlando) and Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.

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Delegates to be challenged on innovative aquarium education solutions

30 August 2012 | Christine Marot

Newly appointed CEO of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research, Judy Mann is hard at work ahead of the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) – the first to be hosted on African soil. We caught up with Judy and posed a few pertinent questions about the upcoming congress.

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New England Aquarium in the news – can we marry fun and activism?

29 August 2012 |

With the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) just a few days away, it’s great to see New England Aquarium in the news. During the 8th IAC (happening from 9 to 14 September in Cape Town), the New England Aquarium’s Steve Bailey will be presenting a paper in the “In-Situ Conservation” category. And Jerry Schubel, erstwhile CEO of New England Aquarium, is on the IAC Steering Committee. But questions of the role that aquariums can and should play in spreading awareness about environmental issues such as climate change are reaching far and wide.

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Responsible conferencing: Sustainability is top of mind at the 8th IAC

27 August 2012 | Helen Lockhart

The overall theme of the 8th IAC is “The Global Aquarium Community:  sharing experiences and collectively inspiring change”. Underpinning this theme is sustainability, which has been incorporated in a number of elements within the conference.

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IAC Youth Symposium: It’s time to start talking

23 August 2012 | Katja Rochstroh

The Two Oceans Aquarium has been abuzz with excitement, as the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) is a mere two weeks away. Hosting the IAC is a great achievement for the Aquarium and making this event even more special is that, for the first time, it will be taking place on African soil and in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Voices for the Future of the Oceans

13 August 2012 |

On Sunday 19 August 2012, from 09h00 to 13h00, the Two Oceans Aquarium will host the Voices for the Future of the Oceans Youth Symposium. Approximately 20 high school students from around Cape Town have been invited to give presentations and engage in debate around the role of aquariums and how these facilities can best involve the youth. Participating schools include Herschel Girls School, St Cyprian’s School, Hoërskool Stellenbosch, Wynberg Boys’ High School, Steenberg High School, Kensington High School, Hoërskool DF Malan and Zisukhanyo Secondary School.

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Video: Jump into Durban’s uShaka Sea World

10 August 2012 |

uShaka Sea World in Durban is a world-class marine theme park that provides a window into the Western Indian Ocean. uShaka Sea World is home to a large and diverse collection of marine life, representative of our local seas. The spectacular aquarium, dolphin and seal stadiums and penguin rookery are open throughout the year to promote conservation awareness amongst guests, as they experience close contact with some of nature’s most amazing marine creatures.

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Serious about sustainability

2 August 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

In line with the Two Oceans Aquarium’s own sustainability policies and initiatives, and its Platinum status in the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme, the local organising committee (LOC) has compiled a comprehensive sustainability policy for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC). In this short video, Two Oceans Aquarium Communications and Sustainability Manager Helen Lockhart, who is in charge of keeping the 2012 IAC green, chats about the congress’s sustainability initiatives. 

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More than just conservation, it’s education

1 August 2012 | Leon Jamarie

Be sure to take time to discover Cape Town’s conservation-focused attractions while you’re visiting South Africa for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC), or encourage your partner to visit them while you attend the deeply interesting presentations lined up for the congress. We have partnered with a few African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) members and encourage you to explore some of the other things to do.

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2012 International Aquarium Congress: Experience South Africa

30 July 2012 | Leon Jamarie

Although you may be travelling to South Africa to discuss, interrogate and reach consensus around aquarium issues, a trip to explore the country is highly recommended. If you’re one of the early birds heading to this diverse country and are in need of some ideas, or whether you fall in love and want to spend a few days longer (it happens), we have put together 13 special travel packages through which you can explore beautiful South Africa.

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Video: Dr Patrick Garratt speaks about the “Aquarium Olympics”

27 July 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

Why is the 2012 International Aquarium Congress one of the most exciting events to come to South Africa this year? Two Oceans Aquarium Managing Director and IAC Steering Committee Chairperson Dr Patrick Garratt says: “We’re looking forward to showing [delegates] what can be done here in South Africa, and showing them the beauty of the country … This is one of the most diverse areas in the whole world.”

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Cape Town: A marine lover’s paradise

25 July 2012 | Leon Jamarie

Cape Town is a water lover’s dream, home to a host of marine life, water activities and, with more than 10 marine protected areas, it has so much to offer as a tourist destination.

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Calling on schools – Two Oceans Aquarium Youth Symposium

18 July 2012 | Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium Youth Symposium is scheduled for Sunday 19 August. All interested high school and university students are invited to present a speech of no more than five minutes, in which they propose the changes they would like aquarium authorities from across the globe to implement. These need to focus on engendering positive and lasting impacts on our marine ecosystems. The speeches will be adjudicated by a panel of selected guests as well as members of the symposium. The winner will have the honour of addressing the entire IAC audience on the opening day of the congress.

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Video: Visit Cape Town for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress

10 July 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

The 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, in September 2012. According to Two Oceans Aquarium Managing Director Dr Patrick Garratt, “Cape Town is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is also the melting pot of cultures – a meeting place of diverse peoples for hundreds of years. It’s fitting that we expose the global aquarium community to this wonderful place. Also, the city sits close to the site where two of the world’s mightiest oceans meet in a style not seen anywhere else in the world and to a hinterland that is mind-blowing in terms of its beauty and diversity.”

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Two Oceans Aquarium’s Dr Pat Garratt on the 2012 International Aquarium Congress

4 July 2012 | Charles Read/Blooloop.com

Two Oceans Aquarium Managing Director Dr Patrick Garratt has an outstanding academic background, has published over 50 scientific papers, survived two disasters at sea (once spending 22 hours in the water) and was instrumental in setting up and ensuring the success of one of South Africa’s leading tourist attractions, the Two Oceans Aquarium. With the 2012 International Aquarium Congress just a few months away, Charles Read caught up with him.

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Q&A: Shedd Aquarium CEO Ted A Beattie

19 June 2012 | Charles Read/Blooloop.com

Ted A Beattie has been at the helm of the Shedd Aquarium since 1994, during which time the aquarium has experienced record growth and enormous change.  Charles Read caught up with him as part of our series of interviews with key executives from the public aquarium industry in the run in to September’s 2012 International Aquarium Congress in Cape Town.

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Specialist tours of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)

13 June 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) is a world-renowned seabird facility that specialises in the rehabilitation and rearing of wild seabirds for release back into the wild. Visit SANCCOB for an inspirational one-hour specialist tour and get a behind-the-scenes peek into the workings of a seabird hospital, and hear about the research, education and training being done to support seabird conservation.

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Let’s talk about hope and the environment: Dr Elin Kelsey reaches out for 2012 IAC

7 June 2012 | Helen Lockhart, Two Oceans Aquarium

Where do you find hope for the environment? What conservation success stories inspire you?  Internationally renowned researcher, writer and consultant Dr Elin Kelsey will be exploring current research about hope and resiliency during her 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) keynote address. We want you to contribute to that conversation by sharing real-world examples of where you find hope for the environment. 

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Advertise in the 2012 IAC handbook

28 May 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

The 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) is happening in Cape Town, South Africa from 9 to 12 September 2012. We, the local organising committee, would like to offer you the first opportunity to secure advertising space in the 2012 IAC handbook.

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The story of the two oceans - where two worlds meet

18 May 2012 | Helen Lockhart, Two Oceans Aquarium

For anyone with an interest in the oceans and in marine life, southern Africa has one of the most fascinating coastlines in the world. The southern African continent is washed by ocean currents, which have a strong influence on plant and animal life. The marine environment is varied, complex and unpredictable. Let’s take a closer look at the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

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Youth events at 2012 International Aquarium Congress

17 May 2012 | Katja Rockstroh

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa is hosting the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) from 9 to 14 September 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). With its proud tradition as a public education facility as well as an environmental education facility for schools, the Two Oceans Aquarium’s mission statement provides their focus: “To foster love, respect and understanding of our oceans to inspire support for their future well-being.”

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2012 IAC signs up with Blooloop as international media partner

23 April 2012 | Two Oceans Aquarium

The 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) organising committee is proud to announce that Blooloop is our international media partner. Blooloop.com is the world’s leading news service for the visitor attractions business.

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The 2012 IAC in Cape Town, South Africa

20 April 2012 | Patrick Garratt

The Two Oceans Aquarium is proud to be hosting the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) from 9 to 14 September 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  For the first time ever, we will welcome the IAC to Africa and to the southern hemisphere.

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Encounters with a great white shark: Do something “scary”, it will change your life

22 March 2012 | Jillian Grindley-Ferris

Hi, my name is Jill and I have a confession to make: I’m 38 and … I’m scared of fish! A hair-raising snorkelling incident of 10 years ago in the Phi Phi Islands (Thailand) left me so badly scarred (mentally) that my skin crawls at the mere mention of submersion into the ocean realm.

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2012 International Aquarium Congress is only seven months away!

7 February 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

We’re thrilled to see that bookings for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC), happening in Cape Town, South Africa in September 2012, are coming in fast and furious! We already have 114 of 500 delegates registered, 75 abstracts received and 40% of the exhibition booths have been booked.

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2012 IAC deadlines extended:  Early-bird registration and call for papers

2 February 2012 |

With festive celebrations and preparing for the year ahead, it has probably been a busy period for everyone. If you haven’t submitted your abstract or taken up the early-bird registration offer for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress you are in luck – the deadline has been extended to 29 February 2012.

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Professor George Branch to explore two oceans at 2012 International Aquarium Congress

10 January 2012 |

The Two Oceans Aquarium is proud to announce the third guest speaker that has been confirmed for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) which is set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 9 to 13 September 2012.  Internationally renowned scientist Professor George Branch has confirmed his attendance and will deliver a keynote address during the opening ceremony of the 2012 IAC on 10 September 2012.

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Dr Elin Kelsey brings hope to 2012 International Aquarium Congress

9 January 2012 |

The Two Oceans Aquarium is proud to announce the second of three esteemed guest speakers for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC), taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from 9 to 13 September 2012. Internationally renowned researcher, writer and consultant Dr Elin Kelsey has confirmed her attendance and will deliver a keynote address during the opening ceremony of the 2012 IAC on 10 September 2012.

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Dr Camille Parmesan to speak at 2012 International Aquarium Congress

5 January 2012 | Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium is proud to announce the first of three guest speakers for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) which is set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 9 to 13 September 2012.  Internationally renowned scientist Dr Camille Parmesan has confirmed her attendance and will deliver her keynote address during the opening ceremony of the 2012 IAC on 10 September 2012.

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2012 International Aquarium Congress: Call for papers

8 November 2011 | Michael Farquhar

Prospective presenters are now invited to submit their abstracts for papers or posters to be presented at the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) in Cape Town, South Africa from 9 to 14 September 2012.

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Early-bird registration opens for 2012 International Aquarium Congress

3 October 2011 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

Early-bird registration is now open for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 9 to 14 September 2012.  Exhibition sales have also opened and a limited number of exciting sponsorship opportunities are available. Hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium, this is the first time that the Congress will be held in Africa and indeed in the southern hemisphere.

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Invitation: Give us your suggestions for 2012 IAC topics and issues

14 February 2011 | Michael Farquhar

Once every four years we have the opportunity to get together and exchange ideas in order to develop our industry, improve our operational practices in the fields of husbandry, conservation, education, marketing and business, and to motivate ourselves to be the best we can be. The 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa by the Two Oceans Aquarium and we are planning on doing some things a little differently.

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Tribal Meetings to co-ordinate 8th International Aquarium Congress

4 March 2010 | Two Oceans Aquarium

Tribal Meetings has been appointed by the Two Oceans Aquarium as the official conference organiser for the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC), which will take place in Cape Town in September 2012. This decision was taken after intense scrutiny of the proposals received, and took into account a number of criteria, such as black-economic empowerment credentials, hands-on management and experience.

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Aquarium wins bid for 2012 International Aquarium Congress

8 October 2008 | Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium, in partnership with the Cape Town International Convention Centre Bureau, is thrilled to announce that it has successfully won the bid to host the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) in 2012. Competing against facilities in Europe, the Aquarium’s bid means that the Congress will be held not only in Africa, but also in the southern hemisphere, for the first time!

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