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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.