Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates and the venue for the Congress?
The Congress will be held from August 22nd-26th at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa.

What are the other key dates?
Closing date for submission of abstracts was February 7th 2010 and no further submissions of abstracts will be accepted. All authors have been advised of the outcome of the abstract assessment process and authors of abstracts selected for presentation as either oral presentations or posters were required to register for the Congress by June 15th. Failure to register will result in the paper of poster concerned being removed from the program.

Where do I find details of the Congress and registration procedures?
These are in the Second Announcement which is on the website.

How will the Congress be structured?
The Congress will follow the same format as other IUFoST Congresses with an opening social function on Sunday August 22nd, the official opening and plenary session on August 23rd, parallel sessions on August 24th and 25th and the closing plenary session on the morning of August 26th. The Congress will finish at lunchtime on August 26th but will be followed by an International Symposium on Soy and Soyfoods on the afternoon of August 26th and all day on August 27th, for which registration will be optional.

What is there for me in the program?
The detailed program is now available on the website - see "Scientific Program". The theme of the congress is "Food Science Solutions in an Evolving World" and, with this in mind, the organising committee is very conscious of the need for a good balance between academic and commercial food science & technology in the program, and will structure the program of speakers in such a way as to provide something for everyone. Over 1300 abstracts were submitted for consideration by the Scientific Program Committee and over 40 invited speakers have accepted invitations to present at the Congress. Key components of past IUFoST Congresses such as the IUFoST Distinguished Scientist's Lecture, the Young Scientists' Lectures and the IUFoST Global Food Industry Awards will remain part of the program.

Will there be an exhibition?
There is a large exhibition centre within the CTICC and there will be a sizeable exhibition of ingredients and other goods and services for the food industry running from August 23rd-25th inclusive. Anyone interested in participating in the exhibition should follow the "Exhibition" link on the website. Note that as at the beginning of June the exhibition is virtually sold out and, while we are attempting to secure some additional space, this is likely to be extremely limited and we urge potential exhibitors to contact the organisers as soon as possible.

How do I get to Cape Town?
Cape Town is a major international destination and there are direct flights from cities such as London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dubai and Singapore. From other destinations, you will need to fly to Johannesburg and then transfer to a domestic flight to Cape Town. Detailed advice on travel options will be available with the registration announcement.

Where should I stay in Cape Town?
Cape Town is one of the great tourist destinations of the world and has an enormous variety of accommodation in all price brackets. There are 3, 4 and 5 star hotels within 5 minutes walk of the CTICC and plenty of other accommodation in world-renowned venues such as the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (which is also close to the CTICC). Cheaper accommodation for students and other delegates on limited budgets will also be available within a short bus ride of the CTICC. The Second Announcement and Registration Form includes comprehensive details of available accommodation, which can be booked at the same time as you register for the Congress.

How will I get around?
There will be a welcome desk at the Cape Town International Airport for the first 3 days of the Congress and transport to the CTICC and hotels from the airport will be available at a modest cost. As indicated, there is abundant hotel accommodation within walking distance of the Congress venue but for those staying further away, buses and taxis are readily available. Special bus transport will be available for any Congress events held away from the CTICC.

What social events will there be?
South Africans always enjoy a party! There will be an opening social function on August 22nd, a variety of casual social events on August 23rd and the Congress Banquet on August 25th which will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of SAAFoST, the local food science and technology association. Cape Town has a huge selection of world class restaurants and entertainment venues and delegates can use the evening of August 24th to sample some of them at their leisure.

What will it cost?
Registration fees and accommodation rates are incorporated in the Second Announcement and Registration Form which is on the website. The organisers have endeavoured to keep costs as low as possible and to make them competitive relative to those of previous IUFoST Congresses. South Africa is a low cost destination relative to Europe and North America. All payments will be made in South African Rand (ZAR).

How will registration be handled?
All registrations and payments will be done electronically via the website. Special arrangements can be made if required for delegates who have no internet access or internet payment facilities.

Are there any concessions and sponsorships available for would-be delegates with limited funding?
A small amount of financial assistance may be available but will be limited to delegates who wish to present a paper and will be subject to stringent terms and conditions. A large number of requests for assistance have been received and it is regretfully unlikely that we will be able to meet more than a limited number of them. We encourage delegates to seek local funding in their own countries as the preferred route.

How do I get an invitation letter for visa or travel funding application purposes?
Letters of invitation can be requested when you apply for registration.

Can I combine my trip to the congress with some tourism?
That is a great idea and we anticipate that many delegates will wish to do this. Cape Town has superb tourist facilities and world famous destinations such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point, the wonderful scenery of the wine growing areas around Stellenbosch and Paarl and the magnificent wild flowers of the west coast and Namaqualand. Further afield, tours can be arranged to the world famous Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, the ostrich farms and wide open spaces of the Karoo and the game reserves in the north and northeast of South Africa. Our slogan of "The World in One Country" really is true and our Congress organisers, Turners, also have a travel agency that can help you plan a memorable trip to add on to your attendance at the Congress. You can make an initial request for tourist information via the enquiry service (details below) and full details will be added to the website over the next few months.

I would like to bring my partner along
Partners are welcome and there is plenty for them to do in Cape Town. We will be arranging a program for accompanying persons which will include optional attendance at the Congress social events.

How will the FIFA World Cup affect the Congress?
The soccer World Cup held in South Africa has proved to be phenomenally successful and would-be delegates have hopefully seen something of the country on television and perhaps been persuaded to join us in August! The tournament ends on July 11th so the soccer fans will have gone home by the time of the Congress, prices will have come down and the country will be back to normal. We will benefit from all the new infrastructure and tourist facilities that will have been established for the World Cup and South Africa will be looking forward to welcoming you without the inconvenience and crowds of the tournament itself.

What weather can I expect?
It will be early spring in Cape Town at the time of the Congress. Cape Town has a Mediterranean type climate and the weather will thus be mild with occasional cool and rainy days but also plenty of sunshine. Should you be traveling elsewhere in South Africa before or after the Congress, the weather in the rest of the country in August is normally dry, sunny and mild during the day with little or no rain but can be cold at night in the interior.

What is the dress code?
South Africa is a fairly informal country and we suggest business casual dress for all events except the banquet, where jackets and ties will be required.

What about personal safety?
Central Cape Town is as safe as other large cities all over the world. If you take the same basic and sensible precautions as you would elsewhere, you will have a safe and happy visit.

How can I ask other questions?
Via our enquiry service at info@iufost2010.org.za