Welcome to the Twelfth International Symposium on Pollination

It is with great enthusiasm that we invite you to attend and participated in our upcoming Twelfth International Symposium on Pollination (ISPXII). It will be held at Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa, during 31 August to 4 September 2020.

Scientific programme

The programme will be jam-packed with excellent presentations both aligned with the ICPPR Working Groups (www.ICPPR.com) and independent thereof. Many of these will be presented by the leaders in pollination biology around the world. However, we also consider it to be an opportunity for young scientists, including students, to present their work and to get to know the leaders in the field.

Most important ISPXII is an opportunity to learn about pollination and pollinators in all fields. We, therefore, especially plan to cater for those who would like to learn, meet people with common interests and enjoy themselves.


Kirstenbosch is a beautiful, world renowned, botanic garden adjacent to Table Mountain. ISPXII delegates will have free access to the gardens during the symposium and lunches will be designed for delegates to lunch in the gardens. The Mountain is a World Heritage, the Garden has many uniquely Fynbos Floral Kingdom plant species. And August / September are the best time to visit the Fynbos. Just north of the fynbos (200-500km) is the Nama Karroo, another biodiversity hotspot that in my opinion has much cooler pollinators.

Accommodation and Social events

Active Africa (https://icppr.activeafrica.co.za/) will organise accommodation, and pre and post symposium tours (also during the symposium for spouses and partners). For those who wish to make their own accommodation arrangements I have a list of B&B's in Cape Town that are fairly close to Kirstenbosch (***).

Don't miss our Conference Dinner at a local restaurant, near Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardners. Please refer to our Social Events tab for more information.

Connal Eardley (ISPXII Chair) and the ISPXII organising committee