For those who would like to get some exercise in the mornings before the congress and who want to do some early-morning sight-seeing, we provide a free guided jog of around 45 minutes on the Tuesday and Thursday of the congress. The starting point will be at the Danie Craven statue at Coetzenburg (entrance on the corner of Coetzenburg and Noordwal-East Streets – see the campus map on page 9 in the congress programme PDF or the interactive Google Maps overview). The guided jog will start punctually at 6:30 AM. It will require some fitness, since it will go into the foothills on the fringe of the campus sporting facilities.
The full congress programme can now be downloaded as a PDF on the “Congress programme” page. Please note that all congress participants will receive a printed copy of the programme in their tote bags, so it is not necessary to print the PDF.
The close of registration for IOSOT and affiliated organisations is approaching swiftly; it will remain open until 31 August 2016. Take note that no on-site registration will be possible. Please make sure that you register in time if you plan to participate in this historic event! Visit the registration page to get started.
Did you know that some very old books/manuscripts and artefacts related to the biblical world are available in museums in South Africa? Take a look at the new Exhibitions page on the website for a sneak peak! During lunch hours, there will be free guided tours through the three exhibitions. Further information will be made available in the IOSOT programme book (online, and in print).
We received the good news last week that our congress bags are presently being manufactured by Learn 2 Earn. They will be ready soon! See below some pictures that were taken during the manufacturing process. Continue reading
Early-bird registration tariffs expire on 30 June 2016. Thereafter, increased tariffs will be applicable until the final cut-off date of 31 August 2016. Hurry up to register within the next 30 days in order to avoid the price hike! Also take note that all unpaid registrations on the system will be recalculated on 30 June according to the increased tariffs. Therefore, if you have registered but not paid yet, please do so until the end of June.
Since accommodation options in the central town of Stellenbosch — within walking distance from the congress venues — are starting to fill up, it is advisable to book your accommodation as soon as possible, if you have not done so already.
The early-bird registration in various categories is still open until 30 June 2016. However, it will help the organising committee if you can complete your registration as soon as possible. Those scholars whose paper proposals have been approved should also make sure that they register at their earliest convenience, but not later than 30 June 2016. Please visit the Registration and Reservations page to start your registration.
The Call for Papers for the IOSOT congress and affiliated organisations and research groups closed on 31 March 2016. We are very excited to report that we had an overwhelmingly positive response. In stead of the anticipated 200 papers in the short paper sessions of all the affiliated organisations, we received significantly more. After the peer reviewing process that was conducted by scholars in each organisation, 240 paper proposals were given the green light! Additional to those, there will be 15 main speakers and approximately 30 panellists in the seminar sessions. We can therefore look forward to a busy and exciting congress where a total of approximately 285 participants will share their expertise in the field.
The Call for Papers for IOSOT2016 and its affiliated organizations is open, and titles and abstracts may be submitted on the system (https://iosot2016.co.za/participate/call-for-papers/) until 30 MARCH 2016. That means that there is less than a month left for paper submissions. Be sure to submit your proposal on time!