The date of the 2016 IOSOT meeting has now been established. The conference will take place in Stellenbosch from 4-9 September 2016. The date was established after considering the different options within the South African academic calendar and after consultation with about twenty colleagues from different Northern Hemisphere countries. We sincerely realize that we were not able to accommodate everybody in our decision (particularly our colleagues from the USA and Canada). However, we still hope that many of them will be able to make arrangements to attend the conference. Please feel free to distribute the date to others whom you may know will have an interest.